Mayada Ibrahim

Mayada Ibrahim - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor of prize-winning literary fiction. Formerly at Bloomsbury Publishing. Arabic-to-English translator.

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Overview

I provide copyediting, proofreading, developmental editing, and editorial feedback services to authors and publishers such as Borough Press, Avon, HarperNorth, Headline, HarperVoyager, and Bloomsbury Publishing.


Before working independently, I was an editor for Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a joint venture between Bloomsbury Publishing and Qatar Foundation. We were committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing. I collaborated with distinguished and emerging writers editing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature.

I worked with Mai Al-Nakib on her collection of short stories, The Hidden Light of Objects, which won the Edinburgh International Book Festival's First Book Award. We also published Saud Alsanousi's English debut, The Bamboo Stalk, which addressed xenophobia in the Gulf and garnered international coverage in the New Yorker, the Independent, and the Guardian.

My published Arabic to English translations include 26 Micro Stories by Mahmoud Shukair (Banipal Magazine, UK), Two Thieves Emerge from the Sea in the City of Padua by Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (Willows House, South Sudan), Time for Bed, Fred by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury Publishing, UK), and a poem on Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology by Adil Babikir (University of Nebraska Press, US).


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Children's
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Non-Fiction
Art
Sociology

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
November, 2015 – Present (about 7 years)

Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing Qatar Foundation (BQFP)
January, 2014 – November, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Translator (Arabic-English)

Self-employed
March, 2010 – Present (over 12 years)

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Wild Fires

Sophie Jai

Grief is like an inside joke: you have to have been there to really get it. The only things Cassandra knows about her family are the stories she’s heard in snatches over the years: about the aunt and cousin she never got to meet, about the man from the folded-up photograph in one of her aunt’s drawers, and of course about her cousin Chevy, and why he never speaks – but no one utters a word abo... read more

Grief is like an inside joke: you have to have been there to really get it. The only things Cassandra knows about her family are the stories she’s heard in snatches over the years: about the aunt and cousin she never got to meet, about the man from the folded-up photograph in one of her aunt’s drawers, and of course about her cousin Chevy, and why he never speaks – but no one utters a word abo... read more

Little Boxes

Cecilia Knapp

‘Cecilia Knapp is a great writer. I love her’ KAE TEMPEST ‘Unmissable’ STYLIST ‘A really gripping read’ TIMES RADIO ‘Little Boxes is a powerful, vivid and enchanting debut’ SALENA GODDEN ‘Cecilia Knapp is a rare, rare talent. The sort of writer you get excited to have found and then look forward to devouring more of their work. This book in particular is a work of craft, heart and beauty and I... read more

‘Cecilia Knapp is a great writer. I love her’ KAE TEMPEST ‘Unmissable’ STYLIST ‘A really gripping read’ TIMES RADIO ‘Little Boxes is a powerful, vivid and enchanting debut’ SALENA GODDEN ‘Cecilia Knapp is a rare, rare talent. The sort of writer you get excited to have found and then look forward to devouring more of their work. This book in particular is a work of craft, heart and beauty and I... read more

The Movement

Ayisha Malik

'Powerful and profound' Daisy Buchanan'Breathtakingly original... a searing examination of the modern world and its sensibilities' Imran Mahmood__With words come power. But do you speak out or shut up? Everywhere Sara Javed goes - online or outside - everyone is shouting about something. Couldn't they all just shut up? One day she takes her own advice.At first people don't understand her silen... read more

'Powerful and profound' Daisy Buchanan'Breathtakingly original... a searing examination of the modern world and its sensibilities' Imran Mahmood__With words come power. But do you speak out or shut up? Everywhere Sara Javed goes - online or outside - everyone is shouting about something. Couldn't they all just shut up? One day she takes her own advice.At first people don't understand her silen... read more

The Bamboo Stalk

Saud Alsanousi

Josephine Mendoza escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back h... read more

Josephine Mendoza escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back h... read more

Beirut, Beirut

Sonallah Ibrahim

Based on the author’s real-life experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of how, even in the midst of chaos and violence, universals such as love, desire and yearning are still always our guiding forces.

Based on the author’s real-life experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of how, even in the midst of chaos and violence, universals such as love, desire and yearning are still always our guiding forces.

