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Jim Aikin

Jim Aikin - Editor

Northern California

Experienced author and editor specializing in developmental and copy-editing of novel-length fiction.

Overview

I'm an author with multiple credits in mainstream fiction and nonfiction. For 25+ years I was an editor, staff writer, and grammar/punctuation guru at the late lamented Keyboard Magazine, a monthly for musicians, where I gained an international reputation as an expert in synthesizers and related technology. I've edited nonfiction books on music technology for Backbeat Books (now a division of Hal Leonard Publishing) and Peachpit Press. On those books I provided a combination of developmental, technical, and line editing. My older novels, now out of print, were published by Del Rey and Ace, and my short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov's, and other magazines. I'm currently embroiled in a self-publishing enterprise that will include a series of fantasy novels and most likely a story anthology and reprints of my older work; if you want to evaluate my own prose style, you can easily use the Look Inside on Amazon; all you have to do is spell "Aikin" correctly. Search engine results for "Aiken" will lead you far astray.

I'm available as a developmental or copy-editor for novel-length fiction. I'm selective about what projects I take on, because I'm also working on my own novel series. Although my experience in editing others' fiction is still somewhat limited, I can offer references. I can also work through a couple of opening chapters on spec, to give you an idea of how I work.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Music

Work experience

Senior Editor

Keyboard magazine
December, 1975 – June, 2002 (over 26 years)

In addition to staff writing and grammar/punctuation guru duties at Keyboard and the other music group magazines for many years, I have edited nonfiction books for Backbeat Books (now a division of Hal Leonard) and Peachpit Press. I'm offering my services as a fiction editor, however, so you might prefer to know that my first two novels were published (back in the 1980s) by Del Rey and Ace. I've sold short fiction to F&SF, Asimov's, and other magazines.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Leafstone Shield

Jim Aikin

A different kind of epic! Yes, there’s danger, and the stakes are high. Blood will be spilled. But there are also moments of humor, tenderness, beauty, and hope. The large cast of colorful characters includes two urbane but thoroughly evil wizards, an arrogant and unreliable concert pianist, a thief, a straight-laced governess, a half-breed demon, and a not-very-bright ghost. Men with crossbow... read more

A different kind of epic! Yes, there’s danger, and the stakes are high. Blood will be spilled. But there are also moments of humor, tenderness, beauty, and hope. The large cast of colorful characters includes two urbane but thoroughly evil wizards, an arrogant and unreliable concert pianist, a thief, a straight-laced governess, a half-breed demon, and a not-very-bright ghost. Men with crossbow... read more

The Rainbow Tree (Leafstone Book 2)

Jim Aikin

Summoned to free the distant land of her birth from the murderous grip of a fae lord and her mad cousin, Kyura soon learns that getting there is going to be a lot more complicated than just buying railway tickets. She and her friend Meery are lured off the train, nearly lynched by a religious cult, and then kidnapped by demons and dragged off halfway around the world, where their most likely d... read more

Summoned to free the distant land of her birth from the murderous grip of a fae lord and her mad cousin, Kyura soon learns that getting there is going to be a lot more complicated than just buying railway tickets. She and her friend Meery are lured off the train, nearly lynched by a religious cult, and then kidnapped by demons and dragged off halfway around the world, where their most likely d... read more

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming: The Ultimate Reference for Sound Design: Second Edition (Power Tools Series)

Jim Aikin

If you make any type of electronic musicdance mixes, hip-hop, jazz fusion, country pop, film soundtracks, or experimental avant-gardePower Tools for Synthesizer Programming is the book for you. All too often, owners manuals tell you what button to press, but fail to explain whats actually going on in the instrument or what it means musically and technically. This is the only book that gives yo... read more

If you make any type of electronic musicdance mixes, hip-hop, jazz fusion, country pop, film soundtracks, or experimental avant-gardePower Tools for Synthesizer Programming is the book for you. All too often, owners manuals tell you what button to press, but fail to explain whats actually going on in the instrument or what it means musically and technically. This is the only book that gives yo... read more

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