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 (about 7 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 (13 selected works)

Best of British Science Fiction 2017

Ken MacLeod, Lavie Tidhar

Snakeskins

Tim Major

Hope Island

Major, Tim

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

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

Falcon Fire

Otto, Erik A.

Deathwish

Richman, Justin

Tim has 103 reviews

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Neal Cresswell
Working with Tim exceeded all my expectations of what an editor might do for my work. There was the thoroughness of the actual edit, the technical aspects I simply wasn't aware of, the formatting and protocols that have already elevated my writing and given me the confidence to push forward towards publication. Then there was the, arguably, more valuable contribution - the suggestions, the crit...
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Neal Cresswell, November 2022


Ben Johnson
Well done, thorough developmental edits.

Ben Johnson, October 2022


J. Elder
Tim did a fantastic job copy-editing my short story. His notes were detailed, clear, and thoughtful. I would hire him again in an instant!

J. Elder, October 2022


Buchi Ramagopal
It has been a pleasure working with Tim. Clear, precise, and always offering gentle suggestions would be the way I'd characterize his style. And always on time. I am fortunate we were able to connect and collaborate.

Buchi Ramagopal, September 2022


Georgina Penney
Tim is an absolute joy to work with. Over the last fifteen years I've worked with numerous editors in the context of both traditional and independent publishing and I can honestly say Tim's copy editing is some of the best I've encountered. I found him to be super friendly, very respectful of my work and extraordinarily thorough. This isn't really surprising when you consider he's an excellent ...
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Georgina Penney, August 2022

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