Doreen Martens

Doreen Martens - Editor Tick

Oakville, ON, Canada

Grammar guru looking to help authors of YA, sci-fi and fantasy get their books into shape. I also love travel books and great memoirs!

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I'm a professional editor with more than 25 years experience at newspapers in the US and Canada and as a freelance book editor. I specialize in substantive and copy editing, with experience in a wide variety of genres, fiction and nonfiction, including sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, action-adventure, memoir, travel, nature books, Christian fiction, and YA novels. Known as a "grammar guru" to the young writers I coached in my journalism career, I can ensure perfect copy editing that helps your writing sing! I have degrees in English literature and journalism, as well as more recent university-level credentials in book editing, with an emphasis on developmental, line and copy editing. I'm well prepared to help writers make their work the very best it can be.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure
Christian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Travel

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

Since returning to my first love, books, full time, I've edited a wide variety of popular novels (sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventure, historical, YA and more) and nonfiction, including memoirs, nature, travel, self-help and business books. I enjoy collaborating with independent authors but have also worked with a number of small publishers such as Hancock House, Contento de Semrik and Integrative Ink.

Team Editor

Toronto Star
July, 1999 – September, 2016 (about 17 years)

Supervised writers from interns to pros, worked with them on developing story ideas and refining their writing, ensured stories were free of mechanical errors and legal issues.

Features copy editor

Orange County Register
October, 1990 – July, 1999 (over 8 years)

Portfolio (29 selected works)

A Lap Around America

Shawn Inmon

Have you ever wanted to quit your job, jump in the car with the person you love the most, and see what's around the next bend in the road? I did. My wife and I were crazy enough to quit good jobs, pack our suitcases and head for the open road. We took two months and drove through thirty states, visited more than a dozen national parks, and put thirteen thousand miles of twisting country roads ... read more

Have you ever wanted to quit your job, jump in the car with the person you love the most, and see what's around the next bend in the road? I did. My wife and I were crazy enough to quit good jobs, pack our suitcases and head for the open road. We took two months and drove through thirty states, visited more than a dozen national parks, and put thirteen thousand miles of twisting country roads ... read more

The Girl with Stars in her Hair

Alexes Razevich

A cursed daughter. A stolen son. Time is running out. When her brother is kidnapped, Cassie Goodlight is determined to save him--even if it means learning the magic that nearly destroyed her mother. But how can she beat a shape-shifting sea goblin that taunts her at every turn? Cassie must find a way before a year is up or her brother will be lost forever. And who, or what, is the handsome str... read more

A cursed daughter. A stolen son. Time is running out. When her brother is kidnapped, Cassie Goodlight is determined to save him--even if it means learning the magic that nearly destroyed her mother. But how can she beat a shape-shifting sea goblin that taunts her at every turn? Cassie must find a way before a year is up or her brother will be lost forever. And who, or what, is the handsome str... read more

Labyrinth: My Winding Path Through Pain, Loss, and Addiction to a Life of Success and Fulfillment

Scott Massey

Scott Massey shares his story in the hopes that others who have experienced bullying and addiction may benefit.

Scott Massey shares his story in the hopes that others who have experienced bullying and addiction may benefit.

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Tami Lykens

A story of homesickness, surprise friendships, and learning that your place in this world is often more important than you thought.Eleven-year-old Ardith is forced to leave her homeland of Sweden when her father is stationed as king over conquered Estonia. At the start, Ardith is bitterly homesick. Later she starts to feel at home at the stables when she meets the new foal with a silver mane, ... read more

A story of homesickness, surprise friendships, and learning that your place in this world is often more important than you thought.Eleven-year-old Ardith is forced to leave her homeland of Sweden when her father is stationed as king over conquered Estonia. At the start, Ardith is bitterly homesick. Later she starts to feel at home at the stables when she meets the new foal with a silver mane, ... read more

Dark Vampire (The Wickedest Witch Book 2)

Meg Xuemei X

Betrayed by Akem and ambushed by his army of monsters in the deadly jungle, I allow the vampire horde to capture me so my mate can escape. The consequences are direr than I thought. Determined to make me hers, the vampire princess pumps half of her black blood into my veins and snuffs out my Flame. I'm desperate to return to my witch, but I've failed time and again to break out of the supernat... read more

Betrayed by Akem and ambushed by his army of monsters in the deadly jungle, I allow the vampire horde to capture me so my mate can escape. The consequences are direr than I thought. Determined to make me hers, the vampire princess pumps half of her black blood into my veins and snuffs out my Flame. I'm desperate to return to my witch, but I've failed time and again to break out of the supernat... read more

