• Editorial services & coaching guidance.

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

Editorial Services

My editorial services and coaching programs offer detailed guidance to improve your work. Your writing needs to draw the reader in from the first lines and, by the end of the work, deliver on your promise to share a story worthy of the reader’s time and attention. The reality is that most emerging writers need help to achieve the necessary quality.

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Websites for Authors

Would you benefit from an attractive, professional website? Great Lakes Literary now develops & hosts websites for emerging authors. The service includes basic editing and help with content development, for a modest price of $425. Your website will include 5-7 core pages, including a blog page (for your news and updates). First-year hosting is also included.

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Talks & Presentations

Presenter Philip Martin offers a wide variety of talks and workshops for writers. Topics include essential writing skills, social media techniques for authors, tips for self-publishing, and advice on pitching your work to literary agents and editors. Martin is a past books editor for The Writer, where he developed many titles on craft and career development, and he has spoken for writer conferences around the country. 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.

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