Abbie Rushton

Abbie Rushton - Editor

North Walsham, UK

Experienced editor with 8 years’ experience in a major UK educational publisher. My specialism is phonics books to teach children to read.

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I am an experienced editor with a specialism in Primary Literacy and phonic books. I was employed by Oxford University Press for eight years, most recently as a Senior Development Editor, where I worked on established brands such as Read Write Inc. and Project X.

I have authored two books for teenagers and several early reading books for clients such as Oxford University Press and HarperCollins. I have a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing

My editorial skills include: project management, development and copy editing, digital content creation and proofreading.

My creative skills include: creative consultancy, brainstorming, plot development.

I am a firm but fair editor. I'm an absolute stickler for the rules when it comes to grammar and punctuation, but I also love any creative and imaginative work. I get a real buzz from thinking up silly plots to engage children and motivate them to read.
English (UK)
Picture Books


  • Degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. University of East Anglia 2003-2006

Work experience

Author and Editor

January, 2019 – Present (almost 2 years)

• Worked with clients such as Oxford University Press and HarperCollins to edit and write Primary Literacy Resources.
• Helped to develop teaching notes for a major new publishing brand.
• Experience with complex project management roles, including managing a large-scale schedule and a team of authors and editors.
• Worked on digital content creation (eBooks and quizzes).

Senior Development Editor

Oxford University Press
March, 2017 – November, 2017 (8 months)

• Project-managed a new series of 78 phonic books.
• Managed the editorial process for 39 titles, from developing the manuscripts to handing over proofs to Production; ensuring compliance checks were carried out on suppliers and checking for diversity and cultural sensitivities throughout the project.
• Commissioned some of the teaching materials.
• Worked closely with authors, initially on developing their ideas for new plots, then helping them to improve their manuscripts.
• Organised product trialling in schools, then collated and implemented feedback.
• Worked with Design to brief the series artwork, including character creation and world-building.

Development Editor

Oxford University Press
January, 2015 – March, 2017 (about 2 years)

• Managed a schedule of online resources, including supporting a junior editor to manage her time, and monitoring dependencies with the print resources.
• Liaised with a high-profile author to develop lesson plans.
• Recruited and mentored an intern, who was subsequently offered a permanent position.
• Sourced and managed freelance editors and proofreaders.


Oxford University Press
February, 2011 – January, 2015 (almost 4 years)

• Applied consistency and house style in manuscripts and proofs, and cross-referenced teaching materials with corresponding pupil books.
• Created a schedule for teaching materials.
• Briefed and liaised with a freelance editor, providing a style guide, answering queries and working with other team members to manage her time.
• Collated, discussed and implemented feedback from authors and consultants.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start Starter Pack

Miskin, Ruth, Munton, Gill, Pursglove, Janey, Bradbury, Adrian

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