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Julie Artz
This 2019, Julie Artz is mentoring Middle Grade
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Julie Artz
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I spent my young life sneaking into wardrobes hoping to make it to Narnia. Now that I’m a bit older, people think that’s sort of creepy, so I work as an author, developmental editor, and book coach instead.

I first picked up THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE when I was in elementary school, and ever since I have been an obsessive reader fascinated by story. Since graduating with an MS in Communication Management in 2001, I have written and edited for businesses, non-profits, and individuals across a variety of sectors from high tech to newspaper to publishing. In fact, every job I’ve had from my first work-study job as an editor in DePauw’s Writing Center to working the children’s section of a small independent bookstore to writing instructions for computer software, involved writing and editing.

After more than two decades of writing and editing across these fields, six years ago I turned my skills and experience toward publishing. Since then, I have worked with authors published by Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette, and Boyds Mills Press, and have also helped clients formulate their query and pitching strategy. My affiliations with SCBWI, AWP, and EFA, and my work with Pitch Wars/Teen Pit, all keep my industry knowledge current and sharp. And my love of the written word translates into all that I do.

For Pitch Wars 2019, Julie Artz is co-mentoring with Jessica Vitalis.

Recent Favorite Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Circe by Madeline Miller
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Years Mentored
2017, 2018, 2019