Julie Breihan

Julie Breihan - Editor

Franklin, TN, USA

Editor with over twenty-five years’ experience. Thorough and diligent, I strive to be fun to work with and to make your book shine!

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I am a freelance editor who has been in the publishing business for over twenty-five years. I got my undergrad in elementary education at Texas A&M. I realized pretty quickly teaching eight-year-olds was not in my wheelhouse and went back to school to get my master's in English. Shortly afterward I began working as a freelance proofreader and editor. Over the years I have worked for multiple publishing houses and with many individual clients.

I specialize in line editing, copy editing, and substantive editing, but I also do some proofing on the side. I work on lots of different genres, including novels (historical and contemporary), picture books, Christian living, humor, business, finance and business, politics, cookbooks. I really love it all, and I have found that working on a variety of genres and topics keeps me sharp and entertained, which makes work a pleasure and every new project an adventure.

My passion is to work with authors to make their books the very best they can be and to make their voice and vision for their work come alive. It's no small thing to finally put pen to page and write the book you've always been dreaming of writing, and then it's even more stressful to turn your baby over to a stranger to take their red pen to it and critique it. It's a very vulnerable position to be in, and I consider it a privilege when someone entrusts their work to me. It's my job to hone a story so that your work can shine!

Getting a quote: I prefer to work with a flat fee, so when you contact me if you would give me a word count and a time frame and some idea of the kind of work you are looking for, that would an awesome starting place. If you don't know the answer to that last question, that's okay. We can figure that out together and then I can give you more details about the process and what it would cost.

I am looking forward to helping you make your dream of being a published author come true with a quality of work you can always be proud of!
English (US)
Business & Management
Christian Non-Fiction
Christian Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience

Freelance editor

January, 1992 – Present (over 30 years)

HarperCollins (formerly for Thomas Nelson): 1992 to present
Hatchett (formerly for Worthy): 2014 to present
Harvest House: 2016 to present
LifeWay: 2014 to present
Creative Enterprise Studios: 2015 to present
Chartwell Literary Group: 2015 to present
Richmond & Williams (book design and editorial): 2015 to present
Turner Publishing: 2015 to present
Bible Belles: 2014 to present

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Bright Unknown

Younts, Elizabeth Byler


James, Steven

The Summer House

Denton, Lauren K.

The DeVine Devils

Spillman, Jeremy

The Piper's Pursuit

Dickerson, Melanie

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Sinise, Gary, Brotherton, Marcus

Built, Not Born: A Self-Made Billionaire's No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs

Tom Golisano, Mike Wicks, Mike Terry, HarperCollins Leadership

The Perfect Love Song

Henry , Patti Callahan

Julie has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nathan Robin
Working or trying to work with Julie and the brief communications we had was both professional and open. Didn’t get to see her expertise on my project yet because of unforeseen personal challenges. Yet I’m still confident and convinced she’s the editor for my project and many more to follow. She has a great personality, and pleasant and looking forward to when we can actually work together!!!

Nathan Robin, March 2022

james canedy
I couldn't recommend Julie more for your copy editing needs. Timely, collaborative, supportive and encouraging, honest and suggestive, detailed, thorough! Fun. I hope that I get the opportunity to work with her on future projects, but as a first time author of a fiction novel, the service exceeded my expectations! Thank you Julie!

james canedy, March 2021

Brian Coles
Julie has a superb, detail-oriented and conscientious approach to editing with a positive flare. My work is substantially better because of her efforts. I am completely satisfied and I highly recommend her!

Brian Coles, February 2021

Jessica Moore
I absolutely loved working with Julie. She really took the time to go through my work and make it better, without getting rid of my own personal voice of the story. She was very communicative during the process and made sure I was well taken care of.

Jessica Moore, September 2020

Julie Breihan
Thank you, Jessica! It was such a pleasure to work with you on your awesome book! Again, thank you for entrusting your words and vision to me. I consider that a real privilege. Best wishes on the s...
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Nejib Adem
Working with Julie was a pleasant and professional experience. Her developmental and line edit works she turned to me were incredible. I felt like she understood the voice of my story and was able to guide me in the right direction. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for editing services. I look forward to working with her again on my next project. Thank you Julie, for helping me sh...
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Nejib Adem, August 2020

Julie Breihan
Thank you so much, Nejib! It was a privilege to work on your book and you were a delight to work with. Thank you again for entrusting your amazing and important story to me. I look forward to worki...
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