Tom Williams

Tom Williams – Editor

Professional editor/creative consultant with 15+ years of industry experience, specialising in comics, graphic novels, and genre fiction.

Overview

For all your editorial needs, look no further!


Five years ago, after almost a decade working as a comics editor at one of the UK's leading publishers of sci-fi, fantasy & crime fiction, comics and graphic novels, I decided to take the plunge into freelance editing full-time... and I've never looked back!


My education and employment history have provided me with a varied skill set, a keen editorial eye, and a passion for the written word. I have a BA in print journalism and creative writing and over 15 years of experience working within the publishing industry.


My regular clients include Image Comics, Titan Comics, Humanoids Publishing, BOOM Studios, and Oni Press.


Although specialising in comic book and script editing, I have significant experience with long-form genre projects, both line editing and in a developmental capacity.


CORE QUALIFICATIONS;


• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.

• A comprehensive editorial skill set (including, but not limited to -- editing, copywriting, proofreading, transcribing, translation assistance, comic book lettering, creative consulting, and project management.

• Strong knowledge of the literary industry and publishing process.

• Ability to maintain strict schedules and deadlines, anticipate challenges and find timely, relevant solutions.

• Extremely detail-orientated, with line, copy, and developmental editing experience.

• A passion for creative collaboration

• A healthy sense of humour and an unhealthy love of letters!


With a healthy respect for deadlines and flexible rates/availability, please feel free to contact me if you need assistance with your next comic book, fantasy novel, or sci-fi script. I’m always looking for new opportunities to help turn good stories into great ones, so get in touch ASAP and we can discuss your project further.

Services
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Dystopian Fantasy Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Journalism with Creative Writing - 2:1 grade

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2008 — Present

I currently work as a freelance editor, comics letterer, and creative consultant, specializing in comic books/graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, and genre fiction (with ongoing clients including Titan Comics, Image Comics, and Humanoids Publishing.)

--- A small selection of comics titles I've contributed to on a freelance basis include:

• Something Epic (Image Comics)
• What We Wished For (Humanoids Publishing)
• Blood Covenant (Image Comics)
• Grendizer (Titan Comics)
• Hessyst Vol.1 (self-published)
• No Man's Land (Image Comics)
• The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg (Life Drawn)
• Tengen Hero Wars (Titan Manga)

--- I have also worked on numerous freelance editorial projects for a variety of private clients and publishers including, but not limited to:

• Hachette Publishing
• Haynes Publishing
• Comic Book Resources
• Adventure Time Magazine
• Big Cheese Magazine
• Vive Le Rock Magazine
• Louder Than War Magazine
• Gorezone Magazine

Titan Comics

Aug, 2014 — Dec, 2018 (over 4 years)

My most recent permanent full-time editorial position was at Titan Comics -- a subsidiary of Titan Publishing. Titan Publishing has been the UK's leading purveyor of comics, graphic novels, genre fiction and licensed publishing for over thirty years.

While at Titan, I oversaw the majority of the company's video game comic releases (including titles based on the 𝘉𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘦, 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴, 𝘈𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯'𝘴 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥, and 𝘞𝘰𝘭𝘧𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯 franchises), flagship projects like 𝘛𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭, while also spearheading its Hard Case Crime comics imprint.

Responsibilities included managing 4-6 comic book titles/graphic novels per month (both licensed and creator-owned) with duties not limited to:

• Developing story ideas and positive working relationships with creators, licensors, retailers, press, and co-workers; commissioning creative teams; art direction; and working to ensure deadlines were consistently met.
• Sheparding titles through each stage of the editorial/publishing process, from pitch to print.

Titan Magazines

Aug, 2011 — Jul, 2014 (almost 3 years)

Prior to my position as a Comics Editor at Titan, I worked inhouse as a magazine editor at Titan Magazines -- another subsidiary of Titan Publishing.

Titan Publishing has been the UK's leading purveyor of comics, graphic novels, fiction and licensed publishing for over thirty years.

