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.
Nicholas Ciani joined One Signal Publishers in 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 Fight Like Hell, a history of the American labor movement; Kathleen McLaughlin’s Blood Money, an examination of the global market for blood plasma; 2021 Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jena Friedman’s essay collection Not Funny; Chris Palmer’s The Fresh Prince Project, a cultural history of the famed sitcom; and social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory’s State of Emergency, which Kirkus Reviews called “an urgent call for racial justice that demands attention, discussion, and action” in a starred review.

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. In a past life, he had bylines at The Harvard Crimson, where he was a Senior Editor and reporter, and Forbes.com. He loves investigative journalism, true crime with a twist, unconventional voices, big ideas, and the New York Knicks.
Amara Balan
Editorial Assistant
Amara joined One Signal in September 2020. Prior to assisting Julia Cheiffetz, she was as an editorial assistant at University of Chicago Press and an intern at Writers House. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 where she studied Economics and Psychology. A native of New Jersey, she enjoys visiting the shore and local museums, and she roots for the New York Giants.
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