Julie Scheina

Julie Scheina – Editor

I am a former senior editor at Little, Brown with over 17 years of experience editing acclaimed and bestselling children's and YA fiction.

Overview

I am a former senior editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers with over seventeen years of experience editing acclaimed and bestselling books for children and young adults. I have edited more than 200 titles across a variety of genres, from picture books and poetry collections to middle grade and young adult novels, and I bring this depth of experience and industry knowledge to every project.


Whether you are writing your first book or your fiftieth, if you choose to work with me you can expect: sincere respect for your creative vision; a thoughtful assessment of your work from an experienced editorial eye; and clear, actionable feedback to guide your next revision. I am honored that a majority of authors who’ve worked with me have chosen to work with me again.


I love collaborating with authors, helping to identify a work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that their vision is shining through from start to finish. Authors who have worked with me have called me “the very best kind of editor” (Suzanne Selfors), “my most valued editorial partner” (Margaret Stohl), “a fantastic resource of editorial wisdom for a first time novelist” (Kaia Moritz), and “everything I could have hoped for in an editor…her gentle guidance has made me actually love the revision process, something I have never experienced before” (Cheryl Renee Herbsman).


Books that I have edited have spent more than 125 combined weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and include the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; The Lucy Variations by National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr; Iron Hearted Violet by Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill; the Imaginary Veterinary series by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat; Lambda Literary Award finalist I Am J by Cris Beam; and New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop. Other clients include Bloomsbury Children’s Books (an imprint of Macmillan), Greenwillow Books (an imprint of HarperCollins), the Gernert Company, Writers House, and the Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Services
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy New Adult Picture Books Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2014 — Present

Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

Aug, 2006 — Mar, 2013 (over 6 years)

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
Nine-year-old James has always longed for swashbuckling sword fights and daring adventures. But those are hard to find in the seaside town of Grimsby, where James and his sisters are not even ... read more
Developmental Editing
A father-son monster hunter duo must save the Bay Area from an evil villain in The Monster Catchers, a madcap middle-grade fantasy debut from George Brewington.If there's something strange in ... read more
Developmental Editing
Elixir Project

Kary Oberbrunner

EVERYTHING CAN BE HACKED, EVEN THE TRUTH.Will this fact set Sienna free or plunge her into an even bigger lie?Sienna Lewis lives in a world constantly threatened by a hacktivist group known as... read more
Developmental Editing
The Butterfly Code

Sue Wyshynski

I should be dead. But someone has made me perfect. My name is Aeris Thorne. Right now, I should be dead. By all the logic in this world, I should be shattered to pieces. How fast was I going o... read more
Developmental Editing
When he was six, Johnny’s parents gave their lives to defeat the Anunnaki and free Earth. Except they failed. Ten years of training later, a reluctant Johnny is the best cadet in the Watcher r... read more
Developmental Editing
From the imagination of blink-182’s award-winning author Tom DeLonge, the Strange Times crew first debuted in the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain. Now teamed-up... read more
Developmental Editing
In the sixth and final book in the highly imaginative The Secret Zoo series, the Shadowist has taken control of the Secret Zoo and only Noah and his friends, both human and animal, can stop hi... read more
Developmental Editing
Livy Hinge thinks that her biggest worries are the bully next door, the mysterious ingredients lurking in her mother’s Everything Casserole, and the tricky dilemmas her overactive imagination ... read more
Developmental Editing
Roomies

Sara Zarr

The countdown to college has begun.When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mi... read more
Developmental Editing
Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. But without music in her life, Lucy's not sure who... read more
Developmental Editing
Altered

Jennifer Rush

They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering t... read more
Developmental Editing
Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family and her best friends and, most important, she had Sarah. Sarah, her girlfriend, with whom she dreamed with about the ... read more
Developmental Editing
Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports ... read more
Developmental Editing
I Am J

Cris Beam

A powerful and inspiring story about a transgender teen's struggle to find his own path -- and love his true self. J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would un... read more
Developmental Editing
The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long ... read more
Developmental Editing
Jane

April Lindner

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock st... read more
Developmental Editing
2013 BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL.I never believed in ghosts.Until one tried to kill me.When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn't real... read more
Developmental Editing
Icons

Margaret Stohl

Ro murmurs into my ear. "Don't be afraid, Dol. They're not coming for us." Still, he slips his arm around me and we wait until the sky is clear. Because he doesn't know. Not really.Everything ... read more
Developmental Editing
The first book in a lush gothic fantasy series for younger readers of Charlaine Harris and fans of Cassandra Clare.Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever se... read more
Developmental Editing
Bitter End

Jennifer Brown

He told me he loved me and I believed him. When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her... read more
Developmental Editing
Start counting your votes . . . and your friends.When Brianna Justice's hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president ... read more
Developmental Editing
The Storm Makers

Jennifer E. Smith

What if you had the power to control the weather?What starts as an ordinary summer turns exciting and perilous for twins Ruby and Simon when strange occurrences begin happening on their farm -... read more
Developmental Editing
Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance embark on a daring new adventure that threatens to force them apart from their families, friends, and even each othe... read more
Developmental Editing
Smells Like Dog

Suzanne Selfors

Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two ... read more
Developmental Editing
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather'... read more
Developmental Editing
When all the humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, begins the search for his family. He knows that if he can just find Madame Curie, a wise, old black Lab, she'll be... read more
Developmental Editing
Iron Hearted Violet

Kelly Barnhill

Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill spins a wondrously different kind of fairy-tale: In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. But this i... read more
Developmental Editing
Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon. Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than a... read more
Developmental Editing

Julie has 9 reviews

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Hannah C.

Hannah C.

Jan, 2024

Julie is an editor of the highest calibre and I'm so glad I found her to help me take my manuscript to the next level. She really understands what my story is trying to say which is so important, and her insights are so sharp, exactly what I need at this stage of my revision process. What I absolutely love is how she has made many suggestions that have challenged and inspired me, and on top of ...
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Brian C.

Brian C.

Aug, 2023

I absolutely loved working with Julie! She is a clear communicator and easy collaborator. Great sounding board for the story, but also gave me great advice regarding what the book cover could look like and tips on marketing. Don't just sit there, this is your next editor!!
Kira B.

Kira B.

Apr, 2023

Julie was fantastic to work with! Not only did she complete the project ahead of schedule, her feedback was thorough and extremely insightful. She gave general feedback as well as chapter-specific notes that I'm immediately implementing. I'm now on my way to ironing out a few plot holes and polishing a manuscript for agent querying!
Ben M.

Ben M.

Jul, 2022

I loved working with Julie. I’m grateful she gave me a shot and took me on. Her insight and talent for spotting how to make a story better are amazing, and she communicates it in a way that’s understandable and productive. She is also very kind, and very generous with her time. I’m definitely planning on working with her again.
Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Jun, 2022

Julie is thoughtful, thorough, and detailed in her picture book critiques. Specific direction on theme, rhyme, word choice, and pacing helped my manuscript tremendously. She is punctual and professional. I highly recommend Julie.

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