About Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson 11 400dpiI 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 assisted several authors with reality-based novels as well as more traditional fiction genres. I also specialize in helping nonfiction authors polish their book proposals in preparation for querying agents and publishers.

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, proofreading for errors in a manuscript before or after typesetting, or polishing a book proposal, I work in a collaborative and supportive environment that allows authors to achieve the most professional quality possible in their work.

Would you like to know more about how a professional editor can help?

Whether you’re writing a blog post or article, a book proposal, query letter, or a full book, I’m available by email at Candace@ChangeItUpEditing.com or by phone at (954) 348-1963. Let’s chat soon; I’m here to help!

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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):

“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.”

28 thoughts on “About Candace Johnson”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.
    Bianca.

  4. 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.

    1. 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 cyjohnson5580@gmail.com 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!

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