Samantha M Clark is the author of the middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST (2018, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster). Before turning her focus to middle grade and young adult novels, Samantha was a journalist and editor for 20 years. Her nonfiction work has been published in Photography magazine and The Tampa Tribune, among others, and her short fiction has been published on Hunger Mountain, the literary Magazine of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2012, Samantha won the Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Houston SCBWI conference, and her novel was a finalist in the Writers League of Texas manuscript contest. Samantha is also trained in marketing and works with clients on strategy, conference proposals, e-newsletters, blogs, social media, and more. Her fiction is represented by Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Publishing and book marketing (including social media marketing for authors)
Fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, science-fiction, general nonfiction, picture books, middle grade & young adult fiction.
Private writing coaching
Consultations/mentorships in publishing and book marketing (click HERE for more information about these services)
Copyediting and proofreading
“Samantha’s advice to me has ranged from basic grammar to continuity questions to concerns about characterization or description. Even when pointing out issues with my writing, she doesn’t forget to offer praise as well. Samantha highlights writing she enjoys and always counters a problem with an aspect of the work that sings. She offers her critiques with an eye toward making a writer’s work the best it can possibly be. With her own efforts to publish, Samantha understands a writer’s perspective and offers editorial advice that is insightful, articulate and useful. I would highly recommend availing yourself of her services as an editor.”
–Sara Joiner, writer
“Sam’s skills as a writer are equaled only by her talents for editing. Her critiques are honest and insightful, cutting away the fat while leaving the heart and soul of the piece intact. She has helped me to revise and yet never lose sight of my original vision. She never fails to have a unique perspective that breathes life into a tired piece. She inspires revision…what does that tell you?”
–Laura Rackham, writer
“Exclamation-point exceptional, that’s how I would describe Samantha’s edits and her critique. Her comments were wise, clear, and made sense in respect to the whole concept of the book. I’m going through all the edits and making amendments accordingly. I’m sure it will read much better after that. I thank Samantha all for the time and effort that she put into my book. I’ll be seeking the services of Yellow Bird Editors again soon, particularly Samantha.”
–Raj Bijloll, writer
“Samantha’s insight to my story was invaluable! She helped me look at my characters from an entirely new perspective, and really flesh out the world I’m creating. I can’t thank her enough!”