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Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson - Editor

UK

Editor specialising in romance, dedicated to helping authors find their voice, hone their talent and create outstanding books!

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“Laurie is wonderfully up-beat, and both encouraging and supportive as an editor. She is a joy to work with.” Susan Stephens, USA TODAY Bestselling romance author for Harlequin Mills & Boon

“Laurie has a keen eye and a deep understanding of what makes a story work... She’s a joy to work with and I can’t recommend her highly enough.” Michelle Douglas, award nominated romance author for Harlequin Mills & Boon

“I loved working with Laurie. It's great to work with an editor that gets your writing and the story you're trying to tell...” Scarlet Wilson, award nominated romance author for Harlequin, Tule Publishing and Entangled Publishing

“I loved working with Laurie. She is perceptive, super smart and always pushed me to dig a little deeper into the essence of the characters and story. By doing so she not only made my books better, but she made me a better writer...” Joss Wood, author of Sexy Sparky Sassy romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon & Tule Publishing

"Laurie is not only warm and easy to work with, but has a genuine love of romance and a terrific grasp of all the elements that go into a great story... I've always believed my heroes and heroines were in safe hands with Laurie." Dani Collins, award winning author of Sexy Witty Vibrant romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule Publishing

"I can't thank Laurie enough for her support and encouragement as I moved from an unpublished writer to a published Presents author." Rachael Thomas, romance author for Harlequin Presents

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I am a freelance editor with over eight years of professional publishing experience, originally working on magazines and then transitioning into commercial fiction. I was an editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon in London for several years, working with editors and authors worldwide. I managed an extensive author list and developed solid author-editor relationships, encouraging and nurturing both established and new authors alike with many gaining award nominations, and multi-book contracts.

As a freelancer I work with a number of publishers, including Harlequin and Harper Collins in the UK, as well as others. I specialise in romance and contemporary women's fiction, however I also work with single title imprints covering other genres including fantasy/paranormal, crime/suspense, historical, and YA.

I love working together with authors, helping them take their book from concept to published manuscript. I give focused, constructive and encouraging revisions designed to bring a story up to the highest possible standard. Remember, a story doesn't have to be perfect, in the beginning it never is, and all authors revise. So if you have a manuscript, or even just the glimmer of an idea, contact me and together we'll make your book the best story it can possibly be!

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Holiday Humor & Comedy Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • BA (Hons), Imaginative Writing (LJMU 2007)

Work experience

Editor

Self Employed - Freelance Editor

October, 2014 – Present (about 2 years)

Concept development, manuscript assessment, line-edits and proofreading, back cover copy and synopsis writing, social media support, Tweet writing and some marketing. Specialising in romance and contemporary women's fiction, but with experience in other genres. Freelancing with major publishers including Harlequin and HarperCollins. Helping to bring out the very best in an author's work. Working with new writers as well as established authors.

Assistant Editor

Harlequin Mills & Boon UK

September, 2011 – September, 2014 (about 3 years)

Starting as an editorial assistant in Harlequin's UK Editorial department, I worked on single title imprints including Mira UK as well as overseas series imprints, created back cover copy, manuscript assessment and revision letters, proofreading, cover art briefs, synopses and other publishing admin.
From there I joined the Editorial Acquisitions department, focusing on series romance, managing authors, developing strong author-editor relationships, editing manuscripts from concept to publication (including revisions, line-edits, prelims, titles, covers etc), acquiring and contracting authors, working with agents, attending RNA/RWA conferences, and working on digital first imprints with Toronto and New York offices.

