Technical Editing Services since 1991 ~ Business Editing Services since 2006

When you read what you've written, you don't read what you've written. You read what you think you've written. They're not always the same.
IEEE member since May 2017

You need someone to read what you've written before your reader or purchaser or end user reads it.

  • Technical manuals and spec sheets
  • Blogs, magazines and newsletters
  • Bids, proposals and tenders
  • Peer-reviewed articles
  • Medical papers
  • White papers
  • Dissertations
  • Marketing

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

I ensure that nothing gets between your reader and your message.

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon." (Robert Cormier)

The other beautiful part is that you can get some help.

Editing and proofreading are not an expense. They are an investment.

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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Michael LaRocca, Amazon Author

My Iron-Clad Guarantee

I always give you the best possible proofreading and editing services. If you're not 100% satisfied with my work, don't pay me.

I edit your document on the computer screen a few times until I think it's perfect. Then I print it and edit it again, because it's not. I repeat this procedure until your manuscript is flawless. Yes, this sounds time-consuming, but I started editing in 1991 and I've never missed a deadline.

Editing is not the same as proofreading, and the debate is too boring to contemplate, but I always do both. Back when I worked at Scribendi (I was EM392), the only thing I was scolded for was giving someone an edit who had only paid for a proofread. Well, that's just how I'm wired. If I see a way to improve a manuscript, I'm going to point it out. Thinking "I see a mistake but you didn't pay me enough to fix it" strikes me as unethical.

Most authors pay me after they receive the edited manuscript, but if you want to prepay, I won't stop you. I started doing this back when Hillary Clinton was still in Arkansas, and I've never been asked for a refund. But if you're the first, I'll give it to you. No questions asked.

Pricing

The fee for my technical editing service is 2 cents per word. The fee for my business editing service is 2 cents per word.

I do not edit printed documents. I work by email. My preferred format is Microsoft Word, but I also work with other files types.

PayPal is my preferred method of payment, but if you prefer something else, we can do that too.

When you use my technical editing services or my business editing services, you know I'll be looking at your writing from a different vantage point than you are. I'm not as close to your work as you are. If you forgot to mention something that you know but your reader doesn't, I'll spot it. If you've repeated yourself but were just too weary after a dozen rounds of fast-paced deadline-driven self-editing to notice it, I'll spot it.

I'll ensure that your writing is clear and concise, that the overall flow and structure are logical, and that your document is free of spelling or grammar errors. I'll eliminate run-on sentences, wordiness, awkward constructions, vague language, and anything that makes a reader stop and go "Huh?"

I'll always respect your writing style, your overall tone, and your unique writing voice. This is why I make my changes using the Tracking feature in Microsoft Word (or Google Docs). Here's a brief tutorial. Tracking rocks.

This way, you can look at your document with its tracked changes, click "Accept" or "Reject" for each of my suggested revisions, and have a ready-to-publish document in which you know every single change we've made.

If you'd rather receive a clean "I don't want to edit my editor" copy, we can do that too. You're the boss. I'm just the gadfly.

Clients

Natalia Marshalkina, Lead CRA at Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.: "I've had the pleasure of working with Michael on several of my academic projects [since 2011] and I've always been impressed with the efficiency and the highest quality of his work. My task was (and is) to follow the flow, to express ideas, whereas Michael goes through my sometimes over-complicated "final draft" and makes it just perfect - not only by correcting those inevitable spelling and grammar errors, but also by bringing the meaning to the surface. "Yes, this is exactly what I was trying to say!" - but the language magically became more straightforward and easily understandable for the reader... For anybody trying to create a masterpiece in writing - regardless of the topic or level of complexity - Michael's editing is a great asset."

Nicolás Antonio Jiménez, Senior Editor at Cigar Snob Magazine, Founding Editor at DADE: "Michael has been editing the copy we publish in Cigar Snob Magazine for at least as long as I've been working there [since 2008]. We keep stupid hours when we're up against a tight deadline; that, combined with a fully stocked bar just a few steps from our desks (research supplies) means we're making little mistakes often, but seldom catching them all. We've been able to count on Michael, who's a pleasure to work with, to keep our magazine's copy coherent when we are anything but."

