Martin Roy Hill

Martin Roy Hill – Editor

Professional editor and national award-winning author with a wide range of experience in fiction and nonfiction publishing.

Overview

Hi, my name is Martin and I have more than 40 years in the publishing business, including newspapers, magazines, technical/scientific papers and journals, and more. I provide a wide range of editorial services to writers and publishers. My experience includes editing novels (mystery, thriller, sci-fi), memoirs, business, and self-help books with more than four dozen book-length projects completed. I am well versed in the Chicago Manual of Style, American Psychology Association Stylebook, and Associated Press Stylebook.


I am also a professional writer with experience in newspapers, magazines, web content, publicity releases, short-story writing, and novels. I've authored freelance articles published in numerous national and international publications, eight award-winning novels, an award-winning short story collection, a book on military history, and numerous published short stories. I'm also the author of dozens of scientific technical documents and articles for peer-reviewed journals.


A veteran with more than twenty years of experience in three branches of the reserves, I also specialize in working with authors writing on military topics.


Named one of the top 10 book editors in San Diego by Writing Tips Oasis.

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Cozy Mysteries Historical Mysteries Military Science Fiction Short Story Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
History Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Best of Show for Print Over 100,000 San Diego Press Club 1986
  • First Place Award for Communicating Health Information to the Public San Diego Medical Society 1985 & 1988
  • Silver Medal for Best Thriller Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2017
  • Winner, Adult Fiction, California Authors Project, 2018
  • Clue Award for Best Thriller, Chanticleer International Book Awards, 2017
  • Best Thriller/Suspense Best Independent Book Awards 2017
  • Best Anthology/Short Story Collection San Diego Book Awards 2012
  • The White Award for Investigative Journalism (Silver) The William Allen White School of Journalism 1988
  • Best Thriller, Best Independent Book Association, 2020
  • Best Crime Thriller, American Fiction Award, 2021
  • The White Award for Investigative Journalism (Gold) The William Allen White School of Journalism 1990
  • Best Military Thriller BestThrillers.com 2023
Certifications
  • Bachelor's of Arts, Journalism, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Instructor, San Diego Writers Ink
  • Professional Member, Mystery Writers of America
  • Professional Member, Sisters in Crime
  • Professional Member, International Thriller Writers
  • Member, San Diego Professional Editors Network
  • Member, Publishing Professionals Network
  • Member, ACES: The Society for Editing

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 1990 — Present

Freelance credits include Reader's Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Writer's Digest, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, The Compass, Aviation History, Mother Jones, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion and Travel Sections, and many more. Lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association. Contributor to the American Civil War anthology “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing.

Short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, Alien Dimensions, Siren Call Publications, Near to the Knuckle, and others.

Independent author/publisher of novels under the imprint 32-32 North. Author of two national award-winning series—the Linus Schag, NCIS, thrillers and the Peter Brandt mysteries, as well as several standalone books.

Self-employed

Dec, 2012 — Present

I offer a wide variety of editorial services to authors and publishers, including:

* Copy editing.
* Proofreading.
* Publishing advice/consultation.

My editorial experience includes:

* Writing and/or editing for newspapers, magazines, and websites.
* Freelance articles published in numerous national and international publications.
* Editor, San Diego Business Journal, 10 years.
* Senior Editor, San Diego Magazine, 7 years.
* Science/Technical Writer/Editor/Researcher, Naval Health Research Center, 15 years.
* Award-Winning Independent Author/Publisher.
* Editing novels (mystery, thriller, sci-fi), memoirs, business, and self-help books (more than three dozen books). I am well versed in the Chicago Manual of Style, American Psychological Association, and Associated Press stylebooks.

A 27-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, U.S. Navy Reserve, and the California National Guard, I also offer consulting services for authors needing advice on writing about the military.

Naval Health Research Center

Nov, 2002 — Jun, 2018 (over 15 years)

In-house contractor (employer Leidos). Researched medical capability requirements for combat casualty care, terrorist response, humanitarian assistance and disaster response for U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force. Authored and edited peer-reviewed journal articles, technical documents and reports, and presentations based on research for DoD-wide distribution.

San Diego Business Journal

Sep, 1993 — Nov, 2002 (about 9 years)

Managed editorial department of weekly business newspaper with staff of 15 editors, writers, and researchers. Duties included coordinating production of newspaper and magazine supplements with other departments, personnel and budget management, organizing research and coverage of companies involved in defense, health care, and technology industries, editing and writing news stories and editorials, and administration of local area network. Improved the quality of writing and reporting so the newspaper became a national award-winning publication and a must-read among the local business community.

