Close this message

Julia Kellaway

Julia Kellaway - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Experienced and meticulous non-fiction editor with a keen eye. Passionate about great books.

Overview

Reviews (6)

I have over 15 years’ publishing experience and my specialities include: health, parenting, diet, personal development, soft business and personal finance.

I am accurate and thorough with a keen eye for detail and will work with you to hone your ideas and create a manuscript that is both unique and inspiring.

Testimonials:
'Julia is a sympathetic, shrewd and supportive editor who, as a literary midwife, helped me enormously to give birth to some quite controversial books.' Oliver James, world-renowned psychologist and bestselling author of Affluenza and Contented Dementia

'Julia is a first-rate editor and I would highly recommend her. As a busy acquiring editor, I completely trust her to get to grips with any manuscript I send her and to hone it to make it the best it can possibly be, working in tandem with the author.' Liz Gough, Publisher, Yellow Kite

'Julia is a pleasure to work with and challenges ideas where necessary to bring out the best in a manuscript. She is reliable, organised and quick!' Zita West, leading fertility and pregnancy expert and author of Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Freelance
May, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

- Project management, structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading
- Author coaching, shaping proposals, making sound introductions to publishers
- Commissioning for major publishing houses and literary agents

Senior Commissioning Editor

Ebury Publishing, Random House UK
November, 2001 – May, 2011 (over 9 years)

- Started as an Editorial Assistant, working up to Senior Commissioning Editor
- Responsible not only for commissioning health, parenting, soft business and personal development titles, but also list management and managing projects from contract to print
- Involved copy-editing and proofreading in-house, author liaison and extensive copywriting

Editorial Assistant

Anubis Literary Agency
November, 2000 – August, 2001 (9 months)

- Responsibilities included proofreading, liaising with authors and making recommendations as appropriate to the agent

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Calm and Happy Toddler: Gentle Solutions to Tantrums, Night Waking, Potty Training and More

Dr Dr Rebecca Chicot

Child development expert Dr Rebecca Chicot shares with you the secrets to calm and stress-free toddler parenting. Based on her unique parent-toddler approach, she reveals that by understanding how your toddler thinks and what changes he is going through, you can respond with confidence and stop sweating the small stuff. Whether you need help with tantrums, night waking, potty training or fussy... read more

Child development expert Dr Rebecca Chicot shares with you the secrets to calm and stress-free toddler parenting. Based on her unique parent-toddler approach, she reveals that by understanding how your toddler thinks and what changes he is going through, you can respond with confidence and stop sweating the small stuff. Whether you need help with tantrums, night waking, potty training or fussy... read more

My Kind of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home

John Torode

My Kind of Food is a very personal book from John, full of the food that he loves to cook and eat, recipes that he makes away from the cameras and professional kitchens. In John's words: 'My world as I know it started with my Nanna's roasting tin, a chicken and a wooden spoon. The food she cooked was always simple, but delicious. Her cauliflower cheese was awesome, her caramel slice wonderful ... read more

My Kind of Food is a very personal book from John, full of the food that he loves to cook and eat, recipes that he makes away from the cameras and professional kitchens. In John's words: 'My world as I know it started with my Nanna's roasting tin, a chicken and a wooden spoon. The food she cooked was always simple, but delicious. Her cauliflower cheese was awesome, her caramel slice wonderful ... read more

Live Fast, Lose Weight: Fat to Fit: 80 recipes for a healthy lifestyle

Charlotte Crosby

Charlotte Crosby's healthy lifestyle guide is bursting with all her favourite tips and tricks for what to eat when you're out and about, that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. Charlotte shares 80 simple and delicious recipes, including cocktails and hangover cures that don't contain thousands of calories, proving that you can eat healthily to look great while still having loads of fu... read more

Charlotte Crosby's healthy lifestyle guide is bursting with all her favourite tips and tricks for what to eat when you're out and about, that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. Charlotte shares 80 simple and delicious recipes, including cocktails and hangover cures that don't contain thousands of calories, proving that you can eat healthily to look great while still having loads of fu... read more

Afraid to Tell

Heidi Harding, Tom Harding, Chloe Harding

He was our abusive father.We were just children.No one could know.Heidi was 18 when she read her little sister Chloe’s diary, and discovered that they shared a terrible secret: they had both been abused by their father. After years of fear and isolation, Heidi knew she had to go to the police. For a long time, Chloe resented Heidi for forcing her to disclose what had happened when she wasn’t r... read more

