Martin Greig

Martin Greig – Editor

Editor with ten years experience of working on award-winning sports books such as Andrea Pirlo's autobiography, Pep Confidential & more


My speciality is in editorial assessment and developmental editing, particularly within the Sport and Outdoors genre. I have a proven track record in these areas through my company, BackPage Press, which was founded in 2009. To date, we have sold 250,000 books across the world - including Andrea Pirlo's autobiography I Think Therefore I Play, the ground-breaking Pep Confidential by Marti Perarnau, and Graham Hunter's multi-award-winning Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World. On each of these projects, I have been the main editor and worked collaboratively with the authors to shape the content.

Practically, my strengths lie in assessing the strength and marketability of an author's project. Put simply, I know what ideas sell, and how those ideas can be best presented to reach the intended audience. Within my specialist genre of Sport & Outdoors, I have edited books on football/soccer, cycling, tennis, boxing, rugby, American Football, baseball and mountaineering.
Biographies & Memoirs Sports & Outdoors
Gaming & LitRPG
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

BackPage Press

Jul, 2009 — Present

The Herald

May, 2004 — Mar, 2009 (almost 5 years)

The Sunday Times

Jan, 2002 — Apr, 2004 (about 2 years)


Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation - a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known. This is his story, in h... read more
Ever wondered what is it like to be on the receiving end of a Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer? Or how Jean Marc Bosman reacted the exact moment he discovered he d won his famous court case? Henrik, Hairdryers and the Hand of God lifts the lid on British sports jou... read more
Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We lea... read more
Andy Murray’s obsession with self-improvement has propelled him from promising Scottish kid to one of the best players in the world. We learn about his commitment to ‘marginal gains’, the process by which an athlete makes small improvements in many different a... read more
Barry J Whyte examines the dangers of boxing’s 24-hour weigh-in by looking into the far-reaching consequences of a fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti in February 2000. He shines a light on a controversial system which allows boxers to ‘boil down’ for ... read more
The superclasico, the Buenos Aires derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors, is unique in world football. These two clubs fought for supremacy in the Boca neighbourhood in the early 20th century. Today they fight for the city, for Argentina and the world. Th... read more
Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask? This is a portr... read more
Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We lea... read more
Football Manager Stole My Life
If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side - it's by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it's much more than a game. It's an unbeatable fitness regime, it's a social club, it's an elite sport, it's what we do when we get too ol... read more
Martí Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013–14, and this book represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowe... read more
This is the story of the greatest achievement in the history of international football.After decades of failure, Spain won the European Championship in 2008 andthen the World Cup in 2010. At Euro 2012 they became the first team to win three consecutive tournam... read more
BARCELONA are the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the untold inside story of how the best and most loved football team in the world came to redefine how the game is played. We st... read more

Martin has 6 reviews





Edward A.

Edward A.

Aug, 2020

Very professional and courteous. A real shame that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our collaboration.
Sandra Z.

Sandra Z.

Aug, 2020

Martin's editing has been superb. It was my first book, so I had a lot of questions regarding many aspects and Martin answered them all. Skilled editor, polished my book from the very beginning till the end, even with some extras. Thank you Martin, collaborating with you has been an excellent journey!
Martin G.
A pleasure to work with Sandra. She has written an excellent book.
Paul T.

Paul T.

Aug, 2020

I worked with Neil development editing my diary of my trip to Everest Base Camp. We had a long chat on the phone (due to Covid lockdown) and Neil managed to get to know my personality and what I wanted from my book. I received new chapters daily which was the highlight of my day and the project was completed 4 weeks early. A thoroughly professional job and I would highly recommend using Mar...
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Martin G.
Thanks Paul! I've submitted a glowing review of our work together on the editorial side (which I don't think is visible). Not only did you have a fascinating story to tell, you were engaged and re...
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Don V.

Don V.

Feb, 2020

Martin does an excellent job. He thoroughly edited my work and gave helpful feedback. I fully recommend him without reservation.
Kevin P.

Kevin P.

Apr, 2019

Throughout the entire project I was very pleased and impressed with Martins work. My book was a memoir, and even though the book is completely based on a true story, he made that true story come to life. My memoir was about my childhood friends and I growing up playing wiffleball, sometimes too intensely, and all of the drama in between. His work included the developmental and editorial asses...
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Martin G.
Thank you Kevin! It was a pleasure working with you and I know we'll stay in touch as you take your book forward.

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