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Mystery Novels And Other Fiction

The Trade of Writing

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Most software I have in my current toolbox, I used already during my years as an avionics instructor, and for writing technical manuals as well as copy editing. Some tools were added later on, to optimize my workflow. Other software got dropped (e.g. FrameMaker). So, using these tools for my fiction writing too came naturally to me.

Several years ago I began using PageFour for working on manuscripts (apart from the every day standard tool MS Word). Then Scrivener for Windows became available, and I began to write with it for a while. However, I returned to PageFour as it was more intuitive for my writing habits.

Later on, the same company released SmartEdit Writer as the long awaited successor of PageFour, and I jumped to it. This nifty writer software is specifically designed for novelists and short story writers, but works just fine for non-fiction writers as well. Right down my alley.

Even more so, as the former stand alone version of SmartEdit is now an integrated part of SmartEdit Writer. This is the perfect combination to correct your manuscript from within the writer tool without losing your thought process. It gives SmartEdit Writer an advantage I don't want to miss anymore.

Same goes for the Word Add-In SmartEdit for Word. It's my indispensable editing tool to clean up final drafts, and its upgrade option to SmartEdit Pro allows me heavy duty work for professional style editing.


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hm logo hans maerker Writing started originally as an editorial freelance entity, customized to help individuals or other small businesses.

I have earned my experience during years working in a corporate environment, filled with editing, writing, and in-house publishing under tight deadlines. Yet, over the last few years of my freelancer life, I longed more and more for writing my own fiction too instead of just polishing up other writers' manuscripts.

Finally I decided to change sides, and be on the writer's side of the fence for good. Not only to write fiction, but to publish under my own name as well. Now it's on me to avoid writer's tunnel vision, and to work with editors. I'll keep you informed about the progress. Stay tuned.

Meet the Writer

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I'm a native German, but my great grandfather and one of my aunts were British. Therefore I have been bilingual most of my life.

I chose the engineering path as part of my education, and specialized in electronics and aviation. Working for airlines exposed me more to American English. So I spent a small fortune on perfecting it at Berlitz, and it was my prevailing language from then on.

Aviation let me go around the globe for years. I spent a lot of my time in Far East, and some of it in the Middle East. My passports, showing all these entry stamps, looked like an impressionistic painting. I became familiar with Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and Australia. Not to mention Africa and Israel.

Last but not least, I finally moved to the U.S., where I worked as an avionics instructor for an airline. Teaching avionics systems in a classroom, as well as writing or editing technical training manuals defined my daily routine. It was the turning point, transforming me completely into an editor and writer for the rest of my life.

Then, family issues required my presence in Germany again. My wife and I returned to my old stomping ground, leaving 'Corporate America' behind us after so many years. Back in Germany, we sorted things out, stayed there for a while, and eventually moved on again.

We decided to settle in Malta [Mediterranean], which we consider our 'home' for the time being. Here in Malta, I'm registered as a freelance writer.

Windows Tools for Writers

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Editing Add-On for Microsoft Word Users

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Creative Writing Software, equally suited for Fiction and Non-Fiction.

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Android Apps

aCalendar |  aCalendar+
Android apps for personal use
or business.    pointer Google Play.

aCalendar Logo   aCalendar+ Logo 

Jota+ |  Jota+ Pro Key
Android apps for personal or
business use.    pointer Google Play.

Jota+ Logo   Jota+ Pro-Key Logo
Pro Key (add-on) enables
the editor's full feature set.

My Backup Pro
Android apps for personal use
or business.    pointer Google Play.

My Backup Pro


How to contact me

Our local time zone here in Europe is GMT [UTC] +1.

Differences in time zones are often quite large, and the best way to contact me is via email. Especially when establishing a communication on an intercontinental base.

We are in Malta several hours ahead of the U.S., ranging from 9 hours ahead of Pacific Time to 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time.

South Africa, on the contrary, is 1 hour ahead of us, and New Zealand even a total of 11 hours.

Time differences within the European Union are not relevant, as they are mostly within 2 hours.


Email envelope image hmaerker@hansmaerker.com

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