Julián Esteban Torres López‘s services range from developmental editing to book cover design, from social and public history research to historical photograph acquisition, from manuscript evaluation to helping you navigate the publishing industry, from archival/database research to personalized urban hiking tours in San Francisco.

Research Services

Do you need help with social research, archival/database research, or researching public history? Do you need assistance acquiring historical photographs from local, county, state, or national archives? If so, Julián Esteban Torres López may be who you’re looking for to lead the investigation.

He conducts research through various means—such as focus groups, surveys, interviews, and database/archival research—and records and analyzes the results for you. He can also prepare written summaries, contribute to research publications, and put together presentations. Whether you’re an academic institution, an independent research institute, local authorities, the government, health authorities, market research organizations, or an individual needing assistance in finding answers to a question, Julián can help.

Julián has worked as a researcher on numerous projects since 2002. He has been awarded fellowships and grants to conduct research in the humanities and social sciences and has presented his findings at conferences and universities in the US and Canada, as well as provided live analysis on international media. He has also worked as a researcher in the private sector and on a range of social-political projects, which have taken him to Canada, the US, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Contact Julián for queries, rates, and availability.

Editing Services

Are you writing a memoir, a novel, a research article, a thesis, short stories, poetry, or any other kind of document? If so, Julián Esteban Torres López may be your one-stop proofreading, editing, and publishing solution. Consider him your personal editor, as he takes on a manageable number of clients so he can offer a human-centric, personalized, and collaborative approach to your writing needs: proofreading, copyediting, developmental editing, manuscript evaluation, formatting, book cover design, and/or Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing assistance.

He specializes in creative nonfiction and nonfiction, but also serves poetry and fiction authors. He prioritizes book-length manuscripts, but is happy to assist with manuscripts of any length.

Julián has offered editing services for nearly twenty years. He has edited books, different journals, taught high school and university students, ran writing workshops, contributed to numerous academic and business writing/research projects, and helped writers and organizations polish and develop content and manuscripts for publication and installation. Julián has experience in a wide range of disciplines, fields, and topics, and has the academic and real-world, practical experience to help. He is also a published author of two books, poetry, essays, and short fiction.

For rates, visit the Editorial Freelancers Association.

To inquire about his editing services, complete this form.


Julián recommends proofreading for the last stage of editing, right before you are ready to send your manuscript for publication consideration or to your publisher for layout and formatting. He focuses on the accuracy and correctness of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and word usage.


Julián corrects problems with grammar, style, repetition, word usage, and jargon. He looks for consistency and effectiveness at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels. He focuses on capitalization, missed and repeated words, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, accurate word choices, verb tense, punctuation, paragraph, and sentence length.

Developmental Editing

Julián evaluates your manuscript as a whole to focus on big-picture structural problems of coherence and logical consistency that may significantly alter the manuscript. He may recommend changes to remove or add sentences, as well as to rewrite, condense, or expand paragraphs and ideas. He aims to improve the overall presentation and flow of your story and narrative while keeping your original concepts and style.

Manuscript Evaluation

Julián provides a diagnosis of the manuscript that highlights where changes may be most beneficial. He assesses your manuscript with careful attention to detail, then provides a written analysis. For fiction, this includes a critique of plot development and characterization. For nonfiction and academic works, his feedback identifies any unsupported or underdeveloped points or arguments.


Julián will amend your document text to ensure it complies with the required format, such as those required by specific journals and publishers.

Book Cover Design

Julián will work with you to design the front and back covers of your book.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Assistance

If you’re looking to self-publish your manuscript through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing as a paperback and/or eBook, Julián can help you along each step of the way to ensure your final manuscript proof and book cover are how you want them before your book goes live.

publishing consultant

Are you thinking about starting your own magazine or publishing house and don’t know where to start? Did you just take over as an Editor-in-Chief of a journal or newspaper, but don’t have the experience yet to feel comfortable managing programs, projects, and/or people? Wondering how to gather an audience and build a community for your publication? Are you curious about how to do the most good with an independent press or magazine with little to no funding and limited resources? If so, then Julián Esteban Torres López can help.

Julián has founded, led, consulted, and/or managed several publishing organizations since 2003—pop culture magazine, academic journal, business newsletter, online magazines, an online newspaper, a podcast, and a publishing house—and can offer his expertise. 

Julián has demonstrated success in holding leadership positions in publishing, academe, business, the arts, and history museums. He has proven ability to mentor and develop diverse teams and manage day-to-day operations of international, cultural, research, and arts organizations.

He is also a highly skilled editor, researcher, publisher, podcaster, journalist, educator, and author of two books. Julián is multi-talented entrepreneur with a passion for social justice and mission-driven environments that amplify underrepresented history, voices, and experiences through developing sustainable programs.

Contact Julián for consultation requests, rates, and availability.

Urban Hiking Tours in San Francisco, California

Training for an event, new to the city, visiting, adventurous local, or want to challenge yourself to find your limits? If so, then Julián‘s UpHill Battle SF tours may be for you. Let Julián create a private, custom-made urban hiking excursion for you that will take you to the best San Francisco views on foot.

Tours: 5-20 miles, or 2-10 hours.

Silent urban hiking tours available. (Think silent retreat, but with better vistas.)

Prices and packages depend on group size, length of excursion, and total elevation gain desired.

UpHill Battle SF. It’s all uphill from here.

Contact Julián for details, rates, and availability.

Julián is several hundreds of miles into his personal goal to walk every single street of San Francisco.

