Meet Our Writing + Strategy Team

 

Posts By Ghost President Niki Robinson

Niki Robinson-17Niki Robinson is a wild word wrangler, urban explorer, and overall nerd living and working in downtown Milwaukee, WI. As president of Posts By Ghost, she serves as content strategist and point person, managing a talented and growing team of freelance writers who work across a variety of industries. Niki has written and edited thousands of content marketing pieces, including blog posts, articles, white papers, eBooks (and more) on a wide variety of topics, published all over the web and in print. She is also Co-Founder and Director of Ops for the only free writers conference in the Midwest, WriteCamp Milwaukee and the Milwaukee StorySLAM Producer for The Moth. Niki teaches Writing Web Content That Works at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee School of Continuing Education and she is HubSpot Inbound Certified. Connect with Niki on LinkedIn!

“I’ve found so much inspiration and excitement helping business owners and CEOs transform the way they connect with their target market online—through strategic blogging tactics and search engine optimized content marketing. While running a business has its day-to-day challenges, I’m amazed by the thrill of following my passion every. single. day. I feel privileged to work with such a talented and inspiring team of bloggers, content writers, copywriters and SEO experts here at Posts By Ghost. How can we help your business grow?” ~Niki
 
 
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The Posts By Ghost Team

Posts By Ghost consists of a rotating team of 10 to 15 contracted PBG writers, plus a handful of satellite writers we use for the occasional one-off project. Our writers work across a variety of industries, each with a unique set of specialty focus areas, including IT, marketing, SaaS, business leadership, manufacturing/industrial, lifestyle, entertainment, and more. Here are a few of our core team members…

Jen

JEN
PBG Writer

 

A strong desire to help those in need, and a passion for politics, writing, and working with people has driven Jen throughout her career path. Starting out as a supervisor at a political polling firm, and editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, Jen was voted in her senior yearbook “future editor of a feminist magazine.” Unfortunately there were not a large number of hiring Ms offices in Salt Lake City, and the print industry was dwindling. So she packed her bags and escaped Utah by way of New York, and finally landed in Wisconsin.

There, Jen received with Honors, her B.A. degree in Community Leadership and Non-Profit Management from Alverno College. Prior to and while attending college she was working full-time, building her field experience with office managerial positions for over 15 years. This experience spanned a variety of industries from a-pre-Google-Images dotcom, to managing the offices of a psychiatric practice, a family-owned charitable foundation, and for the last five years, a PR and lobbying firm.

Once she finished the degree, and caught up on years of lost sleep, she decided to escape the glamorous for-profit world, and slowly, (sometimes painfully) pay off her student loans by working with children at a non-profit private academy. To help bridge the gap (and so she can afford her magazine and lip gloss addictions) Jen consults for a variety of clients, including managing the content of three websites (using WordPress), social networking, billing and compliance for her former and current employers, and doing “lucrative” volunteer gigs for fellow non-profits and events such as WriteCamp.

Jen’s writing specialties lean towards the ever-exciting (never dry) detailed business and legal side. She has written proposals for over 25 successful grants, and has written several request-for-proposals resulting in client contracts for her employers. She assisted her former employer with government contracting and becoming a certified Woman-Owned Small Business. She has expertise in writing press releases, web content, marketing, and client communication. She has also assisted several regulated businesses with their governmental compliance. Despite all this she has very fun and creative side too, and in a perfect world she would be a designer and writer for Martha Stewart Living.

“Ms. Jen,” as the academy students call her, follows the philosophy of her grandmother – “No rest for the wicked” (or was it “expectations breed disappointment”?…Grandma was full of ‘em). In the last year, just to keep things exciting, she got married, adopted a second pug puppy, “found” another kitten, bought a new house, bought a new vehicle, learned how to make blown glass paperweights, and completed the aforementioned job-change. This year she has big plans to finish re-watching every episode of both the X-Files and Arrested Development with her husband, run a half-marathon, and live frugally enough to pay off the fun she had last year. She cooks gourmet vegetarian meals, collects tiny glass animals, and has a folder full of accolades and business references if anyone is interested.

Katie

KATIE
Administrative Assistant

 

Katie is a college student who has a thousand different ideas as to what she wants to do with her life, and enough hope that she can accomplish them all. Ever since she was a young girl, the English language has been her passion. Whether it be through writing, talking (a lot), singing, acting on stage, or violently long Twitter rampages, Katie has always had a way with words. She is her social network’s own personal proofreader, comma patroller, and spellchecker, and will likely read anything you ask her to if you provide the coffee.

Along with a passion for words, she has a fiery passion for music. Spending much of her adolescent years sitting on the sidewalk outside of the Eagles Club, she is a professional at anything and everything concert related, from staying up for 24 hours, waiting in line for 12, catching set lists and drumsticks, and always knowing which tour bus is the important one. She loves road trips, and one of her dream paths in life would be to get paid to travel the world and write about what she experienced.

Working at her second try at college, Katie is a determined double major of English with a focus on Language and Linguistics, and Communications. Katie’s passion for words and communicating with people has landed her in many interesting situations, which have resulted in a few wonderful opportunities. She works as a teaching assistant under the direction of a good friend and former instructor of hers in the Ethnic Studies department at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. The same good friend talked her into attending WPR’s podcast production of The Moth StorySLAM, where she got on stage, told a story on a whim, and walked away with an offer to intern for the production. Katie first dipped her toes into the wide and wonderful world of content marketing and ghostwriting as Posts By Ghost’s very first intern. After a year of dutiful service, she was hired on as Administrative Assistant. She is ecstatic to be working on and learning about the ins and outs of this fascinating industry.

