Julie Von Bergen

Julie Von Bergen - Editor

Chicago, USA

I'm a nonfiction copyeditor with 15 years' experience. You have the subject knowledge; let me help you make your book the best it can be.

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Overview


I edit nonfiction, often for nonprofits and professional associations. Most of my experience is in the field of urban planning, the environment, hazards, and community equity, with projects ranging from magazines and books to research reports. My authors are usually subject matter experts who need an editor to tie everything together and make the work ready for a larger audience.

I'm thorough, meet deadlines, and work to make a manuscript the best it can be for the author and the reader. Consistency, clarity, and customer service are my driving principles. I track all my changes, fix what needs fixing, and suggest ways to improve copy. I want to be your partner!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Design
Humanities & Social Sciences

Work experience

Copyeditor

Self-employed
August, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Senior Editor

American Planning Association
December, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

Current and past projects include:
• copyediting feature stories, news briefs, reports, white papers, academic articles, footnotes and endnotes, and legal commentaries
• writing captions and text for graphics that explain and enhance the story
• maintaining consistency of house style, branding elements, and quality of print and online publications
• establishing production schedules and collaborating with in-house design staff and outside vendors, including designers, freelance writers, and printers
• editing books, including manuscript editing, copyediting, and working with in-house and freelance graphic designers, indexers, and printers


Tools and Skills
• Microsoft Office, InCopy, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat
• Style guides: Chicago Manual of Style, AP Stylebook
• Spoken and written French, advanced level

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies

Ann Forsyth, Emily Salomon, Laura Smead

Good housing. Easy transit. Food access. Green spaces. Gathering places. Everybody wants to live in a healthy neighborhood. Bridging the gap between research and practice, it maps out ways for cities and towns to help their residents thrive in placed designed for living well, approaching health from every side – physical mental, and social.

Good housing. Easy transit. Food access. Green spaces. Gathering places. Everybody wants to live in a healthy neighborhood. Bridging the gap between research and practice, it maps out ways for cities and towns to help their residents thrive in placed designed for living well, approaching health from every side – physical mental, and social.

Rural by Design: Planning for Town and Country

Randall Arendt

For America's suburbs, small cities, and rural areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design. With 80 percent new material, the second edition of this planning classic shifts the focus to infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. New chapters cover ... read more

For America's suburbs, small cities, and rural areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design. With 80 percent new material, the second edition of this planning classic shifts the focus to infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. New chapters cover ... read more

The Ethical Planning Practitioner

Jerry Weitz

If a local college gives a city planner tickets to a sold-out football game, is it wrong to take them ― even if the planner pays? Should a planning consultant bid on a project that has a clearly unrealistic timeframe? Can a planning director moonlight for another agency? For practicing planners, potential ethics violations abound, and the eye of public scrutiny never blinks. Planners need a gu... read more

If a local college gives a city planner tickets to a sold-out football game, is it wrong to take them ― even if the planner pays? Should a planning consultant bid on a project that has a clearly unrealistic timeframe? Can a planning director moonlight for another agency? For practicing planners, potential ethics violations abound, and the eye of public scrutiny never blinks. Planners need a gu... read more

Planning Chicago

D. Bradford Hunt, Jon B DeVries

In this volume the authors tell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicago’s famous lakefront, and encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other... read more

In this volume the authors tell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicago’s famous lakefront, and encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other... read more

Qualitative Analysis for Planning & Policy: Beyond the Numbers

John Gaber, Sharon Gaber

This book explains how to use and adapt these techniques and how to integrate these methods with more traditional qualitative research. Chapters offer step-by-step guidance to setting up various kinds of qualitative research projects, collecting data, organizing data, and analyzing data. Case studies show how a mix of qualitative and quantitative research can help planners build consensus and ... read more

This book explains how to use and adapt these techniques and how to integrate these methods with more traditional qualitative research. Chapters offer step-by-step guidance to setting up various kinds of qualitative research projects, collecting data, organizing data, and analyzing data. Case studies show how a mix of qualitative and quantitative research can help planners build consensus and ... read more

The Charrette Handbook

Bill Lennertz, Aarin Lutzenhiser

The Charrette Handbook is a step-by-step guide to successful charrettes -- those extended exercises that help citizens envision new possibilities for their communities. Based on a program developed by the National Charrette Institute, the book offers a three-phase approach to project management, describing how to organize for a charrette, how to conduct one, and how to put the resulting ideas ... read more

