About Your Host
This site is by me, Philip Martin.
I’m director of Great Lakes Literary, a service agency for authors seeking help to write, market, and publish books. I offer a variety of editorial services for authors of fiction and nonfiction, along with website creation, marketing support, publishing advice, and other work on diverse book projects, A–Z, to help them achieve their best when it comes to literary quality and reader appeal.
As a past Acquisitions Editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), I’ve worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors. I am also the author myself of several books for writers, including How To Write Your Best Story, A Guide to Fantasy Literature, and The Purpose of Fantasy: A Reader’s Guide.
I’ve been project coordinator of annual The Writer’s Handbook (2000–2004 editions), graced with prefaces by Frank McCourt, Ted Kooser, and others, and anthology editor of The New Writer’s Handbook, two volumes of advice from successful writers to help emerging writers improve their skills and advance their careers. 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.
In addition to working with craft and career how-to books for writers, I’ve also written several well-reviewed books on cultural and literary heritage, including Farmhouse Fiddlers (a folkloric history of old-time fiddling in rural America, based on interviews and old photos, winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award from Wisconsin Library Association and recognition from Council for Wisconsin Writers as the best Wisconsin nonfiction book of 1994) and Rosemaling in the Upper Midwest.