San Diego Magazine

Oct, 1983 — Sep, 1990 (almost 7 years)

Full-time investigative journalist. Recipient of more than 20 journalism awards, including two national William Allen White Awards for investigative reporting. Thrice cited by Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual report on best investigative reporting. Rights for reproduction of articles for use as educational materials acquired by USCD, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval War College. Edited and re-wrote news articles written by freelance contributors.

The Log Newspapers

Sep, 1981 — Oct, 1983 (about 2 years)

Reporter for waterfront/maritime news weekly. Opened first Los Angeles bureau, covering waterfront news in LA and Orange counties, including Catalina Island. Wrote and edited news articles for all three editions.

Palm Springs Desert Sun

Jun, 1978 — Sep, 1981 (over 3 years)

Reporter for daily newspaper responsible for covering politics and crime throughout the Coachella Valley.

Portfolio

The Esmeralda Goodbye

Fayman, Corey Lynn

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Curt Stone PI

Laufer, Sanford Ross

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The First Harmony

Schonberger, Clayton

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The Day Before I Died is a memoir of an innocent Irish Catholic boy on his journey from the quiet New England coast and the apple orchards of Pennsylvania to Vietnam and, ultimately, to the br... read more
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"This splendid collection of border fiction is haunting and intense. Bravo to San Diego Sisters in Crime." --T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award-winning author of The Last Good Guy Good stories s... read more
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Forty-one seconds. That’s how long Officer Scott Smith and Franklyn Reid knew each other before Reid ended up dead with a bullet in his back, shot in broad daylight by Smith. Turn on the news ... read more
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All of us deal with trauma, lightning bolts that disrupt our lives in small or devastating ways. But no matter what you’re facing, you can recover—through strength, fortitude, and belief.Jeff ... read more
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As you approach retirement, questions begin to stack up that you may not have the answers for:Do I have enough, or will I run out of money later in life? What will happen to my spouse if I die... read more
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At some point life begins to change—and not always for the better. Despite being successful, you can begin to grow tired of playing split roles that pull you away from your authentic self. The... read more
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Are you working hard, but continue to feel stuck? Does every day come with more responsibilities that make life feel like a task to be completed rather than enjoyed? In Day In, Day Out, Nick D... read more
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Are you looking for motivation to live a life of purpose? If so, you’re not alone. Now more than ever, it’s difficult to find the balance between purpose in your work, financial success, and h... read more
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You cannot afford to lose your mind when your parent is dying. Whether you have a highly demanding career, have your own children to care for, have a great relationship with your parent, or no... read more
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What comes to mind when you hear the words home birth? If you’re like most people, you have some thoughts, emotions, or questions around this practice, but you don’t truly understand what make... read more
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The martial arts can be exciting and fun for young people, but they are more than just kicking and punching. The valuable lessons found in the routines and rituals of karate, jiu jitsu, and ot... read more
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Silicon Valley can be a wild ride for an entrepreneur, especially if you’re a woman, a minority (or both!). But not being a white dude dropout from Stanford shouldn’t stand between you and sta... read more
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If you think that real estate investment is risky, costly, time-consuming, and complicated, think again. Investing in real estate is actually the smartest, most powerful tactic to create a rel... read more
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Entrepreneurship seems like a thrilling, lucrative adventure--until things go horribly wrong. As crisis after crisis hits, even the most seasoned founder can get disoriented. Whether you're in... read more
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“Fake it till you make it.” The old adage may be a hallmark of our personal and professional lives, but the truth is inauthenticity leads to dissatisfaction—and disaster. To be happy, successf... read more
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Martin Roy has 13 reviews

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Kevin C.

Kevin C.

Mar, 2024

Martin is a surgeon of words, both in how he copy edits and provides constructive feedback. I would 100% recommend him to others.
Bill S.

Bill S.

Jan, 2024

I am new to the writing world and really needed to know if what I wrote is worth continuing. Martin's assistance has provided me with the everything I need to move forward with my writing. He has provided excellent edits and suggestions. I know he fully read my work and wants to assist me in my goal of someday getting this work to print. Thanks Martin!
Marjorie K.

Marjorie K.

Aug, 2023

He's excellent. I would recommend him for everyone.
Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Feb, 2023

Martin was the consummate professional. His insights and comments on my manuscript were right on. He also took the time to have a Zoom conversation to discuss questions and help my understanding of the publishing industry.
Donna K.

Donna K.

Sep, 2022

I am so lucky to have found Martin to edit my scribblings. His experience and background are a perfect fit and I look forward to working with him in the near future.

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