Julia King

Julia King – Editor

Former HarperCollins senior editor passionate about elegant writing, powerful storytelling, and building strong relationships with writers.


**I am currently booked out until August. If you have projects for August onwards, please reach out! I'd love to hear from you.**

Hi there! My name is Julia and I’ve been a professional book editor for over a decade. For seven years I worked in-house as a senior editor at HarperCollins before moving to freelancing, and my clients now include Penguin Random House, Harlequin, Entangled, Hachette, and Pan Macmillan. I am passionate about elegant writing, powerful storytelling, and building strong relationships with writers.

I specialise in commercial fiction, particularly romance, YA, thrillers/suspense, fantasy, paranormal, and more. I offer structural editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading services. (If you're not sure what you need, just let me know and I can help!) My approach is warm and collaborative; your vision for the book always comes first, and my authors feel supported, understood, and free to trust their own instincts.

On top of my professional experience, I have an MA in publishing, a BA in English literature, and a diploma in book editing. I am a native English speaker experienced in editing both US and UK English.

Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • MA in publishing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English literature
  • Diploma of book editing and publishing

Work experience


Jan, 2015 — Dec, 2021 (almost 7 years)

Oversaw the management and coordination of book acquisitions for HarperCollins. Edited and project-managed a range of fiction and non-fiction titles. Guided authors through the publication process, reviewed manuscript submissions and conducted in-house substantive and copy editing. Coordinated and negotiated with freelancers, authors, and clients.


Mar, 2012 — Dec, 2014 (almost 3 years)

Edited a range of fiction titles, especially romance, YA and thrillers; briefed and liaised with freelance editors to ensure quality control; supported and guided authors through the publication process; reviewed submissions; and offered sensitivity feedback to publishers and authors.

Julia has 24 reviews





Deborah F.

Deborah F.

Feb, 2024

Julia is a great editor. She copyedited my debut novel sensitively and with great skill. She was supportive and helpful throughout the whole process. I found her very approachable, which is essential for a new writer. She has polished my book and made it the best it can be. I would highly recommend working with Julia, and I would not hesitate to work with her again on my next book. Thank you fo...
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Valerie M.

Valerie M.

Oct, 2023

Julia was amazing and what a find. Her editing was exceptional and outstanding in every way. She as friendly and professional and always prompt with her responses. Her edits were extremely helpful and her knowledge and skills are refined. She is a highly talented and very skilled editor. We worked really well together and she helped me to make my work shine bright. I will defiantly use Julia as...
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Julia K.
Thank you, Valerie! It was wonderful to work with you!
Fiona H.

Fiona H.

Sep, 2023

I am delighted with Julia’s work. She was a complete professional throughout the whole process and patiently guided me through every step. Her copy edits were thorough and thoughtful and my manuscript is in infinitely better shape thanks to her expertise. She encouraged me and honoured my voice but at the same time told me what I needed to hear to make the story stronger. I so appreciated her i...
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Julia K.
Fiona was a fabulous client. Highly recommend!
Annabella E.

Annabella E.

Jun, 2024

Julia has been an amazing person to have in that key editing support role. She is so kind and thoughtful. She checks in on you during the editing process and really plays that supportive role which you very much need as a first time fiction author! Julia conducted a developmental edit for me and I would thoroughly recommend this. The feedback was detailed, thorough, considerate and professional...
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Jamie S.

Jamie S.

Jun, 2024

After Julia worked on my first novel I was so happy with her skills I did not hesitate to have her work on my second novel. Thank you Julia, this was, as you well now, very close to my heart and I feel I could not have had anyone better work on My Broken Wing Butterfly. Highly recommend.

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