Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

My background in traditional publishing led me to specialize in nonfiction self-help/self-improvement /mind-body-spirit books and proposals.

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While working as a senior editor for a traditional publisher, I discovered my forté is collaborating with authors to bring their dreams to reality. Whether your dream is to be traditionally published or to reap the rewards of publishing independent, I want to help you "say it the way you mean it" while respecting your unique voice.

I love collaborating with authors to create compelling, well-written books that readers can't put down. My specialties include developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading for nonfiction
self-help, spirituality, relationship, and personal growth books; copyediting and proofreading for both most nonfiction including memoirs; and book proposal and query letter evaluations, copyediting, and proofreading.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
New Age
Parenting & Families
Psychology
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Senior Editor

Health Communications, Inc., publisher of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series
September, 2007 – April, 2012 (over 4 years)

Working for a smaller traditional publisher gave me the opportunity to learn many aspects of publishing that I wouldn't have been able to with a mega publisher, including reading hundreds of query letters and book proposals, collaborating with authors to improve their manuscripts, writing and editing book descriptions, catalog copy, and marketing material, and proofreading manuscript, book covers, and ancillary material.

Freelance editor

Self-employed
April, 2007 – Present (over 12 years)

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 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 each author's unique voice while helping them 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.

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.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

Oliver J. Morgan

A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems.Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work in... read more

A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems.Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work in... read more

8 Keys to End Emotional Eating (8 Keys to Mental Health)

Howard Farkas

Bring an end to emotional eating by getting to the root of the problem.Most books about emotional eating tend to focus on how to strengthen self-restraint or how to identify what triggers it. The former can make the problem worse, while the latter may be different each time it occurs. Both approaches fail to help emotional eaters understand why they feel compelled to do something that they don... read more

Bring an end to emotional eating by getting to the root of the problem.Most books about emotional eating tend to focus on how to strengthen self-restraint or how to identify what triggers it. The former can make the problem worse, while the latter may be different each time it occurs. Both approaches fail to help emotional eaters understand why they feel compelled to do something that they don... read more

Treating Couples Well

David C. Treadway

Treating Couples Well shows clinicians how to create a collaborative approach to couple therapy, which will empower couples to take charge of their own treatment. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book carefully explains how to help couples choose between a variety of clinical approaches and offers effective treatment strategies for a wide range of issues, including infideli... read more

Treating Couples Well shows clinicians how to create a collaborative approach to couple therapy, which will empower couples to take charge of their own treatment. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the book carefully explains how to help couples choose between a variety of clinical approaches and offers effective treatment strategies for a wide range of issues, including infideli... read more

Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman's Communication Playbook for Getting the Success You Want

Dion Lim

ABC News anchor Dion Lim’s empowering workplace communication strategies for women in any industry “As women, we’re constantly told to speak up, lean in, and be a badass . . . We absolutely should. We must! But we have to execute these things in the right way.”In a fast-paced world where opportunities appear- and shift- at a moment’s notice, how you communicate can, quite simply, make or break... read more

ABC News anchor Dion Lim’s empowering workplace communication strategies for women in any industry “As women, we’re constantly told to speak up, lean in, and be a badass . . . We absolutely should. We must! But we have to execute these things in the right way.”In a fast-paced world where opportunities appear- and shift- at a moment’s notice, how you communicate can, quite simply, make or break... read more

Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success, and Happiness

Maureen Healy

Every parent wants his or her child to be happy and grow into a productive, fulfilled adult . . . and according to parenting expert Maureen Healy, the secret to that success is in providing a foundation of inner confidence. Parents and teachers know that confidence and inner strength are important attributes, but in an era where self-worth is often measured by possessions and attractiveness, m... read more

Every parent wants his or her child to be happy and grow into a productive, fulfilled adult . . . and according to parenting expert Maureen Healy, the secret to that success is in providing a foundation of inner confidence. Parents and teachers know that confidence and inner strength are important attributes, but in an era where self-worth is often measured by possessions and attractiveness, m... read more

Mind Easing: The Three-Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Bick Wanck MD

Today more than ever, everyone must be her or his own healer, and this is especially true in the management of anxiety and depression. In the first major conceptual leap in mental health care in forty years, Mind Easing's Three-Layered Healing Plan harmonizes wellness approaches, therapy, and, when needed, medicine into a safe and effective plan tailored to the needs and wishes of the individu... read more

