Tim Major

Tim Major – Editor

Experienced editor specialising in science fiction, horror and YA fiction – offering MS assessment, structural editing and copyediting.

Overview

I have 15 years of publishing experience in senior editorial roles, having commissioned and edited content for Scholastic, Pearson, CGP and Oxford University Press. I'm now a freelance editor, specialising in science fiction, horror, mysteries and YA fiction. I work with publishers, literary agencies and emerging authors, offering manuscript assessment, structural editing and copyediting.

My other roles have included co-editor of BFS Horizons, the fiction journal of the British Fantasy Society and editor of the SF magazine, The Singularity.

My own recent books include SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BACK TO FRONT MURDER, horror novel HOPE ISLAND, SF adventure SNAKESKINS (all Titan Books) and short story collection AND THE HOUSE LIGHTS DIM (Luna Press). Previous books include YA novel MACHINERIES OF MERCY (ChiZine), time-travel thriller YOU DON'T BELONG HERE (Snowbooks) and novellas BLIGHTERS (Abaddon) and CARUS & MITCH (Omnium Gatherum), as well as a monograph about the silent crime film, LES VAMPIRES (Electric Dreamhouse Press). My short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us, Shoreline of Infinity and numerous anthologies, including Best of British Science Fiction, Best of British Fantasy and Best Horror of the Year.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Fantasy Horror Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

British Fantasy Society

Oct, 2017 — Jan, 2020 (over 2 years)

Commissioning, story selection, structural editing and copyediting.

Self-employed

Dec, 2015 — Present

Editorial services include structural editing, copyediting, proofreading and MS reports, as well as development editing and project management for non-fiction. Clients include Scholastic, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Oxford University Press.

Scholastic

Feb, 2010 — Oct, 2015 (over 5 years)

As Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic’s magazine for primary school teachers, Child Education PLUS, I commissioned articles and resources across all curriculum subjects. I led a team of editors, design staff and digital developers to provide high-quality print and interactive resources. I ran the Online Resources department, including the Early Years and Primary Resource Bank subscription websites. I maintained the website and subscriber base and managed the web advertising department.

Pearson

Sep, 2007 — Jan, 2010 (over 2 years)

I led an editorial team and worked closely with production, design and marketing departments. I published a successful Key Stage 2 maths intervention programme, Rapid Maths, and developed the Scottish primary maths programme, Heinemann Active Maths. As Senior Editor I edited Key Stage 3 Level Up Maths, including interactive content.

CGP

Jul, 2001 — Aug, 2007 (about 6 years)

I commissioned revision guides and workbooks from Key Stage 1 up to A-level, in all subjects including maths, science and literacy, including Shakespeare text notes. I was solely responsible for running the USA editorial department.

Portfolio

Hope Island

Major, Tim

Snakeskins

Tim Major

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Saving Schrödinger's Cat

Jenkins, Mark

Developmental Editing
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Falcon Fire

Otto, Erik A.

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
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Deathwish

Richman, Justin

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
War-torn, resource-stripped, pi**ed off. By 2045 man had all but burnt down his own house. The threat of environmental annihilation loomed, and so a machine was built.Earth's hostile land spat... read more
Copy Editing
Voids

Tim Jeffreys

In a future society suffering crippling over-population and food crises, Danny Seraphine works as a Sterilization Agent tracking down men who sire children and then desert them. Caught between... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
The Singularity is a brand new SF and fantasy fiction magazine, based in London, England, that publishes short stories that are singular in voice and style. Issue 1 features ten weird and wond... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Tim has 127 reviews

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Matt F.

Matt F.

May, 2024

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Tim was a pleasure to work with. He finished the project ahead of schedule and graciously answered all my questions. He didn't just mark up my manuscript, but he added helpful comments explaining why he was recommending each change. I've learned a lot from the experience and look forward to working with him again.
Mark J.

Mark J.

Apr, 2024

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Tim is fantastic, and I've utilized his editorial services for all four of my published books. I can't say enough positive things about the work he does, and how much his objectivity and insight have enabled me to become a better storyteller. He is extremely thorough and doesn't pull any punches when critiquing a manuscript, which is exactly what any good writer needs.
Timothy G.

Timothy G.

Oct, 2023

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Extremely thorough, professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Tim for any and all projects you may have. I'm glad my project was part of a series because that means there's a chance I will get to work with him again. I will most certainly be asking him to have another go at my next work. The only "bad" part of leaving such a stellar review is that it may caus...
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jason K.

jason K.

Jun, 2024

Tim finished the edit quickly and efficiently. I am pleased with the edit and I would consider using him again in the future. The critical of the plot and characters and gave good constructive feed back.
Ronald G.

Ronald G.

May, 2024

Terrible experience.

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