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Martin Toseland

Martin Toseland - Ghostwriter

London, England

I am an award-winning ghostwriter and author with over 20 titles published in the UK (both as author and ghost).

Overview

I am an award-winning author, ghost writer and editor. My publishing career spanned fifteen years working at a senior editorial level at Penguin and HarperCollins since when I have written or over 20 books.

I work on a wide range of subjects and genres – from sports and traditional games to food and drink, humour, language, celebrity biography, adventure and business writing.

I respond quickly to new requests and will always give a realistic assessment of timescales, the kind of work I can do and the cost.

Whenever I take on new work, I like to establish communication quickly with the client and then keep them informed of progress on a regular basis. In ghosting, communication and understanding are absolutely vital so establishing a good rapport is an essential first step. If a client and I can't quite make the chemistry work then I do advise honestly that they should try others. Ghostwriting is a very intimate experience and the trust required to make that relationship work is built on empathy and understanding.

Below are endorsements from some of the authors and publishers I have worked with in the past.

‘I’d recommend Martin to anyone thinking of writing a book. Get him to do it instead – it’s easier.’ – James May, Top Gear presenter

“I’ve worked with Martin, on a variety of projects, since the mid-90s. He’s been my first port-of-call whenever I need editorial advice on a new project, and I’ve no hesitation in recommending anyone else in need of an editor to do the same.”

Professor David Crystal, best-selling author of over 100 books including Spell It Out

“Martin has proven himself to be excellent in my experience at taking the loose threads of a proposal or idea and shaping it into something intelligent, commercial and exciting. He understands what is needed from the publisher’s perspective, being able to position a book successfully, as well as having the sensitivity and tenacity to help focus authors, whether that means re-working text or coming up with a sound structural framework for them to work to.”

Denise Bates, Group Publishing Director, Conran Octopus

“Martin is a wonderful editor and I always consult him on my drafts. With both fiction and non-fiction his judgement is clear-sighted and precise. He has a fine sense of structure and can point to exactly where a work has gone lopsided or pull out the elements that are working well and put them in the right place.”

Julia Rochester, author of The House at the Edge of the World Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 and shortlisted for the Desmond Eliot Prize 2016

“Martin has fantastic insight that improves any project at any stage.”

Myles Archibald, Publishing Director, William Collins/HarperCollins

‘Working with Martin added a layer of professionalism and reliability to a project with a debut author. I appreciated Martin’s superb time-planning abilities particularly keenly, and his tactfulness and unfailing good spirits smoothed over many a potential point of tension. I know for a fact that the author was very pleased with how Martin handled the whole project and from my side I could not have had an easier or more pleasant experience.’

Meri Pentikäinen, former commissioning editor, Little, Brown.

“Martin was a terrific editor for my manuscript. I only wished I’d brought him in earlier in the writing process! He carefully removed material which neither fit in nor added to the core argument. He was able to draw out the major points to my argument without losing my voice. And he was really easy to work with, being both accessible but also sensitive in our discussions.”

Dr Saqib Qureshi, author of Reconstructing Strategy: Dancing with the God of Objectivity

“When it comes to a critical review of your manuscript, Martin has an uncanny knack of getting straight to the nub of the matter – the awkward passage, a rough transition, the place where confusion enters, the time to re-invigorate the story, a lost opportunity, an unfinished thought, a clash of tone, the underlying simplicity that needs to replace current complexity… I have turned to Martin twice for editing advice and will not hesitate to do so again. If you want readers to be captivated by your writing then he will save you much time and grief, and at the same time give you a masterclass in story-telling.”

Martyn Murray, author of The Storm Leopard and Beyond the Hebrides

“Martin came up with seminal ideas for improving my first novel, including a change of title. Undoubtedly the polish he added when editing proved to be the key factor in finding a publisher. I didn’t think twice before sending him my second as soon as it was ready.”

Barry Morgan, author of Gift Horse

“Here’s what you get: someone who knows what he’s talking about (rare), with good common sense (unusual), and who is genuinely enthusiastic about your project (hilariously ideal).”

Belle Robertson, author of Tired of Thinking About Drinking: Try my 100-day Sober Challenge

“Martin and I worked together on my book in 2014. He took the draft manuscript and managed the whole process from editing to delivery of finished copies seamlessly – finding excellent people to perform each stage of the production process. All through the process Martin exhibited high levels of integrity, project management and dedication to the process. It was a real pleasure to work with him and I’d have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who wants to get their manuscript turned into a book of the highest quality.”

Saeed al Muntafiq, author of A Warrior’s Journey

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Travel

Work experience

Author, ghostwriter, editor

Martin Toseland is self-employed

October, 2006 – Present (about 10 years)

I am a freelance author, ghost writer and editor. I write and edit fiction and non-fiction offering services from brainstorming ideas to writing the whole book.

