Julia DeGraf

Julia DeGraf – Editor

Hi, everyone. I'm a free-spirited freelancer living and working in Sedona. I'm a hard worker who loves my work. I'd love to work with you!


I'm an experienced proofreader and copy editor with more than 25 years experience with fiction/nonfiction, test materials, textbooks, and other media
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
History Humanities & Social Sciences Inspirational Psychology True Crime
English (US)
  • USDA indexing course

Work experience

Adams Media, division of Simon & Schuster

Apr, 2018 — Present

Copyedit/proofread nonfiction titles including Healthy Habits for Prediabetes, The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2019, Genetics 101, The Ultimate STEM Handbook, Sacred Journeys, The Healing Power of Reiki, Socialism 101, Your Goddess Year, Simple Acts of Kindness, The Lost Art of Handwriting, Crystal Bliss, The Boundless Life Challenge

Trivium Test Prep

Feb, 2017 — Present

Copyedit test study guides for a variety of fields, including medical, engineering, and life sciences.


Apr, 2005 — Sep, 2007 (over 2 years)

Copyedit various language arts supplements

McDougal Littell

Apr, 2003 — Aug, 2009 (over 6 years)

Copyedit/proofread Language of Literature student and teacher editions, grades 6–12, numerous other language arts, geography, and history textbooks; World History, grade 6, various supplements

Prometheus Books

Sep, 2002 — Sep, 2015 (about 13 years)

Copyedited/proofread numerous fiction/nonfiction titles, including All Out! (a memoir by Albert Ellis), Evil Genes (Barbara A. Oakley), Beyond the God Particle (Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill), A Question of Murder (Cyril Wecht), Democracy’s Debt (M. Lane Bruner), How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor (Christopher M. Johnson), Dante’s Poison (Lynne Raimando), Operation Shield (Joel Shepherd), Return of the Discontinued Man (Mark Hodder), Deadly Ruse (E. Michael Helms), The Black Hour (Lori Rader-Day), In the Light of Science (Demetris Nicolaides), Blind Moon Alley (John Florio)


Mar, 1998 — Oct, 2000 (over 2 years)

Copyedited various educational materials


May, 1997 — Jun, 1999 (about 2 years)

Proofread catalogs and newsletters

Triumph Books

Feb, 1995 — Apr, 1998 (about 3 years)

Copyedited Sports Guide and Reference Manual; Grace & Glory; Make the Right Call: Major League Baseball; others

Open Court

Jan, 1994 — Jul, 1998 (over 4 years)

Copyedit/proofreader children's educational materials

Marquis Who's Who

Jan, 1987 — Dec, 1992 (almost 6 years)

Worked my way from entry-level data editor to operations manager of editorial department in five years. In this last position, supervised an in-house staff of lower-level managers and editors, as well as a freelance support staff. Implemented various quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data and reduce post-production composition expense. Served as on-site consultant when company moved to NJ in 1992.


In the spirit of The Soul Searchers Handbook, this guide offers a fresh approach to healing crystals with advice for selecting, preparing, and using crystals for meditation and energy healing.If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can cha... read more
"Unique and altogether profound, reminiscent of Bradbury, haunting, thought-provoking and surprisingly philosophical." -San Francisco Book Reviews From the future, a final plea. Out of the past, a last hope.17-year old Ambra Dawn, born to die in freakish disre... read more
"Fortify your shelf of Armageddon thrillers with this promising newcomer." -Library Journal. A Western terrorist organization targets Muslims around the world, and FBI agent John Savas must put aside the loss of his son and work with a man who symbolizes all h... read more
This hard-hitting critique of our media culture examines not only the ways in which the public is often deceived, but the media's role in propagating those deceptions. But Media Mythmakers goes beyond criticism to give concrete examples of the damage that mani... read more
Nietzsche, Theories of Knowledge, and Critical Theory, the first volume of a two-volume book collection on Nietzsche and the Sciences, ranges from reviews of Nietzsche and the wide variety of epistemic traditions - not only pre-Socratic, but Cartesian, Leibniz... read more
Marc Zimmer has written the first popular science book on an amazing new area of biotechnology that will help fight cancer, create new products, improve agriculture, and combat terrorism. For more than one hundred and sixty million years, green fluorescent pro... read more
Thinking is an innate ability that most people take for granted. But like writing well or speaking effectively before the public, thinking well is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice. In this unique introduction to critical thinking, Robert ... read more
Bare Bones: A Surgeon's Tale

Augusto Sarmiento M.D.

