Sherryl Clark

Sherryl Clark - Editor

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Writer, teacher, editor- my job is to help writers create terrific, publishable stories.

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Overview

I've been writing, editing, and teaching writing for more than thirty years. I also work as a writing coach. I love to see authors reach their full potential and produce manuscripts that go on to be published. As well as my work as an editor, I also want to encourage, teach, and show the way to a re-inspired, successful revision.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Poetry
Short Story
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Master of Fine Arts (Writing for Children and Young Adults) - Hamline University
  • PhD - Victoria University
  • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing - Victoria University TAFE

Awards

  • NSW Premier's Award for Children's Books 2005
  • CBCA Honor Book 2008
  • 13 CBCA Notable Book awards

Work experience

Freelance editor and manuscript developer

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 17 years)

I have been teaching creating writing. poetry and editing for 25 years, and am now writing and freelancing full-time. Many of my published books are for children and young adults. I also write adult crime fiction, and poetry.
I believe it's not enough to simply edit or be critical - that offering sound, experienced suggestions and ideas is also an important part of my services to writers.

Editor, teacher and writing coach

Self-employed
January, 1996 – Present (almost 25 years)

I have been teaching writing and editing at tertiary level for more than 20 years, mostly at Victoria University TAFE/Polytechnic. I have been a magazine editor for "Poetrix" journal for 20 years. I have worked as a freelance editor for many years and opened my writing coach website in 2015. I have more than 70 titles of my own published, both in Australia and overseas, by publishers such as Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, University of Queensland Press, KaneMiller US and Allen and Unwin.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Trust Me, I'm Dead

Sherryl Clark

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 CWA DEBUT DAGGER FOR UNPUBLISHED FIRST NOVELShe hasn't seen her brother in years. Now, he's dead.When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it's connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife – now missing – a child and led a respectable life. But if... read more

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 CWA DEBUT DAGGER FOR UNPUBLISHED FIRST NOVELShe hasn't seen her brother in years. Now, he's dead.When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it's connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife – now missing – a child and led a respectable life. But if... read more

The Rose Stories: 4 Books in One (Our Australian Girl)

Sherryl Clark

Independent, adventurous, and courageous, Rose is an unforgettable Australian Girl. It's 1900, and Rose lives with her family in a big house in Melbourne. She wants to play cricket and have adventures, but Rose's conservative mother won't let her. Then young Aunt Alice, a feisty suffragette, moves in with them and everything changes, not only for Rose, but for the whole country.

Independent, adventurous, and courageous, Rose is an unforgettable Australian Girl. It's 1900, and Rose lives with her family in a big house in Melbourne. She wants to play cricket and have adventures, but Rose's conservative mother won't let her. Then young Aunt Alice, a feisty suffragette, moves in with them and everything changes, not only for Rose, but for the whole country.

Dying to Tell Me

Sherryl Clark

Book by Clark, Sherryl

Book by Clark, Sherryl

Sir Talkalot and the Dragon (Reading Corner)

Sherryl Clark

Brightly illustrated, fun stories focusing on key areas of interest for this age group. Ages 4-5 years.

Brightly illustrated, fun stories focusing on key areas of interest for this age group. Ages 4-5 years.

Ellyse Perry 1: Pocket Rocket

Ellyse Perry, Sherryl Clark

Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman!CBCA Notable book for Younger Readers, 2017All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics - you name it! But now that she's in high school, playing sport and having fun doesn't seem so simple. For starters, there's more homework, and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with... read more

Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman!CBCA Notable book for Younger Readers, 2017All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics - you name it! But now that she's in high school, playing sport and having fun doesn't seem so simple. For starters, there's more homework, and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with... read more

1915: Jimmy's War (Do You Dare?)

Sherryl Clark

Do you dare leave school to support your family? Do you save your big brother? Do you stand up to the local criminals? It's 1915 in Melbourne's inner west and Jimmy has left school to support his family while his brother is away at war. But when Jimmy's brother returns, he is a different person, and Jimmy finds his "odd jobs" for the local criminals have also taken a turn for the worst. Will J... read more

Do you dare leave school to support your family? Do you save your big brother? Do you stand up to the local criminals? It's 1915 in Melbourne's inner west and Jimmy has left school to support his family while his brother is away at war. But when Jimmy's brother returns, he is a different person, and Jimmy finds his "odd jobs" for the local criminals have also taken a turn for the worst. Will J... read more

Successful Self-Publishing : Making and selling your own book

Sherryl Clark

Successful self-publishing is simply about selling the books you produce, however many that may be. Or if you're not interested in selling, giving them away to an appreciative audience. This book will interest everyone from the amateur genealogist to a professional doctor wanting to spread information about a useful diet.