When not doing any of the above mentioned things, you can find Katie at Target or Office Depot, or online shopping at Amazon to expand her ever-growing movie and vinyl record collections. If you’re lucky, you might catch her writing, creating, or singing along loudly in her car to anything but country music, with the windows down, and Hello Kitty bobbing on the dashboard.

Patrick

PATRICK
PBG Writer & Author

 

Patrick S. Tomlinson lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a bearded dragon named Toothless, a Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for writing and performing stand-up comedy in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago scenes.

Patrick’s been a sci-fi and fantasy fan since an early age. Very early. One day, quite by accident, he discovered that the best sci-fi and fantasy was not on the silver screen, but lying on white paper pages. Ever since then, reading has been a big part of his life.

The Ark - Patrick S. TomlinsonTrident's Forge - Patrick S. TomlinsonIn the summer of 2009, Patrick realized that not being rich and famous was monopolizing his time, and decided that being a writer might be a good way to rectify this nagging problem. Patrick began writing his first novel, and before long short stories started cluttering up his brain as well. He submitted his first piece to market in February 2010, which has since been followed by almost a dozen more. For Patrick, writing for publication has been an immensely rewarding, yet humbling experience. He notes that the volume of rejections was quite eye opening at first, but he was at least partially prepared for this from years spent as an insurance agent and marketer.

Patrick had his first sale after only five months, and even though it was to a semi-pro market, that sale did much to validate the time and hope he has put into this endeavor. He never imagined just how large and helpful the writing community is. He says, “Everywhere I turn, there are writer’s groups, websites, and established authors ready and eager to share everything they’ve learned about the craft and the industry.”

Patrick specializes in creative pursuits, writing short stories, novels, and articles on world-building and slush pile avoidance. He travels all over the country every year, speaking at a variety of sci-fi and writing conventions. Patrick is also an up-and-coming (or struggling, depending on your perspective) stand-up comedian.

Patrick’s popular debut novel, THE ARK, is available now online or at your favorite local bookstore! Buy the paperback and eBook on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or grab the audiobook at Audible.com. The second book in the series, TRIDENT’S FORGE, was just released April 5th, 2016 to much critical acclaim. Find Trident’s Forge, here on Amazon or here on Audible.

“This has been quite a journey, and it’s only just begun.”

You can learn more about Patrick and read his blog at PatrickSTomlinson.com and Like his author page on Facebook.

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DAVE
PBG Writer

 

Writer. Musician. Artist. Thinker. Dave is what you’d call “eccentrically passionate.” Driven, honest and a bit idealistic, he learned at a young age not to be afraid of work. From very early in his life, Dave saw the world through the eyes of a budding artist. To this day, he utilizes this creative eye and applies it to everything he does.

Following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Dave is both a rambler and a story teller. He also enjoys a rather wicked satisfaction from editing. Details are not only reserved as the domain of that so called devil. A lover of literature, Dave became enchanted with writing somewhere during those irresponsible, awkward high school days. With art serving as a foundation, the crafting of a story an obsession, fueled by a few amazing professors in high school and at the University, Dave made a decision. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in both Psychology and English, Dave wandered a bit. He often found himself wondering “How do I use my skills, talents and passions to build the life I need to live?” With the help and guidance of his Sifu (Kung Fu Master), Dave worked out a plan and made that decision. He was going to become a writer.

He needed to open some doors; thus began volunteering for a local non-profit artist coalition (Art Milwaukee), quickly becoming their in-house writer. Together, Dave helped to establish a relationship with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and eventually started to manage Art MKE’s blog. Promoted (but still a volunteer) to Editor in Chief, Dave worked with other writers and their blog contributions, while continuing to help build the company’s online presence.

After spending a few years honing his skills, and many conversations with his Uncle/Mentor, Dave began writing for Alcoholmanac magazine. Impressed by his previous volunteer work, Alcoholmanac had a plan in mind for Dave. Now a contracting writer and editor (and lots of other stuff), Dave is working closely with Alcoholmanac to help them expand into other markets.

Dave has also been playing bass guitar in a band with his friends since 15 years of age, is a practitioner and teacher of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts (Hung Gar Kung Fu), an avid gamer, and is in love science, technology and education. While firing on all cylinders building a professional career, Dave is also working to achieve his dream of becoming an author.

Sam

SAM
PBG Writer & Graphics Guy

 

Sam cannot stop moving. Rest and boredom are hard to come by. In a nutshell, he’s a husband, father (to four pets), educator, writer, activist, runner, cyclist, avid outdoor enthusiast, rising table tennis star, clean freak, and summertime pool boy.

Sam is known for his internationally renowned movement known as Ecology Runner, aka Eco-Runner. Ecology Runner is a site dedicated to physical fitness, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. He has been the lone gunman of the cause; solely developing, designing, and writing for the website. In addition, his philanthropic endeavors have inspired race directors across the world to adopt the Ecology Runner theme: a leave no trace event with the lowest carbon footprint possible. These included the Carlsbad Marathon (US), the Sierra-Cascade Adventure Race Series (US), the Tarawera Ultra (New Zealand), the Royal Raid (Mauritius), and the Oxfam Trailwalker (Australia).

Sam has served as an official spokesperson for the Smucker’s ® Natural Peanut Butter ™ Simple Choices Simply Powered By You Campaign and a model for Newton Running’s Hello Better Campaign. His Ecology Runner articles have appeared in Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Runner’s World US and UK, Reuters, Milwaukee Magazine, and Fox News.

His newest website focuses on his “a day in the life of” adventures as an Elementary Physical Education teacher. The witticisms and candidness of his students serve as the muse to his newest site, Mister Gym Fox Junior. Here you will find his day to day memorable quotes from, and conversations with, his students. Classic lines that put a smile on his face, and hopefully yours.