Degree in Hispanic Philology, Universidad Complutense (Madrid)
Managing director and founding partner of CÁLAMO & CRAN
Founder of the Unión de Correctores, UniCo
Member of the multidisciplinary team Palabras Mayores
Co-founder of the Lenguando events
Manager of La Lectora Futura
Antonio Martín Fernández earned his degree in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) while contributing his first works in the publishing world, in journalism and teaching Spanish. Thanks to this multidisciplinary experience, in 1996 he founded Cálamo & Cran: as a training center for publishing and language professionals, the company focuses on revaluing the professional trades in the publishing sector (proofreaders, layout designers, editors) and the language sector (editors, translators and proofreaders). For this reason, Antonio Martín’s career is linked to the history of this company.
His company is considered a benchmark of prestige for publishing training in Spain. This prestige has served as a platform for internationalizing its courses, which are endorsed by the Institute for Foreign Cooperation (ICEX), the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), Universidad Europea de Madrid and large publishers, such as Planeta, Edelvives, SM, MacMillan, Penguin and Santillana. The internationalization plan, developed by Antonio Martín, facilitates the professional training given by Cálamo & Cran in the USA (New York and Los Angeles), Mexico (D.F., Xalapa and Guadalajara), and Latin American cities such as Lima, Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Salvador and Bogotá. In addition to teaching, he works as a consultant and training consultant for the companies where the Cálamo & Cran courses are given. He focuses on the promotion and development of existing and new courses, as well as the company’s professional services.
Throughout these years he has worked as a proofreader and editor for different national and multinational publishers, private companies from different sectors, as well as public entities, institutions and universities.
He has collaborated with several Spanish, European and American universities (Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Santiago, Universidad de Lleida, Universidad Europea de Madrid), with papers and conferences about books, editing and correcting. In addition, he has organized cultural events with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad de Cádiz, Instituto Cervantes, Casa del Lector, the National Library and the universities of Veracruz (Mexico), Ricardo Palma (Peru) and the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).
He is also the promoter and founder of UniCo, the Correctors Union, which he chaired from 2005 to 2015. Through this work he has brought together professionals in proofreading, style, linguistic advisors and those who perform this work in their profession. He has collaborated in founding and promoting the platform of associations of language professionals, Red Vértice, which comprises 18 associations of translators, proofreaders and interpreters.
Together with four other associations, in 2011 Red Vértice signed the Agreement of Buenos Aires for the creation of an international alliance of proofreaders associations.
For these merits, La Casa del Corrector of the Fundación Litterae (Argentina) has distinguished Antonio Martín as an honorary member.
He is also one of the four members of the Palabras Mayores group, dedicated to the dissemination of language in the fields of translation, journalism, writing, correction and composition. In 2015, they published the book Palabras Mayores, el libro. 199 recetas infalibles para expresarse bien (Barcelona, Vox editorial).
He is also a co-author, together with Germán Molero, of the book El libro rojo de Cálamo: Prontuario de manuales de estilo, a free tool based on the comparison of style manuals in Spanish.
During 2013 and 2014 he founded and sponsored, together with Eduardo Basterrechea (Molino de Ideas) and Xosé Castro, the Lenguando meetings, for professionals of language and technology.
In 2015 he founded the company La Lectora Futura, which manages the magazine and app of the same name: a social network for the book world.