Soulful Author Journey 


Write your book in four months with professional guidance and feedback every step of the way.  


A comprehensive program for aspiring authors who want to finally write and finish their book—and learn what to do after it's written.  


✍🏻 For the upcoming authors who like smaller and more intimate groups, we’ve got a very special program just for you.

The goal: walk away with a completed novel at the end of this transformative four-month journey. 

You receive writing guidance, peer reviews and professional editing on your outline and manuscript, plus weekly live group sessions spent workshopping your book while learning about the craft of writing. You’ll also learn about the business of being an author (publishing & marketing), so you know what to do with your book once it’s written. Think of it as a virtual writing residency except from the comfort of home while still living your life.  

We are only accepting 6 people per program, so if you're ready to have a completed manuscript in four months, register fast to claim your spot. 


You have an idea, message, or story to share and you're ready to make an impact, but you need

clarity in how to write your book,
 accountability to actually complete your book,
 guidance from seasoned authors who have been there,
 feedback from professional editors and book coaches,
 resources that will save you countless hours, and
 confidence in every step of the journey.


Some people may have had dreams since childhood to become an author.

Some have been told over and over that they should write a book—and they're finally starting to listen. 

Some people may be surprised when the idea and desire strike out of the blue.

Some may be struggling to call themselves a writer and wondering how an entire book can be written. 

Some may know that they are meant to write this book, and are ready to do everything it takes to make it happen. 

No matter where you find yourself, the Soulful Author Journey will meet you exactly where you're at and be your guide to help you overcome your fears, worries, struggles, imposter syndrome, limiting beliefs, and doubts so you are armored with everything you need to finally write this book that you know you're meant to write. 

The beauty of a mentorship when walking toward a dream is that you are guided through the steps from someone experienced who has done what you hope to achieve (and they've done it multiple times so they know the path well).

The beauty of this program's design is that it will empower you to turn your life experiences into fuel and inspiration for writing your book, so that it feels natural and easy to share your story.

Imagine... this could be the year you finally write a book. All you have to do is commit yourself for 4 months to this goal, and be prepared to step out as an author on the other side.


You could get a critique partner... but they're only as good as their experience, and it can be difficult to find the right one for you and your book's message if they aren't already in your network. You could attend national writers' conferences, but they typically provide generic writing advice and publishing tips that can't be tailored to your unique author journey and purpose. Most personal writing workshops only last one weekend, which makes it really easy to lose momentum. (How often do you return to your notes after a workshop?) MFA programs cost up to $80k per year and take up two years of your time, when you really won't need that long to complete your book. Freelance editors are great resources, but can only help you through the editing process, and fail to link you between writing and publishing, which leaves so much weight still on your shoulders.

None of these avenues provides the synergy of dedicated authors and industry professionals with lived experiences focused on you and your message throughout your author journey. 

We aren't here to "check the box", we're to give you the path that will allow you prioritize your author dream and create a book you are proud to leave as your legacy. That's what the Soulful Author Journey is all about.

After working with hundreds of writers, helping them to share their stories from concept to manuscript, from publishing to launching, from branding to promotion - it's clear and simple as this:

If your book idea never leaves your mind/heart/notebook/computer, it never has the chance to impact the person it was meant for the most.


The Soulful Author Journey Program

Here's how the program works:

The first week of the program is focused on creating the structure of your book and then developing a more extensive outline by week two. Working closely with Lauren and your other five peers, you will receive feedback on how to improve the plan for your book before you begin writing it. Each weekly session will be spent workshopping your book, and submitting a certain number of pages as assigned. One week will be focused on learning how to improve in the craft of writing while the other week will be focused on receiving professional and/or peer review for pages that you submit. 

You will have an individual timeline to work off that will be created with you in week two. This will help you stay on task with how many words you need to write in order to complete your manuscript by the end of the four month period. 

The live sessions will be held either on Tuesday, Wednesdays or Thursdays, usually for 90 minutes sometime between 10 am - 1 pm central time. All sessions will also be recorded. 

You will also have access to a special community with Lauren, Allison, and your peers to keep each other motivated and encouraged in-between sessions throughout the four months. 

You also receive the Soulful Author Journey course. 

Here's how the course works:

You get lifetime access to the Soulful Author Journey course, so you can turn to it when you need it even after the four month program is completed. Each section of The Soulful Author Journey framework walks you through the three elements of the author journey: Writing. Publishing. Promotion.

You will follow videos and exercises designed to take the researching and heavy lifting out of writing, publishing, and promoting your book. Plus, you'll get detailed resources, tutorials, and templates to make it easier for you to stay authentically you throughout. 

