Julia Kellaway

Non-fiction Editorial Consultant

You've got the words... now let me shape them to be the best they can be

Editing & Proofreading
Project Management
Author Coaching & Commissioning



Meticulous and with a real eye for detail, I carry out in-depth structural edits or straightforward copy-edits, editing on-screen and shaping the manuscript as appropriate. I can liaise directly with the author(s) over queries/structural changes or can draw up a separate document sensitively recommending changes that need to be made.


I am an accurate and thorough proofreader and am able to either mark up physical page proofs or mark up changes electronically on a PDF.

Project Management

I am happy to see a project through from manuscript delivery to final PDF, resolving queries directly with the author(s).


Author Coaching

If you're looking for an expert overview of your proposal or manuscript, I offer a one-off reader's report identifying strengths and weaknesses, or I can work with you to hone your ideas and structure a winning proposal and/or sample text. I also offer advice on submitting your work to commissioning editors/literary agents.



I have ten years’ in-house commissioning experience and can boost your list through freelance commissioning in the following genres: health, parenting, well-being, personal development, soft business and personal finance. 



I have over 20 years’ experience in non-fiction publishing and am accurate, reliable and organised.

I work on both text-only and illustrated books across a range of genres, including parenting, health, well-being, personal development, lifestyle, cookery, self-help, soft business and popular psychology.




2021 Word for Practical Editing, CIEP

2007 Copywriting, in-house course at Random House

2005 Negotiation Skills, in-house course at Random House

2003 Book Production for Editors, The Publishing Training Centre

2001 Copy-editing Skills, The Publishing Training Centre

2001 Proofreading for Editors, The Publishing Training Centre



MA English Literature (Merit), University of Warwick

BA Hons English Literature (2:1), University of Warwick

‘A’ Levels: English Literature, A; Geography, A; Government and Politics, A


Here is a selection of books I have worked on recently.


If you'd like to discuss how I can help you with your project, please email me.





Please see the following suggested minimum rates for an overview of my fees, though these will depend on the condition of the text, what work is required and when.


For more information or to discuss individual projects, please email me at mail@juliakellaway.co.uk or complete the form below.

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Julia is an excellent editor and can turn her hand to a wide range of editorial work across different subject areas. You can always count on her to deliver, whether you need help with a structural edit, copy edit, proofread or complete rewrite. She's a pleasure to work with and I strongly recommend her.


Susanna Abbott, Publishing Director of Vermilion, Penguin Random House

Julia is a sympathetic, shrewd and supportive editor who, as a literary midwife, helped me enormously to give birth to some quite controversial books.


Oliver James, world-renowned psychologist and bestselling author of Affluenza and Contented Dementia



Julia was my editor when I wrote my first book and I had no idea how it all worked. She was incredibly helpful and was always brilliant at returning my calls and guiding me through the whole process. 


Clare Byam-Cook, breastfeeding expert and bestselling author of What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding... and What If You Can't?

Julia was the editor of my first book and I am incredibly grateful for the support she gave me throughout the project. She is extremely talented, and very easy to work with. The resultant book is still selling well five years later and attracts excellent reviews, which I know would not have happened without Julia's help and encouragement.


Lisa Doodson, psychologist and author of How to Be a Happy Stepmum

Julia is a first-rate editor and I would highly recommend her. As a busy acquiring editor, I completely trust her to get to grips with any manuscript I send her and to hone it to make it the best it can possibly be, working in tandem with the author. If you need a safe pair of hands with a book or an author that needs that ‘something extra’ in terms of care and attention as well as editorial input and thought, Julia is your woman.


Liz Gough, Publisher, Yellow Kite

Julia has been a consistent inspirational support throughout my writing career.Without her I would never have got the job done. Never have I met anyone that can get things done properly in such little time.


Sammy Margo, chartered physiotherapist and author of The Good Sleep Guide

Julia is a pleasure to work with and challenges ideas where necessary to bring out the best in a manuscript. She is reliable, organised and quick!


Zita West, leading fertility and pregnancy expert and author of Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception


I provide professional  support with project editing, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading to some of the biggest names in the publishing industry, as well as to literary agencies, self-publishing companies and independent authors.


September Publishing
Random House
Pan Macmillan
Atlantic Books
Ebury Publishing
Trigger Publishing
Kyle Books
Blink Publishing
Amazon Publishing