Rob Staeger

Rob Staeger - Ghostwriter

Edison, NJ, USA

Writer and editor with 30 years of experience in a variety of environments and styles. Specializing in nonfiction for young readers.

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Overview

The best writing is clear and purposeful. In nonfiction, that means informing the reader as clearly as possible, building an argument and supporting it with facts. Fiction, on the other hand, is meant to entertain, with every element in the service of that effect…whether it be humor, suspense, horror, or romance.

As a ghostwriter, I’m here to help you make your project a reality in a way that will satisfy, entertain, and inform your audience.. I’ve spent much of my 25 years in publishing interviewing businesspeople, artists, and entertainers, helping them publicize their work and get their message out. While I’ve got a lot of interests—history, music, comics, film, tabletop gaming—I’m comfortable writing about a wide range of non-fiction topics. Writing about new things is part of how I learn.

In nonfiction, I’ve written for newspapers such as The Village Voice, trade magazines, instructional video scripts for a blockchain think tank, and nonfiction history books for young readers. I’ve also written children’s fiction, including short stories fashioned as pen-pal letters to kids of varying ages (everything from pet adventures to tween mysteries), as well as flash fiction for adult readers for Ahoy Comics.

Let’s talk about what you want for your project, and I’ll tell you what I can do to make it come alive.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
History
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

Offering editorial services for magazines, advertising and marketing agencies, novelists and nonfiction writers, and more. Freelance writer, published in The Village Voice, AHOY Comics, various trade magazines, and more.

Managing Editor, SHOT Business

Bonnier
March, 2003 – October, 2008 (over 5 years)

Worked as copy editor for Outdoor Life magazine, then as managing editor for SHOT Business magazine. I still write an ongoing business column for SHOT Business, helping retailers make smart choices in a changing market.

Writer / Editor

Dream Chaser Enterprises
May, 1999 – August, 2002 (over 3 years)

Wrote and edited fictional pen-pal letters for a story-by-mail service. Titles included Pet Shop Pen Pals (young-reader adventures from pets), Dream Chasers (supernatural choose-your-own-ending stories), and Sneaker Seekers (solve-it-yourself mysteries).

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Suburban Publications
May, 1996 – May, 1999 (about 3 years)

Edited Arcade, the weekly arts and entertainment magazine supplement to three suburban Philadelphia newspapers. In addition to coordinating freelancers and editing the magazine, I wrote several articles a week, interviewing local and national artists, musicians, and entertainers.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Ancient Mathemeticians (Profiles in Mathematics)

Rob Staeger

A series of biographies designed to lift mathematics off the page and out of the calculator, featuring individuals whose contributions were critical to the development of mathematics.

A series of biographies designed to lift mathematics off the page and out of the calculator, featuring individuals whose contributions were critical to the development of mathematics.

Hunting With the Native Americans (Native American Life)

Rob Staeger

Describes how the hunting practices of Native Americans differed throughout North and South America, and looks at the weapons they used, the types of animals they hunted, and rituals they performed before hunting.

Describes how the hunting practices of Native Americans differed throughout North and South America, and looks at the weapons they used, the types of animals they hunted, and rituals they performed before hunting.

Native American Tools and Weapons (Native American Life (Mason Crest))

Rob Staeger

When studying the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, it is important to understand that Native American cultures are highly diverse. With more than 500 Native American nations and 300 different language groups, there are few universal characteristics that apply across tribal boundaries. Traditions, ceremonies, sports, games, dance, subsistence patterns, clothing, and reli... read more

When studying the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, it is important to understand that Native American cultures are highly diverse. With more than 500 Native American nations and 300 different language groups, there are few universal characteristics that apply across tribal boundaries. Traditions, ceremonies, sports, games, dance, subsistence patterns, clothing, and reli... read more

Angola (The Evolution of Africa's Major Nations)

Rob Staeger

The modern state of Angola was established in 1975, when it won its freedom from Portugal. However, peace did not accompany Angola's independence. Instead, fighting between nationalist groups launched the country into nearly three decades of civil war. Although the civil war ended a decade ago, its effects are still being felt. Angola's people are among the poorest in the world, and it is home... read more

The modern state of Angola was established in 1975, when it won its freedom from Portugal. However, peace did not accompany Angola's independence. Instead, fighting between nationalist groups launched the country into nearly three decades of civil war. Although the civil war ended a decade ago, its effects are still being felt. Angola's people are among the poorest in the world, and it is home... read more

Native American Sports and Games (Native American Life)

Rob Staeger

Describes some of the sports and games played by various Native American cultures.

Describes some of the sports and games played by various Native American cultures.

Wyatt Earp (Famous Figures of the American Frontier)

Rob Staeger

Relates events in the personal and professional life of a marshal with nerves of steel, Wyatt Earp, who was known as a peacemaker until the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Relates events in the personal and professional life of a marshal with nerves of steel, Wyatt Earp, who was known as a peacemaker until the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Deported Aliens (Changing Face of North America)

Rob Staeger

During the mid-1960s, the laws regulating immigration to both the United States and Canada were rewritten. Traditionally, the majority of immigrants had come from western European countries; the revised immigration acts opened the door for millions of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the books in the series. The Changing Face of North America: Immigration Since 1965 foc... read more

During the mid-1960s, the laws regulating immigration to both the United States and Canada were rewritten. Traditionally, the majority of immigrants had come from western European countries; the revised immigration acts opened the door for millions of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the books in the series. The Changing Face of North America: Immigration Since 1965 foc... read more

Asylum Seekers (Changing Face of North America)

Rob Staeger

During the mid-1960s, the laws regulating immigration to both the United States and Canada were rewritten. Traditionally, the majority of immigrants had come from western European countries; the revised immigration acts opened the door for millions of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the books in the series. The Changing Face of North America: Immigration Since 1965 foc... read more

During the mid-1960s, the laws regulating immigration to both the United States and Canada were rewritten. Traditionally, the majority of immigrants had come from western European countries; the revised immigration acts opened the door for millions of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Some of the books in the series. The Changing Face of North America: Immigration Since 1965 foc... read more

The Boom Towns (American West)

Rob Staeger

As people moved west to settle the great open regions of the US, many towns sprang up almost overnight. Why did some western towns vanish while others thrived? This book includes tales that help to explain how frontier towns were started and why they either survived or became ghost towns.

As people moved west to settle the great open regions of the US, many towns sprang up almost overnight. Why did some western towns vanish while others thrived? This book includes tales that help to explain how frontier towns were started and why they either survived or became ghost towns.

The Spanish Missions of California (The American West)

Rob Staeger

In many of California's cities, the buildings of former Spanish missions are still standing. The history of the Spanish mission era in California was relatively short. When Spanish priests attempted to establish missions in California during the mid-18th century, their goal was to covert the native people of the region to Christianity. The Spaniards had no idea of the troubles ahead. They face... read more

In many of California's cities, the buildings of former Spanish missions are still standing. The history of the Spanish mission era in California was relatively short. When Spanish priests attempted to establish missions in California during the mid-18th century, their goal was to covert the native people of the region to Christianity. The Spaniards had no idea of the troubles ahead. They face... read more

Complete Stat Trackers Set -- The Ultimate System for DM's of 5th Edition

Stat Trackers are the Ultimate DM Accessory for 5th edition. Simply hang them on your DM screen in initiative order and have all the stats for everyone in the encounter right in front of your face. Set includes 317 MONSTER TRACKERS of official 5e monsters, NPCs, and animals that come pre-printed in an intuitive, easy-to-read format with every single stat, attack and ability on the card; 50 CHA... read more

Stat Trackers are the Ultimate DM Accessory for 5th edition. Simply hang them on your DM screen in initiative order and have all the stats for everyone in the encounter right in front of your face. Set includes 317 MONSTER TRACKERS of official 5e monsters, NPCs, and animals that come pre-printed in an intuitive, easy-to-read format with every single stat, attack and ability on the card; 50 CHA... read more

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