Bob Batchelor

Bob Batchelor - Editor

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Nonfiction is my game, from biography to true crime and more! Ph.d. and 10 books written, focused on helping you achieve your dreams!

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Nonfiction author and biographer, I've written 11 books and edited 19, as well as acquired, doctored, and taught writers how to write another 35 books. My doctorate is in American literature, but I specialize in trade books and storytelling.

I acquired and edited (including marketing copy) for five separate book series for Rowman & Littlefield. Focused on helping scholars and academics reach general or trade markets. Partner from idea and concept creation through publication. I also taught at the college level for 16.5 years, so I am deeply experienced in helping new writers produce the best work they can.

My "BIG" ideas:

-- The story is the thing, but you've got to connect with an audience.
-- Make the work authentic.
-- Writing well frequently boils down to concise, precise, and active voice.

At R&L, I acquired books in American literature, television, sports, film, and a cool series called "The 100 Greatest..." I specialize in American culture and history, writing about John Updike and The Great Gatsby to NASCAR and Stan Lee.

I also founded and edited the Popular Culture Studies Journal and served on the editorial board of several academic journals and magazines.

From writers/editors I've worked with in the past:

"I credit Bob with everything—I don’t know if I would have done any of it without him. As his record of productivity attests, Bob gets things done—a lot of things."
English (US)
Antiques & Collectibles
Biographies & Memoirs
Sports & Outdoors
True Crime
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction


  • Ph.D. English Literature


  • 2020 Independent Press Award for Historical Biography
  • 2018 Finalist, Nonfiction, Ohio Book of the Year

Work experience

Book Series Editor

Rowman & Littlefield
January, 2014 – Present (about 8 years)

Acquired, edited, and marketed numerous books across popular culture and history fields, including cultural history, film, literature, comic books, television, and literary studies.

Chief Historian and Strategist

May, 1993 – Present (over 28 years)

My focus is on bringing great stories to life -- the big stories that inform of our collective past, while illuminating how we might approach the present and future. I have numerous books that I have written or edited on American history, literature, and popular culture.

I have also ghostwritten and edited books for corporate clients and individuals.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

Bajac-Carter, Maja, Jones, Norma, Batchelor, Bob, Lindow, Sandra J., Clasen, Tricia, Lemley, Lauren, Laity, K. A., Schneeweis, Adina, Smith, Christina M., Espinoza, Mauricio, Erhart, Itir, Eslen-Ziya, Hande, Wagenheim, Christopher Paul, McDaniel, Anita, Zechowski, Sharon, Neumann, Caryn E., Robbins, Trina, Murphy, April Jo, Miczo, Nathan, Cook, Roy, Darowski, Joseph J., Edmunds, T. Keith, Berns, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni, Kramer, Michael R.

Aging Heroes: Growing Old in Popular Culture

Jones, Norma, Batchelor, Bob, Allen, Jace, Buzzanell, Patrice M., de Syon professor of history Albright College, Guillaume, D’Enbeau, Suzy, du Pré, Athena, Erhart, Itir, Eslen-Ziya, Hande, Gallagher, Amanda, Goltz, Dustin Bradley, Haridakis, Paul, Murguía, Salvador Jimenez, Kinsky, Emily S., Lescure, Ryan M., Lin, Mei-Chen, Miczo, Nathan, Miller, Cynthia J., Morrison, Carlos D., Neumann, Caryn E., Okeowo, Ayoleke David, Cook Overton, Barbara, Pecchioni, Loretta L., Hajdik, Anna Thompson, Trimble, Jacqueline Allen, Turner, Kathleen M., Van Riper, A. Bowdoin, Yep, Gust A.

Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture

Jones, Norma, Bajac-Carter, Maja, Batchelor, Bob, D’Enbeau, Suzy, Snyder, Katie, Stuller, Jennifer K., Brown, Jeffrey A., Grady, Maura, Castillo, Ryan, Gibson, Katie, Ponce, Pedro, Bausman, Cassandra, Miller, Cynthia J., Kyle, Catherine Bailey, Sharma, Rekha, Savery, Carol A., Means Coleman, Robin R., Shen, Lien Fan, Van Riper, A. Bowdoin, Cocca, Carolyn

100 Greatest Video Game Characters

Banks, Jaime, Mejia, Robert, Adams, Aubrie

100 Greatest Video Game Franchises

Mejia, Robert, Banks, Jaime, Adams, Aubrie

Bob has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jerri Stewart
This is my first experience with an editor; I really didn't know what to expect. I'm impressed and amazed at the quantity and quality of feedback I received from Bob, and very grateful. Bob was generous with his many encouraging comments. And spot on with knowing what parts needed some work. His suggestions for how to improve them were thorough and clear. He even wrote a short example. I wil b...
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Jerri Stewart, May 2021

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