Online Copy Editing & Writing Services | Michael LaPenna

Pine Bush, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Simply put, I care. I believe that all of us should make the world better while we are here and this comes through in all that I do. I also have a diverse background of experiences both professionally and personally. Stay tuned for a new website as well in the coming months. I hope to make it unique to anything you've seen on the web as far as professional backgrounds and personalities are concerned. In doing business or just being human, integrity is a key factor for me and that will never change no matter where I go or what I do in this profession or in life as a whole. It's what makes me who I am and what informs my every move.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy being creative and helping others to do the same.
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Pine Bush, NY 12566

Years in business


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12 Reviews
  • Shawn R. Aug 15, 2017
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    Michael is efficient, professional and genuine. He takes the time to ask questions specific to your career goals. From there, he produces a resumé guaranteed to get results. After working with Michael, the rate in which I was contacted by potential employers doubled. After a month, I was hired by a local hospital. Highly recommend Michael!
    Michael L. Aug 16, 2017

    May I use your last name for my testimonials on my website?

  • Jackie G. Mar 29, 2017
    Resume Writing
    Verified Review
    NOT what I Expected
    Not what I expected at all. It seems like he googled a a cover letter and sent it to me .
    Michael L. Aug 16, 2017

    I'm sorry you feel that way. I do think there was some miscommunication. Talk to me if you'd like to resolve any issues. Best wishes.

  • Brian T. Nov 24, 2015
    Mike edited my 200000 word autobiography. Upon our first consultation, he displayed an immediate understanding of what I was trying to accomplish. As the process began, I found his critique and insight of my work to be spot on as I began to realize my strengths and weakness. I have found that incorporating his suggestions into book have not only made me a better writer, but now I have a better book! BTW, all at a very fair price! Brian
  • Roy H. Nov 23, 2015
    A great company to do business with...
  • Susan S. Nov 4, 2014
    Mike is a great editor and easy to communicate with. He carefully read my article and kept all my original ideas and then did a excellent editing. Always on time and knows exactly what he is doing. Definitely will work with him again.
  • Rev. Katie Y. Mar 25, 2014
    Verified Review
    It was wonderful learning from Michael, he has a lot to offer and he is very polite! Thank you Michael Rev. K
  • Hanping S. Mar 14, 2014
    Verified Review
    good job like usual!
  • Rob M. Nov 12, 2013
    Writing Services
    Verified Review
    Could not have found a better writer! Mike is so talented, I explained what I needed and he delivered.
  • Laura C. Oct 13, 2013
    Michael Lepenna is a wonderful writer to have on your team. He is reliable and responsible with achieving the tasks given and is great at coming up with creative solutions. I highly recommend hiring him for your projects.
  • Andre B. Aug 30, 2012
    Mike was a contributing editor to my book, "The Fight Versus Reality: Combating the Circumstances of Life", and he has always put his best effort into his work and it shows why his passion and his work ethic is so well likable because he goes to the end of the earth for those he serves, his congenial disposition is what also makes him such a great person to do business with...highly recommend him hands down, thumbs up
    Michael L. Aug 30, 2012

    Thanks so much, Andre! Be well, my friend!

  • Monette W. Feb 9, 2011
    Mike takes every assignment seriously. I'm sure we may be working with him more in the future! Monette
  • Shelley E. Oct 22, 2010
    I wanted to thank Mike LaPenna for the very nice editing on my articles and manuscript. This was very neat and right on time. When I was searching for someone to edit my work I checked with probably a half dozen programs on the Internet. When Mike LaPenna first contacted me through Facebook, I was fully impressed with his enthusiasm and diligence. I was truly surprised that Mike’s price was less than most people I have contacted and much faster in service. I am happy that I made the decision to go with Mike and am now working on another book. Thank you kindly.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
These are competitive estimates. Rates may vary with startups and student clientele. Reduced rates are available with student ID. Rates: Editing: $3-$7.50 per page. Writing: 1-3 ms pages/hr Writing, fiction: $50-60/hr 17¢-25¢/word Writing, ghostwriting: $50-60/hr 17¢-50¢/word Writing, grants/proposals/sales/PR: $50-60/hr 17¢-95¢/word Writing, journalism: $40-50/hr 17¢-50¢/word Writing, medical: $60-70/hr 80¢-95¢/word Writing, nonspecific: $40-100/hr 17¢-$2/word Writing, technical/trade: $50-60/hr 45¢-55¢/word Specialties include: Speech writing: $100-$500 Full length songwriting for personal use only: $300-$700 In-depth, lengthy poetry for personal use: $50-$80
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A contact by phone is always best.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
See resume. Synopsis: More than a decade of combined experience in media (2006-2016): - Performed many public speaking and writing tasks in general speaking and writing for specific needs: advocacy, creative copy, promotion, blogging, editing, screenwriting, stand-up comedy. - Wrote newsletters, press releases, conducted research, etc. - Wrote and performed promotions including on-air segments, film and radio script writing and editing, line editing, intensive editing, etc. I love seeing other writers' work while also being able to keep up with the latest information and cultural trends. Writers NEED to be readers!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It's one thing I do VERY well... as opposed to say, calculus or hunting. I love it! I love the power of words and being creative it general! I love helping others be their most creative and their best selves possible! It is truly a gift to be able to make others happy no matter what the profession might be. If you find your bliss, you should follow it whenever possible because it is exactly that rewarding!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I get a lot of editing work.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I edited a health and wellness blog and the client was elated with the way I was able to make her intended points clearer. She said she felt like I knew her very well. I love when it all works out like that! I'm very grateful for my ability to help others in such a substantial and uplifting way!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be kind. Be humble.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It can be draining. I personally like when customers are polite, patient, truthful and fair-minded. Be kind.