Julie Blattberg

Julie Blattberg – Editor

Seasoned copyeditor and proofreader, supporting authors of high-quality fiction and nonfiction. (Helping authors look good since 1993).

Overview

Whether you're working with a literary agent, looking for representation, collaborating with a publisher, or going out on your own, I can help you fine-tune your manuscript as I've done for hundreds of professional authors. Aside from mastery of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, I'll ensure your work avoids echoes and repetition, and can perform fact-checking where needed. In addition to providing top-notch copy editing services, you'll receive a style sheet for reference, and I'd be happy to provide you with useful keywords to enhance your metadata and descriptive copy. If it's a proofread that you need, I'm well-versed in best practices for typesetting, and will be sure to point out any inaccuracies or issues with your near-final product.

In my roles as Managing Editor at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Disney Publishing, I've worked with award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors of literary and genre fiction, various nonfiction subjects, and books for children, tweens, and teens, and managed teams of production editors who specialize in developing high-quality and ready-to-market content.

As a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, I've been commissioned by Random House, Hyperion, HarperCollins, Harper, HarperTeen, HarperCollins Children's Books, Harry N. Abrams, Razorbill, Rodale, and others. You'll see some of the books I've worked on as a contractor in my Reedsy gallery.

How may I help you?

* I listen for and maintain your voice in the work.
* Pick up on inconsistencies, echoes, and word repetitions that naturally arise in prose.
* Clean up any spelling, punctuation, and grammar issues that might distract your readers.
* Perform fact-checking to ensure that your manuscript is as strong as it can be.
* Highlight suggestions for you to consider that may improve your finished book.
* Provide useful keywords and industry-specific BISAC codes for your project's positioning and metadata.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits History
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Middle Grade Romance Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2004 — Present

Copy editing and proofreading for top publishers, including HarperCollins; Penguin Group; Harry N. Abrams; Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Rodale; Random House; Hyperion; Parachute Publishing; Quirk Publishing; and Sterling Publishing.

Contemporary and historical fiction, middle grade and young adult, genre fiction, history, cookbooks and lifestyle, art and photography, biographies and memoirs.

Open Road Integrated Media

Oct, 2013 — May, 2017 (over 3 years)

In addition to running editorial and marketing operations, I successfully launched and managed Worth Books -- a short-form nonfiction imprint at Open Road. Not only did this require overseeing staff line editors and developing relationships with freelance writers, I performed a great deal of developmental editing on select manuscripts, and proofread each and every file before approving for release. As with every editorial role in my career, I hold each work to the highest standards of quality.

On the backend of publishing operations, I successfully executed on a catalog-wide review of BISAC subject codes, to ensure the greatest possible discoverability of books and authors; and commissioned, edited, or wrote hundreds of pieces of web-friendly descriptive copy.

HarperCollins Publishers

Mar, 2007 — Sep, 2013 (over 6 years)

A a senior member of the marketing team at HarperCollins Publishers, my accomplishments included running all of the corporate-branded social media channels, from content conception to creation to execution for Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and BuzzFeed*. (Articles I published on behalf of HarperCollins garnered more than 1,000,000 page views and led the industry to focus on the platform for awareness of books and authors.)

I was also instrumental in disseminating best practices for metadata for editors and marketers throughout the company, commissioned, edited, or wrote hundreds of pieces of web-optimized descriptive copy for frontlist and backlist releases.

In support of the Avon team, I provided bespoke coaching to their community of romance authors in social media and website optimization, and represented the corporate marketing team at various conferences.

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Nov, 2004 — Jul, 2005 (8 months)

Overseeing managing editorial for Disney Publishing Worldwide included leading a team of production editors responsible for the copyediting and proofreading of Disney-branded books for kids of all ages (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and coffee table books), managing global publishing schedules for global book releases, and the production of books for trade imprints for Hyperion Books for Young Readers.

HarperCollins Children's Books

Nov, 1999 — Nov, 2004 (about 5 years)

As Managing Editor, I was responsible for publishing all hardcovers and novelty formats, including board books, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and specialty items, such as books packaged with crayons or baby booties or audio elements. In this role, I supervised a team of full-time and freelance resources dedicated to producing works of fiction and nonfiction of the highest quality, for mass market and trade channels.

Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books

Dec, 1997 — Oct, 1999 (almost 2 years)

At Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, I was responsible for publishing all of mass market paperbacks. This included works of contemporary and historical romance, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries and thrillers, as well as true crime, wellness, politics, and biographies and memoirs. Paperbacks for the Star Trek imprint, as well as popular series for teens and tweens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Nancy Drew) also fell under my aegis.

HarperCollins Publishers, HarperPaperbacks and HarperPrism

Jun, 1993 — Oct, 1997 (over 4 years)

In this managing editorial role, I worked with editors in the HarperMonogram imprint to produce contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance; the HarperPrism team who published science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and pop culture, and the HarperPaperbacks group who focused on other mass market subjects such as mystery, thriller, true crime, western fiction, and women's fiction.

