Samantha Sainsbury

    Editorial services and publishing consulting

  • What I Do

    I help make thrillers more exciting, business books more approachable and health books more inspiring. If you've finished your draft and don't know how to make it better, I can help you take it to the next level.


    I provide developmental, structural and copy edits to expand and enhance your manuscript in order to challenge, excite and reward your reader. If you are looking to get published or to self-publish, I can help you achieve your goal of producing something special that gets attention.

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    About Me

    I'm Sam Sainsbury. I’m a freelance editor and publishing consultant with fifteen years experience in the book industry.  


    I was Managing Editor at Penguin Random House and Senior Editor at Pan Macmillan Australia. I've edited a raft of best-selling and critically acclaimed books and worked with top-tier authors across the trade.


    As a freelancer, I work with some of Australia's biggest publishing houses including Pan Macmillan, Allen and Unwin, Hachette and HarperCollins; self-publishing companies such as Independent Ink and Critical Mass Consulting; and aspiring, independent and self-publishing authors.


    I have a Graduate Diploma of Editing and Publishing from RMIT and Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) from Melbourne University.


    I live in Melbourne with my husband and two sons.

  • Previous Work

    A selection of best-selling and critically acclaimed titles

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    Liane Moriarty

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    Di Morrissey

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    Mia Freedman

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    Paul Roos

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    Prof. Kerryn Phelps

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    David Gillespie

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    Sarah Wilson

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    Maggie Dent

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    Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

  • Services

    The First Three Chapters

    Did you know most publishers and agents don't read past the first three chapters? I will read your whole manuscript, give you a short explanatory report and edit your first three chapters to make them unputdownable.

    Manuscript Assessment

    A professional, critical audit of the strengths and weakness of your manuscript to let you know if you're on the right track and how to make it better. I'll provide you with a detailed, constructive report on your story, themes and characters for fiction and argument, flow of ideas and accessibility for non-fiction.

    Structural Editing

    Big-picture analysis of plot, structure, themes, pace and characters for fiction and logic, flow of ideas, approach and reader engagement for non-fiction. I'll provide a detailed, solution-oriented report with positive, concrete suggestions for your consideration. I'll also mark-up your manuscript with the comments, queries and suggestions needed to take it to the next level.


    Getting into the nitty-gritty, this edit focuses 'on the line' correcting your manuscript's grammar, spelling, punctuation, repetition, syntax and flow and also focuses on tightening and enhancing the plot, ensuring consistent chronology, strengthening character arcs, smoothing out tone and fine-tuning pace. You'll receive a marked-up manuscript and a short explanatory report to guide you forwards.

    Copyediting with Structural Feedback

    A copyedit of your manuscript, plus an in-depth report on the major strengths and weaknesses with key suggestions to consider.

    Marketing and Publishing Consultation

    Everything to get you on your way to being published including blurb creation, pitch-document editing and expert advice about the publishing industry and successfully publishing your unique manuscript.


    Available as part of custom package

    Post-edit Consultation

    If you want to talk through any element of the edit in further detail or pick my brain on publishing strategies, I offer a 30-minute, post-edit over-the-phone consultation.


    Available as part of a custom package

    Custom Package

    Create a package from any of the above that suits your needs.


    Prices vary, please get in touch to learn more.

  • Contact me

    I’d love to hear from you!

    Send me a short description of your book, the genre, current word count, your timeframe and a bit about yourself.