Responsibilities included:

Managing 4-6 children's and sci-fi/film magazines per month (both licensed and creator-owned) with duties including, but not limited to:

• Developing feature ideas, hiring creative teams and working to ensure deadlines are consistently met.
• Ensuring licensor or creator approval.
• Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with licensors, creators, retailers, press, and co-workers.
• Assisting marketing dept. with development of press releases and marketing materials.
• Assisting art dept. with development and creation of comic materials.

Titles managed include:
Adventure Time Magazine, Star Wars Insider, The Walking Dead Magazine, Spongebob Squarepants Magazine, Simpsons Comics, Futurama Comics, WWF Magazine etc.

Portfolio

Quarry's War

Max Allan Collins

Brand new graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, creator of the highly acclaimed long-running Hard Case Crime series Quarry, now a major TV series!1970s Chicago and the grim brutality of the Vietnam War collide in this brand new comic title featuring Max Allan Co... read more
Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer returns to comics in this thrilling noir series, based on an original plot by Mickey Spillane, written by Max Allan Collins.When a chance encounter with a captivating femme ... read more
Bear witness the inception of the Assassin Brotherhood in a brand new comic series spinning out of Ubisoft's upcoming new release Assassin's Creed Origins!Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark... read more
Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in a brand new comic series spinning out of Fromsoftware/Hidetaka Miyazaki's critically-acclaimed Bloodborne videogame!Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic - where horrific beasts stalk the sh... read more
Facing prison time for slander, discredited journalist Mikel Blomkvist is hired by a reclusive industrialist to investigate a unresolved family disappearance. Aided by the mysterious computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, the two soon discover a brutal trail of mu... read more
Collects comic strips, stories, and pin-ups depicting the random carnage of Tank Girl and her crew.
The Phoenix Project saga reaches its heady climax in this final chapter of Assassin's Creed Uprising!Time has run out for our modern day Assassins! With a new world order on the horizon, Charl... read more
Developmental Editing
The Phoenix project saga begins to unravel in this second thrilling chapter of Assassin’s Creed Uprising!Our modern day Assassins take the fight to the heart of the Spanish Civil War in order ... read more
Copy Editing
A game-changing new chapter in the ongoing Assassin's Creed saga! With the Phoenix Project nearing its completion, tensions are running high for both the Brotherhood and the Templar Order. A new world order is on the horizon and only Charlotte and her new alli... read more
The collection of the young adult mini-series that revisits the streets of Victorian London and tie-ins with the Scholastic Young Adult Novels, The Last Descendants! Tommy Greyling has travelled to London in search of a murderer - and a secret! Teaming up with... read more
A commemorative mini-series celebrating 10 years of Assassin's Creed and featuring the franchise's best loved characters!To mark 10 glorious years of Assassin's Creed, Titan Comics are bringing together the franchise's best-loved characters for a celebratory s... read more
Collects the incredible second arc of the riveting Black Cross saga! In the dungeons of Tripoli, a man will have his fortunes changed forever as he becomes an agent of honor for the legendary Templar Order! The introduction of the second character ever to be o... read more
Based on the popular game series, Assassin's Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross collects the first five issues of a brand new story arc exclusive to Titan Comics. Collecting the first arc of the brand new explosive Templars series, from the world of Assassi... read more
The Brotherhood of the Assassins is in trouble. Their long feud with the Templar Order has depleted their resources and they are struggling to regain their footing in a world where the goalposts are constantly shifting. Could joining forces with a mysterious c... read more
The critically acclaimed comics from the award-winning Assassin's Creed franchise! Charlotte De La Cruz is in way over her head. With the realization that she is now deep in trouble with the Templars, her only hope is to unravel the mystery of what they want f... read more
The first stunning arc of the Assassin's Creed series collected. New initiate Charlotte De La Cruz ventures into the Animus, and the genetic memories of her ancestor, Tom Stoddard, to discover the truth about the hidden world of the Assassins and Templars and ... read more
Tekken Volume 1

Cavan Scott

New original comic adventures based in the world of the best-selling fighting video game!With a history colored by betrayal and bloody violence, the Mishima Clan are not your average family. Now something emerges that threatens to tear not only this broken dyn... read more
A brand new nightmare for Detective Sebastian Castellanos in this bloodcurdling interquel comic series based on Bethesda Softworks’ critically acclaimed survival-horror franchise, The Evil Within. Still reeling from the horrific events that took place at Beaco... read more
Evil Within

