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.

Speed Bumps in your Writing

BmupI refer to long-winded passive-voice writing that leaves readers wondering What does that mean? as speed bumps. You’re cruising along at a nice steady pace, reading something, and BAM you’ve got to stop or slow down. Double back. Sort out the meaning that the author hid because of laziness, incompetence, or unclear thinking.

In writing, speed bumps are bad. Will the reader start reading again, or will he put down your article and go do something else?

  • Your ability to convey your ideas to others will be an enormous determinant to your success. (Warren Buffett)
  • When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. (Enrique Jardiel Poncela)
  • A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. (George Orwell)
  • Clean writing makes a writer seem smarter and it makes the writer’s arguments more persuasive. (Scott Adams)
  • Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able. (Strunk and White)
  • Before you can get to the point, you need to have a point. (Tom Sant)
  • If you write clearly, you’ll be viewed as credible and trustworthy. (Tom Sant)
  • People judge you and get to know you through your writing. (Tom Sant)
  • The main reason to follow the rules of standard English is to minimize the background noise that could drown out your message. (Tom Sant)
  • Success in today’s knowledge-based economy is based on the ability to write effectively. (Tom Sant)
  • I also try to remember that the reader should be given only as much information as he needs and not one word more. (William Zinsser)
  • There’s not much to be said about the period except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough. (William Zinsser)
  • I don’t want anyone to have to read a sentence of mine twice to find out what it means. (William Zinsser)

The best way to avoid speed bumps in your writing is to get someone else to read it before you send it out into the world. That “someone” doesn’t have to be, but it can be.

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