Like the 14th-century surgeon in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dr. Augusto Sarmiento has a tale to tell. This book is both an interesting autobiographical story of a young immigrant doctor's rise to success in the United States and a critique of recent ... read more
Contrary to accounts found in school textbooks, Robert Fulton did not invent the steamboat. This is the first work to chronicle the entire story of the steamboat and to place Fulton’s contribution in perspective. Jack L. Shagena, a retired professional enginee... read more
At the close of World War I, the great oil reserves of the Arabian Peninsula lay hidden beneath the desert sands. Westerners dismissed today’s opulent Gulf States as little valued back lots among the rich real estate that made up the British Empire. Although t... read more
Physicist Mark Perakh critically reviews recent trends toward harmonizing religion and science. From intelligent design theories to arguments allegedly proving the compatibility of biblical stories with scientific data and "Bible codes" containing secret messa... read more
Pragmatism, the philosophy native to America, has once again grown to prominence in philosophical debate around the world. Today, the type of pragmatism that is proving to be of greatest value for fostering discussions with other worldviews is pragmatic natura... read more
In 1952, Jean-Paul Sartre engaged Albert Camus in a celebrated and bitter public confrontation that had wide-ranging cultural significance. The year before, Camus had challenged the prevailing political wisdom in his renowned work, The Rebel. In response he wa... read more
The Transits of Venus

William Sheehan

In this unique and fascinating history of science, acclaimed popular science writer William Sheehan - who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Science Writing - and award-winning geographer John Westfall take us back through the centuries to chronicle the i... read more
Women and Globalization

Anne E. Lacsamana

Despite promises from Western policymakers that capitalist globalization will eventually improve the economic welfare of all nations, in actuality the process has resulted so far in the enrichment of the few at the expense of the many. One decidedly negative t... read more
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the book... read more
The Prodigal Troll

Charles Coleman Finlay

The Prodigal Troll is a tale of a human child raised by a band of mythological creatures that is both hysterical and moving.When Lord Gruethrist's castle is laid under siege by an invading baron, he sends a trusted knight and nursemaid off with his infant son.... read more
Was Scott Peterson convicted of murdering Laci Peterson based upon circumstantial evidence alone? Did Washington intern Chandra Levy know her killer? In "Tales from the Morgue", Dr Cyril Wecht, one of the most sought-after forensic pathologists in the world, s... read more

Scott Mackay

Tides tells the tale of the rise of two intelligent species on the same planet, at a time in their history when they first encounter each other. Paras and Ortok are the only two continents on this planet, the homes to these two different species, and are separ... read more
After a decade of brutal conflict, "ethnic cleansing," countless atrocities, and a prolonged NATO bombing campaign, it seems almost miraculous that the regime of Slobodan Milosevi? was overthrown peacefully in the October 2000 democratic revolution. What facto... read more
What do mutual grooming, politeness, priestly celibacy, military heroism, car insurance, and overwork have in common? All are probable examples of the recently discovered evolutionary mechanism called "reciprocal altruism." Put simply, the concept means, "You ... read more
How to Stop a Stalker by Proctor, Mike [Prometheus Books, 2003] ( Paperback ) [Paperback]
The Healer

Michael Blumlein

Payne is a member of a minority offshoot of humanity called Grotesques, or Tesques, who are distinguished by a cranial deformity and an extra orifice in their chest. A small percentage of Tesques have the ability to effect phenomenal healings, which makes them... read more
For anyone who has ever wondered about the ethics of killing animals for food, this is the definitive collection of essays on the ethical debate. Written by internationally recognized scholars on both sides of the debate, the provocative articles here compiled... read more
In Into the Buzzsaw, the award-winning exposé of investigative journalism, Kristina Borgesson shattered the silence about efforts to quash the public's right to know the truth. In Feet to the Fire, she breaks new ground by offering candid, often alarming conve... read more
During his long, productive life the great English philosopher and exponent of utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) wrote not just on political philosophy but also clandestinely on religion. Under the pseudonym of Philip Beauchamp he published an attack o... read more
The Crown Rose