He was our abusive father.We were just children.No one could know.Heidi was 18 when she read her little sister Chloe’s diary, and discovered that they shared a terrible secret: they had both been abused by their father. After years of fear and isolation, Heidi knew she had to go to the police. For a long time, Chloe resented Heidi for forcing her to disclose what had happened when she wasn’t r... read more

The New Contented Little Baby Book

Gina Ford

The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over 300 babies, was first published in 1999. It quickly established Gina as an influential new authority on baby and childcare issues and has remained one of the bestselling parenting books in the UK.This completely revised edition of The New Contented Little Baby Book contains the most up-to-date advice av... read more

The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over 300 babies, was first published in 1999. It quickly established Gina as an influential new authority on baby and childcare issues and has remained one of the bestselling parenting books in the UK.This completely revised edition of The New Contented Little Baby Book contains the most up-to-date advice av... read more

Get Fit, Get Happy

Harry Judd

Get Fit, Get Happy isn't about just transforming the way you look.It's about transforming the way you feel. Harry Judd is a member of the hugely successful bands McFly and McBusted who have headlined Hyde Park, notched up 19 hit singles - of which 7 went to number one - and 2 number-one albums. He is a much-loved former Strictly Come Dancing champion and has been crowned the nation's favourite... read more

Get Fit, Get Happy isn't about just transforming the way you look.It's about transforming the way you feel. Harry Judd is a member of the hugely successful bands McFly and McBusted who have headlined Hyde Park, notched up 19 hit singles - of which 7 went to number one - and 2 number-one albums. He is a much-loved former Strictly Come Dancing champion and has been crowned the nation's favourite... read more

Baby Food Matters

Clare Llewellyn, Hayley Syrad

The revolutionary plan for healthy eating - practical, easy to follow advice on how to feed your baby in those all-important first thousand days.Drawing on the very latest scientific research, Baby Food Matters outlines the best diet for your child, from pregnancy through to weaning and the first two years.Combatting obesity and preventing diabetes later in life can be as simple as knowing the... read more

The revolutionary plan for healthy eating - practical, easy to follow advice on how to feed your baby in those all-important first thousand days.Drawing on the very latest scientific research, Baby Food Matters outlines the best diet for your child, from pregnancy through to weaning and the first two years.Combatting obesity and preventing diabetes later in life can be as simple as knowing the... read more

Parallel Thinking

Edward de Bono

Nail That Interview: Answer tough questions, make the best impression, and get the job

Tim Vincent

With the jobs market more competitive than ever, how do you make sure you stand out from the crowd?....

With the jobs market more competitive than ever, how do you make sure you stand out from the crowd?....

The Money Diet - revised and updated

Martin Lewis

Do you want to cut your bills without cutting back?Are you fed up with being ripped off?Do you want more money in your pocket without changing your lifestyle? What we all need is detailed, no-nonsense Money Saving advice about organising credit cards, finding the cheapest deals for utilities, getting the best mortgage deals and how to haggle with every shopkeeper - in other words, how to make ... read more

Do you want to cut your bills without cutting back?Are you fed up with being ripped off?Do you want more money in your pocket without changing your lifestyle? What we all need is detailed, no-nonsense Money Saving advice about organising credit cards, finding the cheapest deals for utilities, getting the best mortgage deals and how to haggle with every shopkeeper - in other words, how to make ... read more

Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception

Zita West

Embarking on IVF - or any assisted fertility treatment - can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase your chances of success. In Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception leading fertility and pregnancy expert, Zita West, offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects ... read more

Embarking on IVF - or any assisted fertility treatment - can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase your chances of success. In Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception leading fertility and pregnancy expert, Zita West, offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects ... read more

Contented Dementia

Oliver James

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, thro... read more

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, thro... read more

How To Have A Beautiful Mind

Edward de Bono

People spend a fortune on their bodies, their faces, their hair, their clothes. Cosmetics, plastic surgery, diets, gym membership - everyone's trying to be more attractive. But there's an easier way to become a beautiful person. It doesn't have to be physical. No matter how you look, if you have a mind that's fascinating, creative, exciting - if you're a good thinker - you can be beautiful.And... read more

People spend a fortune on their bodies, their faces, their hair, their clothes. Cosmetics, plastic surgery, diets, gym membership - everyone's trying to be more attractive. But there's an easier way to become a beautiful person. It doesn't have to be physical. No matter how you look, if you have a mind that's fascinating, creative, exciting - if you're a good thinker - you can be beautiful.And... read more

