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How To Write Your Best Story

Editorial Services

Your manuscript needs to engage the reader’s curiosity from page one. By the end of the work, it needs to deliver on your promise to share a story worthy of the reader’s investment of time and attention. Most emerging writers need help to achieve the necessary quality. My editorial services offer detailed guidance to improve your work.

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Websites for Authors

Would you benefit from an attractive, professional website? Great Lakes Literary develops & hosts a select number of websites for emerging authors. The service includes 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.

Nonprofit services

Nonprofit Services

I’ve worked for many years in the nonprofit sector, doing everything from marketing to financial management to program start-up and administration. I can manage your website, develop a practical marketing plan, or supervise publishing projects. I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but can easily meet and work remotely. Visit this page for details on standard packages or custom projects.

Recent Books by Philip Martin

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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