Yep, you get everything:

  • The Soulful Author Journey course: You will follow videos and exercises designed to take the researching and heavy lifting out of writing, publishing, and promoting your book. Plus, you'll get detailed resources, tutorials, and templates to make it easier for you to stay authentically you throughout. 
  • The Soulful Author Journey workbook: Use your workbook to keep track of your progress and create your very own playbook as you work through writing, publishing, and promotion.
  • The 30 Day Writing Challenge: Kickstart Your Nonfiction Book! Accept the 30 Day Writing Challenge, and in just one month, you'll be more connected and committed to your writing than ever before.
  • Membership in the Soul Writer Society: The Society is a membership community for writers to bare their souls, whether for others, or just for themselves. It provides an opportunity to connect with other writers, dive deeper into their writing, embrace their unique voice and authenticity, improve in the craft of writing, and share their writing for impact, if they so choose.
  • Your very own Time Management Journal: get a head start and use your new Journal prioritize your dream and commitment in The Soulful Author Journey.
  • The Soulful Self-Publishing Guide course & workbook bundle: Discover how to self-publish your book with a carefully curated step-by-step guide, complete with task lists, educational guides, and compiled resources to save you unnecessary time researching.
  • Your Bestseller Launch Plan course & workbook bundle: Learn how to successfully launch your book with a carefully curated step-by-step guide, complete with task lists, educational guides, compiled research, author-specific resources, and templates to save you unnecessary time.
  • Public Relations for Authors course & workbook bundle: We've taken the proven tactics and strategies we have found works for our best-selling authors at Burning Soul Collective, and compiled them into a detailed resource for authors, like you, to take advantage of.
  • Our Monthly Author Playbook: The Monthly Author Playbook, developed by Burning Soul Collective, is literally a M.A.P. for author success. Authors receive 12 months of new ideas, strategies, and tools, supporting ongoing learning and improvement and removing the pressure off of your planning.

LIFETIME access to The Soulful Author Journey course means that you also receive any updates and improvements to our content, which we are constantly adding. Enter the program at whatever stage of your author journey you are at. 

 Introduction: Identify your why and uncover your purpose for your book through your core values. 
 Reflect: Consider your ultimate message and allow your why to guide you. You'll create your ideal reader, learn how to pull out your most meaningful stories, and discover how to take your reader on an emotional transformation. 
➡ Plan: Create your plan of action. If you're in the concept stage, you'll determine you're promising your reader; if you're in the writing stage, decide which book structure to follow; and if you're in publishing mode, create your publishing timeline. This is when you determine how you will remain committed to your book and your message.
➡ Create: Make it happen. With the guidance, tools, and resources provided in The Soulful Author Journey course, you will have everything you need to carry out each stage. If you're in the publishing stage, you'll work with designers to get your book finalized, if you're in the promotion stage, you'll be building your website and social media, and booking speaking opportunities. Let your creativity soar while getting sh*t done!
 Impact: This is all about connecting deeply with your reader and leaving a lasting impression with your message. Everything you do - at each stage of your soulful author journey - should be supported by your why and the impact you want to make.  

In the writing section, you'll learn how to write for yourself first, so you are able to write from your most vulnerable and real place, what book structures best align with the type of book you're writing, and how to evoke raw emotions in your writing so you can connect deeply with your readers. 

In the publishing section, you'll learn the types of publishing paths available to you and how to choose yours, best practices for each publishing path available to you, and how to publish under your own imprint to expand your brand. Ultimately, you get to decide how you want to share your story with the world and have every resource at your disposal to make it a reality.

In the promotion section, you'll learn how to build your website and your email newsletter (your best weapon), what to do to score reviews and book tours, how you should pitch yourself to media and potential partners, steps to build your launch team and host your own launch party, and more to leave the program understanding how to best represent yourself to your target audience and potential partners.


Here's WHY it works:

Lauren is dedicated to helping soulful authors share their stories with the world. A seasoned book coach, she's helped hundreds of authors identify their core message, what we call your soul's message. From there, she helps writers craft their meaningful stories around their soul's message, creating what we call storytelling for impact

That's a big part of what The Soulful Author Journey is about. But we take it one step further. With lifetime access to the course, we also show you how to publish and promote your book with your message in mind, using the very tools, resources, and industry knowledge we use with our publishing clients. But YOU get to own it, and YOU get to create your legacy. When you take control of your story and share it in a way that is authentic to you, you connect with your reader on a deeper level

You see, this is about who you are and what you stand for - brought to life in a way that changes other people's lives. Your transformative legacy. If you commit to writing and sharing your story using our unique framework,  you will be able to hold your story - your book - in your hands, confident that it is a true reflection of your heart, soul, and the impact you want to make on this world. 

