story. I fell in love with stories when I was a tiny little girl. I've
been a voracious reader all my life and began to write my own stories
as a young adult. After my first novel was published, I began to pay
attention to what makes a good story. As a result, I wrote more novels
and began to teach beginning writers the fundamentals of creating a
good story. From there I began to edit the stories of others and
discovered that I have a real knack for helping authors improve their
stories and make them "sing."
The books I
have edited have received positive reviews from Publisher's Weekly. The authors and
publishers I have worked with have appreciated what I have done to help
them with their stories.
If you are
interested in my services, check my prices below and then feel free to e-mail me .
I usually only edit for established publishers. However, I will
consider individual projects from time to time.
Full substantive and line edits: See Editorial Freelance
Read and thorough review: $400 for the first 20 hours. $45 an hour
Writing/rewriting: $75 an hour
Lissa's intuition and insights for story-tightening, polishing and
fixing are spot on. She was instrumental in helping me craft two novels
that earned starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly. I would trust her
with any project of mine.
Lady in Waiting, Sound Among the Trees
I had the pleasure of working with Lissa Halls Johnson on my debut
novel. Her friendly approach, her attention to detail, and her
commitment to excellence made my manuscript so much stronger. We worked
through problem spots together, she made sure to stay true to my voice,
and she didn't let me settle for good. She pushed and encouraged and
challenged me to make my story the absolute best it could be. When we
finished, I had that feeling you get after a rigorous work out.
Satisfyingly tired and extremely proud of the work we had done.
Wildflowers in Winter
Lissa has edited a number of novels for NavPress, Howard Books (Simon
& Schuster), and without exception
the results have been excellent and the author relationships have been
great. The novelists--even the ones who needed lots of
"help"--acknowledge that Lissa made their books much, much better, and
they all ask to work with Lissa again. Lissa works hard, communicates
well with the publisher, and always brings her work in on schedule.
Manager, NavPress Fiction
Lissa Halls Johnson was the editor for my
novel The Pirate Queen. I was amazed at her attention to detail as well
as her understanding of my readership. When the endorsements started
rolling in, I was so thrilled to know that Lissa had played such a
valuable part in the support and finessing of my novel. Lissa has a
wise eye and keen insight into the editorial process of writing high
quality fiction. That's due in part to the fact that she has written so
many novels herself. I would highly recommend Lissa Halls Johnson as an
editor on any major fiction project. She doesn't guess, she knows!
Patricia Hickman, author of The Pirate Queen and Painted Dresses
"I've worked with Lissa Halls Johnson on
several novels, and each time we've likened the process to a dance.
That woman has all the right moves! She's leads me to create my best
work with her extraordinary strength, grace, and skill. Working with
her is a joy, and hard work! Lissa will give you a serious work out,
but I trust her. She never misses a step, even when I thought she did!
Following her lead never disappoints. I highly recommend her."
Claudia Mair Burney, author of The Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries, and The Exorsistah series.
Thank you to Lissa Halls Johnson for her
erudite and thorough editing work on the manuscript. You made it better
and saved me from embarrassment.
Bob Hostetler, from The Bone Box acknowledgements.
Lissa Halls Johnson has the uncanny ability to see
the big picture and the minutest detail as she edits. Professional,
easy to work with, and fun, Lissa approaches each manuscript with a
desire to make it sing. Not only have my novels improved, but I have
grown as a writer because Lissa has edited my work. I recommend her
without reservation. I've even known her to wear a cheerleading uniform!
Mary DeMuth, Author of WATCHING THE TREE LIMBS and WISHING ON DANDELIONS
I've known Lissa Johnson as a writer AND an
editor, and she's always
achieved excellence at both. Definitely one of my favorites!
Susie Shellenberger, Editor, Brio Magazine, author of CLOSER
Lissa was the editor of a Focus on the Family
book I co-authored, "Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of
Women's Perseverance and God's Provision." She was amazing to work with
on this project and really turned the book into an inspiring and
compelling read. The book was nominated for the Gold Medallion award I
wholly attribute that to Lissa's editing expertise. I highly recommend
her as an editor.
WHERE WOMEN WALKED
Lissa edited a book I co-authored called Where Women Walked: Powerful True
Stories of Women's Perseverance and God's Provision, published
by Focus on the Family. Lissa was wonderful to work with as she
brought her writing and editing experience into our book filled with
personal stories. I know you are supposed to "SHOW not TELL", but
with a background in Journalism this became a challenge for me.
Lissa helped me understand this type of writing as she patiently,
persistently guided me as I re-wrote each story. Lissa helped me
learn to write with my heart to effectively inspire and encourage
others through story-telling.
Lissa's professional, honest, hard-working and always keeps her
She provided invaluable guidance through my first book project and I
would highly recommend her for editorial services.
co-author, WHERE WOMEN
With seven books published by three different
houses, I've had good editors and I've had...others. And I thought that
was the gamut. Then along came Lissa Halls Johnson to chop, cut, slash,
Just kidding! Not that I haven't been there, done that (Boy, have I
been there, done that!). However, once Lissa took charge of my eighth
book, STEALING ADDA--my "chic
lit" debut--I gained a whole new respect
for editors. Well...those of the Lissa Halls Johnson caliber (surely
there are more out there). Thanks to Lissa's insight and honesty (yes,
it does still hurt), my therapist says I'm close to a break through.
As other writers can attest, having one's "baby" put under the
microscope is never easy. Fortunately, with each successive book, one's
skin gets thicker. And more lined. And less firm. You guessed it--I'm
no spring chicken (but at least I'm in my early-somethings again).
Now where was I? Oh, yeah. Although I'd like to say the revisions to STEALING ADDA
were easy, they weren't. After all, the manuscript was
hardly perfect; however, Lissa's suggestions, attention to detail,
regard for author's voice, and willingness to mentor made the process
almost enjoyable. In fact, I can say with certainty that any gray hairs
sprouted during that time were NOT the result of revisions.
So what makes Lissa stand out from the rest? My guess is that she's
well-rounded (and I don't mean weight-wise--take a look at her pixy-ish
photo!). Not only is Lissa an editor, but she's an accomplished writer.
Thus, it follows that she's able to see a story from both sides,
allowing her to better relate to those whose work she edits. I truly
look forward to working with Lissa Halls Johnson again.
Tamara Leigh, STEALING ADDA
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