Baby-led Weaning

Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett

Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purées. Self-feeding allows babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. It encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace and helps to develop hand-eye coordination a... read more

Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purées. Self-feeding allows babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. It encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace and helps to develop hand-eye coordination a... read more

New Toddler Taming

Christopher Green

Many parents wonder how the sweet, chubby baby which gurgles happily at them for the first twelve months changes so suddenly into a bellowing, tantrum prone, heel drumming, carpet biting toddler. What's gone wrong? Whose fault is it? What can be done about it? Dr Christopher Green's classic bestselling parenting guide has been revised and updated to answer these questions and others like them ... read more

Many parents wonder how the sweet, chubby baby which gurgles happily at them for the first twelve months changes so suddenly into a bellowing, tantrum prone, heel drumming, carpet biting toddler. What's gone wrong? Whose fault is it? What can be done about it? Dr Christopher Green's classic bestselling parenting guide has been revised and updated to answer these questions and others like them ... read more

Change Your Thinking with CBT

Dr Sarah Edelman

All of us experience complicated thoughts and feelings as we negotiate the day and these feelings can be difficult to manage. Sometimes we are aware that the way we think contributes to our difficulties, but don't know what to do about it.Change Your Thinking is soundly based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the standard psychological tool used by therapists. The aim of ... read more

All of us experience complicated thoughts and feelings as we negotiate the day and these feelings can be difficult to manage. Sometimes we are aware that the way we think contributes to our difficulties, but don't know what to do about it.Change Your Thinking is soundly based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the standard psychological tool used by therapists. The aim of ... read more

How to Buy Your First Home (And How to Sell it Too)

Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer, property expert and co-presenter of hit series Location, Location, Location, provides everything you need to know to help you buy (and sell) your first homeWant to own your own home, but not sure where to start? Need some friendly advice from a property professional?In How to Buy Your First Home, property expert Phil Spencer takes the worry out of the property market. Breaking ev... read more

Phil Spencer, property expert and co-presenter of hit series Location, Location, Location, provides everything you need to know to help you buy (and sell) your first homeWant to own your own home, but not sure where to start? Need some friendly advice from a property professional?In How to Buy Your First Home, property expert Phil Spencer takes the worry out of the property market. Breaking ev... read more

Victoria

A. N. Wilson

'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman... read more

'Writing about Queen Victoria has been one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I have read thousands (literally) of letters never before published, and grown used to her as to a friend. Maddening? Egomaniac? Hysterical? A bad mother? Some have said so. What emerged for me was a brave, original woman who was at the very epicentre of Britain's changing place in the world: a solitary woman... read more

Mindful Hypnobirthing: Hypnosis and mindfulness techniques for a calm and confident birth

Sophie Fletcher

A practical guide to using mindfulness and hypnosis for a better birth--includes extensive audio dow....

A practical guide to using mindfulness and hypnosis for a better birth--includes extensive audio dow....

Julia has 6 reviews

Professionalism
Quality
Value
Communication

Nina Christesen

Julia shaped my manuscript into a Book with her thoughtful and professional criticism that guided me on where to improve my arguments and style of writing. I will definitely get Julia to help on my next book!

, October 2017


Brian Vondruska

It was great working with Julia. She offered excellent insights and clear direction in her copy edit of my book. She helped turned the book I wanted to write into a book people will want to read. I would definitely work with Julia again.

, August 2017


Jodie Crook

Julia's comments and edits were thorough and she worked magic with my manuscript. Her revisions and suggestions really helped to tie things together and I now have a manuscript I can be proud of.

, July 2017


Denise Green

I leave this project with more pride and confidence that my book will be as good as it can be. Julia upgraded my book from good to brilliant, and was available and responsive as I had questions.

, December 2016


Damir Pervan

Julia was extremely valuable to my book project. She is a very talented professional and has a strong eye for details. I would recommend Julia's services to everyone who needs some help with proofreading and editing.

, December 2016

Share this profile :)

It's time to tell the world about this Reedsy profile!

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 700+ profiles.

E032ab3ba025876f0c91d9ca4a95a8cd90bfdc0b

Maria Auperin

Non-fiction editor in multiple genres.

Arlington, MA, United States

0e369d7c509961b7dc6060eeadf711e35797d777

Erik Hane

Editor with years of in-house experience, editing both literary fiction and adult nonfiction. Agent. Writer. Host of "Print Run."

Minneapolis, MN, United States

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy