Graham Southorn

Graham Southorn - Editor

Bristol, UK

Business book coach and editor | I specialize in business, technology, science | 20+ years experience | Previously at BBC and Time magazines

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Overview

Writing your first business book can be daunting. You want to demonstrate your expertise and authority and become a thought leader in your field but you don't know where to start.

You've heard of outlining but you're not sure how to do it, or how to appeal to the type of reader you want to attract.

Or perhaps you've hit a stumbling block in the writing process or you're not sure if what you've written is good enough.

That's where I can help. My fixed-fee program will give you the tools and the confidence to finish writing your book.

I'll give you a solid start on your author journey without the long-term commitment and high fees typically associated with developmental editing.

I can help you clearly define your book's structure so you'll be able to write it more quickly and publish it sooner. An unpublished book is no help to your business, so don't wait until your rivals publish theirs first.

You'll get 3 months of 1-2-1 mentoring, including 4 Zoom sessions, and the option to purchase additional sessions if you need them.

I'll show you how to attract ebook readers on the world's biggest bookstore—Amazon's Kindle Store—using data-driven insights. I compile them using Publisher Rocket, the industry-leading analytics tool.

I love helping entrepreneurs all over the world write better business books. Continue scrolling to see if I can help you and to find out more about my background.

I offer my program for a fixed fee, quoted below in British Pounds. Reedsy converts this figure into your own currency when you go through the quote process.


🏗️ BOOK BUILDER: a -3-month 1-2-1 mentorship program
Your investment: £1,195


What you can expect from me:

✔️ A framework for planning the structure of your book to make it easier to write

✔️ Detailed feedback on between 2 and 4 completed chapters (or up to 10,000 words in total)

✔️ Kindle Store analytics data from Publisher Rocket, a professional publishing tool

✔️ Face-to-face discussion at a mutually convenient time


What's included:

📗 4 x 60-minute Zoom calls

📒 "Homework" exercises before the 1st and 2nd Zoom calls

📘 Remote support for your questions over Reedsy messenger.


❌ Don’t sign up to my program if:

• You’re unwilling to start over, because the first 2 Zoom calls are devoted exclusively to chapter structure and market positioning

• You can’t commit to 4 Zoom calls within 3 months. It’s really important to keep up your momentum.

• You're looking for detailed feedback on every chapter you write. After 4 Zoom calls you should have written and received detailed feedback and action points for 2-4 chapters.


➕ Optional extras:

Additional 60-minute Zoom call for £150 per call.

You can schedule Zoom calls for feedback on additional chapters after the 3-month program has ended. I'll review up to 4,000 words, submitted in advance. You don't have to pay now: simply book them in when you've finished the main program.


👨‍🏫 About me:

Your book is in safe hands. I help authors publish books that cement their authority as thought leaders. In 2020, The Art of Healthcare Innovation, which I edited for US author Christina D Warner, won a gold medal at the Axiom Business Book Awards.

I've worked with words for over 20 years, formerly editing 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.

A long time ago, I gained a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University. Before that, I studied for a degree in physics. But I quickly found out that I'm better with words than equations.

I'm proud to call Bristol, in the beautiful South West of the UK, my home and it's where I've lived with my wife for over 12 years.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
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
  • Axiom Business Book Awards 2020, Gold Medal

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 (over 3 years)

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)

The Art of Healthcare Innovation: Interviews and Industry Insights from 35 Game-Changing Pioneers

Christina D. Warner

What if you had a crystal ball that revealed the future of the healthcare landscape?Wouldn’t you want that ball?Think of how that information could boost your success and impact your future. You could be on the cutting-edge of change and reap the rewards.Accept that change is inescapable. Discover how healthcare changes will impact you, your family, and your career. Listen to pioneers who shar... read more

What if you had a crystal ball that revealed the future of the healthcare landscape?Wouldn’t you want that ball?Think of how that information could boost your success and impact your future. You could be on the cutting-edge of change and reap the rewards.Accept that change is inescapable. Discover how healthcare changes will impact you, your family, and your career. Listen to pioneers who shar... read more

Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Charles J Simon

“Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?” After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, “Yes. Let’s get prepared!” Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman’s language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For those imagining the futur... read more

“Do you believe that future thinking machines are likely within our lifetimes?” After reading this book, the emphatic answer is, “Yes. Let’s get prepared!” Easy to read, well researched, provocative and written in layman’s language by Charles J. Simon, a uniquely qualified nationally-recognized computer software/hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. For those imagining the futur... read more

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...

Physics Squared: 100 Concepts You Should Know

Graham Southorn Giles Sparrow

Physics-Squared

Physics-Squared

Flat Out Wrong: The Overwhelming Evidence Against Flat Earth

Petri Launiainen

The Ancient Greeks figured out that our planet was round over 2,000 years ago. Columbus and Magellan launched their expeditions based on this knowledge. Millions of airline passengers are carried safely to their destinations daily, thanks to guidance from navigation systems that calculate routes with the assumption that we move over a spherical Earth.Despite this, there are now international c... read more

The Ancient Greeks figured out that our planet was round over 2,000 years ago. Columbus and Magellan launched their expeditions based on this knowledge. Millions of airline passengers are carried safely to their destinations daily, thanks to guidance from navigation systems that calculate routes with the assumption that we move over a spherical Earth.Despite this, there are now international c... read more

Graham has 14 reviews

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andrew osiow
Working with Graham was great experience. He helped identify what was missing from the book and what was working. He also gave me tips on what publishers and a reading audience are going to expect. I know that my project is better because of the collaboration.

andrew osiow, February 2021


Joanna Hutchins
Was a pleasure to work with Graham, he helped me cut through some unnecessary content and get to the heart of the industry white paper I was authoring.

Joanna Hutchins, December 2020

Graham Southorn
Thank you Joanna, likewise it was great to work with you and I'm glad I could help. I really enjoyed reading the content you'd put together on how brands are adapting to industry trends.

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Firat Parlak
Overpriced

Firat Parlak, November 2020

Graham Southorn
My offer specified that I would make comments on the manuscript by marking up the PDF and providing further thoughts and suggestions separately – all of which I delivered before the agreed deadline...
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Dave Mason
As somebody who has never worked with a professional editor, I was curious to find out what I don't know about editing, and how different people can interpret the same piece... so I hired 4 people to edit the same article. Graham's work far exceeded both my expectations and the work of the other very qualified editors. He has an exceptional eye for detail and picked up on a number of really c...
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Dave Mason, November 2020


Frederic John
Super collaboration with Graham. Graham delivered on time and provide me with a useful report for my book.

Frederic John, November 2020

Graham Southorn
Thank you very much Frederic, I enjoyed reading it and I'm delighted I was able to help your thinking as to how to go forward with your project.

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