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Author. Speaker. Literary Agent
NDE experiencer. Cancer survivor. 

Sarah Bullen is a  multi-published author and writing coach and literary agent, leading international writing retreats and adventures in Europe and Africa. She is the author of Write your Book in 100 Days and is a former financial and magazine journalist writing for titles such as Marie Claire, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan and Psychologies UK. 

Sarah had a life-altering near-death experience where she was in a coma for three weeks. Her story has become a book Love & Above: A journey into shamanism, coma and joy.  Her latest book The Other Side: Journeys into Mysticism, Magic and Near Death follows on from that and gathers riveting and radical stories of people from Africa, who have crossed to the ‘other side’ or those who can contact it.

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Sarah Bullen is the author of Write your Book in 100 Days: Stop mucking about and write it! and is a former financial and magazine journalist writing for titles such as Marie Claire, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan and Psychologies UK. 

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When she is not talking about soul travels and NDEs - Sarah works with authors as a book coach and agent. She has had over 180 books published by writers she has mentored over the last two decades.  She has held editorial roles across both books, magazines and literary agencies.

 

Her books include:
Love & Above – A Journey into Shamanism, Coma and Joy. (2022)

Write your Book in 100 Days!  Stop Mucking about and Just Write It  (2020)

Romance 101. How your Relationship can Survive Kids, and other passion killers (Oshun, Tafelberg 2007)

Hey Baby! The Hip New Mom's Guide That's All About You (Random House 2005)

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Sarah Bullen lives in Cape Town and spends part of the year in Greece and Botswana. She is a qualified African Constellations facilitator and works with Writing with the Ancestors. She does traditional rites of passage storytelling and curating storytelling retreats, and facilitating women's rites of passage.

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LOVE AND ABOVE

Sarah's own story is inspirational has taken her to stages all over the world.  In hwe mid 30s and with two young children, Sarah fell ill with pneumonia and ended up fighting for her life, in a coma and on life support. During that time she had an extended three-week long Near Death Experience.  This journey is the story in her book Love and Above: A journey through shamanism, coma and joy. (2022 Tafelberg) and The Other Side (release date 2024).

 

How did this crazy fight for life happen?  A three-week long coma and a NDE that lasted as long?


She was just 34 with a young family when her husband discovered he had a brain tumour. As he pursued a shamanic path to fight the cancer, they were both catapulted into a strange and magical world of ritual and ceremony. Then the impossible happened. As he entered his last weeks of life - Sarah too ended up fighting for her own life, in a coma on life support. She was to remain in the coma for four weeks and travelled through near-death and into other realms and worlds.  Her three week journey was recorded in magazines and has become a NDE story that captivates audiences from USA  to UK and in magazines from Marie Claire to Men’s Health and on talk shows and stages. 

After her husband died of brain cancer in 2012 she moved to a Greece island to heal, write and run writers retreats. and has consistently supported authors for the last decade. She is the founder of Black Ink Books, and works with publishers around the globe in English-speaking territories. 

SARAH BULLEN - THE WRITING COACH AND AGENT
 

During her 10-year career as a newspaper and magazine journalist Sarah wrote for publications including Men's Health, Woman's Health, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian and New York Times.

 

Her quirky and amusing style led her to be commissioned to write her first book in 2005 - a hilarious and  heartfelt account of  the trial and indignities of moving from a career girl to baby mama. 

 Hey Baby! The Hip New Mom's Guide that's all about You (Penguin 2005) was an unexpected bestseller and led her to become a standard feature manning a stand or doing talks at Baby Expos, breastfeeding clinics and new mom's groups. Her second non fiction book  was also based on her magazine columns and was titled Romance 101! Can your Relationship Survive your Kids and Other Passion Killers? (Penguin 2007).

Sarah was working as a magazine editor, but also consulting with publishers as a structural editor on books. In 2007 she bought the franchise of a writing school that focussed on novel writing course and she taught romance writing courses backed by the Avon Publishing group. When the franchise ended in 2009 Sarah opened The Writing Room in Cape Townl South Africa and expanded her courses into How to Write a Novel courses and then into Memoir and Non-Fiction Courses. 


The Writing Room has to date has guided and mentored over 1,000 authors around the world through masterclasses, mentorships and writing events. Over 180 of these are currently published. 

