Johanna Ehrmann

Copy Editor

Johanna Ehrmann has been a freelance editor, copy editor, and writer for more than twenty-five years. Having grown up in the center of a Jewish community, she is particularly adept at working on books with Jewish content. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and a long-time member of a world-renowned Jewish chorus that has honored her for her decades of leadership.

Johanna is eager to work on anything that “educates, inspires, or entertains,” to quote her public television station. Your memoir, how-to book, self-help book, or other work of nonfiction will benefit from her focused thinking and her clear-sighted editing.

As a copy editor, Johanna is meticulous in examining grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the flow of words. Her goal is to do as much—or as little—as is required to let your voice and ideas reach your readers with clarity and ease.

Johanna also enjoys working on books for young readers. She began her editing career by working on textbooks; these projects gave her a keen eye for clear and age-appropriate language for school-age readers. She is the author of eight books for young people (fiction and nonfiction, leveled readers and graphic novels), published by Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, and PowerKids Press.

Jewish Topics

Broken Fragmants For the Sake of Zion Galilee Diary Jewish U Jewish Wisdom for Daily Life Love Tales from th Talmud The Outreach and Membership Handbook Sacred Parenting The Tot Shabbat Handbook

Biography, Memoir

Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur by Bill Canfield (2019)

The Labyrinth Influence: Awaken the Wisdom Within by PJ Jackson (Redwood Publishing 2018)

A Collector’s Odyssey 2018 by Robert H. Blumenfield (Blenheim House Books 2018)

Honeymoon in Baghdad by Heidi Radkiewicz (Redwood Publishing 2018)

The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, and The Ties That Bind by Richard Manders (2018)

A Place of Refuge: A Call From God To Serve Others by Tom Thompson (2017)

Out of My Lane: Leveling the Playing Field for Iraqi Women by Eileen Padberg (2017)

The Other Side of the Bed: What Patients Go Through and What Doctors Can Learn by Daniel S Mishkin (GI Reviewers 2017)

Baby, I’m the Boss of Me: Embracing the Power and Joy of Getting Older by Ruth Yunker (Outskirts Press 2017)

Highlights of My Life: A Memoir by Paul Neuwirth (2017)

Walk Beside Me by Christine Handy (The Proper Press 2016)

An Incredible Dream: Ralph Roberts and the Story of Comcast by William Novak (2012)

The Match by Susan Whitman Helfgot with William Novak (Simon & Schuster 2010)

Self-Help & How-To

The Bite-Sized Guide to Getting Right-Sized: Weight-Loss Strategies That Work from an MD Who Lost 80 Pounds . . . and Kept It Off by Derrick Spell (2019)

Love and Laughter: Sexy (Meaningful) Fun for Everyone by Beth Liebling (Darling Enterprises 2018)

Courageous Aging: Your Best Years Ever Reimagined by Dr. Ken Druck Morgan (James Publishing 2017)

The Ex-Wives’ Guide to Divorce: How to Navigate Everything from Heartache and Finances to Child Custody by Holiday Miller, Valerie Shepherd (Skyhorse Publishing 2016)

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming: Sustainable Living in Your Home, Community, and Business by Nicole Faires (Skyhorse Publishing 2016)

How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids: Tricks, Tools, and Spontaneous Screen-Free Activities by Matthew Jervis (Skyhorse Publishing 2015)

Happy Is the New Healthy: 31 Ways to Relax, Let Go, and Enjoy Life NOW! (reprint) by Dave Romanelli (Skyhorse Publishing 2015)

Vegan Vitality: Your Complete Guide to an Active, Healthy, Plant-Based Lifestyle by Karina Inkster (Skyhorse Publishing 2014)

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency by Anna Hess (Skyhorse Publishing 2012)


Tea Time: Delicious Recipes, Fascinating Facts, Secrets of Tea Preparation, and More (Translation edition) by Francis Amalfi (Skyhorse Publishing 2015)

The Ultimate Paleo Cleanse: 4 Weeks of Fabulous Paleo Recipes by Amelia Simons (Skyhorse Publishing 2014)

The Ultimate Guide to Making Chili: Easy and Delicious Recipes to Spice Up Your Diet (Ultimate Guides) by Kate Rowinski (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks: Espressos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas, and More! by Mathew Tekulsky (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

501 Low-Fat Recipes 2007 by Pamela Clark et al (Bauer Media Books 2007)

General Nonfiction

Creating Brilliance by Alise McGregor (Nursing Values, LLC 2018)

How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World by John Harte (Skyhorse Publishing 2017)

Graphic Design Rants and Raves: Bon Mots on Persuasion, Entertainment, Education, Culture, and Practice by Steven Heller (Allworth Press 2016)

Philadelphia’s Big Five by Skip Clayton (Sports Publishing 2016)

The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America (reprint) by Jeffrey Ourvan (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

Food Tyrants: Fight for Your Right to Healthy Food in a Toxic World by Nicole Faires (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

SCANDAL: A Manual, The Inside Story of America’s Infamous Gossip Columnists George Rush and Joanna Molloy (reprint) (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies (Assisted Reproductive Technology) by Geoffrey Sher et al (Skyhorse Publishing 2013)

Let Me Tell You About My Bees by Birgit deWeerd (2011)


Buy and Hold Wealth: An Expert’s Guide to Passive Income with Turnkey Real Estate by Zack Wiest (Pa Deals 2019)