Today more than ever, everyone must be her or his own healer, and this is especially true in the management of anxiety and depression. In the first major conceptual leap in mental health care in forty years, Mind Easing's Three-Layered Healing Plan harmonizes wellness approaches, therapy, and, when needed, medicine into a safe and effective plan tailored to the needs and wishes of the individu... read more

As Far As the Heart Can See: Stories to Illuminate the Soul

Mark Nepo

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. As Far As the Heart Can See is an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reaches people through their hearts, bringing something fresh and new to the field by stimulating change through reflection of thoughts and feelings. The s... read more

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. As Far As the Heart Can See is an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reaches people through their hearts, bringing something fresh and new to the field by stimulating change through reflection of thoughts and feelings. The s... read more

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

Oliver J. Morgan

A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems. Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work i... read more

A new model of addiction that incorporates neurobiology, social relationships, and ecological systems. Understanding addiction is no longer just about understanding neurons or genes, broken brain functioning, learning, or faulty choices. Oliver J. Morgan provides a fresh take on addiction and recovery by presenting a more inclusive framework than traditional understanding. Cutting- edge work i... read more

The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection

Deborah A. Olson

Women thrive on connection, and research studies continue to show that we are happier and healthier when we share close connections with other women. In this engaging combination of personal anecdotes, scientific research, and therapeutic advice, you'll learnwhy connection, communication, and intimacy are the three pillars of healthy friendships.how friendship between women leads to longevity,... read more

Women thrive on connection, and research studies continue to show that we are happier and healthier when we share close connections with other women. In this engaging combination of personal anecdotes, scientific research, and therapeutic advice, you'll learnwhy connection, communication, and intimacy are the three pillars of healthy friendships.how friendship between women leads to longevity,... read more

The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Children Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices

Maureen Healy

While growing up has never been easy, today's world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, cites Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy, who was a "wild child," the kind, she writes who left babysitters "wondering if they wanted children" knows her sub... read more

While growing up has never been easy, today's world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, cites Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy, who was a "wild child," the kind, she writes who left babysitters "wondering if they wanted children" knows her sub... read more

The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness

Dr. Ash ElDifrawi MA PsyD, Dr. Alex Lickerman MD

Everyone wants happiness that endures. So why are so few people able to achieve it? Having spent over two decades researching the answer to this question, Drs. Lickerman and ElDifrawi argue in this eminently practical and groundbreaking new book--presented as a series of Platonic dialogues recounting real-life patient experiences--that enduring happiness eludes us because we're profoundly conf... read more

Everyone wants happiness that endures. So why are so few people able to achieve it? Having spent over two decades researching the answer to this question, Drs. Lickerman and ElDifrawi argue in this eminently practical and groundbreaking new book--presented as a series of Platonic dialogues recounting real-life patient experiences--that enduring happiness eludes us because we're profoundly conf... read more

Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond

Susan Powers Ph.D.

"Dr. Susan Powers has used her considerable training and knowledge as a psychologist and her experience as one who has ‘been there’ to open up a deep and necessary dialogue on this subject. I have no doubt that she will be helping people for decades to come as a result." —Tian Dayton, Ph.D. "Don't walk but RUN to get this wonderful book Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond b... read more

"Dr. Susan Powers has used her considerable training and knowledge as a psychologist and her experience as one who has ‘been there’ to open up a deep and necessary dialogue on this subject. I have no doubt that she will be helping people for decades to come as a result." —Tian Dayton, Ph.D. "Don't walk but RUN to get this wonderful book Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond b... read more

The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power

Patricia O'Gorman PhD

Women of all ages want to make others happy―it's just in a woman's nature, isn't it? But what happens when that "need to please" goes wrong, and a woman keeps pushing herself harder while simultaneously ignoring her own needs? What happens when a woman begins to think self-sabotaging girly thoughts―thoughts like If only I was thinner . . . younger . . . prettier . . . was into kinkier sex . . ... read more

Women of all ages want to make others happy―it's just in a woman's nature, isn't it? But what happens when that "need to please" goes wrong, and a woman keeps pushing herself harder while simultaneously ignoring her own needs? What happens when a woman begins to think self-sabotaging girly thoughts―thoughts like If only I was thinner . . . younger . . . prettier . . . was into kinkier sex . . ... read more

X: The Story of a Magic Pill: How People Use the Xpill to Get Clarity, Break Through Blocks, and Access the Power of the Unconscious Mind

Robert Richman

A book about the history of the Xpill and how people can use it breakthrough blocks, commit to actions and learn about themselves.

