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 (over 18 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.

Creative writing and editing teacher

Victoria University
July, 1996 – July, 2019 (about 23 years)

I taught creative writing and editing in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing for more than 20 years. This included editing and workshopping the writing of over 2500 students during this time, teaching them writing skills and how to improve their stories and poems, and teaching them revision skills. Many of my students have been published.
I began freelance editing and mentoring about six years ago, as a way to continue this work with writers to help them towards publication.

Editor, teacher and writing coach

Self-employed
January, 1996 – Present (over 26 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 (13 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 23 reviews

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Gordon Hayes Hayes
I have used several editors over the years, but none have given me more helpful advice than Sherryl. I have regained my mojo as a writer after revising my work in the way that Sherryl suggested. I highly recommend Sherryl as a development editor to put you on the right track for whatever you're working on. Gordon

Gordon Hayes Hayes, June 2022

Sherryl Clark
Thanks, Gordon - glad it was useful!

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Tarsha Washington
Sherryl was very professional and prompt with her services. I appreciate her suggestions and the time she took to provide ensure excellent service.

Tarsha Washington, June 2022

Sherryl Clark
Thanks, Tarsha. Glad you are happy with my work.

Reply from Sherryl Clark


Ingrid Du Vernet
Sherryl was incredibly experienced and professional. Her comments, insights and suggestions were so helpful and she was very easy to work with- a rare mixture of brutally honest and encouraging. My manuscript is so much richer for having her hand in it.

Ingrid Du Vernet, June 2022

Sherryl Clark
Very glad to be able to help!

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Verity Turner
As a first time novelist I was unsure of what to expect but Sherryl made the experience easy and beneficial. She was extremely professional, helpful and provided quality material which will help my writing skills. I recommend working with Sherryl and hope to collaborate more in the future. Thank you Sherryl

Verity Turner, February 2022

Sherryl Clark
Thanks, Verity. I'm really happy to hear my work was useful for you. Good luck with your novel!

Reply from Sherryl Clark


john grigg
Second time working with Sherryl. Her advice is invaluable and has helped shape my story for the better. She knows the industry well. She communicated quickly and well and worked to a deadline with very prompt editing. Would recommend her highly.

john grigg, January 2022

Sherryl Clark
Thank you, John - all the very best for your story!

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