The Redemption of Michael Hollister: A Middle Falls Time Travel Novel

Shawn Inmon

All Michael Hollister wanted was death.What he got was time travel.Convicted of murder, and with nothing left to live for, Michael commits suicide in his jail cell in 1977, then opens his eyes in 1966, in his eight year old body, all memories of his previous life intact.His first thoughts are of the dark intentions of his father. When the man who raised him once again tries to do the unthinkab... read more

All Michael Hollister wanted was death.What he got was time travel.Convicted of murder, and with nothing left to live for, Michael commits suicide in his jail cell in 1977, then opens his eyes in 1966, in his eight year old body, all memories of his previous life intact.His first thoughts are of the dark intentions of his father. When the man who raised him once again tries to do the unthinkab... read more

All You Can Eat : Financial Knowhow to Build a Fit Business (Series )

Kevin Howell, Torian Mitchell

This guide provides insights for how business managers measure and monitor the financial health of their businesses. Managers will understand that neglecting to take control of their business’ revenue, risks and returns are sure recipes for mediocre performance—and in many cases their business’ demise. All You Can Eat is compact with only 256 pages of real-business application, Fitness Workout... read more

This guide provides insights for how business managers measure and monitor the financial health of their businesses. Managers will understand that neglecting to take control of their business’ revenue, risks and returns are sure recipes for mediocre performance—and in many cases their business’ demise. All You Can Eat is compact with only 256 pages of real-business application, Fitness Workout... read more

Know Thy Self (The Entrepreneur Series)

Henok Yeshanew

Mоѕt ѕuссеѕѕful еntrерrеnеurѕ ѕееm tо hаvе paved their wау to ѕuссеѕѕ bу unlосking ѕоmе special secret. Oftеn, it iѕ a wоndеr hоw these еntrерrеnеurѕ were able to visualize new соnсерts and consistently climb thе ladder to ѕuссеѕѕ. The key lies in recognizing these сеrtаin ѕесrеtѕ which are crucial to success as an entrepreneur. Thе tор ѕесrеt оf аll flourishing еntrерrеnеurѕ ѕееmѕ to be: act ... read more

Mоѕt ѕuссеѕѕful еntrерrеnеurѕ ѕееm tо hаvе paved their wау to ѕuссеѕѕ bу unlосking ѕоmе special secret. Oftеn, it iѕ a wоndеr hоw these еntrерrеnеurѕ were able to visualize new соnсерts and consistently climb thе ladder to ѕuссеѕѕ. The key lies in recognizing these сеrtаin ѕесrеtѕ which are crucial to success as an entrepreneur. Thе tор ѕесrеt оf аll flourishing еntrерrеnеurѕ ѕееmѕ to be: act ... read more

A Graves Temptation

Jonathan Lesser

In this hilarious sequel to A Graves Undertaking, Londoner Benjamin “Bennie” Graves, having adjusted to the unique ways of Vaca Seca, the tiny northern New Mexico town where he now runs the Dos Abuelas cafe, faces two new challenges: an egotistic Hollywood producer and a pair of California hippies. Can Bennie survive these new invaders?

In this hilarious sequel to A Graves Undertaking, Londoner Benjamin “Bennie” Graves, having adjusted to the unique ways of Vaca Seca, the tiny northern New Mexico town where he now runs the Dos Abuelas cafe, faces two new challenges: an egotistic Hollywood producer and a pair of California hippies. Can Bennie survive these new invaders?

Campaign (Blades VR Book 2)

Terry Schott

The players gather...They crave adventure, but what kind?The game's creator continues to search for his missing partner who may be the only person capable of stopping the digital world from crumbling around those immersed in it.And what about the Scouts?Who are they?Where do they come from?Are they a threat to the digital fantasy world, or its only hope for salvation?

The players gather...They crave adventure, but what kind?The game's creator continues to search for his missing partner who may be the only person capable of stopping the digital world from crumbling around those immersed in it.And what about the Scouts?Who are they?Where do they come from?Are they a threat to the digital fantasy world, or its only hope for salvation?

