Sione Aeschliman

Sione Aeschliman - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

Clear, honest, and constructive editorial services at fair rates.

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Overview

With a Master's degree in English Literature and over 16 years of experience providing clear, honest, and constructive feedback, I specialize in developmental editing of young adult, new adult, and adult novels. I partner with my clients, taking the time to understand their stories deeply and give them the right level of feedback for where they are in the writing process.To ensure fairness, I structure my rates in alignment with the Editorial Freelancers Association's rate guide.

Since I began freelance editing full-time in 2012, I've had the honor of working with authors from all over the world writing in English in a wide variety of genres:science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fantasy,romance (contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, LGBTQ+), women's fiction, suspense, fabulism, contemporary, historical, surrealism, absurdism, mystery (historical, noir, and academic), dystopian, and literary speculative fiction.After working with me, my clients have been offered agent representation, won writing awards, been published by small presses, and earned 4+ star ratings on their self-published work.

I'm particularly passionate about character-driven narratives that explore important questions about being human in ways that are fresh, accessible, deeply connecting, and entertaining, and I gravitate toward work that's a little off-center from the mainstream, such as cross-genre work and work that challenges societal norms and/or the conventions of a genre.

In previous lives I’ve been an adjunct instructor of college writing and literature, an instructional assessment specialist in higher ed, a news writer, a freelance travel and culture writer, and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language.In the last few years I've served as an editor in the Pitch to Publication Twitter contest and as faculty at the inaugural
The Work Conference
in New York City; co-founded
Revise & Resub
(#RevPit) for querying authors; created the
ShoreIndie
Contest for emerging indie authors; co-edited
Letters from the Void
, an anthology of floating-inspired prose and poetry for Coincidence Control Publishing; taught genre fiction writing at the Show:Tell Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists; was featured in Episode #24 of the
Write Through the Roof
podcast, hosted by Madeleine D'Este; and attended the
Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
.

Currently, I am a RevPit Editor, co-host of the
Novel Approaches podcast
with r.r. campbell, and co-host of a quarterly reading series in Portland, Oregon called Hodgepodge. I'm a member of the
Editorial Freelancers Association
(EFA),
Willamette Writers
, and the
Association for Writers and Writing Programs
(AWP), and I'm working on my first nonfiction book, a guide to structuring a novel.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • B.A. English Literature (Lewis and Clark College, 2001)
  • M.A. English Literature (Portland State University, 2004)

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
June, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

Sione Aeschliman, LLC provides high-quality editing and coaching services at fair rates to support emerging and established writers in achieving their writing and publishing goals.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Finding Love's Wings: Love's Wings #1

Zoey Derrick

"Journey to an island paradise and fall in love. This story will make you yearn for the power of love, the sting of passion, and the addiction of desire!" - Faerie Tale Books 5 of 5 StarsCAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami c... read more

"Journey to an island paradise and fall in love. This story will make you yearn for the power of love, the sting of passion, and the addiction of desire!" - Faerie Tale Books 5 of 5 StarsCAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami c... read more

Chasing Love's Wings: Love's Wings #2

Zoey Derrick

"Holy S#!t! This book is Amazing" Raw Books on Finding Love's WingsRELEASE WEEK ONLY $0.99! Ends June 3rd, 2014! Chasing Love's Wings is the highly anticipated follow up to Zoey Derrick's Debut Best Selling Novel, Finding Love's Wings. While both stories are Standalone Novels, like any series they are better together! ***Content Warning*** Contains Hot Steamy Sex between two Tattooed, Pierced ... read more

"Holy S#!t! This book is Amazing" Raw Books on Finding Love's WingsRELEASE WEEK ONLY $0.99! Ends June 3rd, 2014! Chasing Love's Wings is the highly anticipated follow up to Zoey Derrick's Debut Best Selling Novel, Finding Love's Wings. While both stories are Standalone Novels, like any series they are better together! ***Content Warning*** Contains Hot Steamy Sex between two Tattooed, Pierced ... read more

INCOGNOLIO

Michael Sussman

Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing ... read more

Bewildered but lovable author, Muldoon, is trapped in the dreamlike narrative of his own surrealistic novel. Beginning with just a title—Incognolio—he enters a bizarre fictional realm that plunges him into an identity crisis of anguishing proportions. Is he writing a story in which his stillborn twin sister has come to life, or is he the one who died at birth and it’s his sister who’s writing ... read more