Publishing Director

HarperCollins

June, 2004 – September, 2006 (over 2 years)

Commissioning books and running a division that published 100 new books per year.

Editorial Director

Penguin Books

March, 1990 – May, 2004 (about 14 years)

Commissioning, editing and publishing 30+ non-fiction titles per year.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Movie Doctors

Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode

For over a decade, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been sharing their film expertise with each other (and occasionally the odd listener) on the airwaves. In their first book together, the UK's "go to" experts on all things film don their surgical scrubs to cure your cinema dilemmas and movie ailments. Celluloid or humanoid, The Movie Doctors are here to help.

For over a decade, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been sharing their film expertise with each other (and occasionally the odd listener) on the airwaves. In their first book together, the UK's "go to" experts on all things film don their surgical scrubs to cure your cinema dilemmas and movie ailments. Celluloid or humanoid, The Movie Doctors are here to help.

The Great Emoji Quizbook

Martin Toseland

The Ants Are My Friends: Misheard Lyrics, Malapropisms, Eggcorns and Other Linguistic Gaffes

Martin Toseland

Linguistic mistakes. We all make them. And if your name is George W Bush or Jade Goody, you might make them more often than others. In "The Ants are My Friends" (delightfully misheard from Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind") Martin Toseland has collected the very best (and very worst) linguistic gifts of the gaffe. The catergories features include: Malapropisms (named after Mrs Malaprop in Sher... read more

Linguistic mistakes. We all make them. And if your name is George W Bush or Jade Goody, you might make them more often than others. In "The Ants are My Friends" (delightfully misheard from Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind") Martin Toseland has collected the very best (and very worst) linguistic gifts of the gaffe. The catergories features include: Malapropisms (named after Mrs Malaprop in Sher... read more

Approximately Right : Aligning your numbers with your business

Håkan Winberg

Approximately Right is a business book but it's not at all about money and numbers. It's a book about building successful businesses through having and using a set of core values, through focusing on continuous improvement, through creating an empowered organization and through keeping the numbers simple enough for everyone to understand. Whatever your business and whatever your job, Approxima... read more

Approximately Right is a business book but it's not at all about money and numbers. It's a book about building successful businesses through having and using a set of core values, through focusing on continuous improvement, through creating an empowered organization and through keeping the numbers simple enough for everyone to understand. Whatever your business and whatever your job, Approxima... read more

Help Your Child Love Reading

Alison David

Help Your Child Love Reading

Help Your Child Love Reading

Walking the Amazon

Out of the Ashes: The Remarkable Rise and Rise of the Afghanistan cricket team

Tim Albone

Out of the Ashes Seven years ago, in a country which does not have a real cricket pitch, there was no national team. But a group of young Afghan men, exiled by war, learnt to play in the smashed concrete of refugee camps, and have risen from obscurity to the groomed grass pitches of international cricket. This is the true story of the Afghanistan cricket team. Full description

Out of the Ashes Seven years ago, in a country which does not have a real cricket pitch, there was no national team. But a group of young Afghan men, exiled by war, learnt to play in the smashed concrete of refugee camps, and have risen from obscurity to the groomed grass pitches of international cricket. This is the true story of the Afghanistan cricket team. Full description

Boulle's Jewels: The Business of Life

Francis Boulle

'Business is a jungle. But I love animals.' Francis Boulle. Venture Capitalist and CEO Francis Boulle has set out to conquer the world. Armed with strategies not seen since Sun Tzu, philosophies to rival Aristotle, a business head that makes Alan Sugar look like an amateur and thoughts about life that even Confucius would have found enlightening, Francis is king of the new life-gurus. In this ... read more

'Business is a jungle. But I love animals.' Francis Boulle. Venture Capitalist and CEO Francis Boulle has set out to conquer the world. Armed with strategies not seen since Sun Tzu, philosophies to rival Aristotle, a business head that makes Alan Sugar look like an amateur and thoughts about life that even Confucius would have found enlightening, Francis is king of the new life-gurus. In this ... read more

Oz and James Drink to Britain

Oz Clarke, James May

Small rip to jacket front, represented in price. The superb accompaniment to the BBC TV series,'Oz And Jame Big Wine Adventure' as Oz and james travel around Britain researching Britain's best beer's, ciders'' perry's, Gin's and more. (cook)

Small rip to jacket front, represented in price. The superb accompaniment to the BBC TV series,'Oz And Jame Big Wine Adventure' as Oz and james travel around Britain researching Britain's best beer's, ciders'' perry's, Gin's and more. (cook)

Infographica: The World as You Have Never Seen it Before

Martin Toseland, Simon Toseland

Title: Infographica <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Martin & Simon Toseland <>Publisher: Quercus Publishing

Title: Infographica <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Martin & Simon Toseland <>Publisher: Quercus Publishing

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