Julia King

Julia King – Editor

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

Overview

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.

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

Work experience

HarperCollins

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.

Harlequin

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 13 reviews

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Johanna J.

Johanna J.

Feb, 2024

Julia has been the most amazing developmental editor! She has been honest, understanding, patient. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with my story. Thank you Julia!
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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Roger C.

Roger C.

Feb, 2024

I found Julia to be incredibly professional. She edited my manuscript without delay. She helped not just with grammar but with all aspects of writing. She gave me good guidance for adapting my story to a target audience. This was my first experience having someone read my work which creates some anxiety but she made me feel very comfortable. Highly recommend Julia King!!!
Lynne S.

Lynne S.

Jan, 2024

Julie's review was incredibly helpful and her editorial letter was just what I needed to do a hard revision on the book. She has a great way of giving feedback in a manner that is constructive and encouraging. I would highly recommend Julia.
Anthony A.

Anthony A.

Jan, 2024

This is my third time working with Julia. I feel very safe having her review my work. She is a joy to work with, and I can recommend her enough.

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