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 should not 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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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, and it looks exactly like the photo. It was used. I started editing in 1991, and I … [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]

I Don’t Sell Proofreading and Editing Services

Credibility Professionalism Peace of Mind

Yes, the site is called Michael Edits, and thus it's quite logical for you to conclude that I edit. And, in fact, I do. But that's not what I sell. I sell candor. I sell perfection. I sell peace of mind. I sell the perception of … [Continue reading]

Branding – How my customers define what I am

Michael Edits

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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]

This does not mean I make house calls

This does not mean I make house calls

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Slush Pile Hell and the slow beginning

Slush Pile

I hope you enjoy my manuscript. In the beginning it is going to be hard for you to read as it's fairly slow, but stay with it because the end will encourage you. These words (but not the picture) come to us from … [Continue reading]

What We Think We Wrote

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Customer Service – why must I even explain this?


Last year, I put my empty 5-gallon water bottle into the machine at Food Lion. The machine did not give me a ticket. The cashier called me a liar, and when that didn't work, she explained that there was nothing she could do unless the Primo man was … [Continue reading]

Teach Yourself Creative Writing

The first sentence in Teach Yourself Creative Writing is this one: The only way to improve your writing is to write. That's exactly correct. What I've accumulated here are lesson plans that have worked for me, for years, with hundreds of students … [Continue reading]

The Women of Botswana Now Fly Aeroplanes

The Handsome Mans De Luxe Cafe

Mma Ramotswe slipped the business plan into a drawer. The trouble with plans, she thought, was that they tended to be expressions of hope. Everybody, it seemed, felt that they should have a plan, but for most people the plan merely said what they … [Continue reading]

How I Proofread and Edit

I'm aware of the distinction between proofreading and editing, but I tend to use them interchangeably because I do them simultaneously. When you edit and/or proofread, the most important thing is to know what works best for you, and to have the … [Continue reading]

Writing is not complicated

You have some stuff in your head, you put it on paper, I read it, and I know what was in your head. Simple. Be clear in your own mind about what you want to communicate. Deliver your message succinctly. Make it simple, clear, easy to … [Continue reading]

The First Five Pages – A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile, by Noah Lukeman

There are no rules to assure great writing, but there are ways to avoid bad writing. That's from the introduction to The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. It's also the focus of the book. Lukeman … [Continue reading]

Blocking Author to Editor Communication

I became a career novelist in December 1999. I was living in Hong Kong on a tourist visa, which meant I wasn't legally permitted to work in Hong Kong. So, I ran my old slush pile of teen scribblings through various online writing workshops, … [Continue reading]

The Truth About Clarity, Brevity, and Style

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. (Matthew Arnold)

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15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly [infographic]

I could go on at great length and word count, and perhaps repeat all the other teachers and gurus whose words you can't remember. But wouldn't you rather see an infographic? I know I would. Your and you're It's and its There, their, and … [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]