Tim Major

Tim Major - Editor

York, United Kingdom

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

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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.

I'm also co-editor of BFS Horizons, the fiction journal of the British Fantasy Society. Previously, I edited the SF magazine, The Singularity.

In summer 2019 my SF novel SNAKESKINS will be published by Titan Books and my short story collection AND THE HOUSE LIGHTS DIM will be published by 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 2017 and Best Horror of the Year #10, edited by Ellen Datlow.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference

Work experience

Co-editor: BFS Horizons

British Fantasy Society
October, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

Commissioning, story selection, structural editing and copyediting.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

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.

Director of Online Resources

Scholastic
February, 2010 – October, 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.

Senior Editor / Commissioning Editor

Pearson
September, 2007 – January, 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.

Editor / Commissioning Editor

CGP
July, 2001 – August, 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 (18 selected works)

You Don't Belong Here

Tim Major

Daniel Faint is on the run with a stolen time machine. As the house-sitter of a remote Cumbrian mansion, he hopes to hide and experiment with the machine. But is the Manor being watched by locals, his twin brother or even himself? Daniel is terrified about what the future may hold but, as he discovers, there can be no going back.

Daniel Faint is on the run with a stolen time machine. As the house-sitter of a remote Cumbrian mansion, he hopes to hide and experiment with the machine. But is the Manor being watched by locals, his twin brother or even himself? Daniel is terrified about what the future may hold but, as he discovers, there can be no going back.

Invaders from Beyond: First Wave

Colin Sinclair, Tim Major, Julian Benson

Best of British Science Fiction 2017

Ken MacLeod, Lavie Tidhar

Snakeskins

Tim Major

Carus & Mitch

Tim Major

Carus is only fifteen but since their mum disappeared, looking after her little sister Mitch is her job. There's nobody else. Not in their house and not outside, either. There's something out there, scratching and scraping at the windows. The barricades will hold. They have to.

Carus is only fifteen but since their mum disappeared, looking after her little sister Mitch is her job. There's nobody else. Not in their house and not outside, either. There's something out there, scratching and scraping at the windows. The barricades will hold. They have to.

Game Over

Jonathan Green

In the cavern-like darkness of the arcade, the neon phosphor-glow of the screen beckons you close. Drawn to the dancing pixels like a moth to a flame, digging deep in your pocket you pull out a shiny coin and thumb it into the slot as the electronic siren sings the fanfare that marks your arrival. One hand on the joystick, the other splayed across the control buttons, your pulse begins to quic... read more

In the cavern-like darkness of the arcade, the neon phosphor-glow of the screen beckons you close. Drawn to the dancing pixels like a moth to a flame, digging deep in your pocket you pull out a shiny coin and thumb it into the slot as the electronic siren sings the fanfare that marks your arrival. One hand on the joystick, the other splayed across the control buttons, your pulse begins to quic... read more

We Need to Talk: Nineteen stories about difficult conversations

Daisy Buchanan, Amy McLellan, Andreina Cordani, Kim Curran, Tim Major

“I think I love you.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I’m pregnant.” “I’m gay.” “I have cancer.” We need to talk. Nineteen stories about difficult conversations, from sweet to awkward to awful. Stories selected from a writing competition hosted by Kindred Agency, and featured here in support of The Eve Appeal. Preface by Milly Johnson. Afterword by The Eve Appeal's Athena Lamnisos. Cover by Lisa Wright.

“I think I love you.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I’m pregnant.” “I’m gay.” “I have cancer.” We need to talk. Nineteen stories about difficult conversations, from sweet to awkward to awful. Stories selected from a writing competition hosted by Kindred Agency, and featured here in support of The Eve Appeal. Preface by Milly Johnson. Afterword by The Eve Appeal's Athena Lamnisos. Cover by Lisa Wright.

Infinite Science Fiction One (Volume 1)

Dany G. Zuwen

From a sentient space ship lost in deep space to a man whose hatred of robots risks tearing his family apart, the characters in this collection of short stories will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Discover the future face of human trafficking through the eyes of a little girl, follow an ancient tribe’s shaman as he embarks on a journey to save his people, or share in an ... read more

From a sentient space ship lost in deep space to a man whose hatred of robots risks tearing his family apart, the characters in this collection of short stories will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Discover the future face of human trafficking through the eyes of a little girl, follow an ancient tribe’s shaman as he embarks on a journey to save his people, or share in an ... read more

Kitchen Sink Gothic

David A. Riley, Stephen Bacon, Franklin Marsh, Andrew Darlington, Gary Fry, Benedict J. Jones, Kate Farrell, Charles Black, David A. Sutton, Walter Gascoigne, Mark Patrick Lynch, Adrian Cole, Shaun Avery, Jay Eales, Craig Herbertson, Tim Major, M. J. Wesolowski, David Turnbull

Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Sa... read more

Coined in the 1950s, Kitchen Sink described British films, plays and novels frequently set in the North of England, which showed working class life in a gritty, no-nonsense, “warts and all” style, sometimes referred to as social realism. It became popular after the playwright John Osborne wrote Look Back In Anger, simultaneously helping to create the Angry Young Men movement. Films included Sa... read more

The Singularity magazine (Issue 1)

