Author Joy with Lauren Johnson

Hello, Author!

You’ve written a first draft. Or maybe something close.

That’s huge.

Give yourself a pat on the back.

Now it’s time to make it all pretty.

Your book represents you and what you care most about sharing with the world. I help you  put the right words
in the right place so your book sounds and feels like Who You Are and What You Really Want to Say.

Professional editing ensures that your book is as brilliant as you are.

Meet Lauren


Leading Authors and Entrepreneurs rely upon Editing Expert and Author Joy Advocate Lauren Johnson to guide them through the rewrite process. She’s been called an “Editorial Angel” by the director of the Alliance for Independent Authors for good reason. Lauren’s methods help authors put their best book forward and experience author joy along the way.

Lauren’s writing career has spanned two decades and includes everything from vice president of corporate communications to ghostwriter of fiction and nonfiction books.

Her first book, Flying Lessons:  A Single Mom’s Guide to Successful Empty Nesting , is a two-time Transformational Author award winner. Her second book, chronicling her year as a nomad, will be published soon.

Work with Me

The point of editing is to bring out the best in your writing. Partnering with the right editor is one of the most important investments you’ll make as an author.

The editing process can be exactly like you want it to be! We can make it such a great experience that you’re inspired to keep on writing. I like to infuse the process with fun and excellence, so you can produce a book you’ll be happy and confident to publish


What Works Best for You?

Does this sound like you?

  • You need an editor, but don’t know where to begin.

  • A less than fabulous book is not an option.

  • You’ve taken your book as far as you can on your own.

  • You’re not sure if your book is “ready.”

  • You want more trusted feedback.

Let’s get that handled now, shall we? 

Send me a message about your book so we can schedule a 15-minute consultation.

    Kind Words


    I just want to tell you how beyond GRATEFUL I am to have met you and worked with you. WE did it! #1 Amazon Best Seller. WOOT!! 

    Author of The Latina’s Guide To Money


    Many thanks to Lauren Johnson for making me a better writer and reminding me of the joy in book writing.

    Author of I Get To:  How Using The Right Words Can Radically Transform Your Life, Relationship & Business


    Thank you to editor Lauren Johnson who shaped my book  over the past year, adding her own PIO experience to her skilled word crafting.

    Author of The Communications Golden Hour: The Essential Guide to Public Information When Every Minute Counts


    First, we talk about you and your book—the genre, the number of words, your goals for the book (whether it’s to build your business, attract more clients, use as a free opt-in gift, generate speaking gigs, or become an indie author), and where you are in the creative process. If we’re a good fit, then we customize your next steps based on what’s right for you:  that could be an editorial review, a coaching session, copyediting, developmental editing, or a final proofread.

    Developmental editing: $.10/word
    Copyediting: $.06/word (based on starting word count)
    Line editing: $.03/word (based on starting word count)
    Proofreading: $.02/word (based on word count after formatting for publication)

    That depends on you and your deadline and the type of editing your book requires, but can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Professional editors are in high demand, so it’s best to plan weeks to months advance to hire the editor of your choice.

    Beyond editorial expertise in your genre and/or subgenre, working with an editor should be a close working relationship and partnership. You want an editor who is as enthusiastic about your book as you are and available to mentor you and answer questions. Ultimately, your editor is intuitive and attuned to your voice and your style. A bonus is that they’re fun to work with.

    An author retreat is an experiential deep-dive into the creative process that forces you to work on your book for a focused period of time. It works for any stage of the fiction or nonfiction writing process—whether it’s finding the perfect structure, improving character development, completing a designated word count, or fleshing out your story. It’s all about accomplishing the writing you want to get done and experiencing the author joy that goes right along with it.

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    Editorial Services

    Developmental Editing: Like it sounds, this process builds upon or develops what you’ve already written with additional content. Copyediting is done simultaneously.
    Copyediting and Line Editing: Sentences, paragraphs, pages, sections, and your entire book are rigorously reviewed to fine-tune the words and ensure flow and good structure.
    Proofreading: Checking the book for errors in punctuation and spelling, missing or repeated words, typos, and other small errors. Ideally, it is read aloud and done after formatting for publication.

    Project Management

    Managing the various steps required to publish your book, including cover design, interior layout, distribution to online platforms, and more.
    Project management can include any or all of the following:
         – Obtain bids/proposals for cover design, interior design,
            offset  printing
         – Coordinate Advance Review Copies (ARCs) and reviews
         – Upload to online platforms such as Amazon, B.A.M,
            Barnes & Noble, and IngramSpark
         – Schedule pre-release and publication dates
         – Set up your indie author accounts on distribution platforms
         – Manage deadlines and schedules

    Author Retreat

    An entire weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota dedicated to your book writing goals. Focused and personalized practices. Retreat workbook. Dedicated workspace in a private master suite. Mountain views and fresh air. And everything you need to write, write, write…including four one-hour mentoring/strategy sessions with me. Think of me as your modern-day Gertrude Stein.