The insight Sione brought to my first fifty pages and darkest moment [in a Partial MS Critique] helped me immensely in ensuring they were as effective as possible. Her examination of the connectivity between these two sections of the book helped me bring greater depth to these moments, something I'm also extremely grateful for. Sione's most salient critique put me in a position to perform a deep-level examination of my antagonist's presentation, which helped me transform this antagonist from a been-there-done-that to a been-there-WAIT-WHAT-NOW?! I definitely recommend Sione to any writer, but especially those of sci-fi.- R. R. Campbell, author of EMPATHY: IMMINENT DAWN (NineStar Press, January 2019)
Entrusting my manuscripts to Sione is one of the best things I’ve done yet as a writer. Sione’s thoughtful feedback consistently enables me to strengthen my fiction as well as more deeply appreciate what’s working and what isn’t. Sione’s comments gave me the clarity I needed to refine a story collection into a more compelling form, which was then accepted by a small press that I’m delighted to be working with.
– Soramimi Hanarejima, author of VISITS TO THE CONFABULATORIUM (Montag Press, October 2017)
As one of the Pitch to Publication winners in 2016 (P2P16), I won a full developmental edit with Sione to ready my manuscript for the agent round at the end of the competition. From the very beginning, Sione was so enthusiastic and encouraging about my writing and my book that I began to more fully believe in my own work and ability. This was the first time I had shown my completed manuscript to anyone, and Sione’s feedback was both uplifting and incredibly insightful. Her edit notes helped me to refine the plot and voices of my characters. With her input I pushed myself further as a writer than I ever had before. At the end of P2P16 I had a full request for my manuscript from a literary agent. Sione’s edit was early in my search for an agent and the book did go through more changes, but it was Sione’s belief and encouragement that was instrumental in proving to myself that I was capable of more than I ever thought. Many of her editorial suggestions were so insightful that I continued working on them long after the competition ended. On the basis of much of her insight, the book went on to have many more full requests and eventually that long-awaited offer of representation. I highly recommend the investment in Sione’s editorial services if you want to find out what you are capable of as a writer and discover the true potential of your manuscript.
– Tabitha Bird, repped by Nicole Payne at Golden Wheat Literary, author of THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF WATERS (formerly The Exquisiteness of Seeing), long listed for the 2017 Mxlexia novel competition
No superlatives are adequate to convey my admiration for Sione Aeschliman’s editing skills. Sione understood my novel, Incognolio, way better than I did myself—having written most of it in something of a trance—and enabled me to carry out a crucial revision of the manuscript and to craft a satisfying ending.
– Michael Sussman, author of INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, August 2017)
Thank you for your insightful and honest critique. It enabled me to strengthen both the content and style of my writing.
– Sarah Whelan, author of THE STRUGGLE WITHIN (June 2018)
I won a full developmental edit by Sione Aeschliman through her ShoreIndie contest on Twitter. I'm not going to lie, while there were amazing prizes for those that continued in the contest, my biggest desire in participating was to win developmental editing, and particularly editing with Sione. I was not disappointed. Sione took on the project as if it were her own, without ever overshadowing my own style and voice. She conveyed to me both the strengths and weaknesses of my work with clarity and encouragement. Sione not only understood the personalities and struggles of each of my characters as well as I did, she also understood their interactions, the world they inhabited and the dynamics of each scene. With her help, I was able to streamline my plot, focus my characters, and better convey the theme and message I wanted in order to create more impact behind the ending and the tension I needed going into the next book. If you are going to invest in your writing at all, I highly suggest Sione.
– J.E. Purazzi, author of MALFUNCTION (October 2017)
Loved working with Sione on my manuscript. She made me dig deep to clarify my characters' motivations, pulled out plot holes where I was certain there were none, and presented solutions and opportunities for follow-up that made the revision task a less stressful process. Because my manuscript deals with sensitive subject matter, I appreciated her ability to point out where my language wasn't as non-offensive as it could be.
– Raimey Gallant, author of THE ALIBI NETWORK, shortlisted for the 2018 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award
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–John Taylor, author of PAIRS WITH: LIFE, creator of the award-winning wine blog at pairswithlife.net
Sione helped me realize that what I am experiencing in this moment contains enough to write stories – I don’t need to go looking for it in writing books. Using gentle but steadfast encouragement, Sione helped me discover and remove my own obstacles to writing.
– Diane Gilman, author of HOW TO NOT WRITE A BOOK (April 2017)
Even though I manage a group of editors and writing coaches, I reached outside of my circle and contacted Sione because I was impressed with her positive attitude and her level of confidentiality in regards to client material. Sione is a gem. She was able to glean the purpose of my novel, the importance of it to me, and the critical issues that were holding my novel back from being the book I need it to be. Her feedback launched me into the next phase of edits. I was motivated to keep working because Sione didn’t overload the feedback. She kept to the key points and created a manageable plan for me to use going forward. My PhD program taught me how to write, but Sione Aeschliman taught me how to be a writer. She is gracious, professional and innately gifted.
– Kristin V., PhD, writer of literary fiction & poetry
Working with Sione is like having a Star Trek or Star Wars or Marvel Universe or some other such super-fan being a fan of your own work. She sees the story inside and out and finds details that I missed and that my beta readers didn't catch so she can offer suggestions BEFORE the other fans see it and pick it apart. And she doesn't just get the details, she gets the whole story, and she supports it. Working with her once was enough to know I'll be working with her on the next one, and the next one, and the next one after that.
– Jared Wynn, author of ZEN AND THE ART OF DYING
Sione helped my book in ways I couldn't imagine. She sees everything, remembers everything, and will work with you to fix it. Working with her has been one of the best writing experiences I've ever had.
– Anna Langford, author of CINDER SWEPT
In April 2017, Sione reviewed the first 50 pages of my manuscript along my book's darkest moment, synopsis, and ending. Not only was she enthusiastic about my project, her insights made it clear she really grasped the characters and heart of the story. She also made thoughtful suggestions to improve the pacing and focus the plot which left me excited to tackle the revision. Her professionalism, promptness and upbeat personality made it a joy to correspond with her, and I'd highly recommend her services to anyone looking to take their book to the next level.
– Carrie Manner (@CP_Manner), author of THE GRAVITY OF WINTER
I did an extensive query review and a developmental edit of my manuscript with Sione and I couldn't be more glad that I did. I've already seen my work take leaps and bounds since reviewing her edits. She really took the time to make sure all my questions were answered. Editing services with Sione is a brilliant investment in the future of your writing. Thank you, Sione!
– Hannah Olsen, author of THE CINDER KNIGHT
I had the pleasure of working with Sione on my first SciFi outline. She has a great understanding of story structures and pacing, and nailed the themes I wanted to explore. Her feedback was not only insightful, but also showed me where I could add in conflict for more interest, where I needed to better understand my characters motivations for clarity and progression, and asked probing questions so I could be better aware of potential plot holes. Sione gave me the tools I needed to feel confident in moving forward with my story, and I highly recommend her services to any author at any stage of the writing process.
– C.M. Fick, science fiction & fantasy author