Change It Up Editing

I'm Candace Johnson, and I love words. Especially yours. Let me help you say it the way you mean it!

About Candace Johnson

I am a professional freelance editor, writer, and ghostwriter. Previously, I was a senior editor for Health Communications, Inc., a traditional trade book publisher best known for the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as other nonfiction bestsellers.

As a freelance editor and proofreader, I have worked with traditional publishers, self-published authors, and independent book packagers on nonfiction subjects ranging from memoirs to alternative medical treatments to self-help. I have also assisted several authors with reality-based novels as well as more traditional fiction genres.

As an editorial specialist, I offer my clients the opportunity to take their work to the next level. I believe in maintaining an author’s unique voice while helping him or her create and polish every sentence to make it the best it can be.

Writers are often too close to their own work to be objective about what they’ve written, and one of my fortés is my ability to home in on writing weaknesses and help writers convey their message in the most powerful way possible—regardless of the subject matter—while maintaining the author’s unique voice.

Whether helping an author organize ideas before writing begins or during the writing process, fine-tuning details such as spelling, punctuation, syntax, word choice, and organization of ideas, or proofreading for errors in a manuscript before or after typesetting, I work in a collaborative and supportive environment that allows authors to achieve the most professional quality possible in their work.

Here is what Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner, author of Lemons into Limoncello, had to say (and you can read more from other writers in Testimonials):

“Candace Johnson was my acquiring editor at HCI before she started her own company, Change It Up Editing. I say this because it was Candace who had a real eye for what would work in the commercial publishing world, even when working at a publishing house geared more toward addiction/recovery self-help materials. She tirelessly advocated for Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy (HCI Books), and her colleagues soon came to love the idea too. It is largely because of Candace’s insights that my book proposal became a reality. I was very fortunate to have her continue to work with me when she ventured out on her own.

“She is a true ‘insider’ in the publishing world, and what I love about Candace is her ability to help authors create the best, most polished book possible, with an eye toward both their commercial success and their readers’ perspective—all without diminishing the writer’s unique voice. Candace’s editing and critiquing approach is professional, positive, and right-on in terms of helping both self-published and commercially published authors bring their writing dreams to fruition. Candace is a super-knowledgeable professional, a caring person, and someone who I am now proud to call my friend.”

27 thoughts on “About Candace Johnson

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  2. I have been contemplating writing a book, probably non-fiction autobiography of a sort, so I will be in touch with you in the future. May I have your email so I can let you know when I will need your services. Thank you very much.

    • Hi Kenneth,
      I am always happy to discuss how I might help you at any point of your writing journey. Feel free to email me at whenever you’re ready. And I invite you to scroll back through my older blog posts and my Facebook page for articles and links to information you might find helpful, too. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to connecting soon!

  3. bgbowers on said:

    Hi Candace, we’re following each other on Twitter and I’m now following your blog as I’d like to keep you in mind for editing requirements when they arise.

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  6. Hi Candace, Hope you’re well. I see that you now have your own business. Congratulations! I have just finished writing a book with my friend Rita Battat Silverman on replacement children— a topic that effects a lot more people than one might think. Anyway, I wondered if I could pick your brain about what publishing houses to send this to. I remember how supportive you were of my book when at HCI. Since then I’ve self- published and that may be the way we go but I wanted to know if I can contact you for a brief conversation by email or phone. Best, Abigail

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  8. I love all your tips. Thank you for putting so much helpful information out there. 🙂

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  10. lauraeflores on said:

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog, being too close to what you write is something I have come to recognize in myself as of late and… As I am about to finish writing my first novel, I will be looking into the editing services.

  11. Hey there! Congratulations, you’ve been nominated for two blog awards! All info can be found on my blog:


  12. Congratulations! You have been nominated for the “Wonderful Team Member Award”! More details on my blog!

  13. Hi Candace,

    I don’t know if you accept blog awards, but I chose you as one of my recipients for the Super Sweet Award! If you wish to accept it, please go here:

    All the best,

  14. Glad to learn about you Candace. What a great resource you have provided here.

  15. Hi Candace – thanks for visiting and following my blog! Looks as if I can learn a lot from yours, so I’ll visit often. And when I’m ready to publish, I may give you a buzz. : -)

  16. Thanks for following our blog Candace! 🙂 Beth

  17. I thought you might be interested to know that the first Writing Advice discussion is up on my blog!

  18. I have bookmarked this page for your contact info. Thanks.

  19. Awesome. This is good information for me. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Cheers. 🙂

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