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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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.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult

Work experience

Co-editor: BFS Horizons

British Fantasy Society
October, 2017 – January, 2020 (over 2 years)

Commissioning, story selection, structural editing and copyediting.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
December, 2015 – Present (over 5 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 (17 selected works)

Best of British Science Fiction 2017

Ken MacLeod, Lavie Tidhar

Snakeskins

Tim Major

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

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

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James Sharpe
Tim provided me with an extremely comprehensive development edit and editorial report. His approach is detailed and his consideration for character, plot, emotional nuance, and reader experience was exactly what I needed to help take my novel to the next level.

James Sharpe, July 2021


Justin Richman
Tim helped me edit my first novel. He brought my manuscript to the next level and completed it in such a short amount of time. I was very impressed with how quickly I got my edited manuscript back. I learned so much from his edits and notes that will translate into future projects. I would definitely recommend him to other authors and I plan on using him again for my future projects.

Justin Richman, June 2021


Fabrice Rigaux
I love Tim's detailed edits. I have progressed immensely thanks to him

Fabrice Rigaux, June 2021


Greg Newbegin
Tim's work is excellent. He was responsive throughout the process, and occasionally went above and beyond - providing advice beyond the scope (this was a copy edit). He was also quite thorough, picking up little nuances that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

Greg Newbegin, May 2021


Erik Otto
This was my second collaboration with Tim. He was extremely attentive to detail, both in terms of general copyediting but also setting, plot, character, and voice nuances, showing a very high level of analysis and consideration. I would gladly work with Tim again in the future.

Erik Otto, May 2021

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