Magazine Journalist & Editor

Various

August, 2007 – August, 2011 (about 4 years)

All aspects of editing monthly and bi-monthly magazines from concept to production, including writing, editing and proofing content, research, conducting interviews, and image sourcing.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Heir of the Castle (Harlequin Romance)

Scarlet Wilson

The surprise inheritance: a castle! When the closest person tycoon Callan McGregor has to a father dies, it's down to him to organize the inheritance of Annick Castle. And the most suitable candidate seems to be stunning lawyer Laurie Jenkins. Even though she makes the usually brooding Callan's pulse race, this is business—he cannot afford a distraction. But she's a bubbly breath of fresh air ... read more

The surprise inheritance: a castle! When the closest person tycoon Callan McGregor has to a father dies, it's down to him to organize the inheritance of Annick Castle. And the most suitable candidate seems to be stunning lawyer Laurie Jenkins. Even though she makes the usually brooding Callan's pulse race, this is business—he cannot afford a distraction. But she's a bubbly breath of fresh air ... read more

The Cinderella Princess (Royal Holiday Book 1)

Melissa McClone

Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a ... read more

Thanks to a philandering father, ad exec Emily Rodgers knows happily ever after doesn’t exist. Relying on a man only leads to heartache. She takes care of herself, and work defines her life. But Emily soon finds herself in the hands of a real-life prince who defines the words charming and sexy. Not to mention reckless. If Prince Lucas doesn’t find a royal bride, Emily’s dream of being named a ... read more

Her Irresistible Protector (The Wild Ones Book 1)

Michelle Douglas

"Are you here to arrest me, Officer King?" When Officer Mitchell King—her ex and the only guy Tash Buckley has ever loved—arrives on her doorstep, claiming she needs his protective custody, Tash is more concerned by the heart-fluttering, pulse-racing effect he still has on her! Confined to Mitch's beachside cabin, Tash finds it increasingly difficult to resist her delicious protector…. The Wil... read more

"Are you here to arrest me, Officer King?" When Officer Mitchell King—her ex and the only guy Tash Buckley has ever loved—arrives on her doorstep, claiming she needs his protective custody, Tash is more concerned by the heart-fluttering, pulse-racing effect he still has on her! Confined to Mitch's beachside cabin, Tash finds it increasingly difficult to resist her delicious protector…. The Wil... read more

The Ultimate Seduction (The 21st Century Gentleman's Club)

Dani Collins

"I'm about to make you an offer you can't refuse." Tiffany Davis takes her first delicious step into the exclusive masquerade ball hosted by the secretive Q Virtus gentleman's club. Here, behind the mask, Tiffany can hide her scars and reveal her true self—a powerful businesswoman with an offer for the president of Bregnovia, Ryzard Vrbancic. Astounded by her audacity, only the fire in Tiffany... read more

"I'm about to make you an offer you can't refuse." Tiffany Davis takes her first delicious step into the exclusive masquerade ball hosted by the secretive Q Virtus gentleman's club. Here, behind the mask, Tiffany can hide her scars and reveal her true self—a powerful businesswoman with an offer for the president of Bregnovia, Ryzard Vrbancic. Astounded by her audacity, only the fire in Tiffany... read more

The Purest of Diamonds? (Mills & Boon Modern) (The Skavanga Diamonds Book 3)

Susan Stephens

When ice meets fire…!As the youngest of the famous Skavanga sisters, beautiful Leila has earned her reputation as the untouched Skavanga diamond – and she’s tired of it! It’s time to start living her life, and who better to teach her how than gorgeous Spaniard Raffa Leon?Raffa has no problem mixing business with pleasure!Intrigued by her shy purity and enticed by her request, he’ll ensure Leil... read more

When ice meets fire…!As the youngest of the famous Skavanga sisters, beautiful Leila has earned her reputation as the untouched Skavanga diamond – and she’s tired of it! It’s time to start living her life, and who better to teach her how than gorgeous Spaniard Raffa Leon?Raffa has no problem mixing business with pleasure!Intrigued by her shy purity and enticed by her request, he’ll ensure Leil... read more

Her Secret Prince (Royal Holiday Book 2)

Madeline Ash

At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown - and lost when he disappeared without a trace.Ten years on, Dee's life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.Dee has been left behind by everyone she's loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now th... read more

