Professional Proofreading and Editing Services for your Business

I charge 2.3 cents per word and usually proofread and edit your document in 48 hours or less.

(You really shouldn’t choose your editor based solely on price, but I know it’s a factor, and one that many authors look at first.)

What do you get for that?

  • Clear
  • Simple
  • Easy to understand
  • Impossible to misunderstand
  • Error-free

When you write, that’s what you want. With Michael Edits, that’s what you get.

Great writing is like a window pane. Let Michael Edits be your Windex.

Proofreading, in my mind, is all that “oops” stuff that makes you cringe after you hit “send” or spend hundreds or thousands to print a bunch of pretty brochures or other literature.

Editing ensures that the reader knows what you’re talking about, without ever having to read the same sentence twice or consult anything except your document.

Whenever I review your document, I provide both editing and proofreading, and I demand nothing less than perfection.

  • Blogs
  • E-books
  • Websites
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Bids, proposals and tenders

But is that all I’ve edited and proofread? Oh no. From 1991 through 1999 I was the in-house editor for Eastern Instruments, until I left Eastern Instruments in 1999 to form Michael Edits. Tens of millions of words. If pressed to name a few more specialties, they would be:

  • Website Content Review
  • Marketing Communications
  • Promotional Material
  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Manuals
  • Life Coaching
  • Press Releases
  • Technical Manuals and Spec Sheets (how I began)

But promising too much is just too vague, isn’t it? Here are a few authors I’ve enjoyed long-term relationships with. I hope you see someone who reminds you of what you do.

Send me an email at If I know I’m a perfect fit for what you’ve got, I’ll quote you a firm price and delivery time. If I’m not a perfect fit, I’ll recommend another proofreader or editor who is. Either way, we all win.

P.S. I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina, but you don’t have to be. We’ve got the Internet.

P.P.S. If you’re panic-stricken because your calculator’s giving you a price over $1000, this page might be of interest to you.

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The Myth of the Solopreneur

The title says it all, really.

When you start your business, you’re in survival mode, and you do everything yourself simply because you have no other options. You might recruit friends and family as free or cheap labor, for a while, if you’re lucky, but basically you are the aforementioned solopreneur.

You started your business because you wanted to [core]. But of course you can’t just do that all the time. You know it’s not practical. You have to do all kinds of paperwork, sales and marketing, budgeting time and money, maybe some networking, perhaps hiring and firing or inventory… Yep, I just bored you. You think about that stuff enough without having to read it here too.

I don’t know what you delegated first, but it freed you up to spend more time doing [core]. There’s only one of you. Time you spend working on your taxes, for example, is time you’re not spending doing [core].

There are things you can delegate to employees, and other things that just don’t involve enough work to hire somebody. Or you could be running along the same lines as Michael Edits, in which case you’ll never hire anybody because there’s only one Michael. So you outsource.

  • After 15 years of writing my own website, I’m going to outsource some functions to a web guy.
  • I looked into hiring a content provider and decided I’d rather keep writing.
  • I’ve looked at what I can outsource regarding social media, and decided I’d rather hang onto that too, but at least I looked.
  • I’ve been outsourcing my proofreading and editing longer than I’ve had Michael Edits, and if I publish something that wasn’t proofread, you usually know it.

But the thing is, do get help when it’s more efficient to do so. Time you spend doing [crap] is time you don’t spend doing [core], time that you spend stressing, time you spend away from stuff other than your business that you also enjoy doing. Why do that to yourself?

And guess what? The solopreneur isn’t a myth. The solopreneur who always flies solo is a myth.

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Credibility Professionalism Peace of Mind

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