Also, in August of 2019, Julián became one of the few people to have ever attempted and finished the GoRuck 50+ Miler Star Course in San Francisco—the toughest course in the 50+ city circuit. The event is an urban hiking, ultra marathon, 17-waypoint navigational challenge while carrying a weighted rucksack (about ~30 lbs.). It was also an all-nighter, as it started at 9 p.m. We ended up covering 56 miles with an elevation gain of over 5,000 feet in 19 hours after we finally got moving.

Julián and his sister entered the event as Team UpHill Battle SF. Only those who completed the course in under 20 hours earned a patch commemorating the event. Here is Team UpHill Battle SF after receiving their individual patches.


Julián is one of those rare editors who can help you improve your writing without making you feel like a failure. He balances nicely his critique with positive feedback. This allows you to see what your strengths are as a writer as well as revealing blind spots. He is very straightforward and I like that. I found his suggestions to be effective and well thought out. He has been wonderful to work with, pleasant, and engaging.
Susanna B.
Julián stuck with me, pushed me appropriately, and drove our project to completion. I could not have accomplished my essay without him.
Allan P.
Julián truly cares about you as a person, and goes the extra mile to provide helpful feedback. He is committed to making you a better writer.
Joanna S.
I highly recommend Julián. While I had received prior advice on my manuscript—a memoir of about 80,000 words (245 pages of a 6 x 9 trade paperback)—his developmental editing and subsequent line editing and proofreading were exceptional. What helped me the most was that his advice was candid, but extremely professional—kind and articulate. I never felt criticized or belittled for my manuscript's shortcomings. Rather, I have now received "bites" on two query letters, and my manuscript is being reviewed by two publishers. I must credit Julián for his tremendous assistance.
Deb H.
Julián was great to work with. His ideas really elevated my work and I'm excited to see what The Nasiona does next.
Nicole Z.
Working with Julián at The Nasiona was superb. He's a tireless advocate of writers and the writing process. Talented designer, skillful editor. Highly recommended.
Carl B.
Author/Literature Professor
I appreciate Julián's attention to detail. He is informative and offers insight as to why he is making certain edits to aid in my growth and development as a writer. He provides constructive criticism when necessary while preserving my autonomy. He has been a valuable asset to my research writing. Noteworthy: Julián is not trained in scientific writing and has provided me with the most meaningful edits when compared to those who are trained in the field. The sign of a truly extraordinary editor. Highly recommend.
Catalina T.
Health Care Professional
Julián understood the project immediately and did the editing on time as promised. He was careful to correct errors and clean things up to make the writing clear and concise, while preserving my voice in the writing. I would happily work with him again.
Ron S.
Julián offers thoughtful deep editing services. He understands writing very well. But more importantly, he understands lyrical writing amazing well. On top of that, he is very knowledgeable about social justice and feminist issues. Excellent service. Plan to use him again.
Mireya V.
I worked with Julián for a few years and our collaborative efforts were terrific—his professional talents are at the highest levels. But Julián is also a great person, and that infuses his abilities and his work. Julián managed a team of about 10 people, a variety of personalities and schedules to balance. He did so with intelligence and insight, which created a happy group. Julián's intelligence is very keen, and he uses that to break down problems, then realign factors to move toward the best solution. Julián solves problems. His insight is very impressive. He has great empathy with people, and can really understand their motivations and their personalities. All with great patience, but most important, with great respect. Any project you work with Julián will involve these talents. Your end result will be very human, very real.
Charles R.
Julián is a thorough editor with a keen eye for detail. He has edited everything from essays to manuscripts for me and has taken my work from good to great. He is proficient at syntactical and grammatical feedback, but he has offered developmental and global insights on my work that ultimately made it publishable. I am always recommending Julián and his writing services to my friends, and I will continue to use Julián for all my writing projects in the future.
Patrick J.
Julián and The Nasiona embody the authentic spirit of what a small literary press should be. Julián's attention to detail throughout the creative process, his knowledge of the industry, and his passion for writing make for overall editing services that are well worth it. From manuscript layout to cover design, Julian works with the author toward a polished finished product. 10/10.
Kyle N.
Julián’s remarkable professionalism and collaborative style make him a pleasure to work with. He composes thorough, insightful feedback that goes beyond what is expected. He also displays a high level of integrity, enthusiasm, and encouragement that is unmatched by others I have previously worked with. I am truly appreciative of Julián’s careful examination of my work and would rely on his expertise for any future projects.
Michelle B.
Museum Professional
I just started working with Julián, and I couldn't be more pleased. My writing experience has been writing bureaucratic memos. Julián is helping me humanize my memoir. Not only does he suggest changes, but he explains why. While I consider him a teacher, he is not dogmatic about suggestions. He points out passages that need improvement, but he also points out the good parts. He is great to work with and if I have a best seller, it will be thanks to him.
Rose P.
Julián is a committed, caring professional who takes his work seriously and sets a high standard of excellence. He is thoughtful and methodical in his approach to projects and excels in asking probing questions to assess a situation to formulate the best plan of action for success. He loves challenges and has the tenacity to overcome obstacles to reach desired outcomes. His keen intelligence, diverse background, and broad range of skill set and experience will be an asset to any team.
Joycee W.
History Museum Professional
In my one year experience working with Julián I found him to very professional, respectful, and jovial. Julián helped me to think outside the box by constantly challenging my thinking. If there was one word to describe him, it would be strategic. This was evident in each and every project we worked on. Julián is very cognizant when it comes to respect and expects the same out of everyone he works with. Lastly, what made Julián mostly fun to work with was his sense of humor and jovial demeanor.
Jephunney N.
Museum Curator