Julie Frederick

Julie Frederick - Editor

Rugby, UK

Christian Fiction and History editor with over 17 years' experience. Worked in-house for Lion Hudson and Osprey before going freelance.

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Overview

I am a freelance content/copy-editor and proofreader who has worked in publishing since 2004. In that time I have edited hundreds of manuscripts comprising a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres, from crime/mystery and fantasy fiction, to military history and spirituality - and everything in between (yes, even such niche titles as British Pigs, Ghost Towns and Muscle Cars, to name a few!).

My career began at Osprey, a specialist military history publisher (a division of Bloomsbury Publishing). Since 2014, with the launch of the Lion Fiction imprint, I have been commissioned to edit many titles on this list (both structural and copy-editing). Creative, versatile and good humoured, I have a natural rapport with authors, several of whom (such as Crime Writers' Association award nominee Fiona Veitch Smith and renowned children's author Julia Golding) I have worked with on multiple projects. An avid reader and dabbler in creative writing, I have an intuitive sense of what makes a good book. I am adept at improving and fine-tuning a text, always aiming to avoid pedantry and to preserve the integrity of the authorial voice. I love my work and take pride in helping new and established authors to make their writing the best it can be.


Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romantic Suspense
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
History

Certifications

  • B.A. English (4.0 GPA)

Awards

  • Summa cum laude

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

Provide freelance editorial services including content/copy-editing and proofreading. Main clients are Osprey Publishing and Lion Hudson (and their various imprints). A dream job that enables me to work with fantastic authors on a wide and (at times) fantastically random range of books, and draws on my editorial expertise and strong people skills.

Project Editor

Lion Hudson plc
May, 2007 – June, 2008 (about 1 year)

Managed titles, both full-colour illustrated and black and white, from manuscript stage to published book, including copy-editing, liaising closely with authors and in-house production/design/editorial colleagues, and coding/styling the book for typesetting.

Desk Editor

Osprey Publishing
August, 2005 – May, 2007 (over 1 year)

Edited and proofread a wide range of military history titles, both illustrated and non-illustrated, from manuscript stage to published book, including conducting picture research and negotiating terms for picture usage.

Editorial Assistant

Osprey Publishing
August, 2004 – August, 2005 (about 1 year)

Provided administrative support for editorial department and learned the ins and outs of the publishing world. A fantastic starting point for my career in publishing with superb colleagues, many of whom I still work with on a freelance basis.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

The Death of Mungo Blackwell

Lauren H Brandenburg

A charming story of hope that will warm your heart and make your imagination soar!Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a "picker", reselling un... read more

A charming story of hope that will warm your heart and make your imagination soar!Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a "picker", reselling un... read more

The Tigers in the Tower

Golding, Julia

The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson

Brandenburg, Lauren H

A Day and a Life (The Hawk and the Dove Book 9)

Penelope Wilcock

The monastic rhythm of life at St Alcuins means that all is peaceful on the surface, but beneath there are strong currents as each monk contends with his own hopes, fears, challenges, and temptations. Not every monk is settled and secure. Sadness permeates the monastery when it is discovered early one morning that one of the novices, Brother Cedd, has disappeared. It quickly becomes clear that... read more

The monastic rhythm of life at St Alcuins means that all is peaceful on the surface, but beneath there are strong currents as each monk contends with his own hopes, fears, challenges, and temptations. Not every monk is settled and secure. Sadness permeates the monastery when it is discovered early one morning that one of the novices, Brother Cedd, has disappeared. It quickly becomes clear that... read more

Realm of Darkness (The Secret of the Journal Book 4)

C F Dunn

What's it worth, Emma? What are you willing to give in exchange?' He brought the journal within tantalising reach and, with each breath, I inhaled its age like incense, its secrets bitter-sweet and lethal. Emma has done all she can to put the past behind her. Now she has every reason to look forward to a future with Matthew and his family in the beautiful state of Maine. But, in making peace w... read more

What's it worth, Emma? What are you willing to give in exchange?' He brought the journal within tantalising reach and, with each breath, I inhaled its age like incense, its secrets bitter-sweet and lethal. Emma has done all she can to put the past behind her. Now she has every reason to look forward to a future with Matthew and his family in the beautiful state of Maine. But, in making peace w... read more

The Curious Crime

Julia Golding

Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed. Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls, and the underground network of passages inside a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a st... read more

Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed. Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls, and the underground network of passages inside a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a st... read more

Victorian Voyages: Where Did We Come From? (Curious Science)

Julia Golding, Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner, Brett Hudson

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can fait... read more

Join Harriet, Darwin's pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger's indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together. Throughout the centuries humans have been looking for answers to BIG questions - how did the universe start? Is there a God behind it? Has science explained away the need for a God, or can fait... read more

The Jazz Files (Poppy Denby Investigates Book 1)

Fiona Veitch Smith

It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette, was injured in battles with the police in 1910. Her contacts prove invaluable. Poppy lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Poppy has always wanted to be a journalist and laps up the atmosphere of the news room. Then one of the paper... read more

It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette, was injured in battles with the police in 1910. Her contacts prove invaluable. Poppy lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Poppy has always wanted to be a journalist and laps up the atmosphere of the news room. Then one of the paper... read more