A Lap Around Alaska: An AlCan Adventure

Shawn Inmon

If you dream of packing up your four-wheeler, your snow boots and camera, and setting off to explore the wilderness, A Lap Around Alaska will give you a rare glimpse into the Land of the Midnight Sun, of moose, bear, and bald eagles, of monumental glaciers and scenery so staggering it brings tears to your eyes.Find out what it's really like to cross 1,400 miles of the Alaskan Highway and trave... read more

If you dream of packing up your four-wheeler, your snow boots and camera, and setting off to explore the wilderness, A Lap Around Alaska will give you a rare glimpse into the Land of the Midnight Sun, of moose, bear, and bald eagles, of monumental glaciers and scenery so staggering it brings tears to your eyes.Find out what it's really like to cross 1,400 miles of the Alaskan Highway and trave... read more

Buddha In The Trenches: The Timeless System For Developing Unshakable Performance Under Pressure

Steve Taubman

Why do only a small percentage of people rise to the very top of their fields while the majority barely cope with their stress? Why do some entrepreneurs remain optimistic and filled with boundless energy, while most become exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out? Why do some health care professionals thrive under pressure, while most are crushed by it?In this important book, mindset management... read more

Why do only a small percentage of people rise to the very top of their fields while the majority barely cope with their stress? Why do some entrepreneurs remain optimistic and filled with boundless energy, while most become exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out? Why do some health care professionals thrive under pressure, while most are crushed by it?In this important book, mindset management... read more

Raid (Blades VR Book 3)

Terry Schott

Beta Testing Continues...With Fen as his guide, Isaac enters Blades VR, hoping to find Sebastian and fix the game before it crashes.Seabastian and his friends discover that NPCs are suddenly driven to kill every player they meet.And a godling stands in front of a dark tower, surrounded by mages who will do everything in their power to stop her should she try to leave...

Beta Testing Continues...With Fen as his guide, Isaac enters Blades VR, hoping to find Sebastian and fix the game before it crashes.Seabastian and his friends discover that NPCs are suddenly driven to kill every player they meet.And a godling stands in front of a dark tower, surrounded by mages who will do everything in their power to stop her should she try to leave...

RUN!: A Covert-Ops Suspense Action Novel (Warriors Series of Thrillers Book 12)

Ty Patterson

THE WILDERNESS ISN'T READY FOR ZEB CARTERThe remote wilderness of Idaho has become home to Namir, the most wanted terrorist in the world, who is planning a vicious attack on America.Zeb Carter is in the same jungle. He has to protect an innocent, stop Namir, and combat the terrorist's newest ally, a Mexican cartel.Zeb doesn't fear dying. But this time, he can't afford to die as long as the ter... read more

THE WILDERNESS ISN'T READY FOR ZEB CARTERThe remote wilderness of Idaho has become home to Namir, the most wanted terrorist in the world, who is planning a vicious attack on America.Zeb Carter is in the same jungle. He has to protect an innocent, stop Namir, and combat the terrorist's newest ally, a Mexican cartel.Zeb doesn't fear dying. But this time, he can't afford to die as long as the ter... read more

The Thief Who Stole A Planet: A Gripping Military Science Fiction Space Opera (Cade Stryker Series of Scifi Thrillers Book 2)

Ty Patterson

THERE'S NO MANUAL TO SAVING THE UNIVERSEWhen the Dracons show up, the Neathans have no choice but to fight back. There's is a losing war however. The invaders are the most advanced species in the universe, their weapons systems and technology is ahead of that of any other race.With defeat and slavery staring at him in the face, General Tauxol, head of the Neathan military, turns to his friend,... read more

THERE'S NO MANUAL TO SAVING THE UNIVERSEWhen the Dracons show up, the Neathans have no choice but to fight back. There's is a losing war however. The invaders are the most advanced species in the universe, their weapons systems and technology is ahead of that of any other race.With defeat and slavery staring at him in the face, General Tauxol, head of the Neathan military, turns to his friend,... read more

The Last Gunfighter Of Space: A Gripping Military Science Fiction Space Opera (Cade Stryker Series of SciFi Thrillers Book 1)

Ty Patterson

HUMANITY NEEDS A HERO. IT GETS A THIEFYear 5050.Earth is a radioactive wasteland. The few million humans who survived, escaped to Calara, a planet in the Icarus Galaxy.Life on the new planet hasn't turned out the way they hoped.Their President, a sentient AI, has effectively enslaved them by curtailing their freedoms and controlling every aspect of their lives. He brutally stamps out any rebel... read more

HUMANITY NEEDS A HERO. IT GETS A THIEFYear 5050.Earth is a radioactive wasteland. The few million humans who survived, escaped to Calara, a planet in the Icarus Galaxy.Life on the new planet hasn't turned out the way they hoped.Their President, a sentient AI, has effectively enslaved them by curtailing their freedoms and controlling every aspect of their lives. He brutally stamps out any rebel... read more

The Aspiring Screenwriter's Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune: Tough Lessons You Need to Know to Take Your Script from Premise to Premiere

Andy Rose

A humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter.Seeing your name on the silver screen beneath the words "Written By" is a moment most writers only dream of. But for those daring and talented few, brave enough to take their hopes to Hollywood, there are clear and tangible steps to achieve that goal if one knows the path. The Aspiring Scre... read more

A humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter.Seeing your name on the silver screen beneath the words "Written By" is a moment most writers only dream of. But for those daring and talented few, brave enough to take their hopes to Hollywood, there are clear and tangible steps to achieve that goal if one knows the path. The Aspiring Scre... read more

The Peace Killers: A Covert-Ops Suspense Action Novel (Zeb Carter Thrillers Book 2)

Ty Patterson

ASSASSINATING THE PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATORS WAS THE BEGINNING. NOTHING WOULD BE THE SAME AGAIN'You know what's happened?' Avichai Levin, Director of Mossad, was grim.Zeb Carter nodded. Mossad was accused of assassinating Palestinian negotiators.'You've seen the situation in the streets?''Yeah.' Riots had broken out in Gaza and in the West Bank. Israel's enemies had threatened war if the assassin... read more

ASSASSINATING THE PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATORS WAS THE BEGINNING. NOTHING WOULD BE THE SAME AGAIN'You know what's happened?' Avichai Levin, Director of Mossad, was grim.Zeb Carter nodded. Mossad was accused of assassinating Palestinian negotiators.'You've seen the situation in the streets?''Yeah.' Riots had broken out in Gaza and in the West Bank. Israel's enemies had threatened war if the assassin... read more

the Ward (the Advent Trilogy Book 1)

Terry Schott

Alex WolfsonLegendary titan of business and industry around the globe.Said to possess a net worth greater than the twenty wealthiest countries in the world.It is rumoured that his control over world leaders and governments is absolute.An icon of his age, a name known to all.Yet no one has ever seen his face, or heard his voice.Until now…An incorruptible senator forced to choose between maintai... read more

Alex WolfsonLegendary titan of business and industry around the globe.Said to possess a net worth greater than the twenty wealthiest countries in the world.It is rumoured that his control over world leaders and governments is absolute.An icon of his age, a name known to all.Yet no one has ever seen his face, or heard his voice.Until now…An incorruptible senator forced to choose between maintai... read more

The Nine Bishops

Jonathan Astashinsky

On the verge of 18, Mika is preparing, with the help of her kindly uncle Sam, to run away from the circus where she toils as a member of the despised, magic-less class known as the Filth. Then a terrible accident unleashes powerful magic Mika had no idea she possessed. It’s a discovery that will separate her from everything she has known, sending her on an arduous journey through the Kingdom o... read more

On the verge of 18, Mika is preparing, with the help of her kindly uncle Sam, to run away from the circus where she toils as a member of the despised, magic-less class known as the Filth. Then a terrible accident unleashes powerful magic Mika had no idea she possessed. It’s a discovery that will separate her from everything she has known, sending her on an arduous journey through the Kingdom o... read more

COLLECTION OF THE NEGATIVES (THE BLOOD RISING Book 1)

Violet St. Karl

What's your blood worth? In a world with skyrocketing inflation and unemployment, blood has become a new commodity and the rarer your blood type, the more it's worth. After losing her job at WNN followed by months of unemployment, Liri is persuaded to sell her blood to ABO Blood Group, but unbeknownst to Liri, her Rh-negative blood is the rarest and an integral part of opposing agendas on Eart... read more

What's your blood worth? In a world with skyrocketing inflation and unemployment, blood has become a new commodity and the rarer your blood type, the more it's worth. After losing her job at WNN followed by months of unemployment, Liri is persuaded to sell her blood to ABO Blood Group, but unbeknownst to Liri, her Rh-negative blood is the rarest and an integral part of opposing agendas on Eart... read more

the Source (the Advent Trilogy Book 2)

Terry Schott

From the author of the Game is Life series, comes a brand new Trilogy that begins in the Wardand continues here, in the Source...Visit the Source world and see how the story began ...

From the author of the Game is Life series, comes a brand new Trilogy that begins in the Wardand continues here, in the Source...Visit the Source world and see how the story began ...

the Exception (the Advent Trilogy Book 3)

Terry Schott

The thrilling conclusion to the Advent Trilogy from Terry Schott!It began in the Ward and continued in the Source. Now see how it all ends in the Exception.Will Alex and Gudrun succeed, or has centuries of planning, scheming and manipulation been for nothing?

The thrilling conclusion to the Advent Trilogy from Terry Schott!It began in the Ward and continued in the Source. Now see how it all ends in the Exception.Will Alex and Gudrun succeed, or has centuries of planning, scheming and manipulation been for nothing?

Burn Rate: A Covert-Ops Suspense Action Novel (Zeb Carter Thrillers Book 3)

Ty Patterson

A TERRORIST INTENT ON DESTRUCTION. HIS TARGET, NEW YORK'S G20 SUMMIT. HIS WEAPON, FIREWhen an assassin burns innocents in New York, Zeb Carter knows they aren't the acts of a random killer.That close to the biggest event in the city, the G20 Summit, they are the signs of a terrorist planning to bring down the world order.The mastermind behind the terrorist is an old enemy, one who wants to bri... read more

A TERRORIST INTENT ON DESTRUCTION. HIS TARGET, NEW YORK'S G20 SUMMIT. HIS WEAPON, FIREWhen an assassin burns innocents in New York, Zeb Carter knows they aren't the acts of a random killer.That close to the biggest event in the city, the G20 Summit, they are the signs of a terrorist planning to bring down the world order.The mastermind behind the terrorist is an old enemy, one who wants to bri... read more

The Cooper's Hawk: Breeding Ecology & Natural History of a Winged Huntsman

Robert N Rosenfield

The Cooper's Hawk presents the general reader and professional biologists interested in birds and nature, with an authoritative account of the breeding biology of the what is perhaps the most abundant, backyard breeding raptor in North America. This urban status exists despite cross-generational human persecution through shooting of individuals and indirect felling of forests, their apparent p... read more

The Cooper's Hawk presents the general reader and professional biologists interested in birds and nature, with an authoritative account of the breeding biology of the what is perhaps the most abundant, backyard breeding raptor in North America. This urban status exists despite cross-generational human persecution through shooting of individuals and indirect felling of forests, their apparent p... read more

Community Healing: A Transcultural Model

Geneva Ensign

Through simple words and illustrations, this book presents a powerful, practical and visionary model for community healing. It outlines a healing process for individuals and communities that is universal and goes to the core of what it means to be a member of the human family.The Transcultural Model emerged from a forty-year career of individual and group psychotherapy at the grassroots level ... read more

Through simple words and illustrations, this book presents a powerful, practical and visionary model for community healing. It outlines a healing process for individuals and communities that is universal and goes to the core of what it means to be a member of the human family.The Transcultural Model emerged from a forty-year career of individual and group psychotherapy at the grassroots level ... read more

Wrecking Team: A Gripping Mystery Suspense Novel (Gemini Series of Thrillers Book 4)

Ty Patterson

BETH AND MEGHAN PETERSEN HAVE NEVER LOST A CASE. THERE'S ALWAYS A FIRST TIME, THOUGHIt starts off with the twins protecting Angie Konstantin and investigating who's behind the attempts on the her life.Hiram Konstantin, her father, billionaire, has no lack of enemies. Angie herself is a tantrum-throwing heiress.Despite that, the sisters find there's no link between the attempts and the way fath... read more

BETH AND MEGHAN PETERSEN HAVE NEVER LOST A CASE. THERE'S ALWAYS A FIRST TIME, THOUGHIt starts off with the twins protecting Angie Konstantin and investigating who's behind the attempts on the her life.Hiram Konstantin, her father, billionaire, has no lack of enemies. Angie herself is a tantrum-throwing heiress.Despite that, the sisters find there's no link between the attempts and the way fath... read more

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Miriam Gomes

It was a pleasure working with Doreen. She is a talented professional editor who offered me clear and concise feedback with excellent recommendations. Her outstanding editing and insightful suggestions added a polished and professional feel to my manuscript, and definitely made it shine. I am truly grateful for her help and wonderful work with my novel. I hope to work with Doreen again on m...

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Miriam Gomes, November 2018


Violet St.Karl

It was wonderful working with Dorren and I look forward to working with her again on my other novels.

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Violet St.Karl, November 2018

Doreen Martens

Thank you, Violet. It was a pleasure working with you. I hope we can do so again!

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