Proofreading and Editing Service

Proofreading and Editing Service

Did you ever send your document out into the world, then see a mistake and cringe?

Wouldn't it be easier, cheaper, and less stressful to let someone else read it before you send it out?

I think so.

It doesn't matter if you're writing about your own company or someone else's. You need someone who isn't you to look at what you've written, before your reader sees it. You can't edit your own writing for the same reason a barber doesn't cut his own hair.

Whenever you see a mistake in someone else's writing - be it grammar, spelling, clarity, or something else - you doubt the credibility of their message. And they do the same to your writing.

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

I've been Carl Dickson's editor for 10 years, and he phrases that a little differently. He says I keep him from looking stupid.

Do what you're best at, what you want to do, what you went into business for. I'll edit and proofread your documents, which you probably hate doing, because that's what I do best.

I'll proofread and edit your document for 3 cents per word.

Proofreading is an investment, not an expense, so price shouldn’t be the first thing you look for, but I know you’ll ask about it at some point, so there it is.

What do you get for that?

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.

MichaelEdits@MichaelEdits.com

Michael LaRocca

7 Proven Strategies for Proofreading and Editing Your Own Writing

1) After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. This could be weeks or even months. You want to look at it with "fresh eyes." Instead of seeing what you meant to write, you want to see what you actually did write.

2) Use the spelling and grammar features in your word processor. They aren't perfect - ask anybody - but if you know the rules, you can decide which suggestions to accept and which to ignore.

3) Know your weaknesses. Keep a list of errors you tend to make often and use your word processor's search feature to help you find them.

4) Print your manuscript and edit it on paper. Away from the computer. You'll see more. I mark the printout with a pen, then go back to the computer to tinker, then print and repeat as needed. Different fonts, too, for the change of perspective.

5) Use a straightedge. If you're reading on paper, it can be a ruler. If you're reading on the computer screen, situate the document so the line you are reading is on the bottom of your screen, and scroll one line at a time as you read.

6) Read it aloud. You'll automatically simplify it that way, which is always good. If you've written sentences that you can't say without tripping over them, that's bad.

7) Print it again. You missed something. Ink and toner cartridges are a racket, aren't they?

  1. Author Spotlight
    When an author starts working with me, I almost always edit everything he or she writes for years. How many years? I don't know, because these relationships haven't ended yet.
  2. 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.
  3. Finding Forrester
    The existence of a movie - any movie - about the topic of writing is surprising enough. But for it to actually be a good movie? Wow. Plus, Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham.
  4. Five Simple Steps For Winning Bids and Proposals
    I spent nine years as a purchasing manager. I've spent over fifteen years editing bids and proposals. I've spent ten years editing a weekly newsletter dedicated to winning in writing. So I know the topic well despite never writing a bid or proposal. And that may be a good thing. No matter what you're writing, it's entirely possible to get too close to it to know what an outsider will see. I am that outsider. Here's what I see.
  5. How I Became a Proofreader and an Editor
    In December 1999, I flew to Hong Kong for a one-month vacation. I met Jan, decided to stay, quit my job in the U.S. by email, and found myself living in Hong Kong on a tourist visa. So I started proofreading and editing for authors in the U.S. by Internet. That's the short version. Here's the long one.
  6. How To Write A Scientific Paper Worth Reading, a free white paper
    If nobody's reading it, why are you writing it? No, this sentiment isn't limited to scientific papers, but that's what I was lecturing on in Thailand when I created this.
  7. I Don't Sell Business Editing and Proofreading Services
    Yes, the site is called Michael Edits, so it's logical to conclude that I edit and proofread. And, in fact, I do. But that's not what I sell.
  8. I Was Not Always An Editor
    I was, however, always a reading junkie. The cereal box stereotype fits. (I also wrote some stuff, but I don't think it's mandatory for an editor to do that.)
  9. Is Your Newsletter Hurting You?
    Why do you read newsletters? What happens when you see a mistake in one of them? Who reads your newsletter before your subscribers do?
  10. Michael's Oddest Jobs
    My wide background may inform all I write and edit, or it just might amuse you.
  11. The Secret World of Editing and Proofreading
    You know how important perfect writing is. That's your credibility on the line. Your writing is a priority. Quality editing and proofreading are a priority. But are they your highest priority?
  12. Sitemap
    Hi, Bing. Hi, Xenu. Hi, Google.
  13. Someone who isn't Michael LaRocca talks about Michael Edits
    Calling it a testimonials page is just too boring. You can find dozens of standard testimonials on my LinkedIn profile.
  14. The Star Wars Feed
    Just me having fun with HTML. If you're in the office, turn off the sound.
  15. Teach Yourself Creative Writing
    The first sentence in Teach Yourself Creative Writing is "The only way to improve your writing is to write." That's exactly correct. These are lesson plans that worked for me, for years, with hundreds of students of various levels in both the U.S. and China. If you're a teacher, these can help you with your own lesson plans. If you're an author, you can treat it like a workbook and, precisely as the title states, teach yourself creative writing.
  16. Tracking: The most powerful feature in Microsoft Word
    The editor clicks a menu option in Word to turn Tracking on. Then, every time he suggests a change, deletions are marked out with a red line and insertions are created in red. Later, a different person (the author) can review the suggested changes and Accept or Reject each one individually.
  17. What's Cheaper Than Throwing Out Your Promotional Literature?
    When you write something, you don't see what you wrote. You see what you think you wrote. That's why it's so easy to spot someone else's mistakes but so hard to spot your own. The company in question probably spent thousands of dollars to print those brochures, and they're better off throwing them in the trash than distributing them. The brochures destroy the very credibility they set out to establish.
  18. Where are the Offices of Michael Edits?
    I created this company in Hong Kong, but have since moved to mainland China, Thailand, Vietnam, and North Carolina. Where's Waldo?

Updated February 11, 2016
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