Lee P. Hogg, Mike Russell, Jorge Salgado-Reyes, Jetse de Vries, Andrew Wilmot, Suzanne Church, Craig Lincoln, Jed Morgan, Tim Major, Matthew Spence, Jeff Kuykendall

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 wonderful stories from award-winning and new writers from around the world: Qubit Conflicts, by Jetse de Vries A Window Into The—, by Andrew Wilmot Free Range, by Suzanne Church Remembrance Day, by Craig Linc... read more

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 wonderful stories from award-winning and new writers from around the world: Qubit Conflicts, by Jetse de Vries A Window Into The—, by Andrew Wilmot Free Range, by Suzanne Church Remembrance Day, by Craig Linc... read more

Interzone #255 Nov - Dec 2014 (Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine)

Andy Cox Editor, Malcolm Devlin, RM Graves, Thana Niveau, Tim Major, E. Catherine Tobler, Jennifer Dornan-Fish, Andy Hedgecock, Tom Greene

The November–December issue of Britain's longest running sf magazine magazine contains new stories by Malcolm Devlin, RM Graves, Thana Niveau, Tim Major, E. Catherine Tobler, Jennifer Dornan-Fish, Tom Greene. The cover art is by Wayne Haag, and interior colour illustrations are by Wayne Haag, Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford. All the usual features are present: Ansible Link by David Langford (ne... read more

The November–December issue of Britain's longest running sf magazine magazine contains new stories by Malcolm Devlin, RM Graves, Thana Niveau, Tim Major, E. Catherine Tobler, Jennifer Dornan-Fish, Tom Greene. The cover art is by Wayne Haag, and interior colour illustrations are by Wayne Haag, Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford. All the usual features are present: Ansible Link by David Langford (ne... read more

GCSE English Shakespeare Text Guide - Romeo & Juliet (Pt. 1 & 2)

CGP Books

This CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to write top-grade essays about Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'. It's suitable for all GCSE English exams, including the new ones starting in summer 2017. Inside, you'll find clear, thorough notes on the play's plot, characters, language, themes and historical context - with quick questions, in-depth questions and exam-style questions included at... read more

This CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to write top-grade essays about Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet'. It's suitable for all GCSE English exams, including the new ones starting in summer 2017. Inside, you'll find clear, thorough notes on the play's plot, characters, language, themes and historical context - with quick questions, in-depth questions and exam-style questions included at... read more

GCSE English Text Guide - An Inspector Calls (Pt. 1 & 2)

CGP Books

If you're studying J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' for Higher Level GCSE, this CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to get the best marks possible for your essays! It's got crystal-clear, easy-to-read notes on the plot, characters, themes, writer's techniques and historical background. There's also a big range of practice questions in each section - these will test your understand... read more

If you're studying J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' for Higher Level GCSE, this CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to get the best marks possible for your essays! It's got crystal-clear, easy-to-read notes on the plot, characters, themes, writer's techniques and historical background. There's also a big range of practice questions in each section - these will test your understand... read more

Voids

Tim Jeffreys, Martin Greaves

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 a violent faction that wants to kill him and a wife desperate to have a child Danny struggles to understand the meaning of a ghostly void that haunts his days and invades his dreams. Voids is a compellin... read more

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 a violent faction that wants to kill him and a wife desperate to have a child Danny struggles to understand the meaning of a ghostly void that haunts his days and invades his dreams. Voids is a compellin... read more

Canopy Harvest: The story of Earth's first solar ring, and the struggles of those who operate it (Stellar Ark Series Book 1)

Woody Hayday

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 Willsith into space, hung-over and broken. War had trained him to fight, but when his younger brother died, he denounced it. Now, five years later, he finds himself managing a team of five, maintaining s... read more

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 Willsith into space, hung-over and broken. War had trained him to fight, but when his younger brother died, he denounced it. Now, five years later, he finds himself managing a team of five, maintaining s... read more

Tim has 25 reviews

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Pam Roller
It's always an eye-opening experience to have an editor like Tim take a manuscript that I thought had very few errors and turn it into much better product. Tim has an excellent eye for detail and caught issues in the story structure and characterization that I hadn't seen. His suggestions for content revision are clear and concise, and his proofreading is stellar. My story is so much better aft...
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Pam Roller, August 2019


Halim A
In a couple of weeks, Tim went over my 108K-word manuscript with a fine comb. I found his editorial feedback thorough, clever, nuanced, and so very helpful. In one pass, he went over every aspect of the text from spelling/grammar/word-choice, through tone/style/voice, all the way up to plot/pace/character-development. I found Tim's feedback and advice on plot details and world building especi...
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Halim A, August 2019


Paul O'Neill
Always a pleasure to work with, Tim has become my go-to guy for most of my requests. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Paul O'Neill, July 2019


Scott Wells
Tim is extremely thorough and did a wonderful job with the copy edit. He also made hundreds of develop comments to bring to my attention. He is very blunt (in the editing process not personally), so if he doesn't like something, he will let you know, and not sugarcoat it. He's on the more pricey side, but I think it'll be worth it in the end.

Scott Wells, July 2019


Cori H Spenzich
Tim was an excellent copy editor of my first book. I will definitely be reaching out to him for future projects, and recommend that others do the same.

Cori H Spenzich, May 2019

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