Michelle Schacht

Michelle Schacht - Editor

Orlando, FL, USA

Copy Editor and Developmental Editor who loves coaching authors to maximize their books. Experience - Xulon Press Christian Publishing.

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I've offered my book editing and writing services since 2010. My joy is in helping authors craft their books into personal works of art, making my talents theirs. My life has revolved around words since I learned to read at three years old, and I have yet to find a bookstore or library I haven’t liked. Why do I share this? Because when you have exposed yourself to countless forms of writing and played with words for as many years as I have, it becomes as natural as breathing to manipulate them into doing your bidding.

I love working with first-time authors. It allows me to share my knowledge of self-publishing and the psychology of how consumers consider books. I enjoy the aspects of author coaching that are part of developmental and copy edits. I put my heart into the books I edit as if they are my own.

For background, I am also the managing editor for an Orlando editing house, and I have six years' experience with Xulon Press, the largest Christian self-publishing company in the nation. I'm highly experienced in non-fiction and fiction Christian books, but am not limited to that genre. Self-help, autobiographies, and parenting books are ones I edit frequently.

I am a self-published author myself, so I know how hard it is to birth your book. Let me leave you with this -- YOU CAN DO IT!


Dr. John Maples – Faithful Families Today: Instilling Spirituality in Your Family

Services – Author Coaching for development of book; Developmental Editing; Publishing Coordinator with his publisher, Xulon Press; managing all aspects of getting the book produced for print; managing his email marketing.

"Michelle, I absolutely love the way you edit! There is not even one tiny aspect of your excellent work that I do not fully appreciate. I love your experience, your expertise, your astute capture of my message, your precision, your full measure of competence. It comes across clearly and repeatedly! And, more, I love the way you enjoy the process. "

Dean Nelson – Beyond the Threshold: Simple Transformational Techniques to Awaken Your Potential (his third book)

Services – Heavy Developmental Editing

"Michelle is brilliant! She did an outstanding job editing my latest book, Beyond The Threshold. She encouraged and motivated me to dig deeper and create more meaningful, easy to understand passages. She inspired me greatly and helped bring out the very best of my writing skills. Michelle is the most talented, intuitive editor I have worked with. She will be the only editor I consider for my future books. Thank you, Michelle, for guiding and directing me with such precision, for making my book far better than it would have been, and for believing in me."

Don Newman –Don't Just Speak It, Write It

Services – Line Editing, co-creation

"I want to thank Michelle Schacht who has been a co-creator and editor for both of my first two books. She worked tirelessly on this book, Don't Just Speak It, Write It, like it was her own and actually added the appendix at the end of the book to further help every ministry leader write and finish their own books."

English (US)
Christian Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Parenting & Families
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Managing Editor

The Ghost Publishing
May, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

Accept and assign all editing projects from client publishing companies, monitoring jobs from start to finish.
Quality control edited manuscripts before sending back to clients. Provide feedback to editors on jobs completed.
Manage workflow, complete billing, and continuously train editors.

Operations - Editing Manager

Xulon Press Publishing
June, 2018 – April, 2019 (10 months)

Oversaw the work of department editors, holding them to in-house quality standards.
Established Xulon Style Guide for editorial freelancers. Educated all providers on editorial products and expectations for fulfillment.
Revised/created author education pieces regarding editing basics.


June, 2010 – Present (over 11 years)

Word of Mouth offers an affordable range of writing, editing, career-focused, and business marketing services.

• Book Editing
• Self-Publishing Support
• Book Reviews
• College Admissions Essay Coaching
• Student Papers, College Thesis Editing
• Professional Resume Writing
• Website Content
• Business and Personal Marketing Materials
• Business Marketing Strategy and Development

Portfolio (13 selected works)

My Doctors Can See You Now

Woodruff, Minnie Boyer

The Ghost of Alloway

Weis, Rosemary

Welcome to Grandparenting

Weis, Rosemary , Johnston, Michelle

The Miracle of Music

Finnegan, Jeannie M

Wonderland of Secrets

Januszewski, Nancy Brown

Boot Camp for Marriages

Aden, Darrin, Aden, LaShawn

Michelle has 13 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Dallas McClain
Michelle clearly knows what she is doing and she saved me a TON on time. Her comments were effective, yet not too pushy and she offered good advice on the overall content and organization of the book, while also catching those pesky grammatical errors. I would most definitely use her services again and it was truly a pleasure working with her. She is a kind and solid professional.

Dallas McClain, June 2021

Michelle Schacht
Thank you, Dallas. I look forward to your book coming out. I hope you write a whole series; it you so much to give!

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Tiffany Grantham
Michelle was a pleasure to work with. She was patient when there were delays and still sent her reviews timely. Thanks so much Michelle!

Tiffany Grantham, April 2021

Michelle Schacht
It was welcome to be of service!

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Robert Bencivenga
Michelle is an extremely gifted Editor. I wouldn't have been able to produce the quality of this work without her insights and guidance. Her self-integrity is rare...she does what she says she'll do, when she says she'll do it! And she goes the extra mile to deliver more than expected. Again, I couldn't have done it without her. She'll be my go to Editor for all my projects!

Robert Bencivenga, March 2021

Michelle Schacht
I'm very to happy to work with you on any and all projects. Much luck in growing your business!

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Dana Wood
Michelle was a great resource for me as I completed my two year project of self publishing my 1st book. Her expertise helped organize the flow of my book and the overall quality. I would recommend Michelle for any author who is looking for editing/proofing help.

Dana Wood, March 2021

Michelle Schacht
I'm glad to have helped you move the book forward to completion!

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Wesley Bryant
Michelle has just finished her third assignment for me. I am very happy with the results and she has always been very reliable and committed. I would certainly recommend her.

Wesley Bryant, March 2021

Michelle Schacht
It's been a pleasure to work with you!

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