Proofreading and Editing Service

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, in my mind, is ensuring that everything you write is clear, simple, easy to understand, and impossible to misunderstand.

I provide both and I demand nothing less than perfection.

  • I love bids, proposals and tenders
  • I love newsletters and magazines
  • I love ebooks and print books

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 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.

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Every Author Needs A Proofreader

When you read your own writing, you don’t see what’s on the paper or computer screen. You see what’s in your head. That’s why it’s so easy to find the mistakes of others but so hard to find your own.

Credibility is mandatory. You know that from your experiences as a customer. Mistakes make you look less than professional and are downright embarrassing.

Lack of clarity is even worse. You want to ensure that everything can be easily understood and nothing can be misunderstood. For this, the perspective of someone who didn’t write the document is invaluable.

Hiring a proofreader or an editor will always cost less than reprinting your documents or having your prospect point out your mistakes. Not to mention lowering your stress levels.

Proofreading is an investment, not an expense.

Some proofreaders will promise you two or three edits. I call them slackers. I reread your document as many times as it takes. When I work on your document, the most important thing in my world is your document. I want it to be perfect and I presume you do too.

If you’ve got a tight deadline, let me know what it is and I’ll meet it. My price is 2 cents (US) per word, my usual turnaround time is 48 hours, and I work on weekends and holidays.

According to George Orwell, great writing is like a window pane. Let Michael Edits be your Windex.

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