Welcome! I’m Sally McGraw.
I’m a savvy and versatile freelance writer, ghostwriter, editor, blogger, and copywriter with more than 15 years of professional experience. I believe, though, that my writing career was launched at the tender age of 10.
One day during my third grade language arts class, my teacher took me aside to tell me she thought I was an excellent writer. I carried that praise around in my heart for eight years before heading off to college to study creative writing, journalism, literature, composition, and poetry. After graduation, I spent 12 years crafting concise copy and telling engaging stories at various media companies, book publishers, and non-profits. Then in 2011, I felt ready to write, edit, and consult on my own terms, so I took a deep breath and plunged into the world of self-employment.
Since then, I’ve written for newspapers, blogs, magazines, newsletters, and websites, expressing my opinion on a variety of topics and building a resume that I hope will impress the pants off of you. My style and body image blog has reached millions of readers across the globe, and for three years I wrote a monthly fashion advice column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I’ve written three non-fiction books under my own name, and ghostwritten nearly a dozen more. My articles have been featured on the Huffington Post and About.com, my blog has been highlighted by Marie Claire and Glamour, I’m a contributing editor at Adios Barbie, and my marketing and entrepreneurial advice regularly appears on the GoDaddy blog.
Pants still on? Then let’s talk about my behind-the-scenes work. I’ve edited books on post-traumatic stress and business practices for yogis, created expressive artist statements, and generated strategic editorial calendars for popular blogs. I’ve ghostwritten academic cover letters, blog posts, and in-depth articles. I truly enjoy the process of collaboration and excel at helping people hone their messages, tell their stories, and find their voices. Want proof? Check out these testimonials from my marvelous clients.
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Why do I love writing?
Nothing makes me happier than capturing an abstract concept and pinning it to the page with illuminating, impassioned, carefully chosen words. Books, articles, speeches, and blog posts may seem like small, self-contained creations, but I’ve seen how the written word can change the path of history. If I can help my clients support, educate, or inspire their readers, I believe that together, we can make the world a tiny bit better. And that’s a worthwhile endeavor.
Why do I love editing?
I love editing for the same reason I love assembling Ikea furniture: I find the task of rearranging interrelated parts into a cohesive whole to be deeply satisfying. I have a keen eye for sentence structure, excellent instincts about rhythm and voice, and a knack for teasing the meaning out of slightly rambly text. I’d be delighted to take an Allen wrench to your writing, if you’ll let me. I promise to be gentle, flexible, and honest.
Itching to hear some random and slightly bizarre facts about me?
Despite the punishing weather, I love living in Minneapolis with my husband and two quirky cats. When I’m not writing or editing, I’m usually kicking butt at a Tae Kwon Do class, rehearsing with my classic rock cover band, training young women to be leaders, scouring the Internet for ethically made shoes that don’t look like they’ve been crafted from palm fronds, reading feminist memoirs, or binge-watching Brooklyn 99. I was born in Chicago on a day when it was -50°F, my hair is naturally curly, I’m a teetotaller, and I have seven tattoos. My hero is Martin Luther King Jr., a person who truly changed the path of history with his words. My motto is, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘no.’” My brain houses a staggering number of useless facts about wild animals. My favorite word is “crepuscular.”
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What can I do for you?
Check my services page to find out! I’d love to collaborate with you on your book, blog, or passion project. Let’s make beautiful prose together.