Jules Hucke

Jules Hucke - Editor

Cincinnati, OH, USA

I have 18 years of experience and specialize in YA, MG, lit fic, LGBTQ+, women's fiction, and authenticity reads. Tell me about you!

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Overview

I'm here to help you polish your prose until it shines! I'm a published author and a seasoned editorial professional with clients at fiction presses, academic and university presses, large companies such as P&G, ConAgra and Kroger, and web publishing platforms such as Forbes and LinkedIn. I combine an in-depth knowledge of Chicago Style and AP Style with a deep love for the cadence, meaning, and musicality of language to help you clarify and express your unique voice.

Offering your work up for editing, especially if you're a first-timer, can feel incredibly daunting. My approach combines humor, compassion, expertise, and insight into the current market and literary landscape. I stay in communication with you throughout the course of your project, asking questions and making suggestions to ensure I'm helping you meet your publishing goals.

I own and operate an editing/proofreading company called Red Pen Refinery. I'm also the author/illustrator of the middle-grade novels BOTH CAN BE TRUE and FIGHT + FLIGHT (under pen name Jules Machias), both published by HarperCollins. As a YA/MG writer and a parent, I'm interested in a wide range of topics that affect today's kids, tweens and teens, ranging from external factors like our ever-changing political climate to internal concerns like first love, personal aspirations, disabilities, and peer and family relationships. If you're writing for kids, you're writing for our future. I'm committed to helping you share your message and voice as clearly and effectively as possible.

I live in Cincinnati with my very excellent family, a pack of rescue dogs and reptiles with varying disabilities, and many, many bookshelves (plus a garage full of art supplies and dirt bikes). I love staying active with trail running, weight training, biking and obstacle course racing (OCR). In 2016, I competed in the OCR World Championships with my brother, who is an American Ninja Warrior (watch for the guy with the big spray-painted beard).
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BA in Creative Writing from Miami University (graduated with honors)

Awards

  • American Library Association Rainbow Booklist Top Ten Title for Young Readers: BOTH CAN BE TRUE
  • Bank Street Children's Best Books of the Year: BOTH CAN BE TRUE
  • Indie Next List Pick: BOTH CAN BE TRUE

Work experience

Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 19 years)

I provide editing and proofreading services to clients in book publishing, web publishing, and marketing. I'm current on all AP Style and Chicago Style rules and guidelines.

Contract Editor

Barefoot Proximity
April, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

I provide part-time editing for a marketing firm that serves clients in healthcare, energy supply and delivery, consumer packaged goods, pet food and wellness, and more. Working in the marketing field keeps me constantly tuned in to cultural and societal trends and changes, and it's a great deal of fun.

Senior Editor

Northlich
June, 2014 – March, 2019 (over 4 years)

I provided writing, proofreading and editing services for clients in such industries as publishing, healthcare, finance, B2B, nonprofit, restaurants, CPG and more.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

The Loved Ones

Sonya Chung

In this masterful novel of inheritance and loss, Sonya Chung (Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seek... read more

In this masterful novel of inheritance and loss, Sonya Chung (Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seek... read more

With Paris In Mind: Talking with Artists of This Generation

William Mountain Cox

Dead Hemingway. Dead Baker. Dead Joyce and Dead Fitzgerald. Dead Stein. Dead Picasso. Dead Barnes and Dead Truffaut. Piaf Dead and Breton Dead. Gainsbourg Dead and Monet Dead. Bernhardt Dead and Satie Dead. Baldwin Dead and Foucault Dead too. The Parisian artists of our dreams have been dead a long time. It is now our chance to live in the moment. The romantic fantasy of mythic Paris is always... read more

Dead Hemingway. Dead Baker. Dead Joyce and Dead Fitzgerald. Dead Stein. Dead Picasso. Dead Barnes and Dead Truffaut. Piaf Dead and Breton Dead. Gainsbourg Dead and Monet Dead. Bernhardt Dead and Satie Dead. Baldwin Dead and Foucault Dead too. The Parisian artists of our dreams have been dead a long time. It is now our chance to live in the moment. The romantic fantasy of mythic Paris is always... read more

Boca by Moonlight

Brad Graber

How does a widower start over? George Elden had it all. A lovely wife. Two beautiful adult children. A condo on the grounds of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. But when his wife dies, he's suddenly alone in retirement. A lost man. Sure, he has his golf buddies to console him. But then his friend Willy dies, George is caught off-guard. Why did Willy's family stay away from the funeral? Why did the... read more