Fiona Avery

The Crown Rose tells the story of Isabelle of France, born heir to the throne: her life from childhood to her later years; a life of turmoil and strife and longing.... The year is 1240. It is the reign of King Louis IX. Knighthood is still honored, though the ... read more
Since 1619, when Africans first came ashore in the swampy Chesapeake region of Virginia, there have been many individuals whose achievements or strength of character in the face of monumental hardships have called attention to the genius of the African America... read more
This book examines in depth the conflict between Lenin's logic-driven efforts to stamp out religion and the churches' passionate attempts to save themselves from obliteration. It looks at both sides objectively and admits that they both presented strong cases.... read more
Fair Coin

E. C. Myers

When you have magic on your side, anything is possible. At least that’s what Ephraim Scott thinks when he first discovers the unusual coin that grants his wishes. With it Ephraim overhauls his troubled home life and also his nonexistent love life. He even trie... read more
Whether we acknowledge it or not, our mothers leave an indelible impression on the persons we become. Our ability to function emotionally in relationships — both personal and professional — is based on our mothers’ deep influence. In a book full of insights an... read more
A clear and straightforward explanation of genetics in this new edition of the popular 101 series. Our genetic makeup determines so much about who we are, and what we pass on to our children—from eye color, to height, to health, and even our longevity. Genetic... read more
Updated for today’s market, important and timely advice—based on a proven methodology—on which stocks you should invest in right now, in this edition of the 100 Best Stocks series. Even though the economy is in constant flux, there’s still plenty of opportunit... read more
How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor: A Handbook for Parents by Christopher M. ...
Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?

Brian Michael Jenkins

According to a British intelligence report leaked to the press in 2007, al Qaeda operatives are planning a large-scale attack "on par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki." How likely is it that terrorists will develop the capability of such an attack? No one understan... read more
Beyond the God Particle

Leon M. Lederman

Two leading physicists discuss the importance of the Higgs Boson, the future of particle physics, and the mysteries of the universe yet to be unraveled. On July 4, 2012, the long-sought Higgs Boson--aka "the God Particle"--was discovered at the world's largest... read more
Part military SF, part cyberpunk, part grand-scale space opera, and part techno-psychological thriller, the Cassandra Kresnov novels transcend the recently narrow segmentation of the science fiction genre.In 23 Years on Fire, Cassandra discovered that the tech... read more
It is an undeniable fact that economic circumstances can directly impact political affairs, that wealth is easily translated into political influence, and that political movements and constitutional arrangements can directly influence economic environments. Th... read more
It's Prohibition. It's Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn't fit in. Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a you... read more
The Black Hour

Lori Rader-Day

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, ... read more
Most of the workers in advertising, the media, retail, and fashion are women. Holding key marketing and advertising positions, women shape the basic promotional appeal of almost every consumer product in America. How did the advertising business go from a hand... read more
Question of Murder

Cyril H. Wecht

No one has performed more autopsies in high-profile cases than Dr. Cyril Wecht. During the past four decades, he has dissected more than 16,000 bodies to determine how and why they died. He has testified in hundreds of trials and exhumed dozens of corpses. He’... read more
In this gripping exposé of our cyber-centric, attention-deficient life, journalist Maggie Jackson argues that we are eroding our capacity for deep attention and mindfulness — the building blocks of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress. The implications for ... read more
In this sweeping tour of the cosmos and our place within it, acclaimed science writer Jeff Kanipe shows the many ways we are connected to the vast universe we inhabit. Long before our apelike ancestors dropped from the trees and began playing with fire, even b... read more
Philip K. Dick Award-winning author Mark Hodder continues his Burton & Swinburne Adventures in an electrifying tale in which the future and the past collide―and the world itself may be altered forever…Years ago, a madman from the future assassinated the belove... read more
Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts--it was only a... read more
The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailin... read more
February 12, 2009, will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of two of the most extraordinary and influential men in recent history — Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. While the coincidence of these two men being born on exactly the same day might fill as... read more
Have you ever heard of a person who left you wondering, "How could someone be so twisted? So evil?" Prompted by clues in her sister’s diary after her mysterious death, author Barbara Oakley takes the reader inside the head of the kinds of malevolent people you... read more
This candid autobiography, the last work by renowned psychologist Albert Ellis, is a tour de force of stimulating ideas, colorful descriptions of memorable people and events, and straightforward, no-nonsense talk. Ellis, the creator of one of the most successf... read more

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