Martin Ouvry – Jericho Writers
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Martin Ouvry

Martin Ouvry - Editor

Martin is a writer, editor, teacher and musician. He has twenty years’ experience as a writer, reviewer, manuscript assessor, structural editor, writing teacher, line-editor, copy-editor and proofreader.

His fiction has appeared in a range of world-renowned publications including Esquire, The London Magazine and New Writing (Picador). Martin has received numerous prizes for his work, including first- and final-year prizes for outstanding achievement in the School of English and American Studies (UEA BA), the Alumni Association prize for fiction (UEA MA), a Hawthornden Fellowship, two Arts Council writer’s awards, and a Wingate Scholarship in literature. He has taught widely, for the British Council, the Arts Council, at City, University of London, UEA, Holland Park School and elsewhere. He recently completed his novel Frugality with the generous support of Arts Council England.


“I could not have received a more thoughtful and helpful review. Martin’s feedback to me was specific not only as to the problems that needed to be addressed but also as to its strengths. Because of that I felt encouraged to make the novel as good as it could be.”

– Irene W.

"Thank you for your prompt delivery and detailed copy-edit. I'm incredibly pleased with your review which has helped me improve my own style and prepare for self-publishing. An additional thanks for going above and beyond by highlighting inconsistencies which any keen writers eyes would've missed!"

– Kristian J.

“I would struggle to find a writer of comparable talent in Martin’s generation.”

– Lee B.

“It was so easy. Martin corrected all my terrible failings in punctuation, mangled sentences, capitalisations, repetitions, and so much more. I now have a publishable MS and it was all done with two weeks rather than four. I can’t tell you how pleased I am!”

– Karen M.

"Martin copy-edited my upmarket/literary fiction novel 'Starting at the End' and efficiently corrected numerous punctuation mistakes (oh my embarrassment). He also found a few outstanding typos and occasionally and rightly suggested improvements. He wrapped all this up with strongly positive remarks about the book as a whole that I found very encouraging. I recommend him to anyone on the brink of submitting their novel to agents."

– Jeremy Gray


Martin’s sensitivity towards preserving an author’s unique voice makes him a true treasure of a line-editor. So confident in his abilities to maintain prose and reduce inconsistencies are we, that he has worked with hundreds of translated texts and is our go-to editor for even the most complex copy-editing. This is all due to his meticulous eye-for-detail and abundant love for literature. It is Martin’s vigilance and consideration during copy-edits that assure us that your work is in safe hands.


My philosophy is simple: I love helping writers through the editorial process because I love good writing. Top-notch editing requires not only exactitude, but also a special sensitivity for the writer’s unique voice. This affinity arises both from deep literary knowledge and a ‘musical’ understanding of the individual prose fiction voice.

Genres Martin specialises in

Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Romance & Erotica
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Other Narrative Non-fiction
Subject-led Non-fiction

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