Graham Southorn

Graham Southorn - Editor Tick

Bristol, United Kingdom

I edited the science magazines BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night for over 10 years before moving to business title South West Business Insider.

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Overview

I've worked with words for over 20 years, most of which was spent as the editor of market-leading business-to-business and consumer magazines. They included South West Business Insider and the popular science magazines BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night, which I launched in 2005.

If you have a non-fiction manuscript in the broad areas of business, science or technology, I'd love to hear from you. I can give you advice in the form of developmental editing - telling you which chapters are working and which aren't - or I can do an in-depth copy-edit or proof. I'm happy to work in the way that suits you.

What qualifies me to work on books? Being an editor of monthly magazines required me to commission multiple freelance feature writers, columnists and reviewers. When their copy arrived, I'd shape it, edit it, and send it back for queries. And since I was legally responsible for every page in every issue, I developed a keen eye when it came to proofreading.

I've always loved books, however, and in 2015 I achieved an ambition by writing one of my own. Physics Squared: 100 Concepts You Should Know is a popular science book published by Quarto, aimed at getting anyone up to speed with pivotal ideas. I'm currently in the middle of writing a second science title.

Whilst editor of BBC Focus, I was also the magazine's books editor, enabling me to keep tabs on the exciting non-fiction titles published every month. Most were great popular science books, and I particularly enjoyed those that crossed over into business and everyday life, such as Freakonomics and To Sell Is Human.

Having worked on a business magazine recently, I've interviewed many managing directors and CEOs. Many were bursting with great stories of how they achieved success, and ideas for how to change things for the better. Perhaps you're like them? If so, I'd love to work on your book.

As a journalist, I've contributed to The Royal Statistical Society's journal Significance, The Guardian, and special issues of Time. Now I'm taking my knowledge of structure, pace and language and applying it to books as well as long-form journalism. If you think I can help, do get in touch.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Engineering & Materials Science
Physics & Chemistry
Technology

Certifications

  • PGDip in magazine journalism

Awards

  • Digital Magazine Award (DMA) for BBC Focus
  • CrimeFest Flashbang award for crime fiction

Work experience

Editor, BBC Sky at Night

BBC Magazines
June, 2005 – June, 2011 (about 6 years)

I came up with the idea for a magazine based on the long-running BBC series The Sky At Night and launched it in 2005. TV programme presenters Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott were regular contributors. As Editor, I worked with the Royal Observatory Greenwich to set up the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, for which I served on the judging panel.

Graham Southorn

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (10 months)

I combine book writing and editing with journalism, contributing to a range of publications and providing SEO-friendly copywriting for businesses, marketing and PR agencies.

Editor, South West Business Insider

Insider Media
April, 2016 – September, 2017 (over 1 year)

I edited South West Business Insider, a monthly business-to-business magazine, for 18 months. The role involved writing and commissioning content for each issue, as well as facilitating business events across the South West region.

Editor, BBC Focus

Immediate Media
June, 2011 – June, 2015 (about 4 years)

As Editor of the UK’s top-selling monthly science magazine, I oversaw a team producing content for print
and app editions, plus a podcast, website and social media. In 2012, I oversaw a redesign to refresh the
brand and provide an improved environment for advertisers. I added new writers including Dr Helen Czerski, who was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year at the 2014 PPA Awards.

● BBC Focus app won Digital Magazine Awards in 2011 and 2012 (Specialist/Science categories)
● Forged a media partnership with the University of the West of England for its Science Writing Competition 2015
● Member of judging panel for International Images for Science 2015 competition (Royal Photographic Society)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Physics Squared: 100 Concepts You Should Know

Graham Southorn Giles Sparrow

Physics-Squared

Physics-Squared

BBC Focus The Big Book of Answers (Special Edition)

BBC Focus

Is personality genetic? Does playing the same lottery numbers increase your chances? Is tomato ketchup good for your health? Why do bees buzz? Do all planets spin the same way? How fast can a human safely travel? Do animals sweat? How high will skyscrapers go in the future? Do all planets spin the same way? Is every snowflake really unique? Do germs have germs? Find out the answers to these qu... read more

Is personality genetic? Does playing the same lottery numbers increase your chances? Is tomato ketchup good for your health? Why do bees buzz? Do all planets spin the same way? How fast can a human safely travel? Do animals sweat? How high will skyscrapers go in the future? Do all planets spin the same way? Is every snowflake really unique? Do germs have germs? Find out the answers to these qu... read more

BBC Focus The Stories of Science (Special Edition)

BBC Focus

How do we know things about the world? How do we know what`s inside an atom, for example, or how old the Earth is? How do we know the speed of light or the fact that the Universe started with a Big Bang? - The theory of evolution - The dawn of the computer - Understanding the Big Bang - What killed the dinosaurs? - The structure of DNA - The formation of the continents - The meeting of Egyptia... read more

How do we know things about the world? How do we know what`s inside an atom, for example, or how old the Earth is? How do we know the speed of light or the fact that the Universe started with a Big Bang? - The theory of evolution - The dawn of the computer - Understanding the Big Bang - What killed the dinosaurs? - The structure of DNA - The formation of the continents - The meeting of Egyptia... read more

Earth From Space (BBC Focus Special Edition)

BBC Focus

In 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts became the first humans to see the Earth as a whole. Ever since, spacecraft and satellites have been delivering new perspectives on our planet. Today, Earth is constantly observed, and Earth From Space presents the most beautiful, poignant and revealing images of your home as you've never seen it before.

In 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts became the first humans to see the Earth as a whole. Ever since, spacecraft and satellites have been delivering new perspectives on our planet. Today, Earth is constantly observed, and Earth From Space presents the most beautiful, poignant and revealing images of your home as you've never seen it before.

20 Big Ideas (BBC Focus Special Edition)

BBC Focus

All you need to know about the big ideas that have kept scientists busy for centuries. It explores how we came to know what we know and, crucially, asks what we don`t yet understand about topics such as human consciousness, chaos theory, nature vs nurture, quantum entanglement and much more...

All you need to know about the big ideas that have kept scientists busy for centuries. It explores how we came to know what we know and, crucially, asks what we don`t yet understand about topics such as human consciousness, chaos theory, nature vs nurture, quantum entanglement and much more...

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