About Me

Philip Martin

Philip Martin, director of Great Lakes Literary, is experienced in all aspects of editing, publishing, and marketing of fiction and nonfiction book projects, for adults or young readers.

A past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), where he worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors, he is also the author himself of several books for writers, including How To Write Your Best Story and A Guide to Fantasy Literature. His most recent book is The Purpose of Fantasy: A Reader’s Guide.

As an editor and publishing consultant, he has developed books that have won many national indie-press awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and Foreword Book of the Year recognition. The titles range from picture books to fiction and nonfiction for adults, in hardcover, softcover, and eBook formats.

As director of Great Lakes Lit, he also manages two indie-press publishing efforts: Crickhollow Books (www.CrickhollowBooks.com), publishing diverse fiction and nonfiction, and Crispin Books (www.CrispinBooks.com), an affiliated imprint for fiction, select nonfiction, and eBook editions.

He is anthology editor of The New Writer’s Handbook, two volumes of short articles of advice from successful writers to help emerging writers improve their skills and advance their careers. Library Journal (in a Starred Review) praised the 2007 volume, saying, “It surprises and satisfies.” The New Writer’s Handbook 2007 won Gold in that year’s Book of the Year Awards competition (Careers category), a national indie-press book contest sponsored by ForeWord Magazine.

Martin is also author of a several books on cultural and literary heritage, including Farmhouse Fiddlers and Rosemaling in the Upper Midwest.

He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he gardens (when it’s not cross-country skiing weather), plays soccer, and helps good writers create great books.

For more details on professional experience, click Skills.