Arwah’ Kilimanjaro (Arabic Edition)

Ibrahim Nasrallah

A group of disparate individuals find themselves together, each on a personal mission to summit Kilimanjaro. Hailing from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and America, the characters test the limits of their physical and emotional strength to prove to themselves and others that they can transcend their strife-ridden histories and start a new, unburdened life. Arwah' Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro Spirits) ... read more

A group of disparate individuals find themselves together, each on a personal mission to summit Kilimanjaro. Hailing from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and America, the characters test the limits of their physical and emotional strength to prove to themselves and others that they can transcend their strife-ridden histories and start a new, unburdened life. Arwah' Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro Spirits) ... read more

Telepathy

Amir Tag Elsir

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles--in an uncanny, terrifying way--a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum--the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricke... read more

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles--in an uncanny, terrifying way--a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum--the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricke... read more

The Girl Who Fell To Earth (Arabic Edition)

Sophia Al-Maria

When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her ... read more

When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her ... read more

Golda Slept Here

Suad Amiry

Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle EastAmiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any trac... read more

Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle EastAmiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any trac... read more

Allan Tanam Ya Sam (Time for Bed, Fred!) (Arabic Edition)

Yasmeen Ismail

Meet Fred-a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really doesn't want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything to avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath than go to bed . . . but all of this running couldn't possibly have possibly made Fred sleepy-could it?

Meet Fred-a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really doesn't want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything to avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath than go to bed . . . but all of this running couldn't possibly have possibly made Fred sleepy-could it?

Taqs (Arabic Edition)

Amir Tag Elsir

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny, terrifying way – a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum – the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stri... read more

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny, terrifying way – a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum – the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stri... read more

Corsair: (English Edn)

Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud, Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud

It's the early part of the nineteenth century and the Arabian Peninsula and the waters surrounding it are ablaze. Piracy in the Gulf threatens global maritime trade routes while the Wahabbi strain of Islam is conquering followers town by town across the region. Britain, eager to reinforce its presence in the Middle East and protect the East India Company's ships, has a plan: send a man-of-war ... read more

It's the early part of the nineteenth century and the Arabian Peninsula and the waters surrounding it are ablaze. Piracy in the Gulf threatens global maritime trade routes while the Wahabbi strain of Islam is conquering followers town by town across the region. Britain, eager to reinforce its presence in the Middle East and protect the East India Company's ships, has a plan: send a man-of-war ... read more

The Arch and the Butterfly

Mohammed Achaari

A moving novel of identity, extremism, culture and generational change set in modern-day Morocco.

A moving novel of identity, extremism, culture and generational change set in modern-day Morocco.

Land of No Rain

Amjad Nasser

Land of No Rain takes place in Hamiya, a fictional Arab country run by military commanders who treat power as a personal possession to be handed down from one generation to the next. The main character was forced into exile from Hamiya twenty years earlier for taking part in a failed assassination attempt on the military ruler known as the Grandson. On his return to his homeland, he encounters... read more

Land of No Rain takes place in Hamiya, a fictional Arab country run by military commanders who treat power as a personal possession to be handed down from one generation to the next. The main character was forced into exile from Hamiya twenty years earlier for taking part in a failed assassination attempt on the military ruler known as the Grandson. On his return to his homeland, he encounters... read more

The Thirteenth Girl

Sarah Goodwin

A little girl in a white nightdress stands out in the snow, watching the large brick house burn before her eyes... My name is Lucy Townsend. I was born on Friday the thirteenth, and I was the thirteenth girl living in the big house. Unlucky for some. But I was the fortunate one. I escaped. The only one who made it out alive. And now, twenty years after that fateful night, the secrets of the pa... read more

A little girl in a white nightdress stands out in the snow, watching the large brick house burn before her eyes... My name is Lucy Townsend. I was born on Friday the thirteenth, and I was the thirteenth girl living in the big house. Unlucky for some. But I was the fortunate one. I escaped. The only one who made it out alive. And now, twenty years after that fateful night, the secrets of the pa... read more

The Bingo Hall Detectives

Jonathan Whitelaw

Eyes down to find a killer who’s playing to win... An irresistible slice of murder and mystery – there’s a killer on the loose in the Lake District, and the members of the Penrith Bingo Club have decided they’re the ones to catch the culprit... Jason Brazel is an out of work journalist who lives in Penrith with his family and mother-in-law, Amita. She knows everyone and everything that’s going... read more

Eyes down to find a killer who’s playing to win... An irresistible slice of murder and mystery – there’s a killer on the loose in the Lake District, and the members of the Penrith Bingo Club have decided they’re the ones to catch the culprit... Jason Brazel is an out of work journalist who lives in Penrith with his family and mother-in-law, Amita. She knows everyone and everything that’s going... read more

Extinction

Bradley Somer

In a lonely valley, deep in the mountains, a ranger watches over the last surviving grizzly bear. With the natural world exhausted and in tatters, Ben has dedicated himself to protecting this single fragment of the wild. One night, he hears voices in the valley – poachers, come to hunt his bear. A heart-pounding chase begins, crossing forests and mountainsides, passing centuries of human ruins... read more

In a lonely valley, deep in the mountains, a ranger watches over the last surviving grizzly bear. With the natural world exhausted and in tatters, Ben has dedicated himself to protecting this single fragment of the wild. One night, he hears voices in the valley – poachers, come to hunt his bear. A heart-pounding chase begins, crossing forests and mountainsides, passing centuries of human ruins... read more

