Consulting & Editing

As of February 2018, I’m available for consulting work as a writer and editor, both fiction and non-fiction!

Technical writing

I was the primary author and editor of the documentation for RethinkDB, and have worked with other companies including Realm, Yahoo, and Cisco. See my Professional Bio for more details.

My specialties include:

  • API documentation
  • User documentation, both formal and informal (e.g., blog posts)
  • Copyediting (proofreading for spelling and grammar)
  • Line editing (more detailed editing with respect to word choices and phrasing)

I primarily work using the “documentation as code” model, managing documentation in plain text formats like Markdown under a revision control system. I can also create diagrams, presentations, and word processing documents, in Google Docs, Microsoft Office, or popular macOS applications (e.g., Pages, Keynote, OmniGraffle). While my experience with structured XML-based documentation is limited, I’ve been doing web development for two decades, understand the concepts, and have the tools if necessary.

Consulting work for businesses—which involves all aspects of technical writing, including working with your engineers either on-site or remotely—will normally be billed hourly. Contact me for rates.

Fiction editing

I’m a published author of both fiction and non-fiction; my novel Kismet was (positively!) reviewed in Analog Science Fiction, and my novella Indigo Rain won the the Cóyotl Award. In addition, I’m a graduate of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s novel writing workshop, and have spoken on writing topics at science fiction conventions and workshops around the country.

Editing and critiquing work for fiction and other non-technical writing will normally be charged on a per-page basis, calculated using the industry standard of 250 words per page:

  • Basic proofing and copyediting: $2.50/page (1¢/word)
  • Line editing: $5.00/page (2¢/word)
  • Manuscript review: $5.00/page (2¢/word)

Note that line editing effectively includes copyediting, but manuscript review is a critique of your story or novel’s structure. If you want a full editing package, you’ll want a manuscript review first, then to submit your revised manuscript for line editing.

Get in touch!