Aaron Sikes

Aaron Sikes – Editor

I am a freelance developmental editor serving the community of independent science-ficiton/fantasy writers

Overview

You found your way here, so that means you have a science-fiction or fantasy novel in the works. Maybe you're looking for help to break through a block, or need suggestions to get your characters feeling more life-like, more authentic. Just won another NaNoWriMo? Well done! You're 50,000 words closer to the finish line than you were in October, but you know the story is far from complete.

Whatever you're working on, I can help you reach the next stage of the publication quest. I love helping other authors hone and improve their stories, and especially enjoy working with new writers. I can catch plot holes, timeline inconsistencies, out-of-character behavior, idiomatic errors, misspellings, grammar and punctuation errors, and pretty much anything else that can (and does) go wrong along the road from first draft to final.

Developmental editing is my preferred work, because I love to watch a story grow and unfold in real time. In my own writing, I'm always hopeful for those moments of discovery and expansion that come when I'm working on a particularly troublesome character or plot point. Helping other writers find those moments is a real joy.

I'm also happy to work on manuscripts that have been through the wringer a few times and just need that extra touch from an impartial set of eyes. My areas of expertise range from US military small squad operations to the proper method for cooking lemon curd. I'm a board gamer, woodworker, cosplayer, Steampunk, and maker, and I occupy a feline-surbordinate role here at home. I bring all of my background, training, and knowledge to the table.

I encourage my clients with praise where due, and point out elements of a manuscript that really work to keep me invested in a story. Where I see things falling down or in need of attention, I leave notes explaining my understanding of the author's intent and some suggestions for revision. This is always done as suggestion and with deference to the author. While I do correct mechanical errors as I come across them, I do not approach my work with a proofreader's eye (that is a whole different job).

If you've read the Janus Group series by Piers Platt, the Codebreakers series by Colin F Barnes, or the Dark Space series by Jasper T Scott, then you've had the pleasure of reading some of the best science-fiction out there, a pleasure I am lucky to share as the editor of those books.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Dystopian Military Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2013 — Present

Portfolio

One life, stolen memories. Gaming has consequences when the AI won’t let you leave.In the battle to save his race, Scarhoof is the last guard standing. If the old shaman fails to protect Sunset Cove, the defenseless minotaurs in his care will fall into the ene... read more
The award winning, top-rated saga that sold a half-million copies returns in the second season of the Extinction Cycle. Welcome to the Dark Age. Survivors thought the extinction cycle had ended, but a powerful evil lurks in the shadows...Eight years ago, an en... read more
The world has been destroyed... ...and remolded in the image of its destroyer. For thousands of years, stories had been told of the terrible Sorceress who'd given all her power to end the ancient world. But those were just stories. Now, new stars dot the sky—s... read more
She hacked her way in.Now there’s no way out.Haylie Black, a 17-year-old hacker with a chip on her shoulder, has never met a system she couldn’t crack. When her brother vanishes trying to solve Raven2309, a legendary internet puzzle, Haylie knows she’s the onl... read more
Rose of Anzio

Alexa Kang

From Book 1: “Tessa, I don’t know how to swing dance, and I wouldn’t be very good at it if I tried. But if you care, I’d like to do a different kind of dance with you.” Summer 1940. Fourteen-year-old Tessa Graham finds herself in a new, unfamiliar world. For h... read more
From the deployment that brought you Restrepo:In 2007, the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade posted to northeastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Battle Company, the best within the Brigade, was assigned the toughest Area of Operations. It was called the Kore... read more
AMAZON'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR SHOWS YOU A TERRIFYING GENIUS...FBI Agent Allison Moore is a rising star. Smart, strong, and good with a gun—her future is bright… So they called her with a name no one wanted to hear again: Matthew Brand. His past was legend.Ten y... read more
The Extinction Cycle

Nicholas Sansbury Smith

From Book 1: The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction... Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top... read more
The Janus Group

Piers Platt

From Book 1: On the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed … or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite ass... read more
Book Description: Code Breakers has been one of the highest rated sci fi series on Amazon for the last four years, with over a million downloads and conversion into an RPG setting. Containing all four novels of the series, this box set will delight fans of gri... read more
FROM MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR JASPER T. SCOTTDark Space: The Complete Series, 6 books, over 600,000 copies sold, 12,000+ Reviews on Amazon, and 4.4/5 Stars average rating. For a limited time, enjoy over 2000 pages of this epic space opera for one low pr... read more

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