About Me

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I have dedicated nearly two decades to editing acclaimed and bestselling books for children and young adults, both as a former senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young readers and as an independent editor working with authors, publishers, and agencies including Bloomsbury Children’s Books/Macmillan, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, the Gernert Company, Writers House, and the Greenhouse Literary Agency. I have had the honor of working with authors and illustrators at all stages of their careers, from debuts to Caldecott Medal winners, Newbery Medal winners, and National Book Award finalists.

I love collaborating with authors, helping to identify their work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that their vision is shining through from start to finish. 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. Books that I have edited have spent more than 125 combined weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and include #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist, an Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy nominee, an Edgar Award nominee, Bram Stoker Award nominees, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

Growing up in Virginia gave me a passion for fried pickles, air conditioning, and narratives with rural settings. I am drawn to stories that are fresh and unique, whether in premise, art style, voice, setting, or mythology. My interests include realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and fantasy. I love meeting characters whose voices leap off the page, books in which the setting becomes a character in itself, and stories that take a standard genre or trope and turn it into something completely unexpected.

Please visit my portfolio to see some of the books I’ve edited; read testimonials from authors, publishers, and agents I’ve worked with; explore the editorial services I offer; visit my blog for writing advice and encouragement; and contact me if you are interested in working together.

Headshot of Julie

I have dedicated nearly two decades to editing acclaimed and bestselling books for children and young adults, both as a former senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young readers and as an independent editor working with authors, publishers, and agencies including Bloomsbury Children’s Books/Macmillan, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, the Gernert Company, Writers House, and the Greenhouse Literary Agency. I have had the honor of working with authors and illustrators at all stages of their careers, from debuts to Caldecott Medal winners, Newbery Medal winners, and National Book Award finalists.

I love collaborating with authors, helping to identify their work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that their vision is shining through from start to finish. 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. Books that I have edited have spent more than 125 combined weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and include #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist, an Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy nominee, an Edgar Award nominee, Bram Stoker Award nominees, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

Growing up in Virginia gave me a passion for fried pickles, air conditioning, and narratives with rural settings. I am drawn to stories that are fresh and unique, whether in premise, art style, voice, setting, or mythology. My interests include realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and fantasy. I love meeting characters whose voices leap off the page, books in which the setting becomes a character in itself, and stories that take a standard genre or trope and turn it into something completely unexpected.

Please visit my portfolio to see some of the books I’ve edited; read testimonials from authors, publishers, and agents I’ve worked with; explore the editorial services I offer; visit my blog for writing advice and encouragement; and contact me if you are interested in working together.

In addition to collaborating with writers, I enjoy presenting, leading workshops, and mentoring. I have participated in numerous in-person and virtual writing conferences and events, including the We Need Diverse Books Finalist Editing Program; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Winter Conference; conferences and workshops held by regional chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; the Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumni Mini-Residency; the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Plus Conference; the Surrey International Writers’ Conference; Rhode Island School of Design portfolio reviews; the YALLFEST Book Festival; the YALLWEST Book Festival; Inked Voices workshops; and Free Expressions Writing Success Series Webinars.

Prior to my career in publishing, I interned in magazine publishing in London, England; ran summer literacy programs for K–6th graders; and routinely checked out the maximum number of books that my local library allowed.

Julie is the very best kind of editor.

Suzanne Selfors

I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

Katherine Wolff

Julie is my most valued editorial partner.

Margaret Stohl

Her gentle guidance has made me actually love the revision process, something I have never experienced before.

Cheryl Renee Herbsman

Julie took my writing to the next level.

Denise Vega

Let's work together!

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