Professional Proofreading and Editing Services for your Business

I charge 2.5 cents per word and usually proofread and edit your document in 48 hours or less.

Editing is an investment, not an expense, so price shouldn’t be the first thing you look for, but I know you’re going to ask about it at some point, so there it is.

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 click “send” or spend thousands to print a bunch of pretty 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.

When 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

From 1991 through 1999 I was the in-house editor for Eastern Instruments, until I left 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.

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Every author always has and always will need an editor. There are no exceptions.

We don’t see what we wrote. We see what we thought we wrote, what we meant to write, and even what we forgot to write.

When we read about a topic that’s familiar to us, our minds can fill in the blanks and draw upon what we already know to help us better understand (or misunderstand) the material. And what is more familiar to us than something we wrote ourselves and then reread five or ten or fifty times?

That’s why we do our best self-editing after we click the “send” button. It’s why we spot mistakes so much more quickly and easily if it’s somebody else’s writing.

I can screw up in a short blog post or email, so thinking I could manage an entire novel-length manuscript without something slipping past me is — you guessed it — inconceivable.

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The Written Word

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This does not mean I make house calls

This does not mean I make house calls

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