Sean Miller

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Portland, OR, USA

Writing a book about science or technology for a wide readership? I'll help you polish your manuscript to be rigorous yet accessible.

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Overview

Does this resonate with you?

You're a technical expert who knows how to write for a professional audience. But now you have something important to say to a wider readership. You've written a detailed outline for your book, along with a draft of a few chapters. (If you have a finished manuscript in hand, congratulations!)

Sometimes, you may feel too close to your creation. It can feel like a clear path forward to completion eludes you. You know that bringing technical concepts and subtle arguments to life can be a challenge. You may have concerns about: excessive use of off-putting jargon, clunky prose, clichéd images, or the lack of a compelling story.

Yet you believe that writing about science or technology can fire the imagination. Like any writing, at its best, it should move the reader.

I can help. I know what it is to face and overcome doubt. I know how to help you bring out the best in your writing. I want to help you find a wide, appreciative audience for your book.

With a PhD in science communication from the University of London, I'm a recognized international expert on popular science writing. My work on the role the imagination plays in technical fields has won awards and been published in top scholarly journals. Leading scientists like John Schwartz and Sean Carroll have recognized my editing skills.

Here are some of the ways I can help you:

Big Picture Assessment—I'll help you clarify your vision for your book by nudging you to best answer the two most important questions any author faces: "So what?" and "Who cares?"

Line-by-line Edit—I'll help you craft lucid sentences with real punch.

Constructive Criticism—I'll help you enhance your writing strengths and eliminate your weakness.

Support & Encouragement—The road from rough draft to polished manuscript is long and sometimes lonely. I'll support you every step of the way.

My editing services will help you to:

• realize your vision for your book
• burnish your draft until it's brilliant
• finish in a timely fashion
• wow a publisher
• win over a wide audience

Invite me to submit a detailed proposal for your book project, and we'll chat.

Praise for Strung Together

“Sean Miller covers wickedly difficult material with impressive aplomb. He proceeds with laudable lack of pretension in rendering comprehensible the hard mathematical physics at hand, the necessity of its trafficking with concrete imageries, and the cultural desires that it feeds in both its devotees and its lay audiences.”

– Bruce Clarke, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science, Texas Tech University

Praise for Riffing on Strings

“Sean Miller and Shveta Verma have put together an exhilaratingly eclectic anthology of creative and expository writing about one of the most exciting (even if controversial) intellectual fields of our time: string theory. Just Miller’s erudite introduction by itself is worth the price of this sparkling collection.”

– S. Abbas Raza, Managing Editor of 3 Quarks Daily

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
ELT
Life Sciences
Publishing

Certifications

  • Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Science Communication
  • Cambridge U. Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA)

Awards

  • Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal, 2009, for Riffing on Strings
  • Bruns Essay Prize, 2008, from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (about 12 years)

I specialize in editing nonfiction about science and technology.

Co-Founder & Software Developer

Drivers by Design
January, 2016 – June, 2018 (over 2 years)

I built a learning management system SaaS for driver education programs in Oregon. Western Oregon University has since adopted the system.

Columnist

PopMatters.com
June, 2015 – September, 2016 (over 1 year)

I wrote a monthly column for PopMatters called Strung Together. It focused on the intersections of science, literature, and culture. I also blogged about apps as art.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Literature

Nanyang Technological University
October, 2010 – December, 2012 (about 2 years)

I published scholarly articles on the role the imagination plays in scientific discourses. I also taught courses in contemporary literature and advised students on their senior thesis.

English Instructor

Various universities
September, 2002 – June, 2010 (over 7 years)

I taught English language and literature, as well as writing, at colleges in China, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary

Sean Miller

In Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary, Sean Miller examines the cultural currency of string theory, both as part of scientific discourse and beyond it. He demonstrates that the imaginative component of string theory is both integral and indispensable to it as a scientific discourse. While mathematical arguments provide precise prompts for physical... read more

In Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary, Sean Miller examines the cultural currency of string theory, both as part of scientific discourse and beyond it. He demonstrates that the imaginative component of string theory is both integral and indispensable to it as a scientific discourse. While mathematical arguments provide precise prompts for physical... read more

Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory

Riffing on Strings is a unique collection of creative writing that explores the cosmic and cultural resonances of string theory. The book includes thought-provoking essays, short stories, poems, and a play from over 40 acclaimed authors, including Nobel Laureate Sheldon Glashow, Michio Kaku, Peter Woit, Adam Roberts, Colette Inez, Brenda Hillman, Joseph Radke, Bruce Holland Rogers, and Carole ... read more

Riffing on Strings is a unique collection of creative writing that explores the cosmic and cultural resonances of string theory. The book includes thought-provoking essays, short stories, poems, and a play from over 40 acclaimed authors, including Nobel Laureate Sheldon Glashow, Michio Kaku, Peter Woit, Adam Roberts, Colette Inez, Brenda Hillman, Joseph Radke, Bruce Holland Rogers, and Carole ... read more

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature (Continuum Literary Studies)

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature explores the ways in which twentieth-century literature has been influenced by Buddhism, and has been, in turn, a major factor in bringing about Buddhism's increasing spread and influence in the West. Focussing on Britain and the United States, Buddhism's influence on a range of key literary texts will be examined in th... read more

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature explores the ways in which twentieth-century literature has been influenced by Buddhism, and has been, in turn, a major factor in bringing about Buddhism's increasing spread and influence in the West. Focussing on Britain and the United States, Buddhism's influence on a range of key literary texts will be examined in th... read more

5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP English Literature Questions to Know by Test Day, Second Edition

Shveta Verma Miller

500 Ways to achieve your highest scoreFrom the poems of Emily Dickinson to the works of Virginia Woolf there is a lot of subject matter to know if you want to succeed on your AP English Literature exam. That’s why we’ve selected these 500 AP-style questions and answers that cover all topics found on this exam. The targeted questions will prepare you for what you’ll see on test day, and help yo... read more

500 Ways to achieve your highest scoreFrom the poems of Emily Dickinson to the works of Virginia Woolf there is a lot of subject matter to know if you want to succeed on your AP English Literature exam. That’s why we’ve selected these 500 AP-style questions and answers that cover all topics found on this exam. The targeted questions will prepare you for what you’ll see on test day, and help yo... read more

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