Julia Bruce

Julia Bruce – Editor

I am an editor and writer with a mission to make everything I work on the best it can be. I specialise in non-fiction and children's books.


If it is in English, I will copy-edit it! I can offer editorial experience in everything from children's comics to adult fiction, medical journals and plumbing manuals. Whatever your project, I will work with you to make your writing the best it can be.

I have a background of 13 years as an in-house editor for companies including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Puffin and Pearson before going freelance in 2007. I have been fortunate enough to work on books by some fantastic authors, such as Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, David Walliams and Jenny Downham. I am also a published writer of both fiction and non-fiction, so have an understanding of what the publishing process is like from an author's perspective.

Editing is not just about making sure things are 'correct'. Obviously I will check spelling, grammar and punctuation, but I will also endeavour to ensure your writing is consistent, clear and comfortable to read, while always maintaining your individual author 'voice'. This is your book, not mine; it's my job to help you realise your vision for it – to polish it, iron out any small errors and put it into good order for publishing or further distribution. I will therefore keep an eye out for things like repeated words or phrases; factual issues, including anachronisms; continuity; plot points and anything else that you might specifically want me to check. Before any job, I will check with you exactly what it is you would like me to do, and keep in contact throughout the process. I am very flexible and will do my utmost to get your writing to where you want it to be.

Please note I do not work on children's picture books or poetry.

Education & Reference History Nature
Fantasy Middle Grade Young Adult
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Mar, 2007 — Present

A huge variety of editorial, research, writing and project management jobs undertaken with clients that include: David Fickling Books; The Phoenix Comic; Puffin; Compuscript; Egmont; Oxfam; Girl Friday (For Amazon); HarperCollins; Pearson Education; Nelson Thornes; Taylor and Francis; Hachette; Mouseion; Oxford University Press; Marshall Editions; Society for the History of Natural History; The Linnean Society of London; The Natural History Museum; Cactus Communications.

Orpheus Books

Oct, 2005 — Feb, 2007 (over 1 year)

Creating children’s non-fiction titles including: designing layouts; researching, writing and editing text; designing, cutting and fitting in Quark; briefing artists; picture research; indexing and proofreading. (Full-time)

Harcourt Education

Jul, 2004 — Sep, 2005 (about 1 year)

Developing vocational textbooks with authors and publishers; project managing titles to schedule and budget; structural editing; proofreading and technical checking; briefing artworks; picture research; attending photoshoots. (Full-time)

HarperCollins Children's Books

Feb, 2004 — Jun, 2004 (4 months)

Managing part of children's black-and-white fiction and non-fiction list; structural and copy-editing; copywriting; proofreading; liaison with authors, freelances, licensees and in-house departments. (Maternity cover, full-time)

Penguin Books, Ltd.

Jun, 2003 — Jan, 2004 (8 months)

Overall editorial responsibility for all of Puffin's picture-book, fiction, poetry, non- fiction and popular-culture lists; managing a team of freelance editors and one in-house copy-editor; copy-editing and proofreading. (Maternity cover, full-time)

HarperCollins Children's Books

Oct, 2002 — Jun, 2003 (8 months)

Managing part of the children's black-and-white fiction list; structural and copy- editing; proofreading; copywriting; liaison with authors, agents, licensees and in- house departments; assessment of manuscripts. (Maternity cover, part-time)

Macmillan Children's Books

Jan, 2002 — Oct, 2002 (9 months)

Copy-editing; proofreading; liaison with authors, freelances and in-house departments; fact-checking and seeing to production non-fiction, fiction and poetry and titles spanning ages 7–young adult. (Part-time)

Reader's Digest

Sep, 1994 — May, 1997 (over 2 years)

Writing and editing content for integrated illustrated book series, 'Travels and Adventures.'


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Julia has 6 reviews





Lyd W.

Lyd W.

Nov, 2020

Julia is a professional who knows her niche very well. She knew what I needed as soon as she received the draft. Her ability to see the potential in a prose is a testament of her experience. Julia wants to see you succeed and she puts the client’s needs first. I look forward to working with Julia again.
Julia B.
I have very much enjoyed this collaboration and developing the client's writing. They have been very responsive and a pleasure to work with. I hope they will continue to grow as a writer of prose a...
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Mike R.

Mike R.

Aug, 2020

Thank you for your invaluable work.
Kirsty S.

Kirsty S.

Mar, 2020

Julia worked wonder's with my short story it came out really well and I was really pleased with every thing Julia did with the story . it was as if Julia got in my brain and know what I wanted doing and how I wanted the story to come a cross . thanks Julia
Julia B.
Kirsty has created a lovely character to hang her stories on. I really enjoyed collaborating with her to develop the writing and the storylines. I'm very pleased she chose me to work on these with ...
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Neveen M.

Neveen M.

Aug, 2018

Thank you
Lechelle C.

Lechelle C.

Jun, 2018


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