Successful self-publishing is simply about selling the books you produce, however many that may be. Or if you're not interested in selling, giving them away to an appreciative audience. This book will interest everyone from the amateur genealogist to a professional doctor wanting to spread information about a useful diet.

Boots and All

Sherryl Clark

Tony's dad wants Tony to be a footy superstar. But Tony's got another talent, one that's more important to him. He's a gifted artist, and footy doesn't seem that important. Now he has to make a choice, and someone's going to get hurt ... A great sports story with heart that has won an Australian CBCA Notable Award.

Tony's dad wants Tony to be a footy superstar. But Tony's got another talent, one that's more important to him. He's a gifted artist, and footy doesn't seem that important. Now he has to make a choice, and someone's going to get hurt ... A great sports story with heart that has won an Australian CBCA Notable Award.

Motormouth

Sherryl Clark

Since Chris lost his best mate, Dave, cars are all he really cares about. Then Josh Carter moves to town. His dad is a famous racing car driver and everyone wants to be Josh's friend. But as Chris soon discovers, Josh is a bit of a motormouth, and that's where the trouble begins . . .

Since Chris lost his best mate, Dave, cars are all he really cares about. Then Josh Carter moves to town. His dad is a famous racing car driver and everyone wants to be Josh's friend. But as Chris soon discovers, Josh is a bit of a motormouth, and that's where the trouble begins . . .

The Littlest Pirate and the Stinky Ship: Aussie Nibbles

Sherryl Clark

The Little Pirate and his crew have been taken prisoner on board Captain Stinker's smelly ship! Is there a way to rescue them all?

The Little Pirate and his crew have been taken prisoner on board Captain Stinker's smelly ship! Is there a way to rescue them all?

One Perfect Pirouette

Sherryl Clark

From popular and award-winning author Sherryl Clark comes a story about the pressure, heartache and determination that it takes to live your dreams. Attending the National Ballet School is every aspiring dancer's dream. It's been Brynna's for as long as she can remember. When her parents move her family to Melbourne so Brynna can attend a top ballet school, it looks like her dream is about to ... read more

From popular and award-winning author Sherryl Clark comes a story about the pressure, heartache and determination that it takes to live your dreams. Attending the National Ballet School is every aspiring dancer's dream. It's been Brynna's for as long as she can remember. When her parents move her family to Melbourne so Brynna can attend a top ballet school, it looks like her dream is about to ... read more

Littlest Pirate

Sherryl Clark

Fresh, frolicking, pirate fun for kids 3 and up! Nicholas Nosh is the littlest pirate in the world. his family won't let him go to sea, and he's bored. 'I'll show them,' he says. A delightful adventure story from the combined talents of Sherryl Clark and Tom Jellet. Visit the Littlest Pirate website thelittlestpirate.com for more pirate fun!

Fresh, frolicking, pirate fun for kids 3 and up! Nicholas Nosh is the littlest pirate in the world. his family won't let him go to sea, and he's bored. 'I'll show them,' he says. A delightful adventure story from the combined talents of Sherryl Clark and Tom Jellet. Visit the Littlest Pirate website thelittlestpirate.com for more pirate fun!

Sherryl has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

H.D. Michaels
Working with Sherryl was perfect for me. She was clear, punctual and her work exceeded my expectations. She is also friendly and easy to communicate with. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her in the future.

H.D. Michaels, September 2020

Sherryl Clark
Thank you, Charlotte. The very best of wishes for your book!

Reply from Sherryl Clark


Peter Stankovic
Although Sherryl made good suggestions, she spent too much time commenting about the plot and the main character. Did not do the edit I wanted. Some of the comments were strange, almost personal, telling me how she felt.

Peter Stankovic, September 2020

Sherryl Clark
I'm sorry to hear you weren't happy, Peter.

Reply from Sherryl Clark


Kate Johnson
Sherryl did a wonderful copyedit for a large children's history storybook. She worked very fast and did an amazing job accentuating the writer's voice and enhancing the story. We will absolutely be requesting Sherryl to our copyedit of the next book in the series.

Kate Johnson, August 2020


Anita Meiszies
Sherryl was very thorough with her editing for my book. She gave insights to plot maximisation and gave good critical feedback. Although I have a lot of work to do to bring my novel up to scratch it was worth every cent I paid. She did everything she quoted she would do and also gave encouragement as to the novels publishability. She was very approachable for questions I had and was prompt.

Anita Meiszies, July 2020


Sean Kanhai
Sherryl was everything that I expected and more. She even agreed to meet me one on one for a more in depth and personal collaboration. I highly recommend her.

Sean Kanhai, June 2020

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