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Julie Blattberg

Julie Blattberg - Editor

New York, United States

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

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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
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Historical Fiction Literature Romance Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editorial Consulting

Self-employed
November, 2004 – Present (about 13 years)

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.

VP, Strategic Operations and Chief of Staff

Open Road Integrated Media
October, 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.

Director, Marketing Content

HarperCollins Publishers
March, 2007 – September, 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.

Director, Managing Editorial

Disney Publishing Worldwide
November, 2004 – July, 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.

Managing Editor

HarperCollins Children's Books
November, 1999 – November, 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.

Managing Editor

Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
December, 1997 – October, 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.

Associate Managing Editor, Marketing Manager

HarperCollins Publishers, HarperPaperbacks and HarperPrism
June, 1993 – October, 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 (22 selected works)

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street Series Book 1)

Samantha Young

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 without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shak... 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 without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shak... read more

Steamed: A Steampunk Romance

Katie MacAlister

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 nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren't where they're supposed to be. In fact, they're not sure where they are when......they wake... 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 nanoelectromechanical system experiments, and now they aren't where they're supposed to be. In fact, they're not sure where they are when......they wake... read more

The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars

Andrew X. Pham

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 books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the ­foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective... 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 books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the ­foreign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective... read more

King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game

Paul Hoffman

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 chess into the story of his own attempt to get his game back up to master level--without losing his mind. It's also a father and son story,... read more

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 chess into the story of his own attempt to get his game back up to master level--without losing his mind. It's also a father and son story,... read more

Hot Spell

Emma Holly, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook

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.

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.

Scandal's Daughter (Berkley Sensation)

Christine Wells

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 seductress has inherited her mother's charms, and when she turns them on Sebastian, he'll long to be the only man who wins her heart.

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 seductress has inherited her mother's charms, and when she turns them on Sebastian, he'll long to be the only man who wins her heart.

Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World

Patrick J. Buchanan

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 Churchill first among them–the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have co... 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 Churchill first among them–the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have co... read more

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

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 “Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered” You can’t ... 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 “Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered” You can’t ... 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 while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he d... read more

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 while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he d... read more

ttyl - 10th Anniversary update and reissue (The Internet Girls)

Lauren Myracle

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. First published in 2004 (holy moly!), ttyl and its sequels follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three ver... 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. First published in 2004 (holy moly!), ttyl and its sequels follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three ver... read more

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

French Culinary Institute

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 the outline of the FCI’s complete 12-week bread-making course. Serving not only as a reference in the classroom, but also as a guide for p... 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 the outline of the FCI’s complete 12-week bread-making course. Serving not only as a reference in the classroom, but also as a guide for p... 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. This talented creator finds inspiration everywhere: personal photographs, musicians, scrawled messages on Post-it notes, electronic ga... read more

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. This talented creator finds inspiration everywhere: personal photographs, musicians, scrawled messages on Post-it notes, electronic ga... read more

American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years

Shirley Halperin

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 show that changed the face of music and popular culture throughout the world. Vaulting contestants from obscurity to mega stardom in a se... 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 show that changed the face of music and popular culture throughout the world. Vaulting contestants from obscurity to mega stardom in a se... read more

The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition: Your completely delicious guide to eating well, looking great, and staying lean for life!

Joel Weber, Mike Zimmerman

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 become a health food? Americans are hungrier than ever for clear-cut answers to their most perplexing food questions, but aprivate nutrition... read more

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 become a health food? Americans are hungrier than ever for clear-cut answers to their most perplexing food questions, but aprivate nutrition... read more

The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm, Book 3): Bk.3 by Michael Buckley (1-Sep-2007) Paperback

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Lily Collins

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-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, unde... 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-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, unde... read more

The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia

Andrew Lih

"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, California, written by an army of volunteer contributors, Wikipedia is the #8 site on the World Wide Web. Created (and corrected) by anyone w... 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, California, written by an army of volunteer contributors, Wikipedia is the #8 site on the World Wide Web. Created (and corrected) by anyone w... read more

Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis

Kevin Walsh

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; bishop's crook lampposts in Queens; and a white elephant in the Bronx—this is New York and this is your guide to seeing it all. Forgotten ... 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; bishop's crook lampposts in Queens; and a white elephant in the Bronx—this is New York and this is your guide to seeing it all. Forgotten ... 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 pedal away. So when Natalie, Bill Strickland's preschool-aged daughter, asked him if he could win ten points during one racing season -- ... read more

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 pedal away. So when Natalie, Bill Strickland's preschool-aged daughter, asked him if he could win ten points during one racing season -- ... read more

Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot

Gwen Rowley

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 Queen’s champion, cannot be defeated by any earthly man—as long as he keeps his oaths to Arthur and Guinevere. Though arrogant and supre... 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 Queen’s champion, cannot be defeated by any earthly man—as long as he keeps his oaths to Arthur and Guinevere. Though arrogant and supre... read more

Minus Nine to One : The Diary of an Honest Mum

JOOLS OLIVER

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 when Poppy (and a year later Daisy) was born she had to learn a whole new set of skills. From trying to conceive and a first positive pre... 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 when Poppy (and a year later Daisy) was born she had to learn a whole new set of skills. From trying to conceive and a first positive pre... read more

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

Bob Newhart

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 albums, movies, and two hit television series have made him a national treasure and placed him firmly in the pantheon of comedy legends. Who... 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 albums, movies, and two hit television series have made him a national treasure and placed him firmly in the pantheon of comedy legends. Who... read more

Julie has 2 reviews

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James Colannino

Thank you!

, December 2017


Mark Oleksiw

Julie's input into my novel was of tremendous value. She picked up on numerous items which I had not noticed through multiple editing cycles. Her contribution was appreciated. She communicated in a timely manner and was very supportive throughout the process. I would recommend her without reservation and look forward to working with her again. Thanks!

, October 2017

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