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An EFA member since 2009, Robin Martin is currently Publications Director
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editorial services
Robin Martin
Two Songbirds Press

I am an editor for hire, a publishing consultant, and perform all levels of editing for writers of books, essays, and stories. My job is to take your manuscript and help you meet your goals with it. I am a freelance writer and editor and an active member of The Editorial Freelancers Association. I have a Masters’ degree in English (Writing) from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelors’ degree in English from Rutgers College.

My client list includes business owners in the financial, public speaking, motivational, health, educational, arts, web design, and trade industries. You are the expert in your subject; I am an expert communicator who helps you communicate clearly to the people you want to reach.

While working with a nationally-known literary agent, I reviewed queries and proposals, acquired manuscripts for representation, performed developmental and line edits with writers, advised substantive edits, researched publishers, developed proposals, created pitch lists, and pitched manuscripts to publishers. Books I worked on were acquired and published by Wiley, Career Press, and Gibbs Smith.

During my tenure as an assistant editor for an internationally-acclaimed literary magazine with more than 120,000 readers, I evaluated manuscripts for publication. As a first-reader, promote-to editor, and a finalist contest judge, I was part of a team with Tom Jenks and Carol Edgarian that found the likes of Anthony Marra, R.A. Costello, Marlon Jiminez, Adam Prince, and many other fine writers in the submission queue.

More details about my professional career can be found at Linked In.


years experience: 12
rates: My rates are determined by many factors, not the least of which is the scope of the project, but are always fair and aligned with other editors with similar background and experience. There is no charge for the initial 15 minute phone consultation.
SKILLS
Book packaging, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Cookbooks
TRADE REFERENCES
"Robin Martin’s editor’s eye is so well attuned she not only gets right to the heart of the story you want to tell but spots all the cliches, less-than-perfect word choices, and unnecessary details that keep your story from singing." Peter Grandbois, professor of writing at Denison University

"Robin is the best editor. She knows how to comment on a manuscript in ways that encourage a writer to discover his or her own solutions. She makes courageous suggestions that, if implemented, require the writer to take risks, which adds a thrill to the process." Wendy Williams, speaker at ReStory Your Life

"When you have a vision of publishing a book, an intricate part of this process is finding a good fit with a professional editor. My heart and soul was brought to life in my first book Defining Moments by the talents of Robin Martin." Bradley DeHaven, author, speaker, financial advisor

"[Robin is one of the most talented editors I know. Her instinct is impeccable and I wouldn't want anyone else on my team when it comes to selecting and editing content. Robin's perspective is invaluable to me as a writer, as a publisher and as a fellow editor." Janna Marlies Maron, Publisher and Editor in Chief Under the Gum Tree and More to the Story podcast

"Robin’s substantive edit of my manuscript was extremely helpful and has assisted me not only with my manuscript but as a creative writer in general. In a short period of time, she was able to pinpoint all of the areas in my novel that needed attention and then offered suggestions where I could add strength to the characters, plot, and more. Robin gives you the tools and hints to do this strengthening instead of putting the words and ideas onto your pages; I have found this approach of hers to be invaluable to me while I craft other stories outside the scope of my original novel. I would recommend Robin’s services to any aspiring writer without hesitation." Mike Siebenaller, author, associate director of consumer analytics at Penguin Random House

MOST RECENT PROJECTS
I've recently left the role of Managing Editor at the literary nonfiction print and digital magazine Under the Gum Tree, where I managed the editorial calendar and production efforts of a staff of up to 12 editors, assistants and interns. I was also the Senior Acquiring Editor and worked on content and structure with over 300 creative nonfiction writers. I was there for ten years.
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