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven (HMRC, Book 1)

Juno Dawson

The first in a supernatural new series from the author of Wonderland, Her Majesty's Royal Coven follows a top secret government department of witches and the deadly threat to the nation that they must confront. 'Juno Dawson is at the top of her game in this vibrant and meticulous take on witchcraft. Her characteristic wit and grit shine through' Samantha Shannon Hidden among us is a secret cov... read more

The first in a supernatural new series from the author of Wonderland, Her Majesty's Royal Coven follows a top secret government department of witches and the deadly threat to the nation that they must confront. 'Juno Dawson is at the top of her game in this vibrant and meticulous take on witchcraft. Her characteristic wit and grit shine through' Samantha Shannon Hidden among us is a secret cov... read more

The Final Strife (The Final Strife, Book 1)

Saara El-Arifi

The Empire rules by blood Red is the blood of the elite, of magic, of control. Blue is the blood of the poor, of workers, of the resistance. Clear is the blood of the servants, of the crushed, of the invisible. The Aktibar – a set of trials held every ten years to find the next Ember rulers of the Empire – is about to begin. All can join but not just anyone can win; it requires great skill and... read more

The Empire rules by blood Red is the blood of the elite, of magic, of control. Blue is the blood of the poor, of workers, of the resistance. Clear is the blood of the servants, of the crushed, of the invisible. The Aktibar – a set of trials held every ten years to find the next Ember rulers of the Empire – is about to begin. All can join but not just anyone can win; it requires great skill and... read more

Of This Our Country: Acclaimed Nigerian writers on the home, identity and culture they know

The Borough Press

To define Nigeria is to tell a half-truth. Many have tried, but most have concluded that it is impossible to capture the true scope and significance of Africa’s most populous nation through words or images. Yet here, through personal essays from twenty-four of its writers, a more accurate picture comes into view: one that details the realities and contradictions of patriotism, juxtaposes inher... read more

To define Nigeria is to tell a half-truth. Many have tried, but most have concluded that it is impossible to capture the true scope and significance of Africa’s most populous nation through words or images. Yet here, through personal essays from twenty-four of its writers, a more accurate picture comes into view: one that details the realities and contradictions of patriotism, juxtaposes inher... read more

Bitter Almonds

Lilas Taha

‘A LOVE STORY AND AN ENTHRALLING MIX OF HISTORY AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE… RIVETING’ - The Lady 'A BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING POWER OF LOVE' - Ann Weisgarber, The Personal History of Rachel Dupree He is orphaned at birth, born into displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and trie... read more

‘A LOVE STORY AND AN ENTHRALLING MIX OF HISTORY AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE… RIVETING’ - The Lady 'A BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING POWER OF LOVE' - Ann Weisgarber, The Personal History of Rachel Dupree He is orphaned at birth, born into displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and trie... read more

Weyward

Emilia Hart

THEY TRIED TO CAGE US. BUT A WEYWARD WOMAN BELONGS TO THE WILD. WE CANNOT BE TAMED. ‘Humming with a sly, exhilarating magic’ Bridget Collins, author of The Binding In 2019, Kate flees an abusive relationship in London for Crows Beck, a remote Cumbrian village. Her destination is Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist. As Kate struggles with the trauma ... read more

THEY TRIED TO CAGE US. BUT A WEYWARD WOMAN BELONGS TO THE WILD. WE CANNOT BE TAMED. ‘Humming with a sly, exhilarating magic’ Bridget Collins, author of The Binding In 2019, Kate flees an abusive relationship in London for Crows Beck, a remote Cumbrian village. Her destination is Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist. As Kate struggles with the trauma ... read more

Mayada has 9 reviews

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Michel Khoury
Mayada did an amazing job with proofreading my manuscript. Her care and attention to detail was excellent and I am grateful for this. She also made wonderful suggestions. I will without hesitation like to work with her again if the opportunity arises. I certainly would recommend any authors to work with her if given that opportunity.

Michel Khoury, July 2021


Tasha Matthews
I loved working with Mayada! Her Editorial was so encouraging and uplifting, making me feel that I am really called to go after this line of work! Super excited that she was my first wver editor!

Tasha Matthews, June 2021


Georgie George
I would not work with this editor/proof reader again!! I paid 400£ for her to edit my work and as I read through it, she has left edits mistakes, even made edit mistakes in EVERY chapter, which is unacceptable as I MYSELF have to go through this again!! I cannot believe this but I would suggest not working with her as she doesn’t know how to edit or just doesn’t care about people’s writings

Georgie George, May 2021


Sonya Blanck
Mayada gave me an excellent sensitivity reading which will be enormously helpful as I rewrite. Highly recommend!

Sonya Blanck, November 2020


Jarryd Chambers
Mayada completed the job requested, to an excellent standard. She has a keen eye for details and made some great suggestions.

Jarryd Chambers, August 2019

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