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Tim Major

Tim Major - Editor

Oxford, UK

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 and CGP.

My time-travel thriller novel, YOU DON'T BELONG HERE, was published by Snowbooks in September 2016. I have also released an SF novella, BLIGHTERS (Abaddon, 2016) and a YA horror novella, CARUS & MITCH (Omnium Gatherum, 2015) – the latter was shortlisted for a This Is Horror Award. My short stories have featured in Interzone and numerous anthologies. I'm also the Editor of the SF magazine, The Singularity.

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.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference Nature Technology

Work experience

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 (19 selected works)

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

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

Blighters (Invaders From Beyond!)

Tim Major

Them Blighters are everywhere.They fell out of the sky last year, great horrible armour-plated slugs with razor-sharp fangs. But ugly as they are, they give the ultimate high to anyone nearby: a blissful, gleeful contentment that people are willing to kill for.Not Becky Stone, though. All she wants is to drink beer, listen to her dad’s old vinyl, and get her life back to how it was before ever... read more

Them Blighters are everywhere.They fell out of the sky last year, great horrible armour-plated slugs with razor-sharp fangs. But ugly as they are, they give the ultimate high to anyone nearby: a blissful, gleeful contentment that people are willing to kill for.Not Becky Stone, though. All she wants is to drink beer, listen to her dad’s old vinyl, and get her life back to how it was before ever... read more

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.

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

Rapid Maths: Stage 1 Pupil Book

Rose Griffiths

Rapid Maths offers personalised learning support and repeated practise through books and software to help your low-attaining children catch up in maths. Founded on proven teaching strategies and written by expert author Rose Griffiths, the vibrant design and accessible reading levels are perfect for your less-confident learners. * The Independent Practice Software puts children in control of t... read more

Rapid Maths offers personalised learning support and repeated practise through books and software to help your low-attaining children catch up in maths. Founded on proven teaching strategies and written by expert author Rose Griffiths, the vibrant design and accessible reading levels are perfect for your less-confident learners. * The Independent Practice Software puts children in control of t... read more

Sanitarium #011 (Horror and Dark Fiction Magazine) (Volume 11)

Tim Major

Sanitarium Issue 011 showcases nine horror stories, two dark verse an interview with Indian bestselling author Mainak Dhar, “Group Therapy” takes us back into the woods with Zombie Evacuation Race director Jon Ford and we of course “See Where the Horror Happens” with author Graeme Reynolds. On the Farm By Joshua D. Thomas, The Guest By Nathaniel Brehmer, The Infant’s Fingers By Erik Hofstatter... read more

Sanitarium Issue 011 showcases nine horror stories, two dark verse an interview with Indian bestselling author Mainak Dhar, “Group Therapy” takes us back into the woods with Zombie Evacuation Race director Jon Ford and we of course “See Where the Horror Happens” with author Graeme Reynolds. On the Farm By Joshua D. Thomas, The Guest By Nathaniel Brehmer, The Infant’s Fingers By Erik Hofstatter... read more

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Two

Tim Jeffreys

An assortment of the weird and wonderful, the monstrous and the macabre, the Dark Lane anthology series continues with Volume Two. Containing brand new stories from authors such as Rebecca Lloyd, James Everington, Louis Rakovich, Mathew Lett, Keldra Crich, and a host of other talents, not to mention artwork from Vikki Yeates, Luna Lynch, Martin Greaves and Sally Barnett, this is one anthology ... read more

An assortment of the weird and wonderful, the monstrous and the macabre, the Dark Lane anthology series continues with Volume Two. Containing brand new stories from authors such as Rebecca Lloyd, James Everington, Louis Rakovich, Mathew Lett, Keldra Crich, and a host of other talents, not to mention artwork from Vikki Yeates, Luna Lynch, Martin Greaves and Sally Barnett, this is one anthology ... read more

Pantheon Magazine | Nyx June 2015 (Volume 8)

Tim Major, Nikki Guerlain, Sandi Leibowitz, Emily Slaney, Zahid Gamieldien, Gayle Towell, Nathan M. Beauchamp, Jameson Rader, Yuxing Xia, Lucy Gabriel, Colleen Anderson, Susan Gerson, Matthew Wilson, Lorraine Schien

Featuring 8 stories and 6 poems inspired by Nyx, Goddess of the night, issue #8 of PANTHEON MAGAZINE brings on the dark. Stories by TIM MAJOR, NIKKI GUERLAIN, EMILY SLANEY, GAYLE TOWELL, and more. Poetry by LUCY GABRIEL, COLLEEN ANDERSON, MATTHEW WILSON among others...

Featuring 8 stories and 6 poems inspired by Nyx, Goddess of the night, issue #8 of PANTHEON MAGAZINE brings on the dark. Stories by TIM MAJOR, NIKKI GUERLAIN, EMILY SLANEY, GAYLE TOWELL, and more. Poetry by LUCY GABRIEL, COLLEEN ANDERSON, MATTHEW WILSON among others...

Phobos Magazine 3: Troublemake: weird | fiction

A.C. Wise, Brian Justus, Chris Kuriata, Amanda Davis, Heather Ratcliff, Siobhan Gallagher

For our third issue of Phobos, “Troublemake,” we called for stories about biters of the hands that feed, timid folk acting out against their tormentors, unlikely disturbers of the status quo, hell-raisers both literal and figurative, and creatures who just plain don't like being told what to do. An incredible, international collection of writers responded with stories about the various hungers... read more

For our third issue of Phobos, “Troublemake,” we called for stories about biters of the hands that feed, timid folk acting out against their tormentors, unlikely disturbers of the status quo, hell-raisers both literal and figurative, and creatures who just plain don't like being told what to do. An incredible, international collection of writers responded with stories about the various hungers... read more

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