About

Bob J. Shuman

Senior editors who work with Bob Shuman on Stage Voices: Pam Green and Adam Sullivan.

Bob Shuman is one of three editors who worked on Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays, One On One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century, One On One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century, and Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. He is co-author of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George and is a senior editor with almost twenty years experience in New York trade book publishing. He has worked at William Morrow, John Wiley and Sons, and AMACOM Books. Bob has experience in editorial management, single title and series publishing, and the creation of a brand extension. Known for building publishing enterprises that deliver a high quality of product and service, Bob has provided hands-on editorial support in areas as diverse as Business, Entertainment, Fiction, Politics, Military, Sports, and New Age.

As someone who has written himself, besides his reviews and commentary on stagevoices.com, he knows how to talk and work with writers–he won the Zarkower Award for Excellence in Playwriting from Hunter College and, in 2003, he was named a Fellow at the Lark Theater Company, a developmental lab space in New York; the Second Stage Theatre in Manhattan and the Amoralists also gave a readings of his play End Zone.

Among the titles Bob has conceptualized are The Conservative Bookshelf by Chilton Williamson, Jr., (Alternate Selection of American Compass Book Club); The Seasons: Ten Memorable Years in Baseball and America by best-selling author Bill Gilbert (foreword by Larry King); and Special Forces in Action by Kevin Dockery with E. Abbrecht (Alternate Selection of the Military Book Club).

Bob edited 50 Plus!: Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life by Robert L. Dilenschneider called “valuable reading” by The New York Times and J. K. Lasser’s Your Winning Retirement Plan by Henry K. Hebeler, which Business Week named a “best retirement guide.” Other titles Bob has edited include: Bad & Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels by Ian Halperin, which mega-selling author Jackie Collins named the “best book of 2002”; No Soul Left Behind: The Words and Wisdom of Edgar Cayce was called “the best Cayce-based book ever published” by the Cayce foundation. Liza Minnelli, commenting on The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook by Scott Schechter and edited by Bob said, “All the other books about me are B.S. This is the only one that matters.”

Bob has been highlighted in Publishers Weekly, Financial Planning magazine, and the Washington Times. He has attended the Sewanee, Iowa, and Blue Ridge writer’s conferences–and he has presented books at the American Library Association. As someone who has written himself, he knows how to talk and work with writers–he won the Zarkower Award for Excellence in Playwriting from Hunter College and, in 2003, he was named a Fellow at the Lark Theater Company, a developmental lab space in New York; the Second Stage Theatre in Manhattan also gave a reading of his play Dedication during that year.

Elsewhere, Bob has provided editorial work on books by Sidney Sheldon, Barbara Bush, Caroline Kennedy, Prince Charles (with Jonathan Dimbleby), Debbie Reynolds, Anne Edwards, and Charles Grodin; he oversaw Deborah Laake’s best-seller Secret Ceremonies as well. For reprint, he acquired Evenings with Cary Grant, written by Grant’s close friend Nancy Nelson and Eleanor and Harry, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2002). Bob also brought Rabbi Benjamin Blech to Alpha Books for several very successful Judaica titles. Bob is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and he holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University.

He lives in New York City.

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