Eleanor Abraham

Eleanor Abraham – Editor

A versatile fiction editor with a taste for crime. 25 years in publishing will do that to you. I love helping authors find their voice.


In my 25 years in professional publishing roles, I've worked on hundreds of titles in a wide variety of genres, and with numerous clients, all with unique requirements, and most with tight deadlines. I genuinely love my job and will go the extra mile to make your project shine.

Whatever stage you are at in your writing, I can help. Not sure what that stage is? Let me evaluate your text and give advice.

I'm an experienced in-house editor who has commissioned, edited, and packaged books for Reader's Digest, Barnes & Noble, Gramercy, DC Thomson, Waverley Books, Parragon, Lomond Books, Bastei Lübbe, Bastei Entertainment, and Orient Longman. As an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), I've had to prove that I meet their exacting standards, and that I take continuing professional development seriously.

I regularly attend SfEP conferences, I'm a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), an associate member of the Crime Writers' Association (CWA), a member of the Editorial Freelancers' Association (EFA), and a member of Scottish PEN.

In a freelance role, I specialise in developmental and line editing of commercial fiction, particularly crime. I currently edit several crime series – from cosy crime to police procedural – working directly with authors, and also with in-house managing editors.

Cookery is another of my specialist subjects, particularly baking. My own book Traditional Scottish Recipes is on its eighth reprint. If you ever need an edible jungle, I helped make one with CakeBomb for the Cake & Bake Show (2014). And – in a sub-genre that is admittedly rare – I've helped write several comedy cookbooks, like the number-one bestseller and Gourmand-Award-winning Maw Broon's Cookbook.

I'm very much looking forward to meeting you!

Classics Comics & Graphic Novels Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing New Age
English (UK) English (US)
  • Gourmand Award Regional Winner, Best Cookbook (Scotland)
  • MA (Hons) English Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow
  • Efficient Editing, SfEP
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing, SfEP
  • Editing with Word, SfEP
  • SfEP Advanced Professional Member

Work experience

Bastei Lübbe

Dec, 2016 — Present

Developmental editing, line editing and proofreading of commercial thrillers and crime fiction.

Gresham Publishing Company

Nov, 2013 — Present

Proofreading and copy-editing classic abridged fiction, educational materials, and dictionaries. Briefing and managing other freelances. Project-managing e-book production. Writing original material, such as support materials for educational texts and also marketing materials.

Waverley Books/DC Thomson Books

Oct, 2011 — Sep, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Project managing, briefing, and motivating freelances. Evaluating work and providing feedback. Combining all elements of projects to ensure products are produced to the highest quality and to deadline. Coordinating a large team who had no previous editorial experience to produce the new Glasgow Cookery Book. Maintaining budgets. Writing original material, copy-editing and proofreading.

Geddes & Grosset/Waverley Books

Oct, 2002 — Aug, 2011 (almost 9 years)

Drawing up contracts. Working to deadlines and budgets. Briefing freelance writers, artists and editors. Coordinating the work of several editors in various locations. Commissioning new work and coming up with ideas for new titles. Preparing promotional material. Working autonomously to produce creative and challenging projects.

The Daily Record

May, 2001 — Jul, 2001 (2 months)

Features and news tabloid sub-editing in QuarkXpress layouts, supporting the established production desk.

Geddes & Grosset

Sep, 1999 — Sep, 2002 (about 3 years)

Project managing. Briefing freelance writers, artists and editors. Liaising with key departments.
Picture research and maintaining a record of usage and licenses. Working to deadlines and budget restrictions. Creation of picture archive (where previously a record did not exist).

The Sunday Herald

Jul, 1999 — Oct, 2010 (over 11 years)

News, features and business sub-editing using Copydesk and InCopy. Proofreading and writing headlines. Supporting and advising the production desk.

Geddes & Grosset

Aug, 1995 — Aug, 1999 (about 4 years)

Proofreading and copy-editing to a high standard. Supporting and providing verbal and written reports to senior management. Writing back cover and promotional copy. Working to deadlines.


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Two men fight to prove their innocence. A cop and a convicted murderer. One of them is lying.Fifteen years ago, local crime boss Duncan Usher was sent to prison for killing his wife. A young Detective Solomon Gray was first at the scene and instrumental in put... read more
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‘Classic Scottish noir: bad food, bad moods, too much booze and tight plots’ @ey0k1, Twitter Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride and Christopher Brookmyre, Heroes and Villains is the eighth book in the dark and gripping Scottish police procedural s... read more
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When Cherringham's Council debates selling the historic village hall for development as a luxury restaurant and hotel, all of Cherringham is up in arms; some seeing the sale as needed, others deeply opposed. For many, the centuries-old hall is the very heart o... read more
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