Welcome! I’m Sally McGraw.
I’m a savvy and versatile ghostwriter, editor, and copywriter with nearly 20 years of professional experience. I firmly believe I have the best job in the known universe, although it took me several decades to chase it down.
I spent my college years studying creative writing, journalism, literature, composition, and poetry. (With a side order of a-cappella singing and post-adolescent geekery.) After graduation, I spent more than a decade 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, meticulously building a resume that I hope will impress the pants off of you. I’ve taught a class on book proposals for CreativeLive that’s reached nearly 7,000 students. I’ve written three non-fiction books under my own name, and ghostwritten a dozen more. My style and body image blog has been read by millions of people across the globe, and for three years I wrote a monthly fashion advice column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. My articles have been featured on the Huffington Post and About.com, my blog has been highlighted by Marie Claire and Glamour, I’ve worked as a contributing editor at Adios Barbie, and my marketing and entrepreneurial advice has appeared on the GoDaddy blog.
Pants still on? Then let’s talk about my behind-the-scenes work. I’ve edited books on catalyzing innovation, meaningful allyship, effective decision-making, and the importance of empathy in the business world. I’ve created expressive artist statements, assembled compelling case studies, and generated strategic editorial calendars for popular blogs. I’ve ghostwritten academic cover letters, blog posts, manifestos, 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.
Explore this page for more information about me:
Why do I love ghostwriting?
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 Muay Thai class, training young women to be leaders, working a shift at the wildlife rehab center, fussing with my ever-growing collection of houseplants, 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.