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Ed Robertson

Ed Robertson - Ghostwriter

South Pasadena, CA, United States

Versatile, reliable award-winning ghostwriter who has written, edited or developed more than twenty books covering many nonfiction genres.

Overview

I am a versatile, reliable, award-winning writer/editor with a proven track record for delivering dynamic, marketable creative content on behalf of individuals and companies. I have written, ghostwritten, edited or developed more than twenty published books covering many genres, as well as thousands of articles. My editorial experience also includes four years as a staff editor for an award-winning lifestyles and entertainment magazine, where I curated a wide range of copy for every department, while meeting daily/hourly deadlines and upholding the publication’s high standards of excellence. I am affiliated with several professional writing organizations. I have worked successfully with male and female authors.

WHAT I DO: I create and develop content for print, online and broadcast media. I write books on behalf of individuals and companies that have stories to tell or books to write, but lack the time or ability to do so effectively by themselves. I edit manuscripts that require polish before they can be published.

WHO I WORK WITH: I partner with book and magazine publishers, literary agents, companies and executives, entrepreneurs, and individual authors from all walks of life. My published works as a ghostwriter/collaborative editor cover many genres, including memoirs, biography, narrative nonfiction, business, personal histories, entertainment, and some fiction.

WHY IT WORKS: When you partner with me, you get a versatile, reliable and affordable professional with a proven track record for developing material into compelling, marketable content. I can capture your voice and tell your story in a way that reaches your audience.

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: My experience in media gives me an understanding of marketing that not every author has. I help my clients tell the story they want to tell, in the way they want it told, while understanding what resonates with readers and publishers alike.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

“Ed is a wonderful writer and really knows how to get to the subject's core.”
~Maryann Rea, V.P. Development & Administration at MGB Productions

“Ed is a great writer. We worked on several projects while I was a producer at Columbia House. Ed was always a pleasure to deal with, and his copy was always spot-on. I highly recommend him.”
~Anthony Saggese, Jr., Listener Care Product Manager at Sirius XM Radio Inc.

“...Ed has good judgment in selecting popular topics that will find an audience and be profitable.”
~Mike Altman, Account Manager at Infogroup/City Directories

HOW IT WORKS: I usually start with a free evaluation of your project, gauging the task at hand and how to best achieve it.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Philosophy Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences True Crime

Awards

  • General Excellence, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, 2009

Work experience

Freelance author, editor, ghostwriter, and journalist

Self-employed

December, 1998 – Present (about 18 years)

I work with individuals and companies in many capacities, ranging from ghostwriting, book doctoring and developmental editing, to copy writing, copy editing, book proposal writing, and other consultation. Among other things, I edit manuscripts that require polish before they can be published. (In many cases, polish includes helping the author flesh out aspects of the narrative that are either incomplete or missing, or streamlining aspects that are repetitive or unnecessary.)

My previous publishers include HarperCollins and John Wiley & Sons. My previous collaborators range from first-time writers to such New York Times bestselling authors as Jack Canfield. I have also provided or developed content for such companies as Columbia House Home Video, Highbury House Communications, Cossette Communications, Nightengale Press, The Wave Media, and Media Life Magazine. I have worked successfully with male and female authors.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Case of the Alliterative Attorney: Guide to the Perry Mason TV Series and TV Movies

Bill Sullivan, Ed Robertson

“The key to Perry Mason was that it was a game show. It was ‘Who Killed Cock Robin?’ You had five suspects, each of whom had their own scene [opposite Mason] in the course of each show—and each of whom had a chance to ‘one-up’ Mason in that scene. So when it got to court in the second half of the show, the imprint of the characters was so strong that the game persisted. That, with outstanding ... read more

“The key to Perry Mason was that it was a game show. It was ‘Who Killed Cock Robin?’ You had five suspects, each of whom had their own scene [opposite Mason] in the course of each show—and each of whom had a chance to ‘one-up’ Mason in that scene. So when it got to court in the second half of the show, the imprint of the characters was so strong that the game persisted. That, with outstanding ... read more

Thirty Years of The Rockford Files: An Inside Look at America's Greatest Detective Series

Ed Robertson

An important history in the entertainment world.-The Salisbury Post"The most comprehensive episode guide ever seen in any book."-Television Chronicles"Another great work by Robertson He's still the standard by which TV reference should be judged." -Popocalypse World of FunHe looked like Steve McGarrett. He dressed like Joe Mannix. But Jim Rockford acted like no detective we'd ever seen-and tel... read more

