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North Star Editing

Writing an application is like being trapped in a choose-your-own-adventure story that someone else is reading: your fate lies in the hands of your audience.

Do you feel like your child’s entire future is hanging in the balance? Are you worried that poor writing skills or subjective readers will keep your student out of top schools? Are you tired of fighting about essays, afraid your kid is falling behind, and unsure where to turn?

Hi, I'm Michael Noltemeyer, and I help applicants take control back with the power of strategic storytelling.

Every story needs a hero, and every hero needs a sage. I'm a storytelling sage who has helped thousands of successful applicants get into top schools by finding the heroic inside themselves, turning them into heroes that application committees can root for.

I can do the same for you and your family.

College is a sorting hat.

Why pay for one school over another? Because they sort students into the kinds of jobs they’ll get, the money they’ll make, the lives they’ll lead — and the social classes in which they’ll lead them.

That’s why so much depends on test scores and application essays. And that’s why it’s worth paying upfront for help with both: because your kids will reap the rewards for the rest of their lives.

What could be a better investment than that?

Don’t Settle for an Editor — Demand a Storytelling Sage

If you’re reading these words, it’s because you want the best for your kids. You look for the best schools, the best tutors, the best test prep. To send them to the best colleges, you also need the best essay editor — and according to my clients, that's me.

I spent more than a decade as a top editor for the world’s premier application editing service. I started my own service when I realized that editing alone is not enough. Applicants don’t just need help fixing commas and smoothing sentences. To really stand out, they need help finding and shaping their stories.

What do you put in, and how do you put it? What do you leave out, and where do you leave off? Where do you even begin?

That’s where I come in. I can help you sort out all of these questions so that your children can take the starring role in their own stories — and, like their favorite magical heroes, work with the sorting hat to get a say in their schooling.

Do you want application season to have a storybook ending? Stop the worrying. Stop the fighting. Stop entrusting your child's future to anyone less than the very best.

Let's write your family's happily-ever-after together.


Applying to school? Applying for internships or fellowships? Searching for your first job or looking to move up the corporate ladder? Spend five minutes a day for the next five days and fix the five biggest problems I see on nearly every resume that comes my way. If you won't invest 25 minutes in yourself, then why should anyone else? Take the next step toward your dream job and sign up today.


  • "Writing has never been my strong suit and so I always worry when I have to write for applications. Fortunately, I didn't have to do it alone. After working with Michael on my medical residency application, I got 17 interview invitations—before the medical school even sent out my dean's letter! He asked all of the right questions to help me express what I had been trying to say, and the result was the essay I had imagined but couldn't write on my own. Michael is fantastic at what he does, and he can do the same for you!"


  • "Attending an Ivy League university is hard work for anyone, but even more so for a non-native English speaker. When I first came to the U.S. from Israel, I was concerned that the language barrier would keep me from succeeding. Thankfully, Michael was there for me. He helped me polish my prose so that I could show what I really knew. My success in college launched my career in investment banking, and Michael helped to make that possible. I hereby give him my highest recommendation."


  • "After working with Michael on my law school applications, I received a full-tuition scholarship to a top-25 law school. After working with Michael again three years later to complete my resume and cover letter, I landed the job I wanted as a corporate attorney despite the difficult legal job market. I'm not saying that Michael's the reason I got accepted or hired, just that he's a straight-up sorcerer with words."


  • "When I was applying to college, my brother, Robert, raved about his experience working with Michael and strongly encouraged me to do the same. I worked with Michael on my college application and got a scholarship, and then I worked with him again on my resume and landed an internship with a civil engineering firm. As usual, Robert was right. I can't say enough good things about Michael."


  • "Michael's careful editorial eye, his finely tuned ear for the language, and his seemingly infinite knowledge base helped me finish grad school with a perfect GPA. I worked with him again to polish the manuscript to my literary memoir, and it is now about to go up for auction with several major publishing houses! Michael is without a doubt the best editor I have ever worked with and I would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone."


  • "After working with Michael on my resume, I got to leave a job I didn’t like in a city several hours away from my family and friends, move back home, and take a better job for more money. He really helped me understand what recruiters look for on a resume so I could tailor it to their expectations. I couldn't have asked for anything more."


  • "Michael helped me get into my first-choice professional MBA program, and then after working with me on my resume, he helped me advance my career by landing my current position in marketing. I couldn’t be happier with my experience working with Michael."