About

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2015-04-30 10.16.40 What’s My Story ?

Hi! I’m Caren Johnson Estesen, freelance editor and publishing consultant. I’ve worked in publishing for most of my career; I’ve been a bookseller, a literary agent and now a freelance editor. Throughout all of this I’ve maintained the same credo—that good books are meant to be shared. Whether you’re working on a quiet literary novel or a spicy romance, they all take time to write and I’m at my happiest nurturing writers while educating them on the publishing process. With the changes in publishing (including more ways to get published), there are more opportunities than ever to see your work in print.

Of all the jobs I’ve had, I’ve love being a reader the most (and proving my parents wrong that this job doesn’t exist doesn’t hurt either). I hold a BA in English Lit from CCNY.


What I’ve worked on

Here’s a sampling of the books I’ve worked on.

Contact me here to find out how I can help you bring your book to life.


What I do

I am a freelance editor and publishing consultant. I work with aspiring authors looking to either find an agent or looking to polish their book before they self-publish. While no two projects are alike, I generally aim for an edit to last 2-3 months so that I can do an initial read and then a follow-up read. Contact me here for more details.


About Johnson Lit Agency, Inc.

I still run Johnson Lit Agency, but am NOT accepting any new clients. Any submissions for JLA will be deleted and you’ll get a form letter reply reminding you that the agency is closed, but that I am offering editing services.