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Expert Editorial Guidance to Unlock Your Story’s Full Potential

As an independent children’s and young adult book editor with nearly two decades of industry experience, I love helping writers realize their vision while maintaining their voice. Whether you are writing your first book or your fiftieth, if you choose to work with me you can expect: sincere respect for your creative vision; a thoughtful assessment of your work from an experienced picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction editor; and clear, actionable feedback to guide your next revision.

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I am a former senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers with nearly two decades of experience editing acclaimed and bestselling books for children and young adults. I have edited more than 300 titles across a variety of genres, from picture books and poetry collections to middle grade and young adult novels, and I bring this depth of experience and industry knowledge to every project. As a picture book, middle grade novel, and young adult novel editor, I love collaborating with authors, helping to identify your work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that your vision is shining through from start to finish.

Julie knows how to read–REALLY read. She helped me turn a cute poem into a picture book deal. Her industry experience, vast intelligence, and impeccable taste will turn your good story into a great one.

Liz Casal

author and illustrator of Baller Ina
Julie’s work is brilliant! She helped me so much–from story development to better descriptive writing. I highly recommend her to all authors trying to advance their careers!

Bryan Chick

author of the Secret Zoo series
Working with Julie on my children’s book series, The Squickerwonkers, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Evangeline Lilly

author of The Squickerwonkers series
I worked with Julie Scheina for over six years, and can say with supreme confidence that she is a superstar editor.

Alvina Ling

Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Julie Scheina is the kind of editor all writers dream about—enthusiastic, supportive, savvy, detail-oriented.

April Lindner

author of Jane, Catherine, and Love, Lucy
Julie is an incredibly thoughtful and careful editor who understands how to identify quickly what an author is trying to do and help them do it even better.

Steven Malk

Literary Agent, Writers House
Julie Scheina is one of the most dedicated and insightful editors I have had the privilege to work with.

Joe Monti

Editorial Director, Saga Press
Julie has impeccable taste and is thoughtful and thorough—one of the most hand-on editors I’ve encountered. She has a keen eye and a strong hand but never loses sight of the author’s intent or purpose.

Jim McCarthy

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
If I were to write my own book, I would be honored to have Julie Scheina as my editor.

Megan Tingley

President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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