Kellie Hedrick, P.E., Environmental Process Solutions PLLC: "Michael has been instrumental in reviewing proposals and reports that we issue to our clients ensuring that the information we are communicating makes sense. It is always good to have another set of eyes reviewing information. We appreciate the great work that Michael has done for us."

Brenda Robinson, First African American female Navy pilot; President of Aviation Camps of the Carolinas Inc.: "Michael continues to save me and my reputation, by making sure what I meant to say is what people actually read. I am so very impressed with his work and his turnaround time is amazing. I don't send out important documents, emails, or a whole book without going through him first. I am 100% assured that all grammar, punctuation, and spelling is perfect before I send it on as complete. He's got my business for life."

Daniel Schuller, Software Developer, Unity Technologies: "Michael helped me with the technical editing for my book How To Make An RPG. He made the whole experience painless and was a great help. The text quality improved massively. He was very responsive throughout the entire process and it took far less time than I'd expected."

Carl Dickson, PropLIBRARY and Capture Planning: "Michael LaRocca has been our editor for many years [since 2006], reviewing dozens of documents, as well as our weekly newsletter. He has kept us from looking stupid countless times. Working with Michael is easy and friction-free. He has been extremely flexible and helped us meet even our most unreasonable deadlines. He has spoiled us."

Michelle Hill, Legacy Builder for Sports Professionals: "I have read books about ghostwriting by professional ghostwriters that were so riddled with typos, it was painful to get through. Once you think your manuscript is perfect, let a proofreader do their magic to it. You'd be surprised what they catch, and you'll find yourself saying, "How the heck did I miss that?" Professional proofreaders are worth their weight in gold! Mine is Michael LaRocca and he is a gold medalist when it comes to finding the errors that everyone else missed."

Jens Graff, Associate Professor, Censor Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Denmark: "To find Michael LaRocca as a professional editor was a scoop for me when I needed my English cleaned in a more than 300-page English language scientific dissertation in 2008. He did his work within a few days and related to me for best result. When I got the whole manuscript back there were a myriad of corrections and clarifications, which I could assess individually. I soon chose to push the button “Accept all corrections”, which was a good choice for me. Michael was able to perceive the whole manuscript as it was intended and choose a language that was professional, simple, and fresh. I was extremely satisfied with his work and will use him in the future, when I have serious text to publish." [We've worked together several times since then, most recently in 2017.]

Derek Lewis, Business Book Ghostwriter: "Impressively quick, impressively accurate, and impressively savvy. Michael is my secret weapon. He has saved me from countless embarrassments and faux pas. Nothing I write is fit to show until Michael says so."

Vatwong Greepala, Assistant to the President for Physical Plant and Infrastructure Development at KUCSC: "After my papers had been edited by LaRocca, the simple words and sentences became an excellent article. He demonstrated a high degree of expertise and his work was very clear and smooth. His style was open. Learning from his work led me to improve my writing. LaRocca is extremely enthusiastic about his work which is infectious. His work was always submitted on time. I certainly would recommend him for any editing."

Ressie Cavenaugh, Plant Manager, Eastern Instruments: "Michael is an energetic, engaged personality who produces more work per calorie consumed than any I've met since. His passion is writing and he pursues it with voracity and the results are impressive!"

Joelle Klein, Health & Lifestyle Writer / Blogger / Storyteller: "Michael is the perfect pair of second eyes for my articles. I find it impossible to edit my own work. When I need something to be perfect, I make sure Michael reads it before I send it out. He's reliable, fast and accurate."

Erik Calvino, Owner, Cigar Snob Magazine: "Michael has been an asset to our publication since his first assignment with us [in 2008]. His response times, accuracy, and adaptability to our industry vernacular have been his strengths. I highly recommend him."

Nok Unphon, IT Developer, PhD, Denmark: "I knew Michael from a friend of mine. He has been known to do a very good job. And I am very happy to have had him as my proofreader throughout the process of writing my doctoral thesis."

Trish Saemann, Digital Marketing Professional, GoBeyond SEO: "Michael is a very detail-oriented professional who produces exemplary work consistently. We have been using Michael's services since July of 2013 and we plan to continue as long as he'll have us! The nature of our industry requires well-written content for blogs, ebooks and website copy. Nothing can tarnish a document with strong content like spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Michael is the filter we use before publishing content. He is a vital part of our workflow. It is with great pleasure that I recommend Michael LaRocca."

