In August 2023 I launched the Writer’s Guide, a Substack newsletter and mentoring service, through which I teach the craft of effective non-fiction writing to serve and build your audience. The Writer’s Guide serves writers of all backgrounds and experience levels—academics, professionals, entrepreneurs, journalists, bloggers and PIOs—who wish to reach a general audience, aka lay readers.
“I’ve written two trade books and many op-eds, and yet have never received the type of detailed, constructive, and practical feedback for writing for the general public as I've received from Rob. His advice is spot on and my pieces are better for having received it.”
—Catherine Sanderson, psychology professor, keynote speaker, author, and writer on Medium
“Working with Rob has taken my writing to the next level. He’s not only a talented editor, but also a master storyteller and patient mentor. If you’re banging on your keyboard all by yourself — trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t — save yourself a lot of time and wasted effort and get Rob on your team.”
—Kathleen Murphy, independent health writer on Medium
“Rob has greased the rails for my transition from academic writing to writing for the general public. I have grown briskly as a writer as a result of tapping into his editorial acumen and extensive journalism experience. Thanks to his mentorship, I am reaching an enthusiastic and rapidly growing audience.”
—Eric J. Kort MD, physician, meditator and writer on Medium
Sleep is the most underrated activity that affects physical well-being, energy level, mood, memory and thinking skills. My book, Make Sleep Your Superpower: A Guide to Greater Health, Happiness & Productivity, explains how sleep works, why high-quality, restorative sleep is so important, and how to get some. Available in paperback or a Kindle version.
"As a sleep enthusiast—and a longtime fan of Robert Roy Britt's writing—I couldn't be more pleased that this book exists. When it comes to writing that clearly applies science to our everyday lives, Britt is among the greats. The way he writes about sleep here is so thoughtful, interesting, actionable, and potentially life-changing. Read it, study it, and share it with the 'I'll sleep when I'm dead' people in your life."
—Amy Shearn, award-winning author of Unseen City and other novels
"We spend a third of our adult lives trying to sleep. Many of us are doing it badly. There's a better way—and Rob Britt has found it. He's taken the best that science has to offer us and laid out a reasonable, thoughtful and refreshing path toward a good night's sleep that will make us healthier, happier and more productive. Read Rob's book. Learn how you can make sleep a superpower. And always remember: Better nights equal better days."
—Jeff Nesbit, author of This Is the Way the World Ends and Poison Tea
"A rich and lucid treatment of sleep, a surprisingly unexplored subject, considering its relevance to billions. Robert Roy Britt, a gifted translator of vast, complex subjects, easily conveys the fascinating intricacies of this topic, providing scientific depth, righting misconceptions, and, like Hypnos himself, surely leading many readers to the bliss of a good night's rest."
—Kitta MacPherson, award-winning science journalist and former science editor at The Star-Ledger
Prior to my latest work as an independent journalist, I was founding managing editor and later editor-in-chief of Live Science, and also editor-in-chief of Space.com, then chief content officer of a media company, leading the launch and growth of several health, science and technology publications.
Long ago, in this very galaxy, I appeared in nine episodes of The Universe for the History Channel, which means I have an IMDb page and am occasionally surprised by seeing myself on Netflix.
I've also written some fiction. Kirkus Reviews calls my science-based thriller 5 Days to Landfall “A vigorous tale in which a violent, inescapable storm terrorizes everyone, even the villains. Perspectives from multiple characters are a worthy setup for an exhilarating final act, with a relentless hurricane and a frighteningly high body count.” I also wrote the Eli Quinn mysteries, a series of novellas.
My first journalism jobs were in newspapers, back when a typo could be fixed with an X-Acto knife between press runs. I was an infographics artist at the Asbury Park Press and later an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.
In the late 1990s, I left newspapers and launched one of the world's first science news websites, which I later sold to an online publisher.
Before all that, and starting around age 10 and through high school, I did a lot of manual labor in the family sawmill (endless summers and countless after-school hours painting, shoveling sawdust and stacking lumber) and later oversaw production—all great grounding in the realities of life outside the media world, and a job that helped me sleep really, really well.
I live in Arizona with my wife and our dog, while our three grown children are scattered around the world. When not writing, I’m happiest when hiking, mountain biking or camping in remote mountain and desert locales with my wife, in search of solitude and the amazing restorative powers of being out there.