If your soul’s purpose is to inspire, empower, and create a better world, it starts with sharing your story.
We can help you make a powerful impact—just by being you


Who We Are

Burning Soul Press turns inspiring life stories into impact-driven, book-led movements that transcend our earthly life through the fostering of positive, generational change in this world. We help capture your experiences, perspectives, knowledge, revelations, and growth to empower others who need to hear your story the most. We specialize in book coaching, ghostwriting, publishing, and marketing to support changemakers in their journey.

Our mission is simple: We want you to empower people with your story, acknowledging the valleys and peaks of the mountains you’ve scaled, so your story can help others when shared, embracing the calling as we were all put on this earth to do. It’s letting that burning soul within free, allowing yourself to be seen and heard for who you truly are, trusting your authenticity is enough—believing that you are enough.

Founded by Lauren Eckhardt, the name Burning Soul originally came from a collection of essays she wrote when she was only 9 years old. It was her thoughts on all types of topics ranging from bullying to marriage to racism. She called it “One Burning Soul” because of a vision she had of someone caught in a glass box, screaming and pounding as people walked by, dying to be seen and heard for who they truly are, yet being ignored. When it came time to launch Burning Soul Press, Lauren knew her drive was to re-write that narrative and help people’s time here on this earth MATTER by their journeys being honored and captured in something that’s not easily erased: books.

Your journey chose you for a reason. Your unique voice—your experiences, thoughts, values, beliefs, perspectives, emotions, heart, and soul—has the power to change another’s life forever.

When joining the BSP family, we help you write, publish and market your book using our unique Soul Writer Framework. This isn’t your typical writing approach. The Soul Writer framework will challenge you to dig deep into the soulful core of who you are to embrace this new journey and the impact you’re about to make with your words. It guides especially those with entrepreneurial spirits to turn their passionate messages into published books and social-impact missions, and those with already established ventures to deeply connect with their audience through the vulnerability of the stories within their life journey.

Writing a book is meaningful- not something to be done quickly. If you want to do more with your dream than just write a book- you’re more focused on your message and long-term impact, you’re exactly who we want to work with.

Are you ready to share your story and fulfill your soul’s mission?

Welcome to Burning Soul Press.

How We Can Help You

Bring your soulful story to the world to inspire, empower, and help others who need it the most.

Writing: The Soul Writer Journey

Publishing: Burning Soul Press or WakeFire Press or DreamSpark Press


Your Biggest Fans

We’re the Burning Soul Press team. We care about your book being released into the world as much as you do since we know the impact it can have. We simply take the guesswork out of the process to make it successful, so you can enjoy the incredible journey and become the author you always wanted to be. 

Lauren Eckhardt

Founder & CEO

Lauren is an award-winning and best-selling author and CEO, ghostwriter, and book coach at Burning Soul Press. She’s also the mama to two little guys who are her why that drives her every day. She’s an advocate for determined and passionate writers who listen to their soul’s calling and the number one cheerleader for our authors. 

Allison Buehner

Strategic Communications Director

Allison has worked in the PR sphere in various industries her entire career. As the Strategic Communications Director for Burning Soul Press, she works on larger strategic initiatives to elevate the BSP brand to reach those with an impactful story to share. Allison is passionate about the structure and strategy of language within the complexities of storytelling and takes pride in her nickname “the walking thesaurus”.

Taylor Harvey

Vision Manager

Taylor is an avid reader with a passion for guiding authors through the writing & publishing process. Coming from a creative background, she loves working 1:1 with authors to really get to know them and dive into their stories. She’s also an audiobook narrator! So, she pretty much lives in the world of books (and happily so).

Lenora Henson

Content & Design Manager

Lenora Henson is a content creator and design manager with a lifelong affection for stories and the written word. She is an indie-publishing veteran, spent nineteen years in the newspaper industry, and is the author of six books. She specializes in book launch parties and prefers to work outside the box. On any given day, Lenora can be found knee-deep in various creative endeavors or pottering around the garden.

Claire Coffey

Author Success Manager

Claire is a contemporary romance author. She lives on iced coffee and sloppy Boxer puppy kisses. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and puzzles. Claire is dedicated to guiding our authors throughout their publishing and marketing journey, as their point of contact for any questions or needs throughout the process and beyond.

DeShea Bentley

Brand Impact Manager

DeShea has a passion for creating meaningful connections with people through all forms of art. She is a classically trained artist that pursued an education in the modern world of computer graphics and digital marketing but still loves picking up her well-worn paintbrushes. You may find her daydreaming of Scotland, drinking tea in her garden, or using her powers of deduction to solve various mysteries and puzzles.

Julie Navickas

Impact Manager

Julie Navickas is a contemporary romance novelist, author of the Trading Heartbeats trilogy. She instructs writing-based courses focused on public relations and magazine production and design in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. Julie has a master’s degree in both English studies and organizational communication from Illinois State University. Julie provides our authors with PR expertise, tools, resources, and actionable strategies to expand their impact and reach their readers.

Words from our Clients

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Why We Are Here

Burning Soul Press is comprised of creatives, indie writers and authors.
Everything we do is to make it easier for others to have their dreams come true.
Every decision and action reflects our values. If you value our values, you’ll value what we can do for you.


Transparency of our souls’ messages, our journeys, and everything we do, including the investment in us. We won’t try to sell you on us if we’re not a good fit.

Lasting Impact

All BSP authors are dedicated to the lasting impact of their words and message. Join the community of other-like minded writers making a difference every single day.


Your most authentic self is what this world needs. We make sure every choice you make and all that you do with your book aligns with your authenticity and values.


There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all service when it comes to writing and publishing a book. We honor what makes you and your story unique and shine a light on it.


We believe everyone has a story that can empower others. We create safe spaces for vulnerability so that deeper connections can foster and empowerment spars like wildfire.


Most creative ventures are solitary, but we know the impact a great support team can have to the success of our dreams. No one is being forced in a box here. We’re creatives helping creatives be free.

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Our Updates, Advice, & Musings

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