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 authors publish books to boost their businesses and cement their authority as thought leaders. In 2020, a title I edited for US author Christina D Warner, The Art of Healthcare Innovation, 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). Here is a guide to my services and what they include:


📕 COPYEDITING

When you have a finished manuscript, you'll want to get it copyedited before publication. I will correct spelling and grammatical mistakes, improve readability by tweaking sentences, and implement a "style guide" to ensure that terms are written consistently throughout. I may rewrite small sections, though I prefer to keep the author's voice intact as far as possible. If there's anything I don't understand, or which I think could be made clearer, I will add a comment in that part of the manuscript. If there are bigger queries, I make a list and send them separately by email.

📘 PROOFREADING

Once your manuscript has been through the copyediting stage, you should get a final proofread before you publish it. It's true that you could save money and ask a family member to do this. But do they know what to look out for, what can easily be missed, and how to check words and numbers against a style guide? If your book is published with mistakes, it won't do much good for your reputation, or that of your business. In the past, as a magazine editor, I was legally responsible for everything we published. Not surprisingly, I developed a key proofreader's eye. I had plenty of practice, proofreading hundreds of issues over the years. Today, I proofread digital publications alongside book editing.

📗 EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT

An editorial assessment is a report on your finished manuscript. It is a service for authors who have finished their books but aren't completely confident about publishing them in their current state. They want a second opinion; someone to look at it with fresh eyes. Perhaps you have concerns about your writing style or whether your book will appeal to its target readership. For a fixed fee based on the number of words, I'll provide objective feedback.

Quite often, I find that authors are modest. They've written a really good book, one that with a few improvements could be great. I'm a firm believer in constructive feedback. If there are any shortcomings, I will give you practical ideas on how to fix them. I'll keep the report short – typically 4-5 pages long – because I believe that waffle serves nobody. Plus, that way I can keep the costs down for you.

New for 2022: Report now includes Amazon Kindle category and keyword data from Publisher Rocket, professional software for ebook marketing.

📙 DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

If you haven't properly started writing your book yet, or you've written just a few chapters, developmental editing is worthwhile if you have the budget for it. I can help you pin down your book's title, target readership, and tone of voice. I'll get busy with the nuts and bolts: structure, the ordering of chapters, pacing, and the choice of a suitable style guide. And I'll advise on your book's underlying message―its thesis, or the problem its solves for readers. This type of editing is more of a coaching program. Tailored to your individual requirements, it includes regular video meetings, email support, and feedback at each stage of your manuscript's development. This is the most expensive form of editing because it's the most time-consuming.

New for 2022: Report now includes Amazon Kindle category and keyword data from Publisher Rocket, professional software for ebook marketing.


❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ❓


💵 HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

Every book is different and so every offer is bespoke. When I send you a quote, I consider two things:

1. Length (number of words)
The longer the book, the longer it will take me to read, copyedit or proofread, which increases the price.

2. Complexity (of topic and writing style)
Very technical subjects take longer to edit. That said, I've worked on books covering topics as complex as climate change, AI and software development, so it may not affect the price too much.

To get a rough guide to the AVERAGE price charged by ALL editors on Reedsy, read the blog article "How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book in 2022?": https://blog.reedsy.com/cost-to-self-publish-a-book/


🕑 WHEN CAN YOU START ON MY BOOK?

It depends on my pipeline. I'll always have a book I'm working on right now, which could take me between one and three weeks to finish. I welcome new clients and I'll always be realistic about the start date, which I will state in my offer.


👍 WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU WORK ON?

Business in the broadest sense. That is, any book written by a business owner or consultant. You only have to browse the Business & Money section of the Amazon Kindle store to see how wide this is. Thanks to my experience in publishing, I am very comfortable editing technology and science-related books. As far as science books go, I don't help authors with “revolutionary” scientific theories. If you think you've disproved Einstein's theory of relativity, I'm afraid you're wrong!


👨 ABOUT ME

I'm Graham Southorn and your book is in safe hands with me. I've worked with words for over 25 years. Prior to working with authors, I edited 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 for my formal qualifications, a long time ago I gained a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University. And an even longer time ago, I gained a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.

I live in Bristol in the South West of the UK. If you haven't heard of Bristol, you'll probably know the nearby historic city of Bath and not-too-far-away prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. I love walking around these historic places with my wife on weekends. I share some photos on Instagram but only occasionally because I don't much enjoy social media. I prefer books (and real life).

Since I joined Reedsy, I've enjoyed working with authors all over the world, including the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Singapore and Brazil among others.

I feel blessed that I am able to sustain a career as an independent business book editor, thanks to Reedsy, and I look forward to helping you with your manuscript. Message me today to take another step towards achieving your author goals.
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 4 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 19 reviews

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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.

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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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andrew osiow
I asked Graham for a second review because the changes from the previous edit were quite drastic. Once again, I was not disappointed. He shifted focus to the smaller details that still needed addressing. His concerns were easy to understand and address. I'm very confident the collaboration produced a book beyond my expectations.

andrew osiow, June 2021


Paul Pierroz
My first book project. Graham led me through the process and provided much-needed structure to my writing. Always keen on keeping the reader front and centre. A great coach, development editor, and even-handed in his feedback. After each of our four sessions, I felt motivated to get back to the keyboard! I would refer Graham to anyone without reservation.

Paul Pierroz, May 2021

Graham Southorn
Thank you much, your comments are much appreciated. I really enjoyed working with you and delighted I was able to assist with your project.

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