Sarah Billington

Freelance Children's Book Writer & Creative Writer

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Location:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/sarahbillington
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SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

• Attention to detail
• Track changes and/or hand editing
• Client focused
• Fast learner – and eager to learn
• 65 wpm, 95% accuracy
• Data entry

EDITING AND PROOFING EXPERIENCE

2011

On Call Solutions
Sales Copy light editorial and proof read

Open Humanities Press
Copyedit and proofread academic books and journals for print and online publication

Darebin Council’s INSCRIBE Literary Newspaper Editorial
Committee member and joint Manager of Prose and Q&A Sections
Commission content and generate new content, conduct interviews and liaise with authors and publicity departments of publishing houses, attend regular meetings and work to tight deadlines, copyedit and proofread approved submissions, assist in layout and design

2010

Cursive Scripts Anthology Editorial Team
Blog administration, commission work, editorial, proofread, cover design, liaison with authors and printers

2005
The Box Magazine Fiction Editor
Commission, edit and proofread fiction submissions, adhere to word lengths and layout restrictions

2004 – 2006 Proofreader for Bass Arts and ProNews newsletters

OTHER PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE

2010
Ford Street Books Internship
Sales/Publicity Assistance at Book Launch for The Glass House by Paul Collins and Jo Thompson

Black Dog Books Internship (followed by two weeks paid position as interim Publicist)
Read manuscripts, write coverage, read the slush pile and recommend evaluation or rejection, proofread, dye-proof read, copyedit, social media networking, including blogging and liaising with authors and readers on Twitter and Facebook, determine potential sales markets for new titles, sales calls, follow-up phone calls, develop spreadsheets, brainstorm titles for manuscripts, sit in on editorial, sales and author meetings

Melbourne Writers’ Festival Volunteer
Industry Shebang! Industry Workshop, Joss Whedon Keynote Speech Usher, School’s Program Usher, Green Room Usher and Talent Escort

2008

Melbourne Writers’ Festival Volunteer
ArtPlay children’s program, YA Masterclass with Rachel Cohn

PUBLICATIONS AND WRITING CREDITS

Currently represented by Literary Agent Jill Corcoran of the Herman Agency, USA

2010

‘I, Zombie,’ short story published in Cursive Scripts

‘I, Zombie,’ extract published in Scribe, UK

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pantsers, Life on Marrs Guest Blog Post < shirleymarr.net/.../sisterhood-of-the-travelling-pantsers-with-
special-guest-sarah-billington/>

A Complete Rewrite (Or: How a Pantser became an Outliner), The Parking Lot Confessional Guest Blog Post < http://parkinglotconfessional.com/2010/09/21/a-complete-rewrite-
or-how-a-pantser-became-an-outliner/>

2009

‘Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown,’ CD review in Lots Wife

‘Stimulating Times,’ Article in The Star newspaper ‘The Journey Before, the Journey After: How to see the world with Monash Abroad,’ Article in Lots Wife magazine

‘Mark Watson,’ Comedian Interview in Latrobe Valley Express newspaper and Lots Wife

‘Housing Pros and Cons,’ Article in Lots Wife

‘17 Again,’ Movie Review in Lots Wife

‘University Students feeling the financial strain,’ in The Star and Lots Wife

2008

‘Parenting Etiquette,’ in Offset Literary Journal

‘Orientating Olivia,’ in Ramblings Online

‘Run Fat Boy Run,’ Movie Review in Ramblings Online


2007

‘Grease was the Word,’ Article in The Current newspaper

‘All change for the Wonthaggi Station,’ Article in The Current

Commissioned to write The Couch by Ponto Combo Production Company

Production of short film The Couch for TropFest ’06 (post production never completed)

2005

‘You’re Rooted, Mate,’ short story in Avant Anthology

‘9 Songs,’ Movie Review in The Box Online and The Box

‘Janet Evanovich,’ Author/Book Review in The Box Online

‘The Runaway,’ short story in The Box

2004

‘The Ballerina & My Best Friend,’ short story in Inkshed Anthology

2003

‘RSPCA: Educating Humans,’ Article in Burwood Bulletin


AWARDS AND HONOURS

2010

Fellowship of Australian Writers Gippsland Award Winner
for Life was easier when boys were stupid

Romance Writers of America ‘Write Stuff’ Competition First Round Judge: YA category
Detailed in-text critiques and suggestions, rating and grading

2009

Monash University Student Union Media Volunteer of the Year Award

President of Monash University Gippsland Creative Writers Society

2008

Melbourne Libraries FanFic Competition Winner
Angus the Zombie Cat (FanFic written for Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging)

Writers Digest Competition Honourable Mention: Screenplay Category
The In With Santa

2006

International PAGE Hollywood Screenwriting Competition Quarter-finalist: Television Pilot Category Playing Grown Ups TV Pilot

2004

Actors perform live screenplay reading of pilot episode of my TV series Playing Grown Ups