"Julie is such a pleasure to work with and in all my book projects, I felt full confidence in her talent and ability in editing my manuscript. She has such a gift for helping to shape a manuscript into the best form it can be without affecting my voice or the goals of my message. Julie is also a great encourager and supporter during the whole editing process!"
– Tracie Miles, author of six best-selling books and Founder of the Living Unbroken Divorce Recovery Program, Director of COMPEL Writers Training at Proverbs 31 Ministries
With decades of experience working as both a writer and an editor, I've published/edited with large publishers across both the CBA and ABA (HarperCollins, Zondervan, David C Cook, etc.), as well as with smaller publishers (Mercer, Revell, WaterBooks, ClearSky, Rockhaven, University of Mississippi Press, and others). I've also helped many self-published authors polish their work for publication.
In addition to traditionally publishing four award-winning novels, a work of creative non-fiction, and two children's books (all of which have landed on bestseller lists--whether regional, national, or international), I've contributed as a writer and/or editor to more than 20 anthologies, devotionals, and non-fiction works.
I've also edited proposals that have led authors to sign six-figure publishing deals, and I've edited works across nearly every genre including book club/upmarket fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, inspirational fiction, devotionals, memoir, romance, and creative non-fiction, and more. I've served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review, and I'm equally pleased to work with self-published versus traditionally-published authors.
By working on all sides of the publishing process--as author, editor, and reader--I understand the expectations of all involved. I encourage all writers to find their voice, and I'd love to help you share your stories.
From New York Times bestselling author Julie Cantrell comes a story of family and the Southern roots that call us home.“If Julie Cantrell isn’t on your reading list, she should be.” —Lisa WingateYears ago, Lovey chose to leave her family and the South far behind. But now that she’s returned, she’s realizing things at home were not always what they seemed.Eva Sutherland—known to all as Lovey—gr... read more
“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.” In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best f... read more
In a few hours, Millie will say “I do” to Bump Anderson, a man who loves her through and through. But would he love her if he knew the secret she keeps?Millie’s mind is racing and there seems to be no clear line between right and wrong. Either path leads to pain, and she’ll do anything to protect the ones she loves. So she decides to bury the truth and begin again, helping Bump launch a ranch ... read more
Millie is just a girl. But she’s the only one strong enough to break the family cycle.In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. For answers,Millie turns to the Gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key... read more
A story of mercy, miracles, and melody—and above all else: love.During the Great Depression, Fred Allen is born poor and hungry in the shadow of rural Georgia’s infamous cotton mills. By the time Fred is three years old, he can play hymns on the piano without missing a note. In kindergarten, he amazes adults with Chopin. Terrified that Fred’s genius is proof of a curse, his parents lock away t... read more
In this book, furry friends reveal that even the biggest and bravest of God’s creatures feel frightened sometimes. This comforting story allows parents to build stronger bonds with their children while reminding readers of all ages that fear, loneliness, and hopelessness can be alleviated when we put our trust in God. The story ends with an easy-to-remember Bible verse that teaches children ab... read more
For a child, so many things can happen in one day. Sometimes the world outside is a scary place. There is so much to be discovered and understood and at times the adventure is simply overwhelming.This story reminds kids that God is always present. He is a protector who never stops caring for all children each day through. With comforting pictures of lovable critters that seem to have similar f... read more
A SECOND BLOOMING is a collection of essays by twenty-one authors who are emerging from the chrysalis they built for their younger selves and transforming into the women they are meant to be. They are not all elders, but all have embraced the second half of their lives with a generative spirit.Anne Lamott writes about finding herself by rejecting her false selves. Mary Karr shares wisdom from ... read more
Contributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, Joe Formichella, Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson, River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman, Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thom... read more
Part book club meeting, part costume party, part come-as-you-are, the Pulpwood Queens annual Girlfriend Weekend is an extravaganza none who've ever attended will forget. This 20th anniversary commemorative book is like Girlfriend Weekend itself--a warm, wise, tender celebration of friends, reading, and all the ways books bring us together. --Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of ... read more
In response to the “thousand year flood” of 2015 in South Carolina, eighteen beloved and bestselling authors graciously contributed a water-themed story, essay, novel excerpt, or poem to this heart-warming and thought-provoking anthology. Like a winding river, their words meander through memories and nostalgia or swell in a fit of faith, fear, or questioning. Some offer lessons learned by the ... read more
WHEN A CASSEROLE OR A GREETING CARD ISN’T ENOUGH. Grief is one of life’s toughest challenges. During such times it is difficult to know where to turn. Yet in the midst of your deepest despair, God reveals Himself and His promises for a better tomorrow. The NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible works to bring a peaceful sense—in the midst of the coldest winter—that spring will one day come again. The ... read more
The Seven Hills Review 2014 presents the winners of the 2013 Seven Hills Literary Contest and 2013 Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest. These award-winning authors hail from across the United States and some from other countries as well. The collection includes short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, the text of children's picture books, poetry, and haiku. All judging in the contest i... read more
In 1830, a treaty was signed. In 1830, hearts broke. Tears fell on the long journey for twenty thousand. The Choctaw Nation was forced to leave their homelands to preserve their people. But they could not save them all.For this collection of short stories, Choctaw authors from five U.S. states come together to present a part of their ancestors’ journey, a way to honor those who walked the trai... read more
Mississippians is a coffee-table book featuring the most famous and notable individuals from the state of Mississippi from Elvis, Oprah and Faulkner to the little-known Mississippians living extraordinary lives. The bookfeatures more than 250 Mississippians, including work from Mississippi's top writers and photographers.
Mothering is an adventure to be sure--from diaper changes and potty training to car pools and soccer games, a mom's life is full of adventures with her children. But it's not only about the kids. Mothering is also an adventure in personal growth. And that's what moms are invited to enjoy as they read The Mommy Diaries.With contributions from a variety of authors and speakers familiar to today'... read more
Your Husband Can Be the Best Dad Ever!Want to encourage your husband to get more involved in parenting? Let Dad be Dad. It sounds so simple--but thousands of moms struggle with entrusting their child to someone whose parenting style is different from their own, even if he is their childs father! Make Room for Daddy shows you how to lighten up and encourage the father of your child to do what h... read more
Mom! Get Real . . . and Get Free!Are you tired of constantly trying―and failing―to be a perfect mom? Stop beating yourself up and let the truth about motherhood set you free! Real Moms debunks the “good mom” fallacies that have weighed you down by giving you some liberating “real mom” truths. This book punctures such mothering myths as: · Good moms look good all the time.· Good moms keep every... read more
What would it look like if you hand over all your uncertainty and fears to God and, instead, proactively join Father God in the development process of your unborn child? The beautiful and powerful prayers in this devotional will guide you on that journey from conception to birth. You will:Learn how your baby is growing and developing week by week as your pregnancy progressesPray for your baby’... read more
Her desperate decision during World War II changed everything. Now, 70 years later, her secret is unraveling.At ninety years old, Audrey Thorpe still lives in a historic mansion on palm-tree-lined Victory Drive, determined to retain her independence. But when her health begins to fade, her family hires a part-time caretaker, Laurel. The two women seem to bond—until Audrey disappears. Unbeknown... read more
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I am an Associate Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, with 8 years' experience of working with middle grade and young adult novels.