Julie Ehlers

Julie Ehlers - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Copy editor with 25+ years of experience in fiction and nonfiction, YA and adult, trade and academic, and all genres.

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In my 25+ years of experience as a copy editor, I've worked full-time for several academic presses and freelanced for several trade publishers. This depth and breadth of experience translates into versatility, flexibility, and most importantly, the editorial thoughtfulness and eagle eye that are vital in a good copy editor and proofreader. You can trust me to help make your manuscript the best it can be.

Please see the bottom of my profile for more details on my work experience, as well as a select list of titles I've worked on.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance copy editor/proofreader

April, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

I'm a freelance copy editor and proofreader working on books for children and adults. Recent clients include Penguin Random House, Quirk Books, University of Pennsylvania Press, and Chooseco (publisher of Choose Your Own Adventure). See the bottom of my profile for a partial list of titles I've worked on.

Senior production project editor

American Association for Cancer Research
February, 2013 – December, 2021 (almost 9 years)

Among other duties, I copyedited research articles and news items for Cancer Discovery, a well-regarded research journal.

Associate editor

Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group
March, 2008 – February, 2013 (almost 5 years)

I managed a list of 40 academic journals covering a range of topics in the behavioral sciences (psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, human sexuality, social work). I didn't do any copyediting during this time, but I learned a lot about my designated subjects, which has been helpful in subsequent copyediting work.

Senior production editor

The Haworth Press/Harrington Park Press (imprint)
September, 1995 – March, 2008 (over 12 years)

I worked as a production editor for more than 12 years for a small academic and trade press, where I gained vast experience copyediting trade books (LGBTQ* romance, mystery, literary fiction, memoir, essays) and academic journal articles (LGBTQ* studies, gender studies, social sciences, humanities, and library and information sciences).

Portfolio (38 selected works)

Dare to Know: A Novel

Kennedy, James

Lone Women: A Novel

LaValle, Victor

Hello Beautiful: A Novel

Napolitano, Ann

To the Edge

Abbott, Cameron

Inside Out

Carrera, Juliet

The Flight of the Unicorn (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Deborah Lerme Goodman, Suzanne Nugent

The Warlock and the Unicorn (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Deborah Lerme Goodman, Suzanne Nugent, Marco Cannella

Antarctica! (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Lily Simonson, Vladimir Semionov, Iris Muddy

Julie has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Amanda Gauvin
Julie did an excellent job with my short story manuscript. Her price was reasonable, and her work was quick and efficient.

Amanda Gauvin, October 2021

Angela Conway
Julie was easy to communicate with and responsive to any questions I had. She finished the work in the time frame given and provided valuable feedback on my project.

Angela Conway, May 2021

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