Julia Kellaway

Julia Kellaway - Editor

London, United Kingdom

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

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I have over 18 years’ publishing experience and my specialities include: health, well-being, parenting, diet, lifestyle and personal development.

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

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Freelance
May, 2011 – Present (over 8 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 (28 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

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

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

7pm to 7am Sleeping Baby Routine: The no-cry plan to help your baby sleep through the night

Charmian Mead

Help your baby sleep through the night without any tears.The early months with a new baby are exciting and magical, but can be very emotional and exhausting if sleep is disturbed night after night. Baby sleep guru Charmian Mead's flexible plan, developed from work with hundreds of families, is designed to encourage baby to sleep a full twelve hours a night, naturally, by as early as six weeks ... read more

Help your baby sleep through the night without any tears.The early months with a new baby are exciting and magical, but can be very emotional and exhausting if sleep is disturbed night after night. Baby sleep guru Charmian Mead's flexible plan, developed from work with hundreds of families, is designed to encourage baby to sleep a full twelve hours a night, naturally, by as early as six weeks ... read more

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

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

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....

Nurture: Notes and Recipes from Daylesford Farm

Lady Carole Bamford

More than 40 years ago, Carole Bamford began a journey towards a more conscious way of life. What began as a desire to make a small difference to the health and future of our planet has grown into an organic business that has won over 100 national and international awards for sustainability and excellence. From a small herd of cows and a farm shop, Daylesford has blossomed into a hugely succes... read more

More than 40 years ago, Carole Bamford began a journey towards a more conscious way of life. What began as a desire to make a small difference to the health and future of our planet has grown into an organic business that has won over 100 national and international awards for sustainability and excellence. From a small herd of cows and a farm shop, Daylesford has blossomed into a hugely succes... read more

A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st century

Gelong Thubten

We're all on a search for happiness, but we're looking in the wrong places.Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. A Monk's Guide to Happiness explains how and why we need to look within, and connect to our true essence, in order to find peace. Everyone has the potential to be happy, after all, we're all 'hardwired' for happiness.... read more

We're all on a search for happiness, but we're looking in the wrong places.Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. A Monk's Guide to Happiness explains how and why we need to look within, and connect to our true essence, in order to find peace. Everyone has the potential to be happy, after all, we're all 'hardwired' for happiness.... read more

SHAPESHIFTER: How to master the art of working with the future

Debbie Seunarayan

Organisations that make it big and survive the test of time are shapeshifters. Shapeshifters generate a strategy supple enough to adapt to changing environments and they disrupt themselves and the world around them to bring about positive change. In a volatile world that is changing at an ever-accelerating rate, it’s time our approach to strategy and innovation changed too.If your strategic th... read more

Organisations that make it big and survive the test of time are shapeshifters. Shapeshifters generate a strategy supple enough to adapt to changing environments and they disrupt themselves and the world around them to bring about positive change. In a volatile world that is changing at an ever-accelerating rate, it’s time our approach to strategy and innovation changed too.If your strategic th... read more

How to Grow a Grown Up: Preparing your teen for the real world

Dominique Thompson, Fabienne Vailes

Whether you have a teen who is struggling with exam pressure, a young adult who hasn’t settled into university life or you are curious about what lies ahead for your younger child, How to Grow a Grown Up will help you to build your child's confidence and resilience - so they can become a strong, happy and independent adult.We’re fast approaching the 3rd decade of the 21st century and it’s a ve... read more

Whether you have a teen who is struggling with exam pressure, a young adult who hasn’t settled into university life or you are curious about what lies ahead for your younger child, How to Grow a Grown Up will help you to build your child's confidence and resilience - so they can become a strong, happy and independent adult.We’re fast approaching the 3rd decade of the 21st century and it’s a ve... read more

BOSH!: How to Live Vegan

Ian Theasby, Henry David Firth

From the international phenomenon and bestselling sensation Bosh!—”the vegan Jamie Olivers” (Times, UK)—comes this fully comprehensive guide to vegan living, whether you’re thinking about adopting a plant-based lifestyle or a committed vegan looking for new information and insights. Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, delicious plant-based co... read more

From the international phenomenon and bestselling sensation Bosh!—”the vegan Jamie Olivers” (Times, UK)—comes this fully comprehensive guide to vegan living, whether you’re thinking about adopting a plant-based lifestyle or a committed vegan looking for new information and insights. Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, delicious plant-based co... read more

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control

Trisha Greenhalgh, Dr. Liz O'Riordan

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment—and beyond Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand.The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to gi... read more

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment—and beyond Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand.The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to gi... read more

The Perils of Perception: Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything

Bobby Duffy

Do you eat too much sugar? What proportion of your country are immigrants? What does it cost to raise a child? How much tax do the rich pay? Are we more ignorant than we used to be?Take a minute to answer these questions. No matter how educated you are, this book suggests you are likely to be very wrong indeed. Informed by exclusive research across 40 countries, conducted by global polling fir... read more

Do you eat too much sugar? What proportion of your country are immigrants? What does it cost to raise a child? How much tax do the rich pay? Are we more ignorant than we used to be?Take a minute to answer these questions. No matter how educated you are, this book suggests you are likely to be very wrong indeed. Informed by exclusive research across 40 countries, conducted by global polling fir... read more

The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain

Dr. Tara Swart

For the first time, a Neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer at MIT reveals the surprising science that supports The Law of Attraction as an effective tool for self-discovery and offers a guide to discovering your authentic self to access your best life now.Self-help books like The Secret show us that if we can tap into “The Law of Attraction,” we have the power to change our destiny simply by res... read more

For the first time, a Neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer at MIT reveals the surprising science that supports The Law of Attraction as an effective tool for self-discovery and offers a guide to discovering your authentic self to access your best life now.Self-help books like The Secret show us that if we can tap into “The Law of Attraction,” we have the power to change our destiny simply by res... read more

Am I Dreaming?: The New Science of Consciousness and How Altered States Reboot the Brain

James Kingsland

When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking - through so-called 'altered states of consciousness' - we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us.From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon V... read more

When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking - through so-called 'altered states of consciousness' - we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us.From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon V... read more

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Nick Hatter
Excellent job, Julia clearly knows her stuff, she helped make my book proposal much more editor-friendly and professional. I definitely got my money's worth, and her experience as a former commissioning editor herself is incredibly valuable. Her work was very thorough and her feedback has helped hone my work massively.

Nick Hatter, December 2019


Sheryl Miller
I'm so glad I chose Julia to help me with this book. She was prompt, punctual, patient, professional and friendly. And most importantly, I believe she helped me get a much better book in all respects - something that people will actually want to read. She was brutally honest but in a really nice way :) I wouldn't hesitate in working with Julia on my next book.

Sheryl Miller, November 2019


Neil PREM
Great editor. Loads of suggestions, brilliant improvements and thoughtful comments. Easy to work with and a great communicator. Will use again.

Neil PREM, June 2019


Attilio D’Alberto
I enjoyed working with Julia. She was very professional and answered all my questions promptly. The work she did on my book took it to a new professional level, which I am very happy with. Something I couldn't have done on my own. She restructured the content and made many suggestions on areas within the book as well as improving the actual text. Julia did more than I expected from her and f...
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Attilio D’Alberto, March 2019


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!

Nina Christesen, October 2017

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