That's why it works. It's yours.
We just guide you to write the most powerful and intimate rendition of your story in a book you can share, bring it to life, and reach your reader.


"Lauren and her passion for Burning Soul Collective came my way right when I needed it most. Having abandoned my writing for the bulk of sixteen years, when I decided to get back to it, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew my heart was calling me to do it and then, BOOM, life sends me the fuel I needed to add to my fire.

Lauren and the team at Burning Soul Collective have reminded me that I am far more capable than I think I am. We all are! You just need that drive and someone amazing like Lauren cheering you on and guiding you along your journey."

- Jennifer Hobbs, #1 Best Selling Author of Calmed.

"Lauren and her team are helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about supporting writers to reach their goals and succeed. Lauren teaches the tools and skills to support your writing journey in a natural, accessible and truly inspiring way! Through the course, I made the necessary changes and recommitted to the book that I’ve been ‘thinking about’ and ‘dabbling with’ writing for a decade now – I feel confident that I’ll finish my book (and possibly many more) with the inspiration, support, accountability and structure that Lauren and her team at Burning Soul Collective offer.
I was so impressed by Lauren’s passion, which shines through her eyes and everything she says."

- Liz Witherspoon

The course was just the thing I was looking for to get me out of a creative slump. The sense of community made such a difference for me and engaged me in writing in many new and diverse ways. Writing is an isolated activity, and the group made me feel like part of a family. I needed that, and so did my stories.

-Leah Spradlin

“Lauren Eckhardt and Burning Soul Press made the journey of writing my memoir possible. She is a wonderful coach and encourager. The hundreds of hours we’ve spent crying and laughing together over the past year will always be some of my favorite memories.

-Gina Defa, Best-Selling Author of "The Parakeet Drawing"

If you've made it this far, but something is holding you back...

"I know I have a story to tell, but I don't know where to start."

 We'll be by your side, walking you through every step, from how to determine your core message, to building your stories around it, and all you need to do to get it published and share it with the world! 

"I'm waiting for inspiration to strike."

Inspiration... or motivation? The first place to start is your WHY - that's why it's one of the first steps of our process. If sharing your message is that important to you - you will be inspired (or motivated!) by everything around you to get it done. And while we can help you find it, it's still yours to find.

"I'm intimidated by a blank page."

Aren't we all?!That first sentence can be a beast to get past - take it from every author that has come before you. Luckily, with Lauren's specially designed writing prompts, you will uncover the exactly what you want to say, and you won't be staring at that blank page for long!

"I don't know if I'm a good enough writer."

You aren't. You're an incredible writer. If you can communicate, you can write. Lauren will walk you through her tips to tell a good story. Don't forget, you're not alone anymore! You have a coach and a community of fellow writers working alongside you. 

"Once I write it, then what?"

Then the FUN begins! Parts three and four of the Soulful Author Journey course are all about turning your manuscript into a published book, and then reaching the readers you know need to hear your message. Once you write it, you get to share it - and that's where the real impact begins. 

"I'm nervous to share my story - what if no one likes it?"

 If your story resonates with you, then it resonates with others. While our stories are unique to us, themes of encouragement, empowerment, strength, overcoming, and more, resonate with everyone. 

Your Soulful Author Journey Guides

Lauren Eckhardt 

Lauren is an award-winning and bestselling author, ghostwriter, and book coach. She is also the founder and CEO of Burning Soul Collective and is an advocate for determined and passionate writers who listen to their soul’s calling and the number one cheerleader for our authors. Lauren founded Burning Soul Collective in 2020, after 12 years in the human resources field, to work with aspiring and career authors in pursuit of sharing a powerful and deeply impactful story or message.

She is passionate about ensuring people feel truly seen, heard, and understood and accepted as their most authentic self. 

Lauren has coached hundreds of writers to step into their author dream and publish books they are proud of. 

Allison Buehner


Allison is our in-house editor for Burning Soul Collective authors, and she's been with the company since December 2020. She is passionate about the structure and strategy of language within the complexities of storytelling and takes pride in her nickname “the walking thesaurus”.

She loves making sure an author's message is shared with the reader in the most meaningful way, and always digs in to question "what else" to ensure your readers cherish your book for all time.

Take control of your life's legacy today.


Are you ready to join our other clients on the rewarding journey of being a published author?


If you're truly ready to share your story with the world, all that's next is the commitment to make it happen.

We'll help you get a head start: When you purchase The Soulful Author Journey, you get free access to our Time Management Journal so you can start prioritizing your dream right away