Pacific Literary Arts

Arcata, CA

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How does your business stand out?

I am a freelance editor, and offer general-purpose editing services. I have been doing so since 2003. I live by the Pacific Ocean in northern California, in gorgeous Humboldt County. I have been a member of the Thumbtack community for many years, since 2009, and am one of the most experienced editors here. I have been hired 46 times (at least), and given dozens of five star reviews. I am a Thumbtack Gold Member and Elite Pro, and recipient of a Spotlight Award a few years ago. Finally, I am a winner of the Best of 2015 and Best of 2016 awards. I have worked on all kinds of books of different types, fiction and non-fiction. I mostly work on novels and dissertations, but am open to anything. See the reviews here and more on my web site for testimonies to the quality of my work and links to some of my work. Would love to see what you have and if I can help you. I would be glad to do a sample editing of something.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love all forms of writing and literature. I most enjoy working with writers and helping to see them realize their literary dreams. It is a great pleasure to have worked with someone throughout the arduous process of completing a book and finally seeing that work realized.
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Location

Arcata, CA 95521

Background check

Complete

Years in business

14

Times hired on Thumbtack

50

Reviews

35 Reviews
  • Deborah B. May 20, 2017
    I had a wonderful work experience with Michael Presky! He is a first rate editor, and easy to work with. RICA VIDA, is my first novel and I think Mike did a terrific job of guiding me through the editing and publishing! With much gratitude and respect... Thank you Mr. Presky! Deborah Baham/RICA VIDA
  • Tyra B. Mar 20, 2017
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Dissertation Editing Services
    I am very happy I found Michael and was pleased with his work. I needed to finalize my dissertation and it needed lots of work in a short amount of time. Michael was flexible and worked with my timeframe and my budget to get a great finished version. It was cleared through my department with no problems. Thanks so much!
  • Annelisa M. Jul 13, 2016
    Michael got me through my dissertation process. He's brilliant and organized, asks relevant and clarifying questions and truly devotes himself to the best possible outcome. He talked me off the cliff more than once and helped me keep the whole thing in perspective. His humor and intelligence as well as his meticulous and artful editorial skills contributed to a stellar final product. A thousand thank you's to Mike!
  • Alyssa L. Jun 9, 2016
    Mike is an amazing editor. He worked on my novel (over 100,000 words so it was no easy feat) and made it better than I could have ever hoped for. He found errors I overlooked, placed the correct commas and punctuation where it needed to go and made the flow of my writing that much better. I cannot recommend him enough. This is my first experience with any editor and I'm happy I chose Mike. If you are worried believe me that Mike is your go-to guy, even if your work is a novel and not an academic project. He emailed me back always within a day, and finished my entire novel in less than a couple months. He offered advice, two versions of my novel (one edited and one where he shows the edits) and is exceptional at making sure you, as a customer, are satisfied. Thanks Mike, I will be coming back to you for all my other novels. Oh and to the people wondering, the price was extremely fair.
  • Anna S. Jun 2, 2016
    Very happy with Mike's editing work on my first novel "Hela". I especially appreciate his encouragement, patience, clear and prompt communications and attention to detail. He was a great guide into the world of publishing and his support made all the difference. I highly recommend him!
  • Moustafa E. Mar 15, 2016
    Editing
    Verified Review
    I was lucky to have Michael Presky as my editor. I just published my book “Beyond Love” thanks to the efficient and professional work done by Michael. His work is not limited to correcting and fixing wording or grammatical errors, although he does that, but Michael’s editing considers the work in its totality looking at content, overall structure, smooth transition among paragraphs, clarity and style. Undoubtedly Michael’s editing skills contribute a huge value to any book he handles. Michael also is human, friendly and a very easy going person. If there is no doubt that editing is a very important part of publishing process, Michael Presky is the ideal man to do the job. I'm having him work on my next book now. Highly recommended.
  • Peter F. Mar 3, 2016
    Thank you for your exceptional editing on my project. Your services were exemplar. I not only thank you for your thoughtful insight and acumen regarding APA formatting but also for your timely correspondence regarding changes to the document. I will seek your services again as I make my way into the academic world.
  • Richard G. Feb 6, 2016
    Mr. Presky recently edited my dissertation as part of my doctoral program at the University of New England. His prior knowledge of the program and experience with APA formatting helped me to complete and successfully defend my dissertation. The majority of our conversations occurred through email as I live in Maine and he lives in California. Mr. Presky provided a clear overview of the costs for his services and he offered multiple options for payment which was convenient. Mr. Presky provided great feedback and he met or exceeded all timelines and deadlines for submittal. I would highly recommend Mr. Presky if you have a need for editing services.
