About Roger Gilmartin

I’ve been an avid fiction reader since I was about eight years old. My mother brought home a couple of Happy Hollister books that featured five siblings who solved mysteries. I read the first book and was immediately hooked. She bought me several more and I devoured them. A few years later, she brought home a few books in the Three Investigators series about three preteen boys who solved mysteries from screaming skulls to missing treasure. I promptly read all of those and ended up with most of the books in that series in my growing library. To this day, I enjoy reading the Three Investigators—they’re stories you can’t outgrow.

Unfortunately, my original hardcovers were somehow lost, but I continue to track down copies of the books in the series; I now have 10 of them in my collection.

During my high school years, I discovered how much I enjoyed wordsmithing. My father had some influence here; he was an excellent writer and communicator. I didn’t create stories but became engrossed in how text flowed and engaged me.

Fast-forward a few years, and I discovered Alastair MacLean and Clive Cussler in the action-adventure genre as well as Dean Koontz and John Saul in the horror-supernatural genre. Ever since, I’ve enjoyed finding new authors to read in the suspense thriller, science fiction, and mystery genres.

As I matured and continued to read fiction, I started to edit and proofread books on the fly, noting any spelling, grammar, and punctuation issues at first. Then I began to notice potential issues in sequence, plot, and characterization. Years ago, I remember trying to understand what one sentence meant in the book I was reading. Then it hit me: the author had used the word “fairy” instead of “ferry,” which caused the sentence to make no sense. That was something of an “Aha!” moment for me, because it made me think about becoming a fiction editor.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work part-time for a non-profit publisher. This gave me tremendous experience with editing fiction novels that would be published as well as interacting with the authors, providing constructive feedback, and helping to polish their story.

I prefer to work with the suspense thriller, science fiction (especially military sci-fi and space opera), and mystery genres but will consider others. While working for the publisher, I ended up editing and enjoying two westerns and a young adult novel, which taught me to be open to other genres. However, if your manuscript is non-fiction, a memoir, a romance,  or poetry, I’m not the right editor for you.