The Cairo Brief (Poppy Denby Investigates Book 4)

Fiona Veitch Smith

Intrepid reporter sleuth Poppy Denby is invited to attend the auction of the Death Mask of Nefertiti. The auction is to be held on the country estate of Sir James Maddox, a famous explorer and Egyptologist. Representatives of the world's leading museums will be bidding on the mask which was found, in Egypt, under murderous circumstances. Poppy and her colleagues from The Daily Globe, who are t... read more

Intrepid reporter sleuth Poppy Denby is invited to attend the auction of the Death Mask of Nefertiti. The auction is to be held on the country estate of Sir James Maddox, a famous explorer and Egyptologist. Representatives of the world's leading museums will be bidding on the mask which was found, in Egypt, under murderous circumstances. Poppy and her colleagues from The Daily Globe, who are t... read more

The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

Andrew Wiest

In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as ind... read more

In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as ind... read more

The Traitor's Heir: Every man has a destiny. His is to betray (The Knight of Eldaran Book 1)

Anna Thayer

Young Eamon Goodhand has completed his training to join the Gauntlet, the army of the Master of the land. The Master maintains tight control of his domain by virtue of the Gauntlet, his commanders the Hands, and his ruthless second in command, the Right Hand. Eamon swears to serve the Master in opposing the villainous Wayfarers, whose depredations threaten the land. His gifts, particularly his... read more

Young Eamon Goodhand has completed his training to join the Gauntlet, the army of the Master of the land. The Master maintains tight control of his domain by virtue of the Gauntlet, his commanders the Hands, and his ruthless second in command, the Right Hand. Eamon swears to serve the Master in opposing the villainous Wayfarers, whose depredations threaten the land. His gifts, particularly his... read more

Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

JOHN C. LENNOX

Atheism is on the march in the western world, and its enemy is God. Religion, the New Atheists claim, is dangerous, it kills or poisons everything. And if religion is the problem with the world, their answer is simple: get rid of it. But are things really so straightforward? Tackling the likes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett head on, John Lennox hi... read more

Atheism is on the march in the western world, and its enemy is God. Religion, the New Atheists claim, is dangerous, it kills or poisons everything. And if religion is the problem with the world, their answer is simple: get rid of it. But are things really so straightforward? Tackling the likes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett head on, John Lennox hi... read more

The Baby Book: How to enjoy year one: revised and updated

Rachel Waddilove

Becoming a parent is one of life's greatest joys - and one of its greatest challenges. It is a time when we need a helping hand. In The Baby Book, Rachel Waddilove shares the wisdom of her considerable professional and personal experience to help parents through the first year of their child's life. This reassuring book includes advice on: - breastfeeding and bottle feeding - establishing a fl... read more

Becoming a parent is one of life's greatest joys - and one of its greatest challenges. It is a time when we need a helping hand. In The Baby Book, Rachel Waddilove shares the wisdom of her considerable professional and personal experience to help parents through the first year of their child's life. This reassuring book includes advice on: - breastfeeding and bottle feeding - establishing a fl... read more

When I Pray, What Does God Do?

David Wilkinson

What happens when we pray? Does God always answer? Why does it sometimes feel like he doesn't? Scientific developments and daily encounters with the pain of unanswered prayer can leave us wondering what to make of the whole topic. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson explores these thorny issues, sharing his insights and struggles as he engages with scientific questions, biblical examples,... read more

What happens when we pray? Does God always answer? Why does it sometimes feel like he doesn't? Scientific developments and daily encounters with the pain of unanswered prayer can leave us wondering what to make of the whole topic. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson explores these thorny issues, sharing his insights and struggles as he engages with scientific questions, biblical examples,... read more

Julie has 20 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Mark Hudson
Julie was a massive help in her very professional and imaginative copy-editing. She is alert to the small errors which creep into a manuscript, picking up repetitions, infelicitous language and grammatical slips - and in suggesting better words. She was also tactfully helpful in signalling lack of clarity in phrasing or in particular scenes, . I strongly recommend her.

Mark Hudson, October 2021


Bree Fortney
Julie is amazing! She delivers exactly what she says she will (and then some)--when she says she will! She is excellent when it comes to both the technical and creative sides of writing. Her opinions, suggestions and observations were gratefully appreciated. When I need help with another project, I will most definitely reach out to Julie. I truly can't say enough good things about her and her w...
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Bree Fortney, August 2021


Brittany Lewis
She's done it again! As always, Julie delivered amazing edits keeping with my voice as an author. I don't know what I would do without her!

Brittany Lewis, August 2021


Joy Gilman
I chose Julie Frederick to edit my book. As a first time author, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that I needed someone I could trust, someone who would grasp my specific style and retain it, while fixing errors and offering suggestions to elevate the book to a higher level. Julie did this and more. I am so grateful for her help and I would recommend her to anyone seeking an editor....
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Joy Gilman, July 2021


Paul Maitland
Working with Julie was an amazing experience. At no point did I feel her edits changed my voice; she only improved them. She was prompt, thorough, and extremely effective. I can not praise her enough. Without a doubt, she made my manuscript the best version of itself. Putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to go back to Julie for my next manuscript - no need to look elsewhere. Five stars in...
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Paul Maitland, July 2021

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