Testimonials

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, 2017)

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 

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 (The Malfunction Trilogy Book 1)

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

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

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