Want a professional editor to give your work a critical eye? John has more than 20 years of experience in publishing, including time spent working at Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine/Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Tor Books among other places. John has edited several anthologies for publishers such as Bantam Books and Apex Publications.

From 2001 – 2013, John published Electric Velocipede, which won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 2009. The magazine was also nominated for the World Fantasy Award four years in a row, from 2007 – 2010. Electric Velocipede was a home for budding and established writers alike. The magazine featured early work from writers like Catherynne M. Valente, Hal Duncan, Rachel Swirsky, and Aliette de Bodard as well as stories from accomplished writers including Jeff VanderMeer, Liz Williams, Jeffrey Ford, Patrick O’Leary, and Marly Youmans.

John worked for the Online Writing Workshop from 2007 – 2010 as a resident editor, selecting work every month and writing up its strengths and weaknesses for the workshop’s monthly newsletter.

You can learn more about John’s editorial work on his Editing page.

Editorial Services Offered

  • Short fiction & Novels
    • Overall assessment/impression
    • Line edit (line by line edit with grammar and style revisions)
    • Assisting in the selection and ordering of stories/essays for collections
    • Proofreading
    • Outlining

Rates

  • $40/hour
  • The first five pages are free. This allows me to determine whether or not I’m the right fit for your project. I’ll provide a brief assessment—one or two pages of feedback, about 250-500 words—and I’ll also create an estimate of what I think the entire job will require. The work done on these first five pages will be included in the final billable time should we decide to work together.
  • After we agree to work together, we’ll set a schedule for start and finish dates for the work. I ask for a $100 deposit that is refundable with 31+ days of advance notice and half refundable after that.

Contact

Questions? Interested? Write to John at:

john [at] johncklima [dot] com

Workshops/Classes

There are currently no workshops scheduled. Please watch for announcements.

While individual sessions can be requested, the time/length of those sessions is detailed below. The intention is to run the classes online so that anyone can take part in them.

  • Writing: The basics of writing fiction with a heavy emphasis on speculative fiction. Topics covered include developing good writing habits, creating strong characters, dialog, plot, editing yourself, formatting, researching and submitting to magazines and more in a mix of lecture and writing exercises. (6 sessions, 3 hours each)
  • Editing: The basics of editing fiction with a focus on science fiction and fantasy short fiction, but if there’s interest a workshop on novel editing could be created. The class will cover critical assessment, setting deadlines, communication, researching facts, setting story order, and writing proposals. Topics can change due to class interest. The class will use some lecture and some editing exercises. (6 sessions, 3 hours each)

Testimonials

It occurs to me that I owe my entire short fiction career to John Klima.”- Catherynne M. Valente

“John Klima has demonstrated a finely honed ability to find the most talented new writers and showcase their work. His editorial style is deft and light, allowing the words of the writer to shine.” – Damien Walter

“John is a very astute editor who was able to point out weak points in my story and suggest changes that didn’t interfere with my voice or intentions. He regularly produces a quality magazine and his editorial acumen coupled with a keen eye for talent made him someone I was eager to work with as an author.” – K. Tempest Bradford

“I have worked with John on a number of projects. He has, in all cases, been thoughtful, intelligent and professional in his approach to the work. He has a true passion for the art which shines through in all of his projects. I would work with him on all or any, any time again,” – Jay Caselberg

N.B.: I started out with Cat Rambo’s services page, and then modified according to Joshua Essoe’s. Both are excellent editors. You can also find more information on professional editing rates on the Editorial Freelancers Association page about editorial rates.