Portfolio

This sequel to Pittacus Lore’s Generation One is the second book in an epic new series set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series.Newcomers as well as fans of the original series will devour this fast-paced, action-packed sci... read more
Girls can rule the world—all they need is confidence. This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. It’s a paradox familiar to parents e... read more
The first book ever from an icon of American comedy--a hilarious combination of stories from his career and observations about lifeThat stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. His comedy albu... read more
Being pregnant for the first time changed Jools Oliver's life. Having longed for children since before she can remember, she was suddenly faced with an array of unfamiliar, unexpected and sometimes downright embarrassing emotional and physical reactions. And w... read more
Strong and powerful warriors of nobility and honor, the Knights of the Round Table fought for kings, rescued damsels, and undertook dangerous quests. But true love may be the most perilous quest of all Sir Lancelot, First Knight of King Arthur’s realm and the ... read more
Ten Points

Bill Strickland

Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country, just 32,044 own amateur racing licenses. There's a reason for that: Racing is not only incredibly difficult, it's downright excruciating, with the possibility for public humiliation never more than one p... read more
Forgotten New York is your passport to more than 300 years of history, architecture, and memories hidden in plain sight.Houses dating to the first Dutch settlers on Staten Island; yellow brick roads in Brooklyn; clocks embedded in the sidewalk in Manhattan; bi... read more
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."--Jimmy WalesWith more than 2,000,000 individual articles on everything from Aa! (a Japanese pop group) to Zzyzx, Calif... read more
In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-con... read more
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In the aisles of the grocery store, the menus of chain restaurants, even in one's own refrigerator, confusion about how to eat right reigns: Is low-carb good or is carbo-loading the better way to go? Fat-free or sugar-free? And when did those dreaded eggs beco... read more
Be an Idol Insider with the Official Book Celebrating 10 Years of American Idol Straight from the photo vault of America's number-one show, American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years, is the official photographic celebration of the first ten years of the television s... read more
Paul Smith: A to Z

Paul J. Smith

Paul Smith has created one of the world’s most successful fashion brands. In this richly illustrated book—which includes many photos taken by Paul Smith himself—excerpts from interviews with the designer recount his history and explain how he approaches design... read more
The French Culinary Institute’s international bread-baking course, created in 1997, is taught by some of today’s greatest artisanal bread bakers and regarded as one of the top programs in the world. The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking follows th... read more
It's time for a new generation of readers to discover the phenomenally bestselling and beloved series, told entirely in messages and texts. With a fresh look and updated cultural references, the notorious list-topping series is ready for the iPhone generation.... read more
For One More Day

Mitch Albom

This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father--and she dies wh... read more
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES** “Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune “A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times “Thirte... read more
Were World Wars I and II inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment?In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen–Winston Churc... read more
She could overcome her infamous past-but not a present-day passion. As a promise to her dying grandfather, self-proclaimed rake Sebastian Laidley has three months to marry off his childhood friend Gemma-or marry her himself. But this daughter of a notorious se... read more
Hot Spell

Emma Holly

Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent spell.
As a young man, Paul Hoffman was a brilliant chess player . . . until the pressures of competition drove him to the brink of madness.In King's Gambit, he interweaves a gripping overview of the history of the game and an in-depth look at the state of modern che... read more
One of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Book WorldOne of the Los Angeles Times’ Favorite Books of the YearOne of the Top Ten National Books of 2008, Portland OregonianA 2009 Honor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association“Few boo... read more
Jack Fletcher's heart is about to get punked.Computer technician Jack Fletcher is no hero, despite his unwelcome reputation as one. In fact, he's just been the victim of bizarre circumstances. Like now. His sister happens to disturb one of his nanoelectromecha... read more
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare… Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead wit... read more

Julie has 14 reviews

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Shawn R.

Shawn R.

May, 2024

Julie has an exceptional attention to detail who clearly made my manuscript exceptionally better because of her candidness and expertise. As a first time author, she was definitely up against a mountain of my “errors“. Her suggestions, criticisms, and corrections were conveyed to me openly, while still allowing my voice to be heard and understood.
Loris O.

Loris O.

Jan, 2024

Julie has been a pleasure to work with on the US edit of 'The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith'. I would definitely recommend her to other authors looking to tailor their work to the US market.
Maria T.

Maria T.

Dec, 2020

Julie's professionalism is truly on another level. Julie performed copy editing for my novel and prior to this, I had already worked with a professional development editor. The details Julie caught were astounding and were missed not only by my editor but also by at least 20 readers who sampled the novel. I only regret that I had not found Julie earlier as I can only imagine how much stronger m...
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Douglas J. V.

Douglas J. V.

Oct, 2020

Julie is a consummate professional, and has a gift for the written word. Her insights proved enlightening, recognizing things I would have never seen. Not only prompt and on schedule with great information, she charmed with an endearing sense of humor. I will definately collaborate with Julie again on my next project.
Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Oct, 2019

Julie did an excellent job line editing my manuscript. She offered a different perspective than the copy editor I initially worked with and was also wonderful. Her price seemed fair and her work was thorough, and punctual. Her ideas usually fit in perfectly with my writing style and she usually picked up on most of my sardonic humor. She was also very candid and honest about my project and was ...
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