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Shel Sweeney
Experienced manuscript assessor, structural / development editor, copyeditor, proofreader, ghostwriter and writer: based between Australia, UK and USA. Shel Sweeney works with a range of fiction and non-fiction materials across a variety of genre and media.

Local Availability:
Shel is available to conduct business online and via email.

Media Experience
Print, Web, Social Media, Word and PDF

Biographical Note
With a background in academic and trade publishing, Shel has developed a strong understanding of writing and publishing processes. She has freelanced on a number of published books: assessing, editing, proofreading and reviewing. Shel is experienced in writing fiction, non-fiction and corporate texts. She is also skilled in the development and delivery of creative writing workshops.

Shel has worked with large corporations, educational institutions, welfare organisations, small business owners, and established and indie authors. She has previously worked with Penguin Books Australia, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Harcourt Education Australia, English Corner Publishing, and the publishing branch of the University of Glasgow’s Association of Scottish Literary Studies.

Some of her projects have included ghostwriting sections of a cookbook training manual for industrial chefs, manuscript appraisal for a work of now published fiction, proofreading of now published academic texts, editing and language checking of now published children’s educational and cartoon books, autobiography coach, appraisal for a children’s book manuscript, appraisal and editing of book synopses and author query letters, structural edit of a work of now published fiction, structural editing and copywriting web content, copyediting resumes, copyedit of YA fiction, copyediting a web-based philosophical text, copywriting direct mail letters, social media consultation for a not-for-profit fashion accessory website.

Shel has a Master degree in Professional Writing and Literature, along with two Bachelor degrees: English Literature and English Teaching. Her clients are located around the world.

Published Writings

My Sister with her Poisonous Veins and Venom Tongue, in ‘Perceptions: Magazine of the Arts’, Vol. 13, 2013.
Gumbooted and Blanket Wrapped, in ‘Splinterswerve’, Issue 9: ebb / flow, February 2013, Calgary and Victoria, Canada.
Critique of Young Adult Fiction, in ‘The Copperfield Review’, vol. 12, no. 1, winter 2013, USA.
The Stone Floor, in ‘Vintage Script’, Issue 4, winter 2012, London.
The Leaving, in ‘Southerly: The Journal of the English Association’, vol. 70, no. 2, 2010, Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney.

Contact Details
Byron Bay / Australia
Washington DC / United States
London / United Kingdom