At sixteen, Dee Johnson gambled her heart on her best friend Jed Brown - and lost when he disappeared without a trace.Ten years on, Dee's life is uprooted when Jed turns up on her doorstep, asking for her help.Dee has been left behind by everyone she's loved: her parents, her close friend Alexia, and a stream of lovers. She moves fast with men and suspects this is why they move on fast. Now th... read more

The Jade Temptress - The Lotus Palace #2 (Hqn Books) (Pingkang Li Mysteries)

Jeannie Lin

Second book in the series - Pingkang Li MysteriesRomantic Times Seal of Excellence Nominee - March 2014Dear Author - Recommended ReadWelcome to the infamous Pingkang Li--home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery...Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger--except C... read more

Second book in the series - Pingkang Li MysteriesRomantic Times Seal of Excellence Nominee - March 2014Dear Author - Recommended ReadWelcome to the infamous Pingkang Li--home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery...Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger--except C... read more

Desperately Seeking Heaven

Jill Steeples

Love always comes when you least expect it, at least that's what PA Alice Fletcher tells herself as she looks forward to another Friday night of trash telly and wine-for-one. But what happens when the unexpected is daytime TV crush Jimmy Mack, and he's sitting on your couch watching the news…of the accident that claimed his life?Soon, Alice finds her ordered life turned upside down by helping ... read more

Love always comes when you least expect it, at least that's what PA Alice Fletcher tells herself as she looks forward to another Friday night of trash telly and wine-for-one. But what happens when the unexpected is daytime TV crush Jimmy Mack, and he's sitting on your couch watching the news…of the accident that claimed his life?Soon, Alice finds her ordered life turned upside down by helping ... read more

A Deal Before the Altar (Mills & Boon Modern)

Rachael Thomas

‘I have a deal to put to you, Mr Ramirez.’Georgina Henshaw will do anything to ensure her younger sister’s happiness – even marry the darkly enigmatic Santos Ramirez! She has just one condition: she’ll wear his ring, but she’ll never share his bed!Santos has earned his ruthless reputation, but even he isn’t sure whether to be shocked or awed by Ms Henshaw’s proposal. He can’t deny that marriag... read more

‘I have a deal to put to you, Mr Ramirez.’Georgina Henshaw will do anything to ensure her younger sister’s happiness – even marry the darkly enigmatic Santos Ramirez! She has just one condition: she’ll wear his ring, but she’ll never share his bed!Santos has earned his ruthless reputation, but even he isn’t sure whether to be shocked or awed by Ms Henshaw’s proposal. He can’t deny that marriag... read more

It Happened in Paris... (A Valentine to Remember)

Robin Gianna

What started with a kiss… Avery Girard might have sworn off men, but she can't help but get swept away by the beauty, magic and romance of Valentine's Day in Paris…especially when she ends up spending it with totally irresistible Dr. Jack Dunbar. One little fling can't hurt, right? …could end with forever! Wrong! After an afternoon of passion, Avery discovers that Jack is actually the cardiolo... read more

What started with a kiss… Avery Girard might have sworn off men, but she can't help but get swept away by the beauty, magic and romance of Valentine's Day in Paris…especially when she ends up spending it with totally irresistible Dr. Jack Dunbar. One little fling can't hurt, right? …could end with forever! Wrong! After an afternoon of passion, Avery discovers that Jack is actually the cardiolo... read more

Breaking Her No-Dating Rule (New Year's Resolutions!)

