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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.