  • Dennis C. Feb 5, 2016
    Mike kindly and effectively went through my research drafts and provided many extremely helpful suggestions. He is also highly responsive to all inquires!
  • Corinna C. Feb 4, 2016
    Mike is an all-star editor and extremely flexible. I approached Mike with just a couple month to go before an important dissertation deadline. He readily helped me, despite the fact I should have provided him with my materials many weeks prior. In addition, Mike's detailed feedback and extremely strong editorial skills made my process so much smoother than it could have been. I have happily referred colleagues and friends to Mike for his assistance with various writing projects.
  • Heather W. Jan 29, 2016
    I recently had the opportunity to work with Michael Presky during the final stages of completing my dissertation. He was simply a consummate professional to work with. I completed a mixed-methods research design that resulted in a 200+ page dissertation with a copious amount of interrelated tables and charts. Michael's attention to detail was impeccable. He consistently met the program deadlines for the project and provided timely communication. I would highly recommend him for any large scale editing project of such caliber.
  • Cynthia H. Jan 28, 2016
    I needed professional editing while working on my Doctoral Manuscript. Our group was given a list of previously used editors, who turned out to be either highly over-rated, or too big for their britches. So I did a Google search and held my breath! That was until I found Michael on a similar site. His rates were phenomenal, and so were his reviews. I took a gamble, reached out to him, and will NEVER use another editor again. He really helped me with paper organization, unique APA editing, and gave me great suggestions on how to strengthen particular points. Out of a group of 10, I was the only one who needed minor final modifications. Mike is easy to work with, gets back to you quickly, keeps you on course. Excellent choice!!
  • Lizzy W. Jan 8, 2016
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  • Julie H. Mar 1, 2015
    Editing
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    Mike just finished editing my dissertation, a job that I dramatically underestimated! Running short on time, and drained from the typical dissertation runaround, I finally sought help in getting through editing and formatting. Mike worked so hard for me, finding more errors than I care to admit! He did a fantastic job with my reference list, which was improperly formatted, and often missing the doi for my articles. He cross checked his work with the guidelines from my school (Capella University), and worked to ensure he had things formatted to their specifications. Communication with Mike was smooth and easy from the get go. He responded to all my emails very quickly, usually within hours, but not longer than a day. He even (Mike I'm not sure if I should put this here..) worked on the weekend to get my edits completed for me! There were a few points when we needed to make some additional changes, and all that was accomplished seamlessly. Mike finished his work for me in a short period of time and for a very reasonable price. Most importantly, once Mike was through with his edits, the my dissertation was approved with no further edits needed! I whole-heartedly recommend Mike for anyone looking for an honest, hard-working, easy going, meticulous editor. A million thanks to you, Mike!
  • Torku P. Feb 28, 2015
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mr. Presky is an outstanding editor. He has and excellent people skills. I will recommend him to any doctoral student who needs a dissertation editor. You will not encounter any APA style issues.
  • Eyanna R. Feb 15, 2015
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Michael help me to edit my dissertation. He was very persistent and accurate. Michael was very professional, friendly and patient. After I submitted the corrections he was very open to answer/correct any questions and minor adjustments to the paper. I am looking forward to using him in the future.
  • Laura B. Jan 5, 2015
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Very helpful, professional, and comprehensive in his edits. I appreciated Mike's extreme attention to detail and his command of APA formatting.
  • Lori M. Aug 28, 2014
    Editing
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    What started out great did not end too well. Yes, Michael did proof read my project. Then we agreed that I would pay him to format it. That did not work out well as he placed pictures etc in the wrong place--they should have been left where they were and I had to make 30 new PDF's for printer. He did give me links for the book so I could make changes later--but they are all 'read only'. I have sent emails repeatedly asking him to resend MY document that he updated with MY comments as a regular document and not 'read only' and he has never replied. Basically, having him format it was a waste of time. So, if you want him to proof-read something--ok--nothing else.
  • Ross B. Jul 7, 2014
    Editing
    Verified Review
    I had a super experience working with Mike. Initially, I had hired him to give a final edit to my manuscript. His work was thorough and turn-around timely. When additional projects arose, he was my 'go to' guy. And when my needs exceeded his immediate experience, he dug-in and became expert where he was needed. As I commence the work on my next book, one thing I know is that Mike hasn't heard the last of me.
  • Ramesh S. May 16, 2014
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mike is very engaging, responsive, very smart and opinionated, and overall great to work with!