The Charrette Handbook is a step-by-step guide to successful charrettes -- those extended exercises that help citizens envision new possibilities for their communities. Based on a program developed by the National Charrette Institute, the book offers a three-phase approach to project management, describing how to organize for a charrette, how to conduct one, and how to put the resulting ideas ... read more

Planning Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn’t planned; it just happens. Right? Not so fast! Despite the city’s reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane, a planning professor at the University of Southern California, has enlisted 30 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis. Planning Los Angeles l... read more

Los Angeles isn’t planned; it just happens. Right? Not so fast! Despite the city’s reputation for spontaneous evolution, a deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. Editor David C. Sloane, a planning professor at the University of Southern California, has enlisted 30 essayists for a lively, richly illustrated view of this vibrant metropolis. Planning Los Angeles l... read more

True Urbanism: Living In and Near the Center

Mark Hinshaw

Mark Hinshaw has a proposition for Americans: Come out of the bunker, throw open the gates, and meet the neighborhood. In this passionate appeal, he introduces those who have already done just that and explains what cities can do to make true urbanism possible. He rejoices in the growing number of people rejecting sterile, paint-by-numbers subdivisions in favor of vibrant and unpredictable urb... read more

Mark Hinshaw has a proposition for Americans: Come out of the bunker, throw open the gates, and meet the neighborhood. In this passionate appeal, he introduces those who have already done just that and explains what cities can do to make true urbanism possible. He rejoices in the growing number of people rejecting sterile, paint-by-numbers subdivisions in favor of vibrant and unpredictable urb... read more

Planning Atlanta

More than any other major U.S. city, Atlanta regularly reinvents itself. From the Civil War’s devastation to the 1996 Olympic boom to the current housing crisis, the city’s history is a cycle of rise and fall, ruin and resurgence. In Planning Atlanta, two dozen planning practitioners and thought leaders bring the story to life. Together they trace the development of projects like Freedom Parkw... read more

More than any other major U.S. city, Atlanta regularly reinvents itself. From the Civil War’s devastation to the 1996 Olympic boom to the current housing crisis, the city’s history is a cycle of rise and fall, ruin and resurgence. In Planning Atlanta, two dozen planning practitioners and thought leaders bring the story to life. Together they trace the development of projects like Freedom Parkw... read more

A Decent Home: Planning, Building, and Preserving Affordable Housing

Alan Mallach

What is a decent home? Does it simply provide shelter from the elements? Is it affordable enough that you can buy the other necessities of life? Does it connect you to a community with adequate social and economic resources? Noted housing expert Mallach turns his decades of experience to these questions in this book The author nuanced analysis of housing issues critical to communities across t... read more

What is a decent home? Does it simply provide shelter from the elements? Is it affordable enough that you can buy the other necessities of life? Does it connect you to a community with adequate social and economic resources? Noted housing expert Mallach turns his decades of experience to these questions in this book The author nuanced analysis of housing issues critical to communities across t... read more

Planning the Pacific Northwest

Jill Sterrett, Connie Ozawa, Dennis Ryan, Ethan Seltzer, Jan Whittington

The Pacific Northwest is green to the extreme. Yet a day trip can go from pristine wilderness to downtown Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. How are these commercial and cultural hot spots keeping nature and growth in balance - and what's coming next? Trace the path from forests and fish to bikes and brews as Planning the Pacific Northwest continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning ... read more

The Pacific Northwest is green to the extreme. Yet a day trip can go from pristine wilderness to downtown Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver. How are these commercial and cultural hot spots keeping nature and growth in balance - and what's coming next? Trace the path from forests and fish to bikes and brews as Planning the Pacific Northwest continues the APA Planners Press series on how planning ... read more

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Louise Neilson
Julie provided gentle guidance and prompt yet thoughtful feedback throughout the editing process. I appreciated her professionalism, flexibility, and helpful redirection away from my chronic use of Capitals. I highly recommend her!

Louise Neilson, January 2021

Julie Von Bergen
Louise's book is well written, interesting, and timely. The best kind of project for an editor! I'm glad I could help get it ready for the next stage, and I can't wait to see the finished product. ...
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David Traut
Julie was very helpful helping me get started on my book. She is a pleasure to deal with and doesn't apply pressure. I would totally recommend her.

David Traut, November 2020

Julie Von Bergen
David has a strong book concept and per my suggestion will look for a developmental editor who can take it to the next level. Would definitely work with him again.

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