The Three-Second Elevator Pitch

I’m going to quote my buddy Carl because I’ve been his editor for 10 years. He says I keep him from looking stupid.

People send me their writing, I fix it, I send it back.

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Business Proofreading and Editing Services

I will proofread and edit your document for 3 cents per word.

Editing is an investment, not an expense, so price shouldn’t be the first thing you look for, but I know you’ll 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.

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What’s Easier Than Destroying The Evidence?

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I Don’t Sell Business Editing and Proofreading Services

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The Myth of the Solopreneur

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The Secret World of Editing and Proofreading

There isn't one. Sorry to disappoint you. Some people just plain stumble over grammar and/or spelling. No big deal. That's why you outsource that stuff, either to your staff or your spouse or your editing department or an outside … [Continue reading]

Be Your Own Editor

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Scientific Writers Are Rarely Literate

Is that a bold statement? I didn't write it. It appeared in Thorne's Better Medical Writing in 1977. So did this: Scientific writers are rarely literate. If a colleague tells a scientist that his latest article is difficult to understand, … [Continue reading]

Some Folks Just Love To Publish 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? Well, you … [Continue reading]

Write perfectly, you will

I have yet to meet the business writer who says, "You know, I don't care about spelling and grammar and stuff like that. As long as I write a good message, people buy what I'm selling." And if I tell you how to write perfectly, you will know I'm … [Continue reading]

The Best Way to Sell is Not to Sell

After my first Tip Club meeting, Bruce sent me an email. He'd seen me there, taken me to be an expert, and wondered why I paid the $500/year to join. I told him that it was my first and only meeting because I could get the same thing from ACAC for … [Continue reading]

How to Edit and Proofread Perfectly

The first step is to self-edit any document to the best of your ability. Put it away until you can't remember it anymore. Then read it again and see what you missed. Lather rinse repeat. After several edits on your computer screen, when you … [Continue reading]

Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

She told me that she proofreads everything her husband writes, but that she's glad I look it over after she does because sometimes she feels awkward pointing out her husband's mistakes to him. That just sounds weird. My wife was pointing out my … [Continue reading]

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]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Proposal Writing, by Dr. Tom Sant

Dr. Sant shares the seven key factors that can spell the difference between success and failure in your proposal writing efforts: Qualify the opportunity Focus on what the client cares about Organize the message for maximum … [Continue reading]

Can You Afford Not to Hire an Editor?

No, you can’t. I'm amazed at how much good content I see, and perhaps even more amazed at how much bad content I see. But if you want your business to succeed, what you need is great content. Your competitor’s first draft is just as good as your … [Continue reading]

Five Simple Steps For Winning Bids and Proposals

I've never written a proposal. I spent eight years as a purchasing manager, reading bids and proposals. I've spent over fifteen years editing bids and proposals. I've spent nine years editing a weekly newsletter dedicated to winning in writing. Plus … [Continue reading]

Do Not Do Business With Me

With some people, and some companies, I feel that's their message. It's not a good one, is it? Don't give a potential customer a reason not to do business with you. I first recognized the syndrome when working as an Acquisitions Editor. If a … [Continue reading]

Networking Events Ruined by Grabby People

The title says it all. Can I stop writing now? You know how it is. You go to an event and meet some people. Your goal is to meet people who can use your service or product. Meeting people who can provide referrals is also good. Walking up to … [Continue reading]

I Know Why You Started Your Business

I don't have to give you any reasons for starting your own business. You know all the reasons because you've already started one. You do what you enjoy, you work your own hours, you delegate the boring stuff, and eventually you enjoy financial … [Continue reading]