Jules Hucke

Jules Hucke - Editor

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Hello and welcome! I have 16 years of editing experience and specialize in YA, MG, lit fic, LGBT+, women's fiction and authenticity reads.

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Overview

I'm a seasoned professional who loves to help authors polish their prose. My editing clients include academic and university presses, fiction presses, large companies such as P&G, ConAgra and Kroger, and web publishing platforms such as Forbes. I combine an in-depth knowledge of Chicago Style and AP Style with a deep love for the cadence, pacing and musicality of language to help you clarify and express your unique voice.

I own an editing/proofreading company called Red Pen Refinery. I'm also the author of the forthcoming MG novel Halfway Through the Crossfade (under pen name Jules Machias), which will be published by HarperCollins in summer 2021. 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, 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.

In addition to writing, I’m a photographer and visual artist. I live in Cincinnati with my family, a pack of rescue dogs with varying disabilities, and many, many bookshelves. 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

Work experience

Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 17 years)

I provide editing and proofreading services to clients in a wide variety of industries, such as book and web publishing, grocery, healthcare, finance, and more. I am current on all AP Style and Chicago Style rules and guidelines.

Contract Editor

Barefoot Proximity
April, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

I provide part-time editing for a marketing agency that serves clients in industries like healthcare, energy supply and delivery, consumer packaged goods, pet food and wellness, and many 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 marketing clients in a wide range of industries such as publishing, healthcare, finance, B2B, nonprofit, restaurants, CPG and more.

Portfolio (16 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

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 12 reviews

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Kit Oliver
Wonderful time working with Jules again! I look forward to collaborating with her in the future!

Kit Oliver, October 2020

Jules Hucke
Thanks Kit! I'm excited to work together again too.

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Una Fox
Jules is the jewel I uncovered at the bottom of a manuscript that I’ve played with for more than twenty years. I am not sure if I consider myself a writer to this day. I do know one thing, whatever all those pages hold, Jules made them so much more the book I wish to publish. Her attention to detail has proven to be immensely valuable. She pinpointed those fuzzy areas that need more explanation...
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Una Fox, September 2020

Jules Hucke
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Una! It was a dream to work with you, and I wish you all the best with your beautiful book.

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Jordan Miller
Super happy with my results! Jules was very helpful and finished before the deadline!

Jordan Miller, August 2020

Jules Hucke
Thanks so much, Jordan! I really enjoyed working on your book, and I can't wait to see what's next for it.

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Megan Bennett
I had such a pleasure collaborating with Jules on a second piece. She is so responsive and diligent. I learn something from her every time she works on a piece of mine. I look forward to reading her editorial notes every time she is done with the piece. I would 10/10 reccomend Jules services.

Megan Bennett, July 2020


Kit Oliver
Had a great experience working with Jules. Her feedback was thoughtful and helpful and she's quick to respond to messages. Would definitely recommend her services!

Kit Oliver, June 2020

Jules Hucke
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Kit! Your story was a joy to read and I'm excited to work together again in the future.

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