A book about the history of the Xpill and how people can use it breakthrough blocks, commit to actions and learn about themselves.

Battle Endurance: How You Can Be Someone Who Never Quits and Gives Everything You Have To Give

Nate Battle

A self-help guide to help you deal with adversity, get through challenges and obstacles, learn how never to quit, and give to make a lasting impact on others. (Formerly Three Phases of Endurance During Crisis)

A self-help guide to help you deal with adversity, get through challenges and obstacles, learn how never to quit, and give to make a lasting impact on others. (Formerly Three Phases of Endurance During Crisis)

Sunburned and Circumcised

Matt Ziselman

In the very same region of upstate New York where, just a few years earlier, the summer of love was in full, psychedelic bloom, Matt Ziselman experienced his own summer of love. Well, minus the love. And the music. And, the most prevalent drug at the time—at least in Matt’s world—was probably Calamine lotion. Sunburned and Circumcised is a funny, poignant coming-of-age story chronicling the ei... read more

In the very same region of upstate New York where, just a few years earlier, the summer of love was in full, psychedelic bloom, Matt Ziselman experienced his own summer of love. Well, minus the love. And the music. And, the most prevalent drug at the time—at least in Matt’s world—was probably Calamine lotion. Sunburned and Circumcised is a funny, poignant coming-of-age story chronicling the ei... read more

Wanting to Want: What Kills Your Sex Life and How to Keep It Alive

Madeleine Castellanos MD

Here's what people are saying about Wanting to Want:"Dr. Castellanos presents a refreshingly integrated view of sexual health that includes the physical and psychological dimensions. This book offers you a clear and concise roadmap to identify your stumbling blocks to good sex and sexual pleasure, and then to move beyond them."- Esther Perel, author of Mating in CaptivityHow do you sustain sex... read more

Here's what people are saying about Wanting to Want:"Dr. Castellanos presents a refreshingly integrated view of sexual health that includes the physical and psychological dimensions. This book offers you a clear and concise roadmap to identify your stumbling blocks to good sex and sexual pleasure, and then to move beyond them."- Esther Perel, author of Mating in CaptivityHow do you sustain sex... read more

Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle

Terry Cralle, W David Brown

Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle begins with a day in the life of a young boy named Sam-who resisted sleep the night before and now faces the numerous and often frustrating challenges of sleep deprivation that both children and adults will relate to. Certified Clinical Sleep Educator Terry Cralle, RN, and W. David Brown, PhD, DABSM, CBSM, have crafted relevant sleep research findings i... read more

Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle begins with a day in the life of a young boy named Sam-who resisted sleep the night before and now faces the numerous and often frustrating challenges of sleep deprivation that both children and adults will relate to. Certified Clinical Sleep Educator Terry Cralle, RN, and W. David Brown, PhD, DABSM, CBSM, have crafted relevant sleep research findings i... read more

Let Your Soul Evolve: Spiritual Growth for the New Millennium

Phil Diaz, P. D. Alleva

Let Your Soul Evolve, Spiritual Growth for the New Millennium, is a book authored by Phil Diaz and P.D. Alleva, that explores the world of human and spiritual potential. Using their own works along with chapters by contributing authors, the book guides the reader on a journey of personal growth in perception and belief systems. The reader is presented with precepts and writings that provide a ... read more

Let Your Soul Evolve, Spiritual Growth for the New Millennium, is a book authored by Phil Diaz and P.D. Alleva, that explores the world of human and spiritual potential. Using their own works along with chapters by contributing authors, the book guides the reader on a journey of personal growth in perception and belief systems. The reader is presented with precepts and writings that provide a ... read more

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self

Dr. Alex Lickerman MD

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically; it takes practice. Ne... read more

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically; it takes practice. Ne... read more

Life, with Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story

Frank Terrazzano, Paul Lonardo

Newsday columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning social journalist Lauren Terrazzano championed the causes of abused children, the elderly, and the homeless, truly becoming a voice for the voiceless through her writing by taking global issues and personalizing them to dramatize how they affected individual families and people. Not infrequently, her stories would force change in people's thinking a... read more

