About the Author

Technical Writing

James Payne is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Developer Shed communities, consisting of 14 websites and forums dedicated to programming, web design, hardware, software, web hosting technology, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO). He has worn many hats in his time at Developer Shed, including community manager, writer, social media manager, software tester, and programmer to name a few.

As a nonfiction writer and editor, James has covered virtually every programming language and technology: PHP, Python, Perl, Java, Ruby-on-Rails, Django, jQuery, Javascript, Ajax, XML, HTML, CSS/CSS3, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, vBulletin, Social Media Optimization, SEO, Flash, MySQL, MSSQL, .Net, Visual Basic, C/C#, C++, ASP.Net, mobile development, hardware and software guides, web hosting reviews, and many others.

You can find a list of his technical prowess, including programming languages and content management systems, on the skills page.

Click here to see a list of his coding and programming tutorials and how-tos.

Purchase his book, Beginning Python: Using Python 2.6 and Python 3.1, on Amazon.


Fiction and Publishing

In addition to his technical work, James is also the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the science fiction and fantasy magazine, Garbled Tranmissions – where he publishes fiction short stories, comic book and movie reviews, and articles on Magic the Gathering by veteran and unpublished writers alike.

He is also the founder and publisher of Writershack.com, a website and community devoted to writers, editors, publishers, and agents from every genre and topic. The site also features articles on the publishing industry, editorial advice, and highlights markets that are currently seeking submissions.

In his free time, James Payne also writes adult horror short stories and novels, as well as fantasy novels and fiction for Young Adults. Overall, his writing has appeared in print and on the web over 500 times.


Freelance Writing

In addition to technical articles and fiction, James has been contracted to write documentation and stories for the financial, business, aerospace, legal, medical, and lifestyle industries.

You can request a quote, samples, or ask questions by visiting the Contact Us page.