Vice President, Publisher
Before joining Simon & 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 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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