In addition to being an author and anthologist of strange fiction, the fiction editor for a thriving commercial book publisher, and the former founding editor of a biannual literary journal, I also offer freelance editorial and consulting services. I am currently based in Singapore for physical meet-ups, and also accept projects from outside the country via email and Zoom.
A new service, wherein I guide a mentee through an intensive year-long examination of their prose, in the form of structural and grammatical feedback, with the aim of later publication. Payment is a flat monthly fee of S$500 for up to 10,000 words of submitted prose writing per month. Previous mentees include Daryl Qilin Yam (shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize), Jennani Durai (shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize), Ann Ang, Andrew Cheah, and Sithuraj Ponraj (multiple winner of the Singapore Literature Prize).
Rate is S$100/hour, with every 10,000 words requiring approximately 5 billable hours of labour. An editorial letter of recommendations and suggested changes is provided at the end of the project.
Books I have edited have won and been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize and Singapore Book Award for Fiction, and made multiple year’s best lists in The Straits Times, The Business Times, Singapore Unbound, etc.
Textual Content Creation
Rates are negotiable via email depending on the length and complexity of the project. My experience includes fiction from flash fiction up to novel length, as well as a variety of non-fiction articles, short reflective pieces, author interviews, peer-edited academic papers, and more than 50 book reviews in multiple genres.
Creative Writing Workshops
I am available to conduct workshops both in general creative writing and in more specialised speculative fiction writing. Classes are typically capped at 15 people, with rates at around S$75 per individual two-hour workshop; length and size of workshops (and subsequently fees) are negotiable. For online workshops outside of Singapore, I employ Zoom.
Public Speaking / Panel Discussant / Moderator
My knowledge and expertise is specialised within the field of speculative fiction (which includes fantasy, science fiction, and most subgenres of the fantastic), as well as writing, editing and publishing. I have appeared at literary festivals such as the Singapore Writers Festival (2011–2020), George Town Literary Festival (2016, 2017, 2019), Singapore International Festival of Arts (2018), Asian Festival of Children’s Content (2016), AWP Conference & Bookfair (2015), Singapore Literature Festival in NYC (2014), Singapore International Translation Symposium (2014), and All In! Young Writers Media Festival (2013); academic conferences such as The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (2003, 2005); and conventions such as WorldCon 75 (2017), WisCon (2005, 2006), Trinoc*con (2003–2006), and DemiCon (2006). I have also given plenary talks and discussions for the Creative Arts Programme (2012, 2020), the GEB Literature Seminar (2012), and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (2012). My standard rate for this type of event is S$300 per one-hour slot.