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My name is JIM MARTYKA and I am a proud multi-hyphenate!


A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, I now live and work mainly in Los Angeles. An award-winning freelance writer, I have worked for over 20 years on a variety of beats for both local and national newspapers, magazines and websites, including The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, National Scholastic Press, Airport Revenue News and many more.


Over the past fifteen years, I have authored, co-written, ghostwritten or edited several published books in both fiction and nonfiction, including the best-selling books Closing the Gap¸ the autobiography of Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer Willie Davis, and The Eight Characters of Comedy. I also work as a professional editor for several publishing firms, including Triumph BooksThis combined experience has led me to teach how to write, pitch and publish books both in seminars and one-on-one consultations.


I have also written original music, published poetry, written and produced short films with my production company Hold For Plane Pictures, and penned a number of plays that have been produced around the world, including a critically acclaimed stage version of the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life that was first produced in 2011, and published in 2020. I am a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. I often also work as PR rep for independent theatre companies and stage artists.


Please check out the website, which includes some of my work and information on my services, and let me know if I can help you with any of your writing needs!