Graham Southorn

Graham Southorn - Editor

Bristol, UK

I specialize in business, technology and science. I have 20 years' experience working with words, including editing BBC and Time magazines.

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Overview

I help authors publish books to boost their businesses and cement their authority as thought leaders. In 2020, The Art of Healthcare Innovation―a title I edited for US author Christina D Warner―won a gold medal at the Axiom Business Book Awards.

I love to work with authors of business, technology or science titles. I provide a comprehensive range of editing services, from copyediting and proofreading to editorial assessment and developmental editing (author coaching).

My most popular service is editorial assessment. For a fixed fee based on the number of words, I provide an objective report on your manuscript, complete with suggestions for how to improve it.

If you require guided assistance, I offer bespoke author coaching (developmental editing). Tailored to your individual requirements, it includes regular video meetings, email support, and feedback at each stage of your manuscript's development.

I can help you pin down your book's title, target readership, and tone of voice. I'll advise on your book's underlying message―its thesis, or the problem its solves for readers. And I'll get busy with the nuts and bolts: structure, the ordering of chapters, pacing, and the choice of a suitable style guide.

Your book is in safe hands with me. I've worked with words for over 20 years, formerly editing market-leading business-to-business and consumer magazines. They included the B2B publication South West Business Insider and the popular science magazines BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night.

As editor of hundreds of magazine editions, I commissioned dozens of freelance writers, reviewers and columnists. I would read their articles, edit them, and send back queries. And since I was held legally responsible for the content of every paragraph, I developed a keen proofreader's eye.

As for formal qualifications, I have a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.

In short, I can help you with your manuscript. Message me today to take another step towards achieving your author goals.
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
  • 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 (about 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)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

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

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

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...

Graham has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Marlon Buchanan
This is my first book and I'm glad I got to work on it with Graham. He was friendly, flexible, and punctual. Most importantly, he gave excellent feedback that I truly believe will make a big difference in the quality and utility of my tech book. Don't hesitate to work with Graham on your book. I strongly recommend him.

Marlon Buchanan, July 2020


Alec Nisbett
Excellent, with additional very helpful suggestions: I was very happy with the quality of this collaboration.

Alec Nisbett, December 2019


Christina D. Warner
I am so impressed by Graham's insights, professionalism, attention to detail, and dedication. He truly cares about the book, and he goes above and beyond to provide value. I appreciate Graham's insights and vast knowledge--particularly in the healthcare/editing world. I feel that Graham is a partner, and not only an editor. I highly recommend Graham to all authors!

Christina D. Warner, July 2019


Ian Howlett
I was very happy with the work that Graham did for me to proofread my non-fiction business book. This is only my second book, and Graham was very friendly, helpful, and welcoming to a newcomer like me. He chose an appropriate style guide and gave me a very detailed PDF marked up with comments, and a Word document with further comments and an overall evaluation. He was rigorous and thorough! He...
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Ian Howlett, December 2018


Petri Launiainen
Graham's technical background was spot on for my project. He didn't just fix my obvious non-native English errors: he also made some observations regarding the content, indicating sections that were obvious for me but not necessarily for future readers, prompting me to fix the storyline. I really felt that I got more out of this collaboration than I had expected. I can wholeheartedly recomm...
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Petri Launiainen, October 2018

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