How to NOT Write a Book

D Gilman Wakeli

It is our inner world we must restore and enrich in order to access our creativity.After years spent searching the advice for writers world for fixes—only to continue suffering from an inability to write—Wakeli gave up. It wasn’t until she heard about a famous writer who wrote with “no obstacles between his creative imagination and the page” that she began to realize it wasn’t writing knowledg... read more

It is our inner world we must restore and enrich in order to access our creativity.After years spent searching the advice for writers world for fixes—only to continue suffering from an inability to write—Wakeli gave up. It wasn’t until she heard about a famous writer who wrote with “no obstacles between his creative imagination and the page” that she began to realize it wasn’t writing knowledg... read more

Malfunction (Malfunction Trilogy Book 1)

J.E. Purrazzi

They Say the Ends Justify The MeansWhen Menrva, a geneticist in the subterranean city of survivors known as Bunker, responds to a call for help from Cowl, her former best friend, and Bas, a renegade cyborg, she makes a vital mistake and places all three of them in danger. As they struggle to escape City guards, cyborg soldiers, desperate scavengers, and ravenous aliens, they find in each other... read more

They Say the Ends Justify The MeansWhen Menrva, a geneticist in the subterranean city of survivors known as Bunker, responds to a call for help from Cowl, her former best friend, and Bas, a renegade cyborg, she makes a vital mistake and places all three of them in danger. As they struggle to escape City guards, cyborg soldiers, desperate scavengers, and ravenous aliens, they find in each other... read more

Letters from the Void

Float On

This book is a collection of works from writers who have all experienced “floating” - the act of lying supine in a luke-warm pool of salt water in total darkness and silence for extended periods of time. Advocates of floating believe that the practice decreases stress, increases creativity, and can sometimes open the door to profound mystical experiences. Over 25 writers from Portland, Oregon ... read more

This book is a collection of works from writers who have all experienced “floating” - the act of lying supine in a luke-warm pool of salt water in total darkness and silence for extended periods of time. Advocates of floating believe that the practice decreases stress, increases creativity, and can sometimes open the door to profound mystical experiences. Over 25 writers from Portland, Oregon ... read more

Visits to the Confabulatorium

Soramimi Hanarejima

Hanarejima's arsenal of emotions give the Confabulatorium an extra texture that is truly rare in literature these days. Nothing copycat here; no imitation; a defiant style that bucks the trend. This book has made me ecstatic for his emergence in a culture in dire need of such an authentic, fun, articulate and pretenseless voice.— Zachary Amendt, author of STAY and Open Concept, and the editor ... read more

Hanarejima's arsenal of emotions give the Confabulatorium an extra texture that is truly rare in literature these days. Nothing copycat here; no imitation; a defiant style that bucks the trend. This book has made me ecstatic for his emergence in a culture in dire need of such an authentic, fun, articulate and pretenseless voice.— Zachary Amendt, author of STAY and Open Concept, and the editor ... read more

Imminent Dawn (EMPATHY Book 1)

R.R. Campbell

Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. But as she soon learns, the facility is more prison than resort, with its doctors, support staff, and her fe... read more

Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, the perfect place to distract Chandra from her grief. But as she soon learns, the facility is more prison than resort, with its doctors, support staff, and her fe... read more

The Struggle Within: A Novel

Sarah Whelan

As a counselor at the maximum-security Arnone State Correctional Institution, Beth Sharpe sees potential in intelligent prisoners like José Ayala. She teaches them about historical figures who confronted their oppressors, and she encourages them to overcome obstacles-both those of their own making and those imposed on them by society. When their only chance for redemption is taken away, José a... read more

As a counselor at the maximum-security Arnone State Correctional Institution, Beth Sharpe sees potential in intelligent prisoners like José Ayala. She teaches them about historical figures who confronted their oppressors, and she encourages them to overcome obstacles-both those of their own making and those imposed on them by society. When their only chance for redemption is taken away, José a... read more

Death by Dissertation (A Cassandra Sato Mystery Book 1)

Kelly Brakenhoff

Ambitious Cassandra Sato traded her life in Hawai’i for a dream position as Student Affairs VP at Morton College in tiny Carson, Nebraska. She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but it’s her job that’s rapidly becoming a nightmare.A deaf student is dead and the investigation reveals a complicated trail o... read more

Ambitious Cassandra Sato traded her life in Hawai’i for a dream position as Student Affairs VP at Morton College in tiny Carson, Nebraska. She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but it’s her job that’s rapidly becoming a nightmare.A deaf student is dead and the investigation reveals a complicated trail o... read more

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