Lorraine Martindale M

Lorraine Martindale M - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Previously worked with Sourcebooks, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Guideposts Books, and DC Comics.

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Overview

I have more than fifteen years of experience as a writer and editor for publishers, magazines, and non-profits. My skills range from ghostwriting to line editing to copy editing. I can make your writing better, or work with you as a coach, helping you through the process.

My interests include art, literary fiction, memoir, self-help, religion, commercial fiction, education, cooking, and comics. I have edited many mysteries and YA titles. I love working on cookbooks and food-related topics.
I also love working with non-profits, universities, and art galleries.

I offer coaching to writers who are starting out and need guidance with a project, or general assistance with writing.

My most successful project was for Guideposts Books, called Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, a fiction series about three sisters who open a bed and breakfast in their childhood home. During the process of relocating and coming back together as family, the discover memories from their past as well as rich relationships in their hometown. The series ran for many years and sold more than a million copies in the direct mail market. I worked with a team of writers to create this series, helping them find the stories for these beloved sisters.



Languages
English (AUS)
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Inspirational
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Publishing Certificate from NYU
  • MFA in Writing, The New School, NYC

Work experience

Editor and Writer

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 18 years)

Have worked with publishers including DC Comics, New York Review Books, Felony and Mayhem, Shambhala Publishers, Sourcebooks, Penguin Putnam, Random House, and Guideposts Books.

Guideposts Books: created and edited a fiction series called Tales from Grace Chapel Inn that sold more than a million copies in the direct mail market.

Poetry Center 92nd Street Y: wrote and edited program copy for the Y's literary series brochure and catalog.

Tibet House: writer on art, travel, and Tibetan artifacts for yearly auction catalog at Christie's.

The Princeton Review and The Learning Source: wrote educational materials for elementary and middle-school levels.

Kirkus Discoveries: book reviewer.

New Line Cinema: script evaluator.

KIWI Magazine: writer of articles on healthy parenting.: writer and editor of website articles and weekly ezine.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Back Home Again

Melody Carlson

After the death of their father the three Howard sisters each inherit a share in his Victorian home and decide to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, but first they have to overcome their conflicts from the past and learn to accept help from their friends.

After the death of their father the three Howard sisters each inherit a share in his Victorian home and decide to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, but first they have to overcome their conflicts from the past and learn to accept help from their friends.

What You Hide

Natalie D. Richards

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!Mallory didn't want to leave home, but it wasn't safe to stay. So she sleeps at her best friend's house and spends the rest of her time at the library, doing her online schoolwork and figuring out what comes next. Because she's not going live in fear like her mother.Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it's community service for a stunt he pulled, but he li... read more

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!Mallory didn't want to leave home, but it wasn't safe to stay. So she sleeps at her best friend's house and spends the rest of her time at the library, doing her online schoolwork and figuring out what comes next. Because she's not going live in fear like her mother.Spencer volunteers at the library. Sure, it's community service for a stunt he pulled, but he li... read more

Hidden History (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, Book 3)

Melody Carlson

Two sisters who have turned their childhood home into a bed and breakfast inn stumble upon their father's boyhood journal and discover his hidden history, learning how faith changed the course of his life.

Two sisters who have turned their childhood home into a bed and breakfast inn stumble upon their father's boyhood journal and discover his hidden history, learning how faith changed the course of his life.

Rip All the Pages!: 52 Tear-Out Adventures for Creative Writers

Karen Benke

Unleash your creativity! Explore creative writing in new ways that will have you cutting, folding, tearing, and ripping the pages!This is the activity book for out-of-bounds creative writing fun. Full of 52 zany,silly, and thoughtful prompts—perfect for elementary-aged kids—this book will take your writing to new places, literally! Write a haiku and fold it up into a paper crane, write fortune... read more

Unleash your creativity! Explore creative writing in new ways that will have you cutting, folding, tearing, and ripping the pages!This is the activity book for out-of-bounds creative writing fun. Full of 52 zany,silly, and thoughtful prompts—perfect for elementary-aged kids—this book will take your writing to new places, literally! Write a haiku and fold it up into a paper crane, write fortune... read more

Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference

Becky Sue Epstein

Everyone has been in this predicament: you're at home, with no time (or desire) for a trip to the store-but the recipe you're using calls for an ingredient you don't happen to have on hand. With this book, you'll have a solution: substitute. In Substituting Ingredients, author Becky Sue Epstein has collected more than 1,000 easy-to-find, healthy, and cheap substitutions. You'll find: Substitut... read more

Everyone has been in this predicament: you're at home, with no time (or desire) for a trip to the store-but the recipe you're using calls for an ingredient you don't happen to have on hand. With this book, you'll have a solution: substitute. In Substituting Ingredients, author Becky Sue Epstein has collected more than 1,000 easy-to-find, healthy, and cheap substitutions. You'll find: Substitut... read more

The Moving Toyshop (The Gervase Fen Mysteries)

Edmund Crispin

When a poet, Richard Cadogan, receives an unexpected £50 advance from his publisher for his new poetry book, he decides to go to Oxford for a well deserved holiday. The change of scenery and peace of mind is what he needs to recover his inspiration for writing. Little does he know that what he envisioned as a leisurely time spent on long walks and visiting friends will turn into a mystery solv... read more

When a poet, Richard Cadogan, receives an unexpected £50 advance from his publisher for his new poetry book, he decides to go to Oxford for a well deserved holiday. The change of scenery and peace of mind is what he needs to recover his inspiration for writing. Little does he know that what he envisioned as a leisurely time spent on long walks and visiting friends will turn into a mystery solv... read more

The Herring in the Library (Elsie and Ethelred)

L C Tyler

When literary agent Elsie Thirkettle is invited to accompany tall but obscure crime-writer Ethelred Tressider to dinner at Muntham Court, she is looking forward to sneering at his posh friends. What she is not expecting is that, half way through the evening, her host will be found strangled in his locked study. Since there is no way that a murderer could have escaped, the police conclude that ... read more

When literary agent Elsie Thirkettle is invited to accompany tall but obscure crime-writer Ethelred Tressider to dinner at Muntham Court, she is looking forward to sneering at his posh friends. What she is not expecting is that, half way through the evening, her host will be found strangled in his locked study. Since there is no way that a murderer could have escaped, the police conclude that ... read more

In a Lonely Place (New York Review Books)

Dorothy B. Hughes

A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and exhilaration and freedom that came with lonenes... read more

A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele. To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and exhilaration and freedom that came with lonenes... read more

Havoc (New York Review Books Classics)

Tom Kristensen

A longtime cult-classic in Denmark, this novel about dissolution and despair has been out of print in the US for over eighty years until now.Ole Jastrau is the very model of an enterprising and ambitious young man of letters, poised on the brink of what is sure to be a distinguished career as a critic. In fact he is teetering on the brink of an emotional and moral abyss. Bored with his beautif... read more

A longtime cult-classic in Denmark, this novel about dissolution and despair has been out of print in the US for over eighty years until now.Ole Jastrau is the very model of an enterprising and ambitious young man of letters, poised on the brink of what is sure to be a distinguished career as a critic. In fact he is teetering on the brink of an emotional and moral abyss. Bored with his beautif... read more

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Nirmal Soochitsingh
I thank Miss Lorraine Martindale M for her editorial labor over the manuscript of my book. Her suggestions and encouragement polished the story into one that can be read with more pleasure for which I am grateful.

Nirmal Soochitsingh, July 2021

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