Newsday columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning social journalist Lauren Terrazzano championed the causes of abused children, the elderly, and the homeless, truly becoming a voice for the voiceless through her writing by taking global issues and personalizing them to dramatize how they affected individual families and people. Not infrequently, her stories would force change in people's thinking a... read more

The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life

LaDonna Gatlin, Mike Marino

We all have a song to sing―something that sets us apart as special, worthy, and unique. To be our absolute best, we must find our own voice. That's the message in this encouraging you-can-do-it guide by LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group The Gatlin Brothers. A member of the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame, she has inspired hundreds of thousands of people ove... read more

We all have a song to sing―something that sets us apart as special, worthy, and unique. To be our absolute best, we must find our own voice. That's the message in this encouraging you-can-do-it guide by LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group The Gatlin Brothers. A member of the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame, she has inspired hundreds of thousands of people ove... read more

Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy

Raeleen Mautner PhD

The challenges we face over the course of a lifetime, especially those that involve major personal loss, can seem devastating, as radio personality and self-help specialist Dr. Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner discovered when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. The Italian rituals and lifestyle habits she grew up with―and later began researching―were instrumental in helping... read more

The challenges we face over the course of a lifetime, especially those that involve major personal loss, can seem devastating, as radio personality and self-help specialist Dr. Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner discovered when her husband suddenly and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. The Italian rituals and lifestyle habits she grew up with―and later began researching―were instrumental in helping... read more

The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery

Sherry Gaba

Welcome to a new approach to addiction recovery. The Law of Sobriety combines the power of positive thinking with definite action steps to create and maintain a clean and sober life that is filled with renewed purpose. Psychotherapist Sherry Gaba, the go-to expert for life-coaching matters on VH1's Celebrity Rehab, asserts that there is more to successful recovery than conventional 12-step pro... read more

Welcome to a new approach to addiction recovery. The Law of Sobriety combines the power of positive thinking with definite action steps to create and maintain a clean and sober life that is filled with renewed purpose. Psychotherapist Sherry Gaba, the go-to expert for life-coaching matters on VH1's Celebrity Rehab, asserts that there is more to successful recovery than conventional 12-step pro... read more

The Ultimate Bird Lover: Stories and Advice on Our Feathered Friends at Home and in the Wild

Marty D.V.M., Gina Spadafori, Mikkel Shannon

Crazy for Canaries? Wild for Woodpeckers? Whether your passion is for birds of prey or companions that play, you'll delight in these extraordinary stories about birds of all kinds. Seekers of avian encounters in the wild and infatuated pet owners celebrate the magic of these winged beauties through heartfelt stories, spectacular photos, and expert advice. With illustrative tales as their backd... read more

Crazy for Canaries? Wild for Woodpeckers? Whether your passion is for birds of prey or companions that play, you'll delight in these extraordinary stories about birds of all kinds. Seekers of avian encounters in the wild and infatuated pet owners celebrate the magic of these winged beauties through heartfelt stories, spectacular photos, and expert advice. With illustrative tales as their backd... read more

Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain

Vincent Pedre

Following the success of the bestselling Clean Gut and Wheat Belly comes this essential guide to improving digestive health from an expert in functional medicine—who reveals why everything that ails us, from fatigue to weight gain to bloating and bad skin, can be traced back to the gut, and shares his cleansing plan to help us reclaim our health.Dr. Vincent Pedre understands gut problems first... read more

Following the success of the bestselling Clean Gut and Wheat Belly comes this essential guide to improving digestive health from an expert in functional medicine—who reveals why everything that ails us, from fatigue to weight gain to bloating and bad skin, can be traced back to the gut, and shares his cleansing plan to help us reclaim our health.Dr. Vincent Pedre understands gut problems first... read more

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Ivy Ge
Candace is responsible, thorough, knowledgeable, and cares deeply about the success of my book. My utmost respect for her super-logical mind, keen insights, and meticulous work on shaping my words into a book that resonates with readers. Her judgment and advice kept my writing sharp and riveting. If you are shopping for a good editor, try her out. You won't be disappointed!

Ivy Ge, October 2019

Candace Johnson
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ivy on her book. She is a strong writer who is open to suggestions but not intimidated by them. Her questions are always thoughtful and thought-provoking, and our ...
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Michael Long
Candace was very helpful in reviewing my manuscript, providing detailed edits and high-level recommendations. I would certainly work with her again.

Michael Long, August 2019

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