Startups and the Tech Revolution: The Essential Guide by James McCann (ForbesBooks 2018)

The Win-Win Outcome: The Dealmaker’s Guide to Buying and Selling Dental Practices by Mark Murphy and Bernie Stoltz (Fortune Management 2018)

Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark Green (Performance Dynamics Group LLC 2018)

The Ultimate Guide to a Digital Workforce Experience: Leap for a Purpose by Jason Averbook (2018)

Digital Singularity: A Case for Humanity by Kevin Parikh (Avasant 2018)

The Master Plan: Your Financial Blueprint to Building a Better Future by Jonathan Peyton (Horizon Ridge Global 2018)

3HAG WAY: The Strategic Execution System that ensures your strategy is not a Wild-Ass-Guess! by Shannon Byrne Susko (2018)

Death and Dollars: Solving the Epidemic of Chronic Disease by Richard Milani (Morgan James Publishing 2018)

30 Days to Launch!: An Entrepreneur’s Diary to Building a Billion-Dollar Business by Rick Steele (2017)

Little Chef: The Heart of the Deal by Lawrence Wosskow (2017)

The Road to WEXcellence: Leadership with Integrity by Michael Dubyak (2017)

Buying Time: A Financial Planner Reveals the Secret to a Secure and Fulfilling Retirement by Jeff Gorton (Gorton Financial Services 2017)

Nine Secrets for Getting Elected: The Official Manual for Candidates from City Hall to the Statehouse and Beyond by Kit Bobko (2017)

The Executive SEO Playbook by Jessica Bowman (2017)

The Wealth Builder Challenge by Ricky Grunden and Dave Ragan (2017)

Serve 2 Win: Eight Steps to Making a Living & a Life by Mitch Durfee (2017)

UnSTUCK For Good!: The SIMPLE Five-Step Solution by Henry Mittelman (Clearview Partners 2016)

Children’s Books

The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm (reprint) (Sky Pony 2016)

Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov: Henry Hunter Series #1 by John Matthews (Sky Pony 2016)

Acting the Song: Student Companion by Tracey Moore and Allison Bergman (Allworth Press 2016)

Mythology A to Z (4 volumes in a series) (Facts on File, Inc. 2004)


Caring School Community Center for the Collaborative Classroom (2016)

Being a Writer Developmental Studies Center (2016)

Being a Reader Developmental Studies Center (2015)

AfterSchool KidzScience Developmental Studies Center (2010)

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics (2008)

The Reader’s Journey (Prentice Hall 2007)

Prentice Hall Literature (2002)

Language of Literature (McDougal Littell 2000)

Houghton Mifflin Math Central (1998)

Prentice Hall World Geography (1995, 1998)

Social Studies Silver Burdett Ginn (1997)

Literature Works Silver Burdett Ginn (1996)

Silver Burdett Ginn World of Reading (1993)


Johanna was a delight to work with. She was fast, accurate, reliable, and great fun, and she made the work of an author a little less lonely. I recommend her highly!

—William Novak
Bestselling author and ghostwriter

Johanna has done stellar work on all the editing projects I’ve sent her way—and there have been many! It gives me peace of mind to know that Johanna is my editor because she’s thorough, insightful, and just a pleasure to work with.

—Jennifer Sommerfeld
Chief Operating Officer, BusinessGhost, Inc.

Johanna is a superior copy editor. Her attention to detail is outstanding. Her recommendations to improve a story are much valued. She’s a delight to work with and is a key player in the monthly production of SKATING magazine.

—Troy Schwindt
Editor, U.S. Figure Skating

Johanna’s contact information arrived on my desk along with a glowing recommendation from a respected colleague. As a freelance writer Johanna proved to be an ideal fit for the project in progress due to her previous content experience, reliability, and overall adaptability. Week after week, Johanna consistently delivered quality copy – on schedule. It was a pleasure to work with her every step of the way. I certainly hope to have the opportunity to do so again.

—Melissa Sandford
Project Manager, Chrysalis Publishing Group

She has established a reputation as a superb editor within our company.

—Mary Ann Gundersen
K-8 Director, Social Studies, Pearson

You did a thoughtful and impressive job—and I quite actually loved working on the pages last week, answering/responding to your queries.

—Ann Bingham
Author of South and Meso-American Mythology
A to Z

Johanna worked as a freelance copyeditor for me on numerous projects for Skyhorse Publishing. With our very short schedules, Johanna always completed every project on time, with great quality and professionalism. It was a true pleasure to work with such a wonderful copyeditor. I recommend Johanna highly!

—Stacey Fischkelta
Production Editorial Manager,
HarperCollins Publishers

Johanna was a pleasure to work with. She is an efficient, punctual, and detail-oriented copy editor. I would definitely hire her again.

—Katie Seibel
Senior Project Editor, Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Johanna has worked for us as a freelance copy editor on countless projects since the early 1990s. She has a keen eye and good judgment, and she is reliable, meticulous, and a pleasure to work with. When we celebrated a company milestone some years ago with an overnight mystery trip, Johanna was one of just a few freelancers invited along. I recommend her highly!

—Audra Bailey
VP Product Operations, Curriculum Associates

Thanks for delivering creative, complete writing assignments on time and with such consistently high quality.

—Liz Grube
Managing Editor, Small Planet Communications

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