Julia Halford

Julia Halford – Editor

Meticulous copy-editor and proofreader with over 20 years' experience in illustrated non-fiction (including DK and Octopus Books).


With a proven track record in non-fiction publishing, I am a highly experienced book editor and proofreader with a careful and collaborative approach. I specialise in the following areas: popular culture, lifestyle and health, pregnancy and parenting, home and interiors.

I have worked in-house for some of illustrated publishing's biggest names, including DK (as Senior Editor), Octopus Books, Hamlyn and Mitchell Beazley, across a wide range of genres.

I have collaborated with many high-profile authors – from parenting gurus Dr Miriam Stoppard and Penelope Leach to antiques expert Judith Miller and architectural author and broadcaster Jonathan Glancey. I have an excellent eye for detail, a meticulous and organised approach, and pride myself on working sensitively and collaboratively with every author.

I look forward to working with you!

Architecture Design DIY & Crafts Entertainment Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA (Hons) Literature

Work experience


Dec, 2003 — Present

Copy-editing, proofreading and project management on non-fiction, general interest titles – popular culture, parenting, health, wellbeing, interiors, craft, architecture, cookery.

Dorling Kindersley (DK)

Oct, 1999 — Nov, 2003 (about 4 years)

Senior member of the team responsible for the pregnancy and parenting, health and wellbeing books. Key titles included Great Ormond Street Baby and Child Health and Dr Miriam Stoppard's Family Health Guide.

Octopus Books

Jan, 1995 — Oct, 1999 (over 4 years)

Working on the interiors, architecture, craft and photography list, I managed projects and edited titles, including The Style Sourcebook by Judith Miller and Modern by Jonathan Glancey.

Reed Books

Oct, 1993 — Jan, 1995 (over 1 year)

Copy-editing and proofreading titles on Osprey's automotive and military history list and Hamlyn's music books.


Millions believe in the healing power of crystals—and this classic illustrated directory explains how to put that power to use, with information on working with chakras and auras, color wisdom, and the basics of crystal divination and magic. Each of the 150 mi... read more
"Property Ladder: Designed for Profit" coincides with a brand new series of "Property Ladder" on Channel 4. Amid a highly competitive market, home-owners and property developers are looking for new ways to make the most of their investment. Whether the need is... read more
Best-selling author Miriam Stoppard covers all aspects of women's health in this practical and fully-illustrated guide. In this indispensable handbook, leading healthcare expert Dr. Miriam Stoppard addresses various aspects of women's health, providing reassur... read more
Live life with a little more sparkle. This is your one-stop guide to glitter and how to wear it. Includes only the best biodegradable and ethical brands (please glitter responsibly!).Features 30 gorgeous step-by-step looks from all-sparkle lips to intricate ey... read more
No electricity, no gas, no flushing toilet . . . and no tractor! Could you survive a year on a Victorian farm? In this fascinating time-traveling experiment a team of historians spend a year recreating farm life in 1885. Accompanying the television series, thi... read more
With the resurgence of vinyl, album cover art is as important as ever. This visually sumptuous book brings together 275 of the greatest album covers of all time. arranged chronologically, beginning in 1956. A 50-strong panel of judges—including designers, musi... read more
Find out what to expect from conception to birth From the moment after conception to feeding your newborn baby, Your Pregnancy Week by Week, covers everything you need to know about the miracle of pregnancy. Professor Lesley Regan, world-renowned obstetrician,... read more

Caroline Millington

Where do you come on your To Do list? Between juggling the demands of work, potentially toxic friendships, parenting guilt, trying to be the best partner you can be—or looking for love—life can be totally overwhelming. And for so many of us, it's the bits we'r... read more
Fascinating, insightful, clever and stunning, these infographic diagrams" "will" "help you see literature in a whole new light.
sterling publishing collins brown print this book taps into the renewed appreciation for handmade items and forgotten skills. it features block printing projects that are perfect for beginners to screen printing with options for the more experienced crafter. e... read more
A full-color illustrated directory references more than 2,300 currently available fabrics, trimmings, wallpapers, paints, tiles, and flooring, including information on the manufacturer, pattern name and number, available colors, and price range. 40,000 first p... read more
The term "modern" can be used to describe places as diverse as Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece of 1936 and John Pawson's Calvin Klein store of the early nineties. Modernism encompasses many different styles, designed over a number of years-- s... read more
Please Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast... read more

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