Betsy Robinson

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

I grew up in New York's Hudson Valley and have lived in New York City for more than thirty years. I was an actor for more than a decade and did an amazing array of ridiculous jobs to support that art. Then I became a magazine writer and editor. Now I am a book editor specializing in spiritual and psychological topics, memoirs, blogs, etc. (I can talk about editing, if it is required for a program.) But I write fiction.

Radio host Jonathan Schwartz recently told an anecdote about Stephen Sondheim: When asked if he was happy about selling 25,000 copies of a book, Sondheim replied, "Yeah, but it's always the same 25,000 people who bought the last thing." Schwartz believes this is because Sondheim's work pokes people, throws light on their flaws, and a lot of folks don't like that. Feeling so exposed evokes a kind of existential hysteria, which people attempt to explain through hysterical negative criticisms of Sondheim's work. But 25,000 people do like Sondheim--including me. I like to be poked and my writing pokes. It pokes, makes you laugh, and sometimes cry.

Literary agent: 
Sara Camilli

Publications & Prizes

The Trouble with the Truth (author: Edna Robinson; editor: Betsy Robinson) (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg (Black Lawrence Press, 2014)
Plan Z by Leslie Kove (Mid-List Press, 2001)
Prizes won: 

Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize for the novel (The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg); Mid-List Press First Novel Series award (Plan Z by Leslie Kove); Chronogram magazine literary award for short story (Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy); Writers Guild East Fdn. Fellowship; Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference (twice); first prize in Dubuque Fine Arts one-act contest; 2 Folio Awards for Editorial Excellence (as managing editor for Spirituality & Health magazine)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
John Williams, John Kennedy Toole, Percival Everett, Maggie O'Farrell, Mary Lawson, Ian McEwan, Jess Walter, Carol Shields

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Briarcliff Manor, NY
New York
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Last update: Mar 31, 2020