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS FEATURED IN:


Elle Decoration (UK, Greece, Germany, South Africa), Women’s Health, Men's Health, Marie Claire, House and Leisure
House and Garden, Business Day, Business Day Wanted lifestyle supplement, New Media Publishing (freelance lifestyle writer and reviewer for a few of their custom titles), The Guardian (UK), Mail & Guardian, The Times, The Good Weekend, Fair Lady, Femina, Your Baby, Horizons, CNBC, eNCA, Cape Talk, SABC. Al Jazeera. Radio 707, Cape Talk and countless podcasts. 
She was the former personal finance editor at the Mail & Guardian, radio news editor at Business Day radio and had a 10 year career as a magazine publisher and editor. ​
 

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Sarah Bullen

the book mentor

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MENTOR / LITERARY AGENT / BEST SELLING AUTHOR
STORYTELLING AND ANCESTRAL CONSTELLATIONS WORK

Sarah does traditional oral storytelling in women's circles and events, bringing centuries old stories to life … around fires, in circles and to those who need an old story to show them a new way. ​ 
Sarah is a keynote speaker,  guest on talk shows and literary festivals and a contributor to magazines internationally.
She is an MC who hosts book launches and conferences.
She lectures in personal narrative fiction at MA level.   
Sarah has written over 14 books as a professional ghostwriter for business and thought leaders and celebrities.
 

Sarah is herself a cancer survivor. In 2016, four years after her husband died of brain cancer, she found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Cancer. The word she had run from.

AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND NDE SURVIVOR

SARAH BULLEN - THE WRITING COACH AND AGENT

Sarah's own story is inspirational has taken her to stages all over the world.  In hwe mid 30s and with two young children, Sarah fell ill with pneumonia and ended up fighting for her life, in a coma and on life support. During that time she had an extended three-week long Near Death Experience.  This journey is the story in her book Love and Above: A journey through shamanism, coma and joy. (2022 Tafelberg) and The Other Side (release date 2024).

 

How did this crazy fight for life happen?  A three-week long coma and a NDE that lasted as long?


She was just 34 with a young family when her husband discovered he had a brain tumour. As he pursued a shamanic path to fight the cancer, they were both catapulted into a strange and magical world of ritual and ceremony. Then the impossible happened. As he entered his last weeks of life - Sarah too ended up fighting for her own life, in a coma on life support. She was to remain in the coma for four weeks and travelled through near-death and into other realms and worlds.  Her three week journey was recorded in magazines and has become a NDE story that captivates audiences from USA  to UK and in magazines from Marie Claire to Men’s Health and on talk shows and stages. 

After her husband died of brain cancer in 2012 she moved to a Greece island to heal, write and run writers retreats. and has consistently supported authors for the last decade. She is the founder of Black Ink Books, and works with publishers around the globe in English-speaking territories. 

 

Sarah is herself a cancer survivor. She had cancer four years after her husband died of brain cancer. That was in 2016. Sarah Bullen lives in Cape Town and spends part of the year in Greece and Botswana. She is a qualified African Constellations facilitator and works with Writing with the Ancestors. She does traditional rites of passage storytelling and curating storytelling retreats, and facilitating women's rites of passage.

LOVE AND ABOVE BLOG

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Sarah's expertise and heartfelt care are a rare find. I highly recommend her services as a writing coach and literary agent and am very grateful to have found her.

- Colleen-Joy Page Author of 'The Apple Tree and The Wisdom Well Way'

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Sarah Bullen is a popular MC, hosting events, author talks and interviews with authors. She is a professional keynote speaker at business events, conferences and workshops. 

BOOK EVENT TALKS 

 

(either 60 mins or a 4 hour workshop)

1. How to Build a Book: How to Plan, Write and Sell your Book in 100 Days
2. Write your Novel in 100 Days
3. How to Write a Romance Novel 
4.  How to Write for Magazines and Blogs and Get Published

ABOUT SARAH BULLEN
Sarah Bullen is a multi-published author, international writing coach and literary agent. Founder of The Writing Room and Kent Literary, she has had over 100 books published by writers she has mentored. As well as being a regular guest on talk shows, podcasts and writers’ circles, Sarah has been leading international writing retreats and adventures for the past decade. 

KEYNOTE TALKS (40 mins)

What's your story(40 mins)

Have you ever asked yourself what story you are living?   Sarah Bullen is a storytelling mentor and author and in this talk she unpack how we create our own living stories. She will take you down a trip of  mythic journeys and the Seven Thresholds we must all cross to move into adulthood,. She will ask how the stories you hear, and tell, most often form your personal narrative. But have you been telling the wrong ones?  And how can you identify this and change your living story? 

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