An important history in the entertainment world.-The Salisbury Post"The most comprehensive episode guide ever seen in any book."-Television Chronicles"Another great work by Robertson He's still the standard by which TV reference should be judged." -Popocalypse World of FunHe looked like Steve McGarrett. He dressed like Joe Mannix. But Jim Rockford acted like no detective we'd ever seen-and tel... read more

The Ethics of Star Trek

Judith Barad, Ed Robertson

For Trekkies everywhere, a fascinating look at the philosophy of Star Trek, from Kirk and Spock to Janeway and Seven of NineFor four decades, Star Trek has been the obsession of millions of fans. But real Trekkies know that the show is more than just riveting entertainment. Its complex moral dilemmas present a view of the future that holds important truths for us in the present. Drawing on epi... read more

For Trekkies everywhere, a fascinating look at the philosophy of Star Trek, from Kirk and Spock to Janeway and Seven of NineFor four decades, Star Trek has been the obsession of millions of fans. But real Trekkies know that the show is more than just riveting entertainment. Its complex moral dilemmas present a view of the future that holds important truths for us in the present. Drawing on epi... read more

Once Upon a Time: Elvis and Anita

Jonnita Brewer Barrett

The year was 1957. Elvis Presley was on top of the world. Just twenty-two at the time, he was not just the King of Rock 'n' Roll but a handsome prince who had his choice of all the fair maidens in the land, and yet, like a true fairy tale, he fell in love with Anita Wood, a rising musical talent with the looks of a beauty queen. Anita put her own career aside to be with Elvis, her first love a... read more

The year was 1957. Elvis Presley was on top of the world. Just twenty-two at the time, he was not just the King of Rock 'n' Roll but a handsome prince who had his choice of all the fair maidens in the land, and yet, like a true fairy tale, he fell in love with Anita Wood, a rising musical talent with the looks of a beauty queen. Anita put her own career aside to be with Elvis, her first love a... read more

Unfulfilled Dreams

Francis W Biehl, Ed Robertson

What would you do if one of your children had less than a year to live? That's a question no parent wants to hear, let alone try to answer. That was the challenge that faced Frank Biehl in August 1978, when he learned that his eldest son, Tom, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the pancreas. Just twenty-five years old, Tom was a bright, curious, energetic young man with a promising future... read more

What would you do if one of your children had less than a year to live? That's a question no parent wants to hear, let alone try to answer. That was the challenge that faced Frank Biehl in August 1978, when he learned that his eldest son, Tom, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the pancreas. Just twenty-five years old, Tom was a bright, curious, energetic young man with a promising future... read more

Sorry About That: A Story from a Soldier's Heart

Dick Denne

“Sorry About That is a cautionary tale that must be read. The author insists that if we are not vigilant — if we do not defend our national political inheritance — a leadership, lacking transparency and exploiting our confusion, will do it for us.” ~Dr. Stephen J. Weiss, author, Second Chance, from his Introduction What would you do if you realized that our political and military leaders were ... read more

“Sorry About That is a cautionary tale that must be read. The author insists that if we are not vigilant — if we do not defend our national political inheritance — a leadership, lacking transparency and exploiting our confusion, will do it for us.” ~Dr. Stephen J. Weiss, author, Second Chance, from his Introduction What would you do if you realized that our political and military leaders were ... read more

Voice of Reason: Why the Left and Right Are Wrong

Ronn Owens, Sean Hannity, Bill Press

Voice of Reason is a breath of fresh air in today’s toxic political climate, offering a positive message in dark times: that with reason, common sense, and pragmatism, we can find common ground between all Americans–left, right, and center. If you’re sick of the hyperactive bleating of the Ann Coulters and Michael Moores, and you’re ready for a straightforward and fair discussion of today’s bi... read more

Voice of Reason is a breath of fresh air in today’s toxic political climate, offering a positive message in dark times: that with reason, common sense, and pragmatism, we can find common ground between all Americans–left, right, and center. If you’re sick of the hyperactive bleating of the Ann Coulters and Michael Moores, and you’re ready for a straightforward and fair discussion of today’s bi... read more

Keep On Keeping On

Jean Davis

This is the story of Ron Davis, a charismatic young man who struggled to beat a 12 year addiction to drugs, only to be brutally murdered at the age of 39. The story of his parents, Brooks and Jean Davis, two ordinary people with extraordinary courage, who barely overcome one tragedy, only to be dealt another. A story of faith. Though Ron stumbled many times on the path to overcoming his addict... read more

This is the story of Ron Davis, a charismatic young man who struggled to beat a 12 year addiction to drugs, only to be brutally murdered at the age of 39. The story of his parents, Brooks and Jean Davis, two ordinary people with extraordinary courage, who barely overcome one tragedy, only to be dealt another. A story of faith. Though Ron stumbled many times on the path to overcoming his addict... read more

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