Jilllian David

“”I give Julie Sturgeon my highest recommendation. Her skills and suggestions have shaped and improved the series, as well as strengthened my writing style. The attention to detail is astounding, and she apparently does not sleep, ever, based on the responsiveness to my questions at all hours of the day or night. If you want professional, personable editing with someone who will advance your writing skills and make your manuscript shine, then look no further than Julie.” “

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Becky Flade

“I love working with Julie. She’s like a gemologist: seeing past the clutter and cutting away the extra so that the jewel within can be polished to its full glory. It truly seems like a partnership when we work on a manuscript, which makes the editing process a little less painful.”

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Jami Wagner

Just One Kiss

Self-publishing has taught me many things, and finding the right editor is one of the most important pieces to this job. Julie met and exceeded any expectations I could have had for an editor. She didn’t skip any part of her job, and her hard effort took away a lot of stress for me. My experience has been amazing and I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future …” [click “Read More”]

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Christy Newton

“From start to finish, writing a book is magical. As an author I expect nothing but the best editing on each precious piece of work so many hours and emotions go into making. And Julie Sturgeon is one of the best editors out there. Editing is where a lot of the magic happens. Julie really makes books shine for their debut. She is professional and easy to collaborate with. I look forward to having Julie as my editor again in the future.”

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Casey Dawes

“… After I dive deep into the work she’s done, I know I’m pulling the essence of the characters and story from often over-written prose and obfuscation of characters and plot. She makes me work hard, but the result is a book I’m proud to own as mine, with deep acknowledgement of the editor who made it possible.”

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Julie LeMense

“…She has mad editorial skills. She is relentlessly attentive to detail, and she has an infectious enthusiasm for the craft of writing. Trust her with your novel babies. They’ll be in wonderful hands.”

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Tami Lund

Naked Truth

“…sometimes, we (authors) can feel as though the editor is taking our book away from us. They want us to cut scenes we think we can’t live without, change personalities of characters we love, and sometimes even adjust plotlines, and in this process, we worry that our book will no longer be our own. Until we read the final proof, and realize, Ohmigod, it’s so much better than it was before Julie got ahold of it!” … [click “Read More”]

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Ashlinn Craven

Core Attraction

“Julie’s been down quite a few story avenues with me—most recently down into the core of a nuclear reactor—and every time, she makes the trip more compelling, sharpening this image, tightening that paragraph arc, whipping that character into doing what he’s supposed to be doing—all in the service of the reader experience. Julie will never muffle the author’s voice. With her wealth of knowledge and keen instincts informing her every decision, she’s never afraid to give it straight, but always politely, and in a manner that encourages discussion. Julie is quite simply a joy to work with … every author’s dream.”

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Pema Donyo

Revolutionary Hearts

“I’ve worked with other editors in the past, and Julie’s definitely the best. She will do everything from correct glaring technical errors to altering a small turn of phrase. My work improved so much under her keen editorial eye. I’ve picked up on editing tips from her and now use them in my new drafts. She won’t just edit your manuscript – she’ll improve your writing flow and leave you with lasting editorial advice for your future works. If you want an editor that will shape up your manuscript to the best it can be, then you want Julie.”

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Sandy Vaile

Inheriting Fear

“Now that I’ve found my perfect match in an editor, I’ll be sticking with her!

I found Julie to be insightful and able to make my manuscript something I’m proud of. She’s isn’t afraid to state exactly what needs to be done, but always in a sympathetic manner and with plenty of explanation about why. It seems that Julie has bifocal glasses that allow her to see both from a publishing aspect and the reader’s perspective at the same time….” [click “Read More”]

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Melinda Dozier

New York Minute

“I had the pleasure of working with Julie on two separate projects through Crimson Romance, and I would not hesitate to work with her again. With Julie’s help, I have, without a doubt, grown as a writer. Julie has a keen awareness of what’s right and wrong in a manuscript and guides the author in the right direction, without taking over. She never suggests a change without an explanation, and I valued the choice, because I’ve worked with other editors who didn’t explain and didn’t give the option … [click “Read More”]

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Tami Lund

Undercover Heat

“…while I am confident in the caliber of books I’ve put out, it’s about the editor’s style and the relationship you develop with them as a result. So Julie it was, and Julie it will be the next time I decide to self-publish. Because I want it to be as close to perfect as possible. And I want to enjoy the editing process.” [click “Read More”]

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Ashlinn Craven

High Octane: Unleashed

“Julie has a professionalism and a warmth of personality that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere in the industry. Working with her, the developmental editing process becomes a stage to look forward to, a smart, exacting, fearless and two-sided conversation about the most precious thing in the author’s world: The Story. Her accurate inner compass directs the focus of the story along the course it was always meant to have; characters shape up, plot twists get tighter, prose gets an added sheen. Nothing fazes her, and after working with her on three books, I’ve come to rely on her remarkable talents. Priceless!”

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Alexia Adams

An Inconvenient Love

“Julie has edited three of my books, and I look forward to working with her on future projects. She is professional, friendly, and can read between the lines of what I’ve written to the characters’ real story. Her edits and comments are always delivered with a sense of humor and style that allows me as a writer to see the wisdom and potential in her suggestions. I highly recommend Julie as an editor. She’s one of the best I’ve worked with in this business.”

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J.M. Stewart

Her Soldier's Touch

“She was right there with me through the whole process. This honestly is what I loved the most about working with her. My last book needed a bit of revising, and you know, I must have sent her a million questions. She answered every one with patience and professionalism, even offering to read excerpts or brainstorming when I needed it. It made the whole process less stressful for me. She helped me take my books from something decent to something that shined. I adored working with her.” [click “Read More”]

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Mary Billiter

A Man for All Seasons

“As a newspaper columnist, I have worked with myriad editors throughout my 28-year journalism career. What was new to me was working with an editor whose experience and keen eye brought added value to my work. Julie raised the level of editing through her innate ability to visualize my story, maintain my voice, and deepen the relationship a reader has with an author by challenging me to move outside my comfort zone. By working with Julie, my level of writing increased tenfold. I’m a good storyteller; Julie made me a strong author.”

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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

“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…” [click “Read More”]

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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…” [click “Read More”]

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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.”

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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 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.”

“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 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’.”

Editor for Crimson RomanceMember of Romance Writers of AmericaWinner of Writers Digest national writing competition