Michelle Martire

Michelle Martire - Editor

Cary, North Carolina, USA

Experienced Managing Editor with over 8 years working with authors to improve their craft.

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Overview

I've been working in the publishing industry for over three years, primarily among indie presses such as the late Elephantine Publishing (romance, fantasy, and YA literature) and the esteemed David R. Godine, Publisher (non-fiction/biography, literary fiction, and poetry) here in Boston. Over these past years, I've learned the nuances of the publishing process, helping develop and produce various titles for e-book and print production, while also honing over eight years of experience in teaching authors how to improve their craft.

I hold a Masters degree in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College (focus on book editing), and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Dickinson College. During my junior year, I studied abroad at Oxford University, where I studied Victorian and Modernist literature⁠—two eras of writing that remain close to my heart.

Currently, I work as a Managing Editor at John Wiley & Sons. While I manage an average of twenty-three academic journals at a time (and with such comes many needs from both editors and authors alike), I often turn to freelance editing in order to remain close to what I love: helping authors tap into the story just hiding behind their mind's eye.

"Precise, detail oriented, and always thinking ten steps ahead of what I was planning. What more could be said about Michelle? To imagine writing without her critique feels impossible. She makes the most daunting tasks simple to understand and reachable. Michelle has worked with me on a number of projects, each project growing exceptionally stronger once she's worked her magic on it. There's no one I would rather work with that sees my vision even before I do." — Brian Sweeney, author of the short story "A Spirit's Spirit" (Short Edition) and two forthcoming SciFi novels

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Chick Lit
Literary Fiction
Romance
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College
  • B.A. in English from Dickinson College

Work experience

Associate Managing Editor

John Wiley & Sons
December, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

-Supervising the peer review process from checking in submissions to exporting manuscripts to production, including communicating with editors, authors, and reviewers; all to ensure timely review of manuscripts and provide the best possible service to authors.
-Collaborating with vendors to ensure quality of workflow and process.
-Assisting editors, reviewers, and authors as and when required in using the online electronic editorial office system.
-Supplying statistics to internal and external editorial team so to formulate strategies for journal development.
-Maintaining accurate, up-to-date, and tidy documentation for the editorial office.

Publishing Assistant

David R. Godine, Publisher
January, 2018 – December, 2018 (11 months)

-Read submissions, offering editorial assessments and feedback to both Editor and authors.
- Manage eBook production and distribution: planning what titles to convert, prepping files for conversion, and handling relations and deadlines with our distributing partners
-Proofing manuscripts, galleys, catalogs, ePubs, and social media posts.
- Manage publicity mailings for ARCs and galleys alongside Publicity Director
- Build production boards to help keep office updated on files in production, reprints in process, bound book dates, and deliveries to the warehouse
- Help manage metadata on Amazon, Edelweiss+, and company website
- Design children's and direct mail catalogs
- Build copyright pages and scan old titles for OCR
- Build an editorial schedule

Editorial Intern

Elephantine Publishing
April, 2016 – September, 2016 (5 months)

Conducted proofreads and developmental edits for seven titles at a small e-book company; some of which have been added to my portfolio. Unfortunately, Elephantine is no longer in business.

Writing Associate & Writing Tutor

Dickinson College Norman M. Eberly Writing Center
September, 2014 – May, 2017 (over 2 years)

Mentor students in the writing process through peer review, one-on-one, or in class. I have taught several seminars to aid in the transition from high school to college-level writing. I have also taught prospective English majors within the introductory course, English 220.

Meeting one-on-one with students to help them with their college essays and short stories (from any
discipline). Facilitate 45-minute sessions in brainstorming, outlining, or analyzing the minute details of grammar and content.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

French Kiss for Hire: The Complete Season 1

Lizzy Ford, Morgan Wylie, Amanda Lance, Amanda Aksel, Nikki Jefford, Nana Malone

The Complete Season 1 Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash. A debut that has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France and all of his acting opportunities ... read more

The Complete Season 1 Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash. A debut that has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France and all of his acting opportunities ... read more

Trial by Dreams (The Charmed Trials Series)

Jolene Buchheit

Julia and Vander thought their trial was over. But Demeter has only just begun wreaking havoc on their lives. Julia finally accepted that her boyfriend is the son of a Siren and her family isn’t as normal as she once thought. But when she accidentally unlocks a power she didn’t know she had, her world dissolves into chaos once more. Now she is forced to uncover the truth about who she truly is... read more

Julia and Vander thought their trial was over. But Demeter has only just begun wreaking havoc on their lives. Julia finally accepted that her boyfriend is the son of a Siren and her family isn’t as normal as she once thought. But when she accidentally unlocks a power she didn’t know she had, her world dissolves into chaos once more. Now she is forced to uncover the truth about who she truly is... read more

The Vrai Domicile (The Domicile Series Book 2)

Courtney Ruggles

Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre… Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels. Except the... read more

Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre… Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels. Except the... read more

The Sixth Domicile (The Domicile Series Book 1)

Courtney Ruggles

In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence. Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend... read more

In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence. Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend... read more

Trial by Charm (The Charmed Trials Series Book 1)

Jolene Buchheit

Prepare to be charmed!Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession with boys. She’s never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s swim team, she finds herself face to face with ... read more

Prepare to be charmed!Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession with boys. She’s never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s swim team, she finds herself face to face with ... read more

The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams: A Bilingual Edition

Rainer Maria Rilke

The Inner Sky is a selection of poems and prose by the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, set with the original text and a facing page translation, and including more than a dozen works that have never before appeared in English. The translations, by the NEA and PEN-award-winning author and translator Damion Searls, are lively, moving, and appealing, and they give a new voice for Rilke in English:... read more

The Inner Sky is a selection of poems and prose by the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, set with the original text and a facing page translation, and including more than a dozen works that have never before appeared in English. The translations, by the NEA and PEN-award-winning author and translator Damion Searls, are lively, moving, and appealing, and they give a new voice for Rilke in English:... read more

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

Farley Mowat

First published in 1957, this is one of those classic dog books that everyone who ever read it remembers. Much as they remember the great Canadian novelist Farley Mowat - for his wry humor, his marvelous use of language (his father was a librarian), his passion for animals in all forms and the outdoors in all its glory, and his seemingly endless series of misadventures.

First published in 1957, this is one of those classic dog books that everyone who ever read it remembers. Much as they remember the great Canadian novelist Farley Mowat - for his wry humor, his marvelous use of language (his father was a librarian), his passion for animals in all forms and the outdoors in all its glory, and his seemingly endless series of misadventures.

Miss Alcott's Email: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds

Kit Bakke

Shouldn’t life be more than simply showing up? Is it enough to be part of a family, make another family, earn your living, and then exit stage left? Or should you engage and be engaged in a bit of purposeful shaking and shoving along the way?These are questions that Kit Bakke urgently needs answered. Tired of self-proclaimed gurus and self-help books, she turns to her childhood role model — Lo... read more

Shouldn’t life be more than simply showing up? Is it enough to be part of a family, make another family, earn your living, and then exit stage left? Or should you engage and be engaged in a bit of purposeful shaking and shoving along the way?These are questions that Kit Bakke urgently needs answered. Tired of self-proclaimed gurus and self-help books, she turns to her childhood role model — Lo... read more

The Cuckoo Clock

Mary Stolz

It is a long time ago in a village near Germany's Black Forest, and Erich, a foundling, has been left in the care of the good and charitable Frau Goddhart. Or, at least the publicly good and charitable Frau Goddhart; at home it's quite another story. Erich's young life of work and little love changes when old Ula, the town's most skillful clockmaker, offers him a job as his helper. Ula is pati... read more

It is a long time ago in a village near Germany's Black Forest, and Erich, a foundling, has been left in the care of the good and charitable Frau Goddhart. Or, at least the publicly good and charitable Frau Goddhart; at home it's quite another story. Erich's young life of work and little love changes when old Ula, the town's most skillful clockmaker, offers him a job as his helper. Ula is pati... read more

The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual

Ward Farnsworth

Stoicism is the most helpful and practical philosophy ever devised. Its intention is to help people find happiness by thinking differently about their lives and their problems. The advice the Stoics provided centuries ago is still the best anyone has offered, and it’s as useful today as it was then—or more. When anyone today says something really wise, the Stoics usually said it first. Today t... read more

Stoicism is the most helpful and practical philosophy ever devised. Its intention is to help people find happiness by thinking differently about their lives and their problems. The advice the Stoics provided centuries ago is still the best anyone has offered, and it’s as useful today as it was then—or more. When anyone today says something really wise, the Stoics usually said it first. Today t... read more

Michelle has 4 reviews

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Lynette Fortie
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Michelle on a second round of edits. Her comments and insight were invaluable. She helped point my manuscript in the direction it needed to go. I'm so so happy that I chose Michelle to work with to help polish my manuscript. Thank you!!

Lynette Fortie, August 2020


Lynette Fortie
Wow! So happy! Michelle turned my simple manuscript into an exciting story. Her edits were spot on. She not only provided exceptional services in her editing, but her feedback generated ideas I couldn't have thought of without her. I'm pleased that I'll be able to submit my manuscript to agents with confidence. Each response I received was professional and insightful. I plan on working with Mic...
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Lynette Fortie, April 2020


Synced Review
Michelle is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has done a thoughtful and detailed job with our press release. She not only delivered a clean and professional content but also gave us some practical advice. We are looking forward to working with her in the future!

Synced Review, December 2019


DeBora R
Michelle brought out a lot of useful thoughts that made me think even further about my book. She's very professional and I highly recommend her!

DeBora R, September 2019

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