Resources for Writers
I offer content editing, fact-checking (for space and astronomy topics only), and copyediting services. I have experience working as a technical editor for Scholastic's Space University series, as a National Geographic Explorer and technical consultant for a second grade physics series, as a technical reviewer on multiple series for Enslow (now Rosen), as editor of Ad Astra magazine, and fact-checker for the University Press of Florida. I have taught writing in the CCISD gifted program (grades 6-8), served on the National Assessment of Educational Progress panel for 4th grade writing in 2018, and participated in numerous workshops and critiques by some of the best writing teachers available.
Technical Consulting Fees: I charge $120/hour or a negotiated flat fee based on estimated total hours for technical consulting which includes: researching historical, scientific, and technical information; writing non-technical explanations and providing examples of how aerospace systems operate; creating subject/topic specific hands-on space or STEM activities for teachers, the public, or students; and providing descriptions of historical aerospace events in proper context using my extensive personal experience, library, and contacts in the industry. A bibliography of trusted sources is always included.
Editing Fees: I charge $2 per page (300 words/page) for the first 100 pages and $3/page after the first 100 pages, with a minimum of $25/manuscript.
Manuscripts provided as doc or docx will be returned with Track Changes in Word. PDF is acceptable, but docx and print preferred to PDF. Print copies should be double-spaced to allow room for comments, and a return postage-paid envelope should be provided. Please query if I'm available and to receive a consulting agreement before sending any manuscripts.
How to Publish a Book
What options do authors have now to publish their work? What's the difference between traditional, academic/educational, and self publishing? Do you need an agent? What are the terms of a typical contract, and how can I avoid being scammed? What are my upfront costs? What goes into my proposal? How long does it take to publish a book? What will I be expected to do in terms of marketing?
Fee for workshop is $15/person, minimum 10 people. Travel expenses charged separately.
Publish Your Work on Kindle
Want a professional-looking Kindle ebook with a Table of Contents with active links, properly placed and formatted images, and appropriate front/back matter? Do you need help creating the description using key words, choosing your categories, pricing, and Amazon author profile? I can do these things for you and teach you how to do it yourself (if you have Word and WinZip). Note, you must provide the cover art and any interior images. (I can recommend artists.)
Cost is $3/page (300 words) with a minimum charge of $100 and includes copyediting. If you also want a print book, I can help you prepare the manuscript for printing via CreateSpace or other self-publishing platforms for an additional charge, depending on the complexity of the book.
Tutoring Student Writers
I am available as a tutor for fourth grade through college students who want to improve their written communication skills and English grades and write persuasive, explanatory, or share real or imaginary experiences in story forms at the National Assessment of Educational Progress proficient and advanced levels. Materials will be exchanged via email and critique sessions held via Skype. Minors are required to obtain parental permission. Charges are based on number of essays/stories to be reviewed and number of Skype sessions scheduled for discussion of comments. Send email for an estimate.
Group/Classroom Writing Exercise
The Mission Control chapter of Space Station Science is written in a "complete-your-own-adventure" format. Individuals and classes can use this chapter as a springboard to create a science fiction story. Directions and the Mission Control chapter are available on the The Right Spin on Things page.
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Links for Writers
For your thorniest grammar questions, find answers from Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl. I attended a workshop with her: she's the best!
Get Your Book Reviewed I sometimes review books for the National Space Society website and magazine, Ad Astra. I'm most interested in near-term fiction showing humans in space, though I also review NF & children's books about space history or future settlements.
Is your book too long or too short? Check typical word counts for books.
Count the words via: www.englishgrammar.org/wordcounter.
Find a publisher for your traditional children's book via the members of the Children's Book Council
Find a publisher for your science fiction/fantasy short story or book at Ralan.com
Check out a model magazine contract.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Join if you want to write for kids!
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America - Check out their Writers Beware page to avoid scam agents and bad contracts.
Clear Lake Area writers, join the Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Meetup.
The Houston Writers House holds monthly socials and helpful workshops.
Houston area SF Writers, join me at the Houston SF Meetup on second Mondays at Theo's on Westheimer for good food and intelligent conversation.
Sample My Work
Some of my publications are FREE online. Please check my Bibliography for links to numerous book reviews and other works.
Sample chapters are available on Springer's website.
Use the Amazon "Look Inside" feature to verify my self-publishing skills in Fly Me to the Moon and Other Stories. Link to eBook below. Get 10 percent off a print copy by entering this Discount Code FHKGHV2K on CreateSpace.
"Martian Mice," a story I wrote for kids is FREE via CreateSpace. Go to my 4Frontiers Authors page for the link and a discount off the print copy.
Payment for Services
Use the "Add to Cart" button below to pay for editing, workshops, or reprint rights to stories. Use the "quantity" times $1 to pay the amount due. (I.e., select quantity = 25 to pay $25.)