Vice President, Publisher
Before joining Simon and Schuster and Atria Books, Julia was Executive Editor of Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, where she published the New York Times bestsellers Unbelievable by NBC Correspondent Katy Tur, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik, Sex Object by Jessica Valenti, Forward by soccer legend and activist Abby Wambach, and The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein, and acquired Samantha Power’s 2019 New York Times bestseller The Education of an Idealist. Julia also acquired and edited the national bestseller Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jose Antonio Vargas, Patricia Williams’s NAACP Image Award finalist Rabbit, and Gilbert King’s Devil in the Grove, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and 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. She has volunteered at the Lower Eastside Girls Club for over a decade, and now serves on its Board of Directors. Prior to HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, she was Editorial Director at Amazon and 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.
Nicholas Ciani joined One Signal Publishers in 2019. Prior to joining Atria, Nick worked at The New Yorker, Macmillan, and, most recently, at Vigliano Associates where he represented and developed both nonfiction and fiction projects.

Nick is a fan of fervent policy debate, fringe comedy, cold brew coffee, and the New York Knicks.

His list includes projects like Kim Kelly’s Fight Like Hell, a history of the American labor movement, and Kathleen McLaughlin’s Blood Money, an examination of the global market for blood plasma.
Amara Balan
Editorial Assistant
Amara joined One Signal in September 2020 after graduating from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining One Signal, she worked at The University of Chicago Press and Writers House.

Amara is passionate about issues related to gender and held multiple leadership roles in college in sexual violence activism groups. A native of New Jersey, she enjoys visiting the shore and the Museum of Natural History, and she roots for the New York Giants.
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