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.