Writing Services

Here at the shop we provide writing and editing services for individuals and businesses. I have an in-depth understanding of the development of marketing and publishing projects. I have  worked with the biggest companies in the biz (Penguin, Randomhouse) and the smallest start-up (the lonely writer).

Besides writing on all aspects of our relationships with ourselves (yoga), our surroundings (gardening, ecology), I love helping writers bring their voices to fruition in works of their own devising, and setting them off into the world on the best footing possible.

People think writing is a lonely process, but the truth is that every writer you have ever read had an editor. At least that was true pre-Internet. Now more than ever many are bypassing that crucial step in the rage to self-publish. Maybe they don’t realize how any errors in a  work stand out from the crowd. We know better.

Working through the process of writing, whether an essay, novel, or in business, promotional copy,  internal communications, remains a challenge for many professionals.



Writing Center for businesses: one-on-one writing coaching in a neutral environment to help managers, writers, and other professionals learn the editing process and improve the consistency of messaging across the company. Often in conjunction with PR or Marketing/Editorial.

Copywriter and Researcher: A thoughtful, clear, and creative writer with a proven ability to anticipate trends and generate fascinating copy. I conduct general research and reporting, developing articles on various topics for mainstream and specialized audiences. Emails, newsletters, press releases, editorial guides, copy, and internal communications.


Editorial services are determined by you, the author, and myself as editor after looking over a sample chapter.

Developmental edit: We focus on structure, content, and organization of a piece, often when the manuscript is still in development. Manuscript will receive notes and line edits, suggestions for research as needed. Together we develop a set of goals and tasks to help the author complete the work.

Substantive edit: We ensure the piece is smooth, logical, and well organized. We will bring up any content-related questions, and any problematic sections will be flagged—confusing or overly detailed passages, abrupt shifts in tone, needs for narrative or dialogue. Often a substantive and copyedit are part of the same job.

Copyedit: We read the manuscript for thematic organization at the paragraph and sentence levels and focus on the mechanics of the piece: consistency, spelling, grammar (punctuation, syntax, and word usage.) Fact checking available upon request.

Proofread: We read the final manuscript and present any egregious errors, such as basic grammar/spelling mistakes and inconsistencies, and any other visual errors in the layout. This is a final check before the piece is ready for printing or online posting. The last edit, an overview.

Review/Critique: I read the manuscript over for consistency, and ways to sharpen scenes through character development, setting, imagery, symbolism, and plot. I will supply notes for the author to use in development of the work.

Once the book is done, additional marketing help may be retained as needed.

While computers can help the process, you may still need a professional to write an index. We read the page proofs and write an alphabetical list of references based on the terms and concepts explored in the text. We consolidate page references under main headings and subheadings and include cross-references to guide readers to specific locations in the text.

Emily Johnson works with artists, writers, illustrators, designers, producers, and other indentured entrepreneurs to collect great work for niche audiences. If you need referrals, we can heartily recommend and use the services of some great folks. Holler with your needs.