Proofreading and Editing Services

  • 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 and Editing Services

Proofreading, in my mind, is all that “oops” stuff that makes you cringe after you hit “send” or you spend hundreds or thousands to print up 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.

  • I love blogs and websites
  • I love ebooks and print books
  • I love newsletters and magazines
  • I love 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 specialties, they would be:

  • Website Content Review
  • Bids, Proposals, Tenders
  • Marketing Communications
  • Promotional Material
  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Manuals
  • Life Coaching
  • Press Releases
  • Newsletters
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Technical Manuals and Spec Sheets (how I began)

But promising too much is just too vague, isn’t it? Here are some customers I’ve enjoyed long-term relationships with. If someone reminds you of what you do, great.

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. (It’s usually 2 cents per word and 48 hours or less.) If I’m not a perfect fit, I’ll recommend another proofreader or editor who is. Either way, we all win.

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

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15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly [infographic]

I could go on at great length and word count, and perhaps repeat all the other teachers and gurus whose words you can’t remember. But wouldn’t you rather see an infographic? I know I would.

  • Your and you’re
  • It’s and its
  • There, their, and they’re
  • Affect and effect
  • Then and than
  • Loose and lose
  • Me, myself, and I
  • Apostrophe abuse
  • Could of, would of, should of (I hate even typing those)
  • Complement and compliment
  • Fewer and less
  • Historic and historical
  • Principal and principle
  • Literally
  • The Dangling Participle

The fine folks at Daily Infographic can solve all these problems, so without further ado, here’s the link.

Oh, I once got an email from my boss at an editing company that said “without further adieu.” I bid Chandra adieu and don’t work there anymore.

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Creative Ownership

Creative Ownership

I do not write websites. Do not ask me to. Yeah, I wrote in 1997 or 1998. My employer asked. That's different. Yeah, I write and maintain but that's because I'm too cheap to outsource. That's … [Continue reading]

Branding Revisited – How my customers define what I am

Michael Edits

I belong to several in-person networking groups, which just goes to show you how old school I can be. I recently received an email reminding me that two of them are converging on a single location in 48 hours as a one-time super group. With free … [Continue reading]

Firing Your Customers for Fun and Profit

You're Fired

Okay, mostly it's for fun. But you will profit. Something motivated you to open your business. Unemployment and desperation, perhaps, but even so, why that business rather than some other business? You've got some skill and some passion, and … [Continue reading]

Silos, Politics, Favoritism, Turf Wars, and Employee Suggestion of the Month


Larry couldn't win Employee Suggestion Of The Month because he was management. So, he gave me his idea. If I won, I'd receive $1000 and the best parking spot for one month. He never mentioned splitting the money. One department soldered circuit … [Continue reading]

Sincerely Positive and Positively Sincere Part 3

Sincerely Positive and Positively Sincere

This is the beginning of Chapter Seventeen of Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America's Team Out of the Dumps and Myself Out of the Doghouse by Jimmy Johnson, from way back in 1993. Don't be surprised if I quote him again. … [Continue reading]

Mark Twain Explains Proofreading

Mark Twain

You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes & vacancies but you don't know it, because you are filling them from your mind as you go along. Sometimes - but not often … [Continue reading]

The Truth About Clarity, Brevity, and Style

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. (Matthew Arnold)

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Your Credibility is at Stake

You know what you’re talking about. You could be a writing a blog post on how to do something or the sales copy for your product. Either way, you are confident in your knowledge of the topic. You know that you will be able to convey your message … [Continue reading]

Some Folks Just Love To Publish Awful Writing

Awful Writing

  Thus, it would seem reasonable that shortening of 10 cm at skeletal maturity or predicted shortening of this amount when the child reaches adulthood would be sufficient to consider Syme amputation. That was published. What does it mean? … [Continue reading]

Written Conversations Are Inefficient

Inefficient Fly Swatter

Note: This blog post was inspired by Carl Dickson of Capture Planning. Much of my content is. The graphic was created by the ever-efficient Rube Goldberg. You sit down to write your newsletter, your blog, your magazine, your eBook, your … [Continue reading]

How I Became a Proofreader and an Editor

From Hong Kong SPCA to world traveler

In December 1999, I flew to Hong Kong for a one-month vacation. I met Jan, decided to stay, quit my job in the US by email, and found myself living in Hong Kong on a tourist visa. So I started proofreading and editing for authors in the US by … [Continue reading]

How To Write A Scientific Paper Worth Reading, a free white paper

I lectured on this topic for four years in twelve of the twenty-four medical colleges at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. I edited papers for the doctors and the medical students. They wrote in English, which was not their native language. I don't … [Continue reading]

Sincerely Positive and Positively Sincere Part 2

Sincerely Positive and Positively Sincere

This is the beginning of Chapter Seventeen of Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America's Team Out of the Dumps and Myself Out of the Doghouse by Jimmy Johnson, from way back in 1993. Don't be surprised if I quote him again. … [Continue reading]

Customer Service Blunders, starring #TimeWarnerCable

Credibility and Professionalism

Today's episode of How Not To Do Customer Service is being brought to you by Time Warner Cable. Let's all give a big round of applause to the morons at Time Warner Cable. Step one is to send me a letter that begins "We're pleased to extend you … [Continue reading]

Social Media – don’t believe the hype and don’t generate hype

Social Media

Outreach makes you findable. You don't walk up to a stranger (in person or by Internet) and close a sale. Business has never worked like that, and social media isn't some sort of voodoo that changes that. All I want to do with social media, or … [Continue reading]

Differentiation and Branding

Michael Edits

My homework was to find my top three competitors and describe what makes me different from them. I knew my top competitor. A quick Google search gave me others. I've already forgotten their names but they're all the same. Log onto a service, go … [Continue reading]

Business Insights – How to Find and Effectively Communicate Golden Nuggets in Retail Data

Business Insights

I have two reasons for telling you about Business Insights, by David O'Neil; Steve Gerst, PhD; and Sharyl Prom. First and foremost, it's an excellent book. Second, I just want to brag. Here's my name in print. … [Continue reading]

Defining Your Ideal Prospect

Your Ideal Prospect

All customers are not created equal. Please tell me you knew that already. Some are simply a better fit for your company than others. Your skills and specialties are a better match for their needs. You enjoy the work, or at least you don't … [Continue reading]