Julianna Haubner

Julianna Haubner - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Professional editor with experience in historical/literary/upmarket women’s fiction and general nonfiction, ready to help you at any stage.

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Overview

I am an editor at Simon & Schuster with experience editing literary, historical, and upmarket women’s fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction, history, and biography. I have edited a number of New York Times bestsellers and award-winning writers across those categories at every stage of publication, from proposal to outline to draft and revision. You can find details on the books I've edited below, and I'm happy to discuss or answer any questions about my involvement with them.

I am happy to help you develop your project in any way, whether it's a query letter for agents, a proposal, or a full manuscript that's in need of a fresh set of eyes, from line editing to broader editorial memos. My particular strength is length management and broader narrative structure, but I am also able to assist in line editing, character development, and plot progression in both nonfiction and fiction. I believe that the editorial process is a collaborative one, and always take an author's lead when it comes to my approach. I also am a voracious reader in my spare time, and have a close eye on the current retail and reader landscape. I'm a master at finding comparative titles and figuring out the ideal reader for your project.

*Please note that my services as a freelance editor are separate from my day job. Any editing or feedback given on your work is mine alone, and does not reflect the views of or any implicit endorsement or work with my employer.*
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Political Science & Current Affairs
True Crime
Fiction
Coming of Age
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course (2014)

Work experience

Editor

Simon & Schuster / Avid Reader Press
September, 2014 – Present (over 7 years)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

Garrett M. Graff

The award-winning journalist and author of Raven Rock shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001—a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends, and family members.Over the last eighteen years, much has been written and said about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the profound impact ... read more

The award-winning journalist and author of Raven Rock shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001—a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends, and family members.Over the last eighteen years, much has been written and said about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the profound impact ... read more

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Joe Posnanski

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this day.Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burial... read more

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this day.Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burial... read more

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

Molly Schiot

“The embrace of women’s sports sometimes feels almost like a political act...Molly Schiot’s Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History is so valuable.” —The Wall Street Journal “A thoughtful, exhaustively researched, and long-overdue tribute to the women who have paved the way for the likes of Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Simone Biles, and more.” —espnW Based on the Instagram accou... read more

“The embrace of women’s sports sometimes feels almost like a political act...Molly Schiot’s Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History is so valuable.” —The Wall Street Journal “A thoughtful, exhaustively researched, and long-overdue tribute to the women who have paved the way for the likes of Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Simone Biles, and more.” —espnW Based on the Instagram accou... read more

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Manjula Martin

A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world.In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their... read more

A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world.In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their... read more

Paris, 7 A.M.

Liza Wieland

The acclaimed, award-winning author of A Watch of Nightingales imagines in a sweeping and stunning novel what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of World War II.June 1937. Elizabeth Bishop, still only a young woman and not yet one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, arrives in France with her ... read more

The acclaimed, award-winning author of A Watch of Nightingales imagines in a sweeping and stunning novel what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of World War II.June 1937. Elizabeth Bishop, still only a young woman and not yet one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, arrives in France with her ... read more

Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

Garrett M. Graff

The shocking truth about the government’s secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil—even if the rest of us die—is “a frightening eye-opener” (Kirkus Reviews) that spans the dawn of the nuclear age to today, and "contains everything one could possibly want to know" (The Wall Street Journal).Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold first Helicopter Squadron, codenamed “MUSSE... read more

The shocking truth about the government’s secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil—even if the rest of us die—is “a frightening eye-opener” (Kirkus Reviews) that spans the dawn of the nuclear age to today, and "contains everything one could possibly want to know" (The Wall Street Journal).Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold first Helicopter Squadron, codenamed “MUSSE... read more

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man

Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “GRIPPING…THIS YARN HAS IT ALL.” —USA TODAY * “A WONDERFUL BOOK.” —Christian Science Monitor * “ENTHRALLING.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * “A MUST-READ.” —Booklist (starred review) A human drama unlike any other—the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianap... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “GRIPPING…THIS YARN HAS IT ALL.” —USA TODAY * “A WONDERFUL BOOK.” —Christian Science Monitor * “ENTHRALLING.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * “A MUST-READ.” —Booklist (starred review) A human drama unlike any other—the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianap... read more

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York Magazine

The Editors of New York Magazine

New York, the city. New York, the magazine. A celebration.The great story of New York City in the past half-century has been its near collapse and miraculous rebirth. A battered town left for dead, one that almost a million people abandoned and where those who remained had to live behind triple deadbolt locks, was reinvigorated by the twinned energies of starving artists and financial white kn... read more

New York, the city. New York, the magazine. A celebration.The great story of New York City in the past half-century has been its near collapse and miraculous rebirth. A battered town left for dead, one that almost a million people abandoned and where those who remained had to live behind triple deadbolt locks, was reinvigorated by the twinned energies of starving artists and financial white kn... read more

Perfect Tunes

Emily Gould

“Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation.” —STEPHANIE DANLER “Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and par­enthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page.” —EMMA STRAUB... read more

“Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation.” —STEPHANIE DANLER “Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and par­enthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page.” —EMMA STRAUB... read more

SAM: One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

Jonathan Waldman

A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers—far from the Silicon Valley limelight—and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks.Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive themselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one—from MIT nerds to Army Corp... read more

A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers—far from the Silicon Valley limelight—and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks.Humans have landed men on the moon, programmed cars to drive themselves, and put the knowledge of our entire civilization in your back pocket. But no one—from MIT nerds to Army Corp... read more

Watergate: A New History

Graff, Garrett M.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Sow, Aminatou, Friedman, Ann

Butts: A Backstory

Radke, Heather

The Encyclopedia of New York

The Editors of New York Magazine

Julianna has 7 reviews

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Amanda Vitale
Julianna provided insightful feedback with clear direction on how to improve transitions and character development. I highly recommend working with her!

Amanda Vitale, April 2022


Matt McMahon
Even without reading my book, she was able to pinpoint exactly where my query letter was and was not conveying what I wanted to highlight. Her suggestions led me to rethink how to portray the narrative arc to capture the uniqueness of the book.

Matt McMahon, December 2020

Julianna Haubner
Matt, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed our collaboration, and that my feedback was helpful. You provided great material to work with! I wish you the best of luck in finding representation for y...
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Robin Bourn
Julianna is an outstanding editor. She has carefully read the lengthy draft of my novel (split into two because it's too long) and gave me excellent suggestions (editorial assessment) on what needs to be changed, how it can be shortened, and how it can be streamlined. She gave me 8-page-long feedback with specific focuses on narrative, pacing, and plot. Just about the right amount; more than th...
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Robin Bourn, October 2020

Julianna Haubner
Thank you so much, Robin! I’m glad that my feedback was helpful, and am excited to see the next stages of your work.

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Kristina Younger
Julianna provided excellent feedback for my non-fiction narrative. In a relatively quick turn around time (one month), she pointed out ways to better tell the story in a more concise manner along with several other suggestions.

Kristina Younger, July 2020


Michael Muxworthy
She lied about reading the book. We agreed on very specific needs and she didn't even mention them in her edit. She read ONE chapter and looked at keywords throughout the book

Michael Muxworthy, April 2020

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