Sarah J. Robbins

Sarah J. Robbins - Ghostwriter

Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Award-winning writer, experienced editor, friendly ghost. My strong sense of voice adds color and creativity to stories of all sizes.

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Overview

I am a magazine editor turned strategist with a master's degree in creative writing and a specialty in ghostwriting. Throughout my career, I have used my writing and editing skills to amplify the impact of activists, advocates, and organizations that I admire.

For years, I coordinated Glamour's Women of the Year Fund, which each year highlighted the work of one women-led grassroots initiative through both storytelling and fundraising. I was involved at every stage of the process—from researching and vetting potential honorees, to reporting and writing the magazine features, to liaising with nonprofit partners to help raise and distribute funds.

One of those partners, Human Rights Watch, contracted me to write two chapters for their anthology The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights. My experience interviewing one of Glamour's honorees, Dr. Hawa Abdi, led to my first book-length collaboration, Keeping Hope Alive, and a deep interest in the collaboration process.

Now, as an independent contractor, I partner with clients on book-length collaborations as well as proposal material. I also work with brands and non-profit organizations to develop and produce thought leadership pieces in a variety of formats—from op-eds to personal essays to white papers to print magazines.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Health & wellbeing
Publishing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Independent Writer, Reporter and Critic

Self-employed
June, 2000 – Present (over 19 years)

Journalism has appeared in: Consumer Reports, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Inc, Marie Claire, MarketWatch, Newsweek, Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, Self, Shape, and The Wirecutter, among others.

Content strategy for clients including: Anthemis Group, Art for Justice Fund, Jopwell, Tides Foundation, and Yale Medicine, among others.

Literary criticism has appeared in: American Book Review, Harold Bloom’s Literary Criticism Collection, SparkNotes. Guides written on Bertolt Brecht, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Sinclair Lewis, Guy de Maupassant, Tim O’Brien, George Orwell, John Steinbeck.

Editor at Large

Consumer Reports Magazine
October, 2014 – October, 2015 (about 1 year)

Contributing Writer

Glamour magazine
September, 2010 – September, 2013 (about 3 years)

Contributing Editor

Publishers Weekly magazine
June, 2007 – Present (over 12 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights

Malala Yousafzai

A chapter book edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling story of courageously standing up for girls' education. Malala's memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school is now abridged and adapted for chapter book readers. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mot... read more

A chapter book edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling story of courageously standing up for girls' education. Malala's memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school is now abridged and adapted for chapter book readers. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mot... read more

Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed

Hawa Abdi

The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia. Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. Since 1991, when the Somali governm... read more

The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia. Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. Since 1991, when the Somali governm... read more

The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights

“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.” —Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girl... read more

“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.” —Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girl... read more

Guy de Maupassant (Bloom's Major Short Story Writers)

Sarah Robbins, Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

Presents plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views of the author's most famous short stories.

Presents plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views of the author's most famous short stories.

George Eliot: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide, Bloom's Major Novelists

Harold Bloom, Sarah Robbins

Offers a brief biography of George Eliot and discusses the plot, characters, and themes of Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and other works.

Offers a brief biography of George Eliot and discusses the plot, characters, and themes of Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and other works.

John Steinbeck's the Grapes of Wrath (Bloom's Guides (Hardcover))

This series offers a comprehensive look at some of the world's most important literary masterpieces. The Grapes of Wrath is John Steinbeck's compelling novel of social justice, chronicling the suffering of migrant workers in dust-bowl era United States. Ages 16+.

This series offers a comprehensive look at some of the world's most important literary masterpieces. The Grapes of Wrath is John Steinbeck's compelling novel of social justice, chronicling the suffering of migrant workers in dust-bowl era United States. Ages 16+.

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