ROSEMARIE ROBOTHAM is an editor, writer, book coach and literary collaborator. She wrote and illustrated her first book at age 5, and published it using red twine and a classic accordion-fold binding. Her mother was impressed.
Rosemarie started her career traveling the globe as a footloose reporter and writer for the monthly Life. She later served as a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, then as deputy editor of Essence magazine, where she won numerous awards for her stories. More recently, she has acquired and edited titles for Shebooks.net, publisher of short ebooks by women in the genres of memoir, fiction and long-form journalism.
The coauthor of the award-winning Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century, she is the author of Jamaica Dreams, a memoir, Zachary’s Wings, a novel, and the editor of two collections of fiction and memoir, Mending the World and The Bluelight Corner. She has also been a co-author, ghostwriter, book doctor, developmental editor or story coach on numerous other works.
Rosemarie currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City, just up the street from Barnard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, her alma maters. She once spent a charmed month as a writer-in-residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and dreams about it still. An intuitive conceptual editor and meticulous line editor, Rosemarie is known for her sure sense of story and voice, respect for deadlines, and warm collaborative approach. Her goal is always literary alchemy—magic with words.