• Editorial services for your manuscript.

    Websites for emerging authors.
    Publishing assistance for worthy projects.
Editorial Services from Great Lakes Literary

Editorial Services

My editorial services offer detailed guidance to prepare your work for publication. Your writing needs to draw the reader in from the first lines, provide engaging entertainment and/or valuable information throughout, and, by the end of the work, deliver on your promise to share a unique story worthy of the reader’s time and attention. The reality is that most emerging writers need help to achieve the necessary quality. My editorial experience provides that help, ranging from brief overview reports to full book-doctor services.

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Websites for Authors

Want an attractive, professional website, with positioning/branding support, from a knowledgeable book-trade professional? Great Lakes Literary now develops & hosts websites for emerging authors. The service includes basic editing and help with content development, all for a modest price of $400, which about half of what you’d be charged by other vendors. The websites include 4-6 core pages, one of which is a blog page (ideal for news and updates). The blog and all pages are directly accessible by the author, so ongoing content additions can mostly be handled by the author (coaching tips are provided!). First-year hosting is also included.


Talks & Presentations

Presenter Philip Martin offers talks, illustrated presentations, and workshops on essential writing skills, social media techniques for emerging authors, and tips for self-publishing or pitching your work to literary agents and editors. Director of Great Lakes Literary, Martin is a past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, where he developed many books for writers on literary craft and career development. He has also edited and produced award-winning nonfiction and fiction titles for adults and young readers, winning a number of indie-press book awards. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

How To Write Your Best Story, by Philip Martin

How To Write Your Best Story

Wonder what it takes to get published? This book makes the case that the answer is: good storytelling! Storytelling skills, despite their immense value, are seldom emphasized in writing courses. How To Write Your Best Story fills that gap, exploring three key elements that fuel the magic of story: intriguing eccentricity, delightful details, and satisfying surprises. The proven storytelling techniques are those used by the best authors, including winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book awards, as well as by other bestselling authors whose books are treasured by generations of fans. How To Write Your Best Story will help you understand how to craft better fiction (or nonfiction) and get your best work published.

A Guide to Fantasy Literature, by Philip Martin

A Guide to Fantasy Literature

A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging look at the magic of fantasy storytelling and why it delights and enchants readers of all ages. The book discusses the nature of the best writing, from tales of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Narnia to other diverse examples of classic high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales. The book examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses its purpose and popularity today. Includes material from interviews and samples of outstanding passages from the writings of the best fantasists, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.

The Purpose of Fantasy, by Philip Martin

The Purpose of Fantasy

The Purpose of Fantasy looks at the core spiritual values of a dozen beloved fantasy books. With an introduction about fantasy literature in general, it examines a key purpose of fantasy: to ask spiritual or philosophical questions and explore creative approaches to matters of faith and belief, good and bad, right and wrong, and other deeply held, intangible values. With its succinct discussion of twelve great books, from classics like The Little Prince and The Wind in the Willows to more contemporary novels by modern masters of fantasy like Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle, and Natalie Babbitt, this book offers good ideas for literary book clubs or for individual reading and insight.


Philip Martin

Great Lakes Literary