How does a widower start over? George Elden had it all. A lovely wife. Two beautiful adult children. A condo on the grounds of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. But when his wife dies, he's suddenly alone in retirement. A lost man. Sure, he has his golf buddies to console him. But then his friend Willy dies, George is caught off-guard. Why did Willy's family stay away from the funeral? Why did the... read more

On the Enemy's Side

Hamour Baika

In 1980, as the world is captivated by the Iranian hostage crisis, aspiring doctor Hesam drops out of medical school in Rome and returns to Iran to serve his country. A member of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, he becomes a prison guard in Ahwaz, assigned to investigate and interrogate political prisoners. The more he learns about ethnic and religious tensions, however, the more he finds the c... read more

In 1980, as the world is captivated by the Iranian hostage crisis, aspiring doctor Hesam drops out of medical school in Rome and returns to Iran to serve his country. A member of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, he becomes a prison guard in Ahwaz, assigned to investigate and interrogate political prisoners. The more he learns about ethnic and religious tensions, however, the more he finds the c... read more

Our Last Blue Moon

Kris O'Shee

In Our Last Blue Moon, dancer Kris O'Shee, widow of Alan Cheuse, the novelist, beloved teacher, and literary commentator known as the "voice of books" on NPR's All Things Considered for over thirty years, tells the story of the loss of her husband after he sustained injuries in a car crash in the summer of 2015. O'Shee chronicles the days in the Northern California hospital, the bedside vigil ... read more

In Our Last Blue Moon, dancer Kris O'Shee, widow of Alan Cheuse, the novelist, beloved teacher, and literary commentator known as the "voice of books" on NPR's All Things Considered for over thirty years, tells the story of the loss of her husband after he sustained injuries in a car crash in the summer of 2015. O'Shee chronicles the days in the Northern California hospital, the bedside vigil ... read more

Love Songs for a Lost Continent

Anita Felicelli

From the glittering heat of India's Pink City to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley and the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, Anita Felicelli's debut collection delivers a dazzling array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives. Imbued with magic, Felicelli's stories center on first- and second-generation Tamil Americans... read more

From the glittering heat of India's Pink City to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley and the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, Anita Felicelli's debut collection delivers a dazzling array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives. Imbued with magic, Felicelli's stories center on first- and second-generation Tamil Americans... read more

Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories

Wendi Kaufman

In Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, girls grow into women and women become wise in portraits filled with biting humor and small but hard-earned victories. One girl makes a burnt offering of letters written to her wayward father, while another struggles to leave her dying father and face adult life. Women navigate the rocky shoals of adultery, illness, and infertility as they make their ... read more

In Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, girls grow into women and women become wise in portraits filled with biting humor and small but hard-earned victories. One girl makes a burnt offering of letters written to her wayward father, while another struggles to leave her dying father and face adult life. Women navigate the rocky shoals of adultery, illness, and infertility as they make their ... read more

A Single Happened Thing

Daniel Paisner

I would never witness anything interesting. I would never write anything beyond memos and flap copy and travel itineraries. I would simply love my wife and my daughters and hold them close and continue to take in meaningless midweek doubleheaders and mismanage the selling strategies of our midlist titles and ride along whatever middling currents I could manage until I washed up on some predict... read more

I would never witness anything interesting. I would never write anything beyond memos and flap copy and travel itineraries. I would simply love my wife and my daughters and hold them close and continue to take in meaningless midweek doubleheaders and mismanage the selling strategies of our midlist titles and ride along whatever middling currents I could manage until I washed up on some predict... read more

On Bittersweet Place

Ronna Wineberg

On Bittersweet Place is the powerful coming-of-age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution. The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920's, where Lena's impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence. Lena's new world is large and beautiful and full of... read more

On Bittersweet Place is the powerful coming-of-age story of Lena Czernitski, a young Russian Jew whose family flees their homeland in the Ukraine after the October Revolution. The story unfolds in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920's, where Lena's impoverished family has settled and where she must traverse the early years of adolescence. Lena's new world is large and beautiful and full of... read more

Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life

Ronna Wineberg

In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. The characters in Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life ... read more

In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. The characters in Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life ... read more

American Snake Pit: Hope, Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook

Daniel J. Tomasulo

WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT BORDERS ON A SNAKE PIT. -- ROBERT F. KENNEDY In 1987, following a public outcry about its questionable medical practices, Staten Island's Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good. Flat broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo -- now a core faculty member at Columbia University's Spirituality Mind B... read more

WE HAVE A SITUATION THAT BORDERS ON A SNAKE PIT. -- ROBERT F. KENNEDY In 1987, following a public outcry about its questionable medical practices, Staten Island's Willowbrook State School for people with intellectual disabilities closed its doors for good. Flat broke and almost finished with graduate school, Dan Tomasulo -- now a core faculty member at Columbia University's Spirituality Mind B... read more

Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss

Anne Panning

When a seemingly routine medical procedure results in her mother's premature death, Anne Panning is left reeling. In her first full-length memoir, the celebrated essayist and short story writer draws on decades of memory and experience, piecing together hard truths about her own past and her mother's.We follow Panning's winding path from rural Minnesota to the riverbanks of Vietnam's Mekong De... read more

When a seemingly routine medical procedure results in her mother's premature death, Anne Panning is left reeling. In her first full-length memoir, the celebrated essayist and short story writer draws on decades of memory and experience, piecing together hard truths about her own past and her mother's.We follow Panning's winding path from rural Minnesota to the riverbanks of Vietnam's Mekong De... read more

Kitchen Culture in America: Popular Representations of Food, Gender, and Race

At supermarkets across the nation, customers waiting in line—mostly female—flip through magazines displayed at the checkout stand. What we find on those magazine racks are countless images of food and, in particular, women: moms preparing lunch for the team, college roommates baking together, working women whipping up a meal in under an hour, dieters happy to find a lowfat ice cream that taste... read more

At supermarkets across the nation, customers waiting in line—mostly female—flip through magazines displayed at the checkout stand. What we find on those magazine racks are countless images of food and, in particular, women: moms preparing lunch for the team, college roommates baking together, working women whipping up a meal in under an hour, dieters happy to find a lowfat ice cream that taste... read more

Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out

Thomas W Farmen

Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the hi... read more

Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the hi... read more

Summer's Reach

Talar, K. I.

The Game

Stuart Roy Clarke, with John Williams

Jules has 22 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Erin Knodel
I couldn't recommend Jules enough! She was instrumental in helping me find focus and clarity in my book, through both a developmental edit and a copy edit. She helped me ensure each chapter related back to the book's intent and she helped me ensure my message was clear to my reader. It was as if she knew what I wanted to say, and then she shared suggestions on how to communicate that message pr...
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Erin Knodel, October 2022

Jules Hucke
Thank you so much for the positive review, Erin! Your book will help a lot of families communicate better and grow closer. I can't wait to see it out in the world!

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Geoffrey Wells
Let me assure any writer considering Jules for copy editing: You will be working with a professional that will make your work shine. Juleses attention to detail is, frankly, mind-blowing. But over and above sweating the excruciating minutia of punctuation, grammar and tense, she has an eye for enhancing the pacing and rhythm of the writing. And, if that is not enough she comments on leaps of l...
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Geoffrey Wells, June 2022

Jules Hucke
Thanks so much for the kind review, Geoffrey! Can't wait to see where you take your heartwarming story.

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Anita Parrott
Jules was incredibly helpful and thorough throughout the entire process. As a newer writer, I now feel as though I have most, if not all, of the tools I need to make my story as strong as it can be. And none of that would've been possible without my experience with Jules. I'm very grateful.

Anita Parrott, April 2022

Jules Hucke
Thank you so much, Anita! I loved working on your book and I can't wait to see what's next from you. 🙏🏼

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David Pantaleoni
Jules kept me honest and worked with me closely. She asked me great questions which helped me in the feedback I got and helped improve the experience. She also kept me on project throughout my work.

David Pantaleoni, February 2022

Jules Hucke
Thanks David! I loved working on your book and can't wait to see it out in the world.

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Lukas Castillo
Jules is highly knowledgeable about all aspects of a compelling story. Very professional. Very great and detailed feedback and suggestions with book references. Great job identifying the big picture and more complex plot, characters, backstory, and contradictory details. Jules got to know the motivation for my story and asked several questions to prod and get the true spirit of my story. I high...
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Lukas Castillo, January 2022

Jules Hucke
Thank you so much for the kind words, Lukas! I'm excited to see what's next for Kassie and Klay 🤩

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