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.

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, the writer is more likely to assume that his colleague is unintelligent than that his article is unintelligible. Such writers believe that discussions about style, choice of words, length of sentences, active and passive voice, subjunctives, and the like, are for nonscientific second-rate minds with nothing original to say, and are irrelevant for serious scientific workers. Unfortunately, this argument can be supported by reference to published accounts of important work, many of which are badly written. No editor will reject first- class research because it is in poor English, and few journals have enough staff to rewrite all the articles they publish.

So why does style matter?

Simplicity and clarity are the features of good scientific writing. Nobody is asking you to write great literature, but the meaning must be readily understood. Good points to remember are that doctors not working in the subject should be able to understand the article, clear thought can be expressed clearly, and a man with something of value to say has no need to pad it out just to bore editors (who are likely to reject them) and bore their readers (who are unlikely to finish them).

In other words, most writers are failing to communicate, which is the object of writing in the first place.

I Don’t Sell Business Editing and Proofreading Services

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Be Your Own Editor

Be Your Own Editor is the title of an essay from Thorne's Better Medical Writing. It was the only one aimed specifically at non-native English writers. And yet, about 98% of the advice he gives applies to all writers regardless of topic or language. … [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]

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]

The Myth of the Solopreneur

The title says it all, really. When you start your business, you're in survival mode, and you do everything yourself simply because you have no other options. You might recruit friends and family as free or cheap labor, for a while, if you're … [Continue reading]

Speed Bumps in your Writing


I 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 … [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]

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]



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 … [Continue reading]

Can You Afford Not To Hire A Proofreader?

Before I ask the experts to weigh in, look at your own experiences. If you're reading somebody's ad copy and you spot mistakes in their spelling, grammar, or punctuation, you know what you do. You assume they're equally shoddy when they work on … [Continue reading]

Customer Service Blunders (starring Time Warner Cable)

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 clueless and apathetic at Time Warner Cable. Step One is to send the customer a letter that begins “We’re … [Continue reading]

What’s Easier Than Destroying The Evidence?

The company president went through at least ten secretaries in four months. One started work in the morning and never came back from lunch. Another called on the day she was supposed to start and said, "I heard about you. I don't want the job … [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]

I Was Not Always An Editor

I was, however, always a reading junkie. The cereal box stereotype fits. I was born in 1963. I got my first typewriter as a Christmas present, in 1978. It was a Royal. It was manual. It was used. I loved it. I started editing in 1991, and I … [Continue reading]

The Written Word

Another successful presentation to a room full of engaged listeners. This is why you became a business coach. Or a consultant. Or an executive coach. Or a life coach. Every time this happens, you are helping people. Every day, you help people. … [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]

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]

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]