About Sione Aeschliman
(Pronounced see-OWN ASH-lemon)
I'm an editor, writer, and former college writing instructor with a Master’s degree in English and over sixteen years of editing experience who gets massive amounts of satisfaction from helping writers achieve their goals. 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 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 Spain. Since I began freelance editing full-time in 2012, I've had the honor of working with authors from all over the United States as well as from Australia, Canada, the UK, and Europe on a wide variety of projects: young adult, new adult, and adult; literary, upmarket, and commercial; novels, line and prose poetry, short stories, and flash fiction; contemporary and paranormal romance, women's fiction, suspense, mystery, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fantasy, fabulism, historical fiction, surrealism, absurdism, and some nonfiction projects.
In the last few years I have 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 the Revise & Resub (#RevPit) contest and community for querying authors and served on the Board; 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 volunteer #RevPit Editor, I co-host the Novel Approaches podcast with r.r. campbell, and I co-host 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.
On a more personal note, despite being a native Oregonian who's lived in Portland off and on since 1998, I do not own a bicycle and am woefully underprepared for any kind of apocalypse. I do, however, live with an adorkable dog named Milton, who's an Expert Urban Forager.