Ian Edginton

In a hellish mindscape where her greatest fears become chilling reality, one girl stands alone! When college student Dana Robinson wakes, lost and abandoned, in a world of twisted nightmares, can she overcome her fears - and a ton of truly horrific foes - to m... read more
Brand new original graphic novel based on the popular gaming franchise Deus Ex In this prequel to the highly anticipated game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Adam Jensen sets out on his first mission with the Prague Unit of Task Force 29, the global counter-terroris... read more
Collecting the first volume of the classic 1980's comic adaptation of the Elric of Melniboné novels by fantasy legend Michael Moorcock! Bear witness to the story of Elric, Lord of Melniboné; his dark cousin - the evil Yyrkoon; their dark magics; and their terr... read more
OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL TO THE LONG AWAITED BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCETwenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and builds up Earth's defenses using technology salvaged from remains of the alien fo... read more
The Millennium saga continues with a brand-new original story based on the bestselling novel series by Steig Larsson!Lisbeth Salander returns in this gripping new story written specifically for the graphic novel format. This time around, we find Lisbeth prepar... read more
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish s... read more
Tank Girl: Gold

Alan Martin

Tankie and her trigger-happy family are going for gold in this brand new series from Tank Girl originator, Alan Martin. Take a trip with us down the Furry Road for this four-part adventure packed with vim, volatility and verbal abuse! The Empire Strikes Back o... read more
The first of a brand new Tank Girl trilogy from series originator, Alan Martin, and artist extraordinaire, Brett Parson!Expect a healthy dose of delirium and plenty of ball-crunching action in this high-octane cross-country skirmish that asks the question: is ... read more
The Assignment

Walter Hill

Comic book behind the upcoming new movie starring Sigourney Weaver & Michelle Rodriguez and directed by Walter Hill!A crime noir thriller from the team of critically acclaimed Hard Case Crime comic series, Triggerman - Walter Hill, Matz and Jef! Hitman Frank K... read more
An epic adventure that marks legendary artist Simon Bisley's triumphant return to interior comics work! The End of Days is here, and four lost souls must climb from the depths of Hell itself to stand against the monstrous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - for ... read more
Sally Of The Wasteland

Victor Gischler

Although slightly insane, shotgun-toting Sally is your typical post-apocalyptic young woman, hanging out at the local bayou bar by night and shooting mutant fauna fish by day. But when the boy she loves takes off on a treasure hunt to the forbidden city of New... read more
Based in the world of the global hit video game series, Dark Souls.Written and drawn by some of the industry's brightest talents.

Tom has 22 reviews

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Matt D.

Matt D.

Nov, 2023

I could not have come this far without Tom, and I look forward to working with him in the future.
brandon E.

brandon E.

Feb, 2023

Tom knows his stuff! He helped me see things I was missing and really put things into context. His correspondence, personality and professionalism is top notch. Considering his background and resume, I figured he was the best choice to go with and I was not wrong! I highly suggest working with Tom. Looking forward to continuing the projects!
Maxwell G.

Maxwell G.

Jul, 2023

Tom was a fantastic editor. More than anyone else who has helped me with my project so far, I felt like he truly understood what I was trying to achieve. Tom was willing to dig deep and really come to grips with my goals as an author, without sacrificing his ability to give objective and useful criticism. The feedback he gave was clear, concise, and always welcome. I would highly recommend Tom’...
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Matt D.

Matt D.

Jun, 2023

Tom knows and tells you what's wrong with your script, and even if you don't want to admit it, he's right. But he also doesn't hold back on letting you know the things you've done correct, and the progress you've made. His reports have a perfect balance of lifting you up and bringing you back down. They just make you want to work harder on the next script, on the one you're currently working th...
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John B.

John B.

Apr, 2023

Tom W. Did an excellent job answering my questions, and I had a lot. He is polite and professional. I would highly recommend him to any author in need of a developmental editor.

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