Vice President, Publisher
Julia founded the One Signal imprint in 2018 with the goal of “discovering untold stories, elevating unique voices, and celebrating hidden figures.” Recent books including the national bestseller Keep Moving by the award-winning poet Maggie Smith, Hoax by CNN anchor Brian Stelter, and Ida B. The Queen by Michelle Duster. Before joining Simon & Schuster, Julia was Executive Editor at HarperCollins where she published numerous New York Times bestsellers and award-winning books including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik, Forward by soccer legend and activist Abby Wambach, Unbelievable by NBC Correspondent Katy Tur, Rabbit: A Memoir by Patricia William, an NAACP Image Award finalist, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Devil in the Grove, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, called “a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice” by the prize’s committee. Julia spent the first six years of her publishing career at Random House. A longtime Board member of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Julia helped the organization grow from an after-school program in a church basement to a 30,000 square foot facility on Avenue D with a planetarium. Julia was also previously Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing where she hired and led a team of editors. Her personal essay recounting her experience working there helped lead to sweeping changes in the company’s parental leave policies for hundreds of thousands of its workers. She has been profiled in Fast Company magazine and Forbes. A native of Buffalo New York, Julia lives in Brooklyn with her seven-year-old daughter and their rescue dog Sunny.
Senior Editor
Nicholas Ciani joined One Signal Publishers in July 2019. Prior to joining One Signal he worked at The New Yorker, Macmillan, and at Vigliano Associates where he represented and helped develop projects in fiction and nonfiction.

His list includes Kim Kelly’s American labor movement history Fight Like Hell, a New Yorker Best Book of 2022; Kathleen McLaughlin’s Blood Money, which Kirkus called “a disturbing, painful story that smoothly combines the personal and the universal” (starred review); 2021 Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jena Friedman’s essay collection Not Funny; former spokesperson to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Iuliia Mendel’s The Fight of Our Lives, and social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory’s State of Emergency, a Kirkus Reviews 2021 Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.

Nick was a 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch nominee. As an agent, he sold novelist Max Gross’s 2020 National Jewish Book Award winner The Lost Shtetl. He has bylines at Forbes.com and The Harvard Crimson, where he was a Senior Editor and reporter.
Abby Mohr
Abby Mohr
Assistant Editor
Abby Mohr joined One Signal Publishers in 2022. Prior to assisting Julia Cheiffetz, she worked at Basic Books and W.W. Norton and provided editorial assistance on books including Joanna Scutts's Hotbed, a group biography of "Heterodoxy," the secret feminist club started in 1912 in bohemian Greenwich Village; and Grace Lavery's Please Miss, an experimental memoir of her transition. A graduate of Wake Forest University where she studied English, sociology, and film, she loves narrative nonfiction that brings untold stories to light in a compelling and creative way, giving fresh perspectives on big ideas in pop culture, politics, and feminism. Raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Abby lives in Manhattan, but remains a loyal Phillies fan.
Joanna Pinsker
Deputy Director of Publicity
Joanna Pinsker has worked in book publicity for twenty years at many of the major publishing houses, including Random House, Basic Books, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with a focus on serious nonfiction, primarily history, politics, current events, narrative nonfiction, and biography. Some of the authors she has worked with over the years include JD Vance, Megyn Kelly, Michael Korda, Bill Bryson, Niall Ferguson, former senator Scott Brown, Liza Mundy, Douglas Brinkley, Harold Holzer, Ralph Nader, Margaret Drabble, George Will, Donna Brazile, and David Lehman. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, going to museums, watching the Yankees, and of course, reading!
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