Graham Southorn

Graham Southorn - Editor

Bristol, UK

Business book editor and coach | Specialize in business, technology, science | 20+ years experience | Formerly BBC, Insider magazines

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Overview

I help business experts publish books that help them transition from subject experts to thought leaders.


I work with authors of business, technology or science titles, providing a comprehensive range of editing services, from copyediting to coaching (developmental editing).


Some of my clients are Amazon #1 bestsellers in specialist business categories. In 2020, Christina D Warner's book, The Art of Healthcare Innovation, won a gold medal at the Axiom Business Book Awards.


🙏 Client testimonial: "Beyond Graham’s fantastic suggestions, I was struck by his upbeat attitude. He was as much a coach as he was an editor. His feedback was accompanied by positive comments which motivated me to do a great job on my revisions. He made me feel like I might have a good book on my hands." - Marlon Buchanan

https://blog.reedsy.com/stories/marlon-buchanan/


My services include:


📕 COPYEDITING

I correct spelling and grammatical mistakes, improve readability by tweaking sentences, and implement a "style guide" in finished manuscripts.


📘 PROOFREADING

Once your manuscript has been through the copyediting stage, proofreading is a final read-through to pick up any mistakes that have been missed.


📗 EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT

An editorial assessment is for authors who want an expert second opinion. I'll provide objective feedback in a short report (typically 4-5 pages) with practical action points to implement.


📙 DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

If you need ongoing writing support, developmental editing can help. It is a bespoke service consisting of multiple rounds of written feedback plus video if you require them.


❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ❓


💵 HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

Every offer is bespoke and depends on:

1. Length (number of words)
The longer the book, the longer it takes to read, copyedit or proof.

2. Complexity
If the book contains lots of technical jargon it takes longer to edit.


👍 WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU WORK ON?

Business – my clients are typically business owners or consultants. I'm very comfortable with technology-related topics as I have a background in science and technology journalism.


👨 ABOUT ME

I'm Graham Southorn and your book is in safe hands with me. I've been a writer and editor for over 25 years. Previously, I was the editor of market-leading business-to-business and consumer magazines, including South West Business Insider and the popular science titles BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night.


I have a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University and a BSc degree in physics from York University.


I'm based in the UK in Bristol in South West England. Since I joined Reedsy, I've enjoyed working with authors all over the world.


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

Graham Southorn

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 5 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 magazines

Immediate Media
June, 2005 – June, 2015 (about 10 years)

I edited the UK’s top-selling monthly science magazine, BBC Focus, overseeing the print
and digital editions and podcast. Prior to that, I launched BBC Sky at Night magazine, based on the long-running astronomy show.

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 21 reviews

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andrew osiow
It was a pleasure to work with Graham once again. He was precise and supportive. I'm confident he helped me produce a good product.

andrew osiow, August 2022


Marlon Buchanan
I have worked with Graham in the past and have seen no reason to find someone else to work with if he is available. As usual, Graham was punctual, communicative, and thoughtful in his edits. You truly feel as if he is invested in the success of your book.

Marlon Buchanan, August 2022


Steve Multer
I fully enjoyed and appreciated working with Graham as my proofing editor. He was professional and communicative from beginning to end, supportive, thorough, delivered excellent feedback, and offered nicely detailed notations on my manuscript. It's been a pleasure and I highly recommend Graham's expert guidance.

Steve Multer, May 2022


Patricia Palmer
Easy to communicate with and he really gives great feedback.

Patricia Palmer, November 2021

Graham Southorn
Many thanks Patricia, much appreciated. I enjoyed working with you and am glad I could help with your project.

Reply from Graham Southorn


Marlon Buchanan
This was my second time working with Graham, and I'm just glad he was available again. He provided the same wonderful service as he did the first time. He thoroughly went through my book, gave extremely helpful suggestions and edits, and all were phrased in positive and polite tones. You shouldn't hesitate to work with Graham.

Marlon Buchanan, November 2021

Graham Southorn
Many thanks Marlon, much appreciated. It was great to work with you again and I wish you every success with your book projects.

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