Andrew Freiburghouse, Founder/CEO, Pronto Tax School: "One of the best in the business! Efficient. Great value. Pride of craftsmanship. Highly recommended."

Mary Kathryn Kennard, Gregarious Media: "Michael's proofreading and editing greatly help the readability of my work. He has a strong attention to detail and is efficient. Michael is able to edit under tight deadlines that are sometimes out of our control. Michael is easy to work with!"

Iris Benrubi, Simply Success Coaching: "Working with Michael was great! He took great care when editing my work and always had it ready for me on time! I would highly recommend him! "

William Saemann, Managing Partner, GoBeyond SEO: "Michael is a detail oriented editor and exactly what we need at GoBeyond. We send him everything from blog posts to page copy for editing and his services are invaluable."

Darrell Bain, Fictionwise Author of the Year: "Michael LaRocca has edited my books. His command of the English language is better than mine and I have a B.S. degree."


Eastern Instruments: I was their sole Technical Editor from 1991-1999. If I hadn't left to create Michael Edits, there's a 93.14159% chance I'd still be their in-house editing department. Approximately.

Tethered Aerostat Crane: I edited this request for a Federal research grant. It won.

TreeceCo Senior Financial Services: Fixed annuities, life insurance, estate planning, Medicare supplement insurance. I've edited their weekly newsletter and all their other correspondence since 2013.

Lime Energy: Overcoming the challenges to small business energy efficiency.

Show Unreal: Streaming video with user location identification.

Matthew Pollard: Business coach (the "Rapid Growth Guy"). Find new business niche markets and create a sales system to get more customers and close more sales.

CIMTEC Automation: PLC and HMI repair services through the only factory-authorized GE 90-70 repair center in the world.

Qualitrol: Sales and service of new and remanufactured GE Fanuc PLC parts.

The Torch: You protect your family every day. What happens when you’re no longer able to?

Adonal David Foyle: Author, speaker, consultant, NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies).

Denise Goldhammer: Perfectly Imperfecta: Conner's Story: Living With Brittle Bones. Perfectly Imperfecta is the story of a boy who was born with a rare illness called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease. He can expect hundreds of fractures in his lifetime, but his spirit remains unbreakable. Despite a difficult path and many obstacles ahead, his family learns resilience, hope and faith.

Partners Relief and Development (NGO): Children caught in conflict deserve a free, full life.

About Michael Edits and Michael LaRocca

Michael LaRocca lectures at Chiang Mai University, Thailand, April 2007

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Privacy Policy

Lord Google wants me to have a privacy policy, so here it is:

  1. All communications are confidential, especially the ones I can't remember.
  2. I'll never sell or give away any information about you, because it's wrong and because I'm too lazy.

Too short? Too flippant? Okay. Here's something a bit more formal.

Privacy Notice

I'm the only person who writes the code for this site, and I'm the only person who ever sees any information collected by this site. I only have the information that you voluntarily give me by email or other direct contact. I'll never sell or rent this information to anyone. It's all mine.

I'll never contact you about new specials, products, or services, because I don't have any. This privacy policy will never change, so I won't contact you about that either.

I will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted me. I will not share your information with anyone outside of my organization, and I'm the only person inside my organization, so that means I'm not sharing your information with anybody. It's all mine, like Smaug on a pile of gold.

Most people pay me by PayPal, which means I don't have your financial information. But if you pay me some other way, I'll protect the hell out of everything I learn.

Of course you may opt out of any future contact from me at any time. But I've been in business since December 1999 without ever initiating contact, so there's probably nothing to opt out of.

If you ever wonder what data I have about you, just ask. If you want me to delete any of it, just say the word.

If you have a non-disclosure agreement you want me to sign, send it over and I will. I can scan it and email it to you, put it in the mail, or even go up the road and fax it from Office Depot. Whatever you want is fine with me.

If you ever feel that I'm not abiding by this privacy policy, contact me immediately and I'll make it right.


Updated November 19, 2017
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