  • Marialice S. Apr 2, 2014
    Editing
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    I am extremely happy with Michael. English is not my first language, so I desperately needed help editing my thesis. Michael was attentive and very quick! I am definitely recommending him to some school mates. My thesis look unbelievable and my board are very impressive with the changes that Michael made. Thank you so much. Marialice
  • Shentale B. Mar 29, 2014
    Editing
    Verified Review
    I hired Mr. Presky to edit a novella I'm submitting to a publisher. He was professional, timely and extremely easy to communicate with. He did a phenomenal job. One should definitely consider him if they are in need of an excellent editor.
  • Zhenni Z. Mar 16, 2014
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mr. Presky is an outstanding editor with both skills and patience. He helped me with revising my academic paper and gave me useful advice on how to improve my writing in the future. I definitely recommend him for people who need help with essay revision.
  • Joseph B. Dec 3, 2013
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  • Jim M. Oct 19, 2013
    Editing
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    Very professional. Unhurried. Helpful advice provided every step of the way. Despite multiple changes by me to text, he stayed the course and was astute catching errors.
  • Steve M. Oct 14, 2013
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mike worked very hard to edit my book. He is an honest and professional person who is easy to deal with and will follow through to the very end to make sure you are happy and content with the finished product. He made excellent suggestions and was always willing to correspond with me throughout the whole process. I will be very happy for him to edit my new book. Thanks Mike.
  • Paul G. Aug 12, 2013
    Verified Review
    I needed somebody to reformat my 80 page MSWord manuscript in prep for publication. It was done on a Mac, so I needed somebody who understood that stuff changes from Windows to OS X. He did the job!
  • Brent C. Aug 9, 2013
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mike did a great job reviewing my manuscript. He gave me useful feedback which encouraged me to continue working on the book. I hope to work with him again as I enter the editing stage.
  • Greg E. Jul 4, 2013
    Editing
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    Michael has been amazing. Detail oriented, professional and a very good communicator. I hightly recommend him for dissertation editing services. Top notch!
  • Charles P. Jun 27, 2013
    Editing
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    Outstanding Job! Great communication from start to finish and completed the work in a timely manner. Very meticulous, looking for every mistake and detail. Will use Michael again for future projects! - From a Doctoral Student
  • Haven M. Jun 18, 2013
    Editing
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    Horrible work. My 6th grader could have done a better job. Communication was excellent but he does not have the experience to do the work he says he can do.
  • Judy V. Jun 4, 2013
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Mike is an excellent and efficient editor. He is dedicated and works in a timely and very courteous manner. He is knowledgeable and very organized. His price is also very reasonable for me since I am a student. Thanks Mike for all of your help.
  • Walter P. May 31, 2013
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Thank you so much for your help in editing. Thank you for your excellent work.
  • Gregory S. Apr 11, 2013
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  • James B. Mar 3, 2013
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    I needed an editor for a dissertation I was writing, though I had run into a couple of people who said they were editors, time showed that they knew more about charging for the work than the work itself. When I met Mike on Thumbtack, he not only came across as honest, but he put his heart into the dissertation as if it were his own. He enhanced my word usage and filled in the empty spaces with very professional linguistic tones all within a very short period of time. What impressed me about the service is that it took all of the pressure off as my dissertation was accepted. Michael's maturity and know how went beyond that of mere money and for me, I could not think of anything which could have been better!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every manuscript or writing project is different. Sometimes editing is rather straightforward... and sometimes not. See my web site for specifics on pricing. I charge by the project, based on how long it will take. Not by the word or page. Manuscripts vary considerably and I offer various services. Some projects can continue through numerous revisions, but some can be wrapped up rather quickly. Depends on where you are in the writing process. Length is not necessarily the most determinative factor. A 100 page dissertation can take longer than proofing a 300 page novel. Contact me with details about what you have, and/or just send me something and I can review it and let you know what I can do for you, and give you a quote and timeline. Feel free to call to chat.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The editing process over the internet is rather straightforward: Word docs are exchanged through email, payment is by the project, usually through Paypal. I can also red-pencil a printed copy, the most economical approach. All manuscripts are different. Send me something to review and we can go from there, though maybe better to contact me first. I would be glad to do a sample editing.