Katie Kenyhercz

Full Strength

“I was so lucky to have Julie’s help with my second book, Full Strength. Even as the author with a few editing degrees myself, I couldn’t always navigate plot holes or catch every last typo. Julie was a supportive pro who helped me bring my novel to its full potential, and I hope she’ll be my editor for every book here on out. Her input is invaluable, and she’s such a pleasure to work with!”

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Rachel Cross

High Octane: Fueled

“Julie wants my work to be the very best it can be. She is committed and focused and unafraid of the truth. When she notices a plot hole or something that requires a big fix, she lets me know in a way that isn’t ego-bruising. I don’t always agree with her suggestions, but I know she is trying to elicit my best work in a kind and professional manner.”

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Susanne Matthews

On His Watch

“Julie displayed a high level of professionalism in helping me turn good manuscripts into great ones. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a thorough, competent editor.

“Julie understands today’s current romance market. She has her pulse on the wants and needs of the contemporary reader and knows what they will accept in a hero, heroine, and plot line. She understands the need for proper pacing and blending the various elements together into a clear, concise, cohesive story. She checks the facts and situations given to ensure the incidents in the story are not only believable but accurate. If necessary, she’ll ruthlessly cut what needs to be changed to make the manuscript vital and appealing, but she doesn’t leave the writer hanging. She provides solid ideas to bring out the best in the manuscript and help the writer meet the stated goals for the book.”

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Monica Tillery

Adam's Ambition

“I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to have Julie edit my work, and I’d be thrilled to work with her again. She’s thorough and tough, but in the awesome way you want your editor to be tough. Anything I write is better after Julie gets her hands on it. She can step back and see all the moving parts of a novel, something that can be so difficult when you’re the author who can’t see what needs to be done so everything flows smoothly. Her warm and supportive approach makes her edits much more palatable, and she always explains her reasoning along the way. I’ve learned a lot from working with Julie, and I look forward to working with her again.”

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Dana Volney

Paradise Point

“Julie Sturgeon is an absolutely spectacular editor. Her editing style strengthens my voice, while allowing dialog and content to remain true to who I am. Julie has a keen eye for detail and her masterful technique is easy to understand, which is especially important when it comes to such a daunting task of helping hone a writer’s craft. I never feel silly for asking a question or for “talking out” a suggestion with her. I value her expertise, frankness, and, on a personal note, I enjoy her epic night-owlness. Julie is my favorite to work with and I am so grateful to have her awesomeness as a resource.”

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Susanne Matthews

Just for the Weekend

““She is prepared to explain her reasoning, and when I disagreed with a point, she listened to my arguments, and we managed to work out a compromise. When I was upset about something and doubted my ability to make things work, she was quick to point out what I had done well, praising my continuing efforts to create a manuscript which worked for both of us.”

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Rachel Cross

Spiraling

“Julie understands my voice. And she doesn’t try to alter it. She will point out where my love of fragments doesn’t work. She shows me where I’m being repetitive. She fixes my echoes and the hundreds of other little errors to improve my novels. And she knows more than I ever will about the ‘rules’. In Julie I found so much more than a brilliant developmental editor. I found a person who cares about my story as much as I do.”

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Rue Allyn

The Wildfire Love Series

“Julie’s editorial input on my western historical romances was priceless. If your goal is providing your readers with the best possible book, Julie’s very discerning eye is essential. She is a pleasure to work with and the most perceptive editor I know.” — Rue Allyn

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Terri Herman-Ponce

Covet

Julie Sturgeon is a stellar and gifted editor. She knows exactly what a book needs to make it a standout, without the author feeling like she’s forced to change storyline.

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Beverly A. Rogers

Broken Wings, Soaring Hearts

“Julie Sturgeon is one of those amazingly talented and creative writers/editors with an eye for what works. She’s a pleasure to work with and meticulous on deadlines. This lady has a creative gift and she uses it perfectly. I’m a huge fan.”

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Rena Koontz

The Devil She Knew

“Julie Sturgeon is this writer’s security blanket. I know she’s got my back and my best interests in mind. She’s not on a power trip and she doesn’t edit with her ego. Julie educates as she edits. She offers suggestions that make me think about the story I’ve written, pushing me to set the bar higher, and then she helps me reach it. Julie defines the term ‘dream editor.’”

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Nancy C. Weeks

In the Shadow of Pride

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with editor Julie on my first novel. When the next book in the series was finished, I couldn’t wait for Julie to get her hands on it. I knew that her suggestions would take my manuscript to a whole new level.”

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Eliza Watson

Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir

“Julie was fast, professional, and very reasonably priced. She even finished my edits a week ahead of schedule. She made the editing process painless and provided a lot of wonderful insight, which helped me polish the book. I would definitely use CEOEditor again!”

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Rachel Cross

Rock Him

“Julie ‘gets’ me and my characters. And she understands the story I am trying to tell. Sometimes she sees the big picture and the tiny nuances more clearly than I do since I’m enmeshed in it.”

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Proofreading

AKA copyediting, or polishing the manuscript for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. .0045 per word

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Critique

AKA development, where I point out in detail where (with suggestions on how) to strengthen characterization, plot, romance elements, and other story aspects. .008 per word

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Line by line

AKA going over the copy with a fine-tooth comb to encompass development issues, copyediting points, and more. .010 per word

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“Julie understands my voice

And she doesn’t try to alter it. She will point out where my love of fragments doesn’t work. She shows me where I’m being repetitive. She fixes my echoes and the hundreds of other little errors to improve my novels. And she knows more than I ever will about the ‘rules’.”

“Julie ‘gets’ me and my characters.

And she understands the story I am trying to tell. Sometimes she sees the big picture and the tiny nuances more clearly than I do since I’m enmeshed in it.”

“Julie wants my work to be the very best it can be.

She is committed and focused and unafraid of the truth. When she notices a plot hole or something that requires a big fix, she lets me know in a way that isn’t ego-bruising. I don’t always agree with her suggestions, but I know she is trying to elicit my best work in a kind and professional manner.”

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