Amalie Berlin

Snowed in with a hot ER doc! Pretty massage therapist Ellory Star needs a fresh start! After yet another failed relationship she's decided to focus on finding herself—not a man. So her only resolution this New Year: no dating until she's ready! Although she hasn't counted on getting snowed in with delicious ER doctor Anson Graves… It might not have been in her plan, but Ellory must face the fa... read more

Snowed in with a hot ER doc! Pretty massage therapist Ellory Star needs a fresh start! After yet another failed relationship she's decided to focus on finding herself—not a man. So her only resolution this New Year: no dating until she's ready! Although she hasn't counted on getting snowed in with delicious ER doctor Anson Graves… It might not have been in her plan, but Ellory must face the fa... read more

The Roman's Revenge: HarperImpulse Historical Romance

Caroline Storer

The daughter of his sworn enemy…For wealthy merchant Metellus, nothing is as important as his desire for revenge. Ever since his father’s death, he’s been planning to wreak vengeance on those responsible. So when he rescues the daughter of his sworn enemy, Livia Drasus from a shipwreck Metellus sees an opportunity to set his plans in motion.…is fair game in his planned revenge!Making Livia his... read more

The daughter of his sworn enemy…For wealthy merchant Metellus, nothing is as important as his desire for revenge. Ever since his father’s death, he’s been planning to wreak vengeance on those responsible. So when he rescues the daughter of his sworn enemy, Livia Drasus from a shipwreck Metellus sees an opportunity to set his plans in motion.…is fair game in his planned revenge!Making Livia his... read more

No One Wants to be Miss Havisham

Brigid Coady

**Winner of the RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award** 'Dickens with a chick lit makeover, what's not to love??' - Bestselling author of 'The Best Thing I Never Had', Erin Lawless What the Dickens is going on? Edie Dickens is a shark of a divorce lawyer. She doesn't believe in love and she scoffs at happily ever afters, however she's agreed to be maid of honour for her oldest friend, Me... read more

**Winner of the RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award** 'Dickens with a chick lit makeover, what's not to love??' - Bestselling author of 'The Best Thing I Never Had', Erin Lawless What the Dickens is going on? Edie Dickens is a shark of a divorce lawyer. She doesn't believe in love and she scoffs at happily ever afters, however she's agreed to be maid of honour for her oldest friend, Me... read more

Picnics in Hyde Park: Love London Series

Nikki Moore

The last story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore! The perfect novel for reading in the sunshine… and falling in love with London.A summer to remember…or forget?When Zoe Harper returns to the UK after five long years in New York, the last thing she expects is to find her younger sister Melody jobless, homeless, broke and dumped. Unfortunately,... read more

The last story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore! The perfect novel for reading in the sunshine… and falling in love with London.A summer to remember…or forget?When Zoe Harper returns to the UK after five long years in New York, the last thing she expects is to find her younger sister Melody jobless, homeless, broke and dumped. Unfortunately,... read more

The Girl Who Lied: A gripping psychological drama that will keep you turning the page!

Sue Fortin

'Sue Fortin writes with skill and pace, filling her pages with tension. With great characters and a gripping storyline, I was immediately pulled in and found myself desperate to turn the pages' – Amanda JenningsThe truth hurts…Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s deter... read more

'Sue Fortin writes with skill and pace, filling her pages with tension. With great characters and a gripping storyline, I was immediately pulled in and found myself desperate to turn the pages' – Amanda JenningsThe truth hurts…Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s deter... read more

Flirting with the Forbidden

Joss Wood

He can look…but he's not supposed to touch! Bodyguard Noah Fraser hasn't seen diamond heiress Morgan Moreau for eight years—but the image of her naked body has been imprinted on his mind ever since! The sexy socialite was totally off-limits and it took every ounce of Noah's iron control to walk away…. Now he's been hired to protect her again, so picking up where they left off definitely isn't ... read more

He can look…but he's not supposed to touch! Bodyguard Noah Fraser hasn't seen diamond heiress Morgan Moreau for eight years—but the image of her naked body has been imprinted on his mind ever since! The sexy socialite was totally off-limits and it took every ounce of Noah's iron control to walk away…. Now he's been hired to protect her again, so picking up where they left off definitely isn't ... read more

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Brenda Anderso

I was looking for an editor who had experience with romance novels that I could connect with, someone who would edit all my work. I have been very pleased with Laurie and the work she has done to make my books professional.

Brenda Anderso, October 2016

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