About Me

Aloha! My name is Crystal Watanabe, and I am an independent editor working in all genres, but my area of focus is in science fiction and fantasy. I’ve loved books all my life, and I firmly believe that helping authors achieve their publishing dreams is what I was meant to do.

In 2012, I did a beta reading for Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool, for Third Shift: Pact. He was so happy with my feedback that he suggested I start doing this for authors, and he offered to send referrals my way for editing if I wanted it. I was working in a career in administration at the time, so I wasn’t ready. I eventually took him up on his offer, and I began editing full-time in late summer 2014. Pikko’s House now works on over seventy-five novels a year and serves more than 150 clients around the world, both in self-published and traditionally published circles.

I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), a founding member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP), a member of the Authors Guild, an affiliate member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and I have been a supporting member of WorldCon since 2016.

Some Personal Stuff

I’m a 38-year-old wife and mother to three living in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born and raised in the small town of Hilo, Hawaii, I grew up reading nonstop, doing that ridiculous flashlight-under-the-covers thing until I read myself into needing glasses in the first grade. After that, my parents let me read whenever I wanted, provided I had a good, strong lamp nearby.

I’m a Domokun addict, a Marvel fangirl, and a former hardcore gamer. In fact, the name Pikko was the name of my character in Final Fantasy XI, where I achieved minor fame as a gardening Tarutaru, spending hours and hours of time in my Mog House. Thus the name Pikko’s House.

The photo above is of me at the Ender’s Game Los Angeles red carpet premiere in 2013, an event I was invited to cover for my fansite, EnderWiggin.net. I met and interviewed stars including Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Sir Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), Viola Davis (Major Anderson), and Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin).

In June 2010, Yum-Yum Bento Box was released and I officially became a published author. The sequel to Yum-Yum Bento Box, Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round, is now available.

Meet My Team

Pikko’s House offers a wide range of services, including proofreading, and I wouldn’t be able to do this without a great team of word nerds. Meet the superstars who will help put that finishing polish on your manuscript.

Carla Pinilla

Carla Pinilla

Proofreader

While Carla is a scientist first, holding a master’s degree in Polymer Science, she possesses a pair of eagle eyes that enables her to catch the little things. Carla speaks both English and Spanish.

Lisa Gilliam

Lisa Gilliam

Proofreader

Lisa has worked in various fields, including IT and accounting, but her true passion has always been words. Between fiction and non-fiction, she has over a decade of experience in editing and proofreading.

Cheryl Murphy

Cheryl Murphy

Proofreader

Cheryl has been editing and proofreading since 2012 and writes whenever she gets the urge. She specializes in all science fiction, fantasy, and the interstitial you don’t know what to do with.

Sarah Liu

Sarah Liu

Proofreader

Sarah writes science fiction and poetry and holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing. She has been editing and proofreading for several years and specializes in speculative fiction of all sorts.

Pikko's House Digital Subscription Box

What's in the box?

Psst! Plug in your name and email address and get access to my digital subscription box, full of fun things like free ebooks, editing/writing tips, Pikko's House updates, business tips, exclusive service coupons, and more.

Sweet! You're signed up for the box!

Share This