Pricing

Hourly Rates:

Consulting Rate:
$100/hour

This includes gathering and selecting ideas to write about, outlining essays and stories, and generally renting out my brain.

Content Editing Rate:
$75/hour

This includes editing your written work for content, structure, theme, and flow; polishing syntax and word choices; and generally making your prose shine and sing.

Copyediting Rate:
$55/hour

This includes editing your written work for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other sentence-level errors only – in other words, professional proofreading.

Travel Fee:

I conduct in-person consultations in Pasadena, California, as well as over the phone and Skype. I will also travel within 30 miles of Pasadena to meet you for a $25 fee.

Packages:

Since hourly editing can add up quickly – especially if you have a long or involved project – I also offer the following packages to save you some dough. And if you don’t see a package here that meets your needs or your budget, let’s talk! I can tailor my services to best serve you.

Academic Packages:

Getting Started Personal Statement Package:
$175

If you need help getting started on your personal statement for university admission or have a draft that you’d like to take to the next level, this package is a great way to establish the best narrative for your essay. This package includes:

• An in-depth interview (in person or via phone/Skype) in which we discuss the distinctive experiences, interests, and accomplishments that set you apart as an individual and that will guide the narrative of the essay.

• A detailed, paragraph-by-paragraph outline of your essay, complete with sample sentences. This will serve as a backbone for the drafting process.

Basic Personal Statement Package:
$375

If you’re applying to a program that requires one main personal statement that is shared with multiple schools, this package is a perfect way to get your statement done start to finish. This package includes:

• An in-depth interview (in person or via phone/Skype) in which we discuss the distinctive experiences, interests, and accomplishments that set you apart as an individual and that will guide the narrative of the essay.

• A detailed, paragraph-by-paragraph outline of your essay, complete with sample sentences. This will serve as a backbone for the drafting process.

• Three hours of content editing to revise and perfect your draft(s).

Deluxe Personal Statement Package:
$695

If you’ve got divergent prompts or a slew of optional essays you want to tackle in addition to your main personal statement, this is the package you’ll want to go with. This package includes:

• An in-depth interview (in person or via phone/Skype) in which we discuss the distinctive experiences, interests, and accomplishments that set you apart as an individual and a detailed, paragraph-by-paragraph outline of your main personal statement.

• Detailed outlines of two supplemental essays.

• Five hours of content editing to revise and perfect your various drafts.

Letters of Recommendation:
$100 apiece

Quite often, professors or supervisors who agree to write a letter of recommendation for you are strapped for time. In such cases, they may ask you to draft a letter for them to sign. I can help you craft a letter that is both effective and professional. This price is for those with whom I’m already working on their personal statement and am familiar with their background.

Personal Packages:

Bio of Yourself or Your Business:  $300

If you need a dynamic bio that’s one page or less, this is the package for you (if your bio will be more in-depth, please contact me for a quote). This package includes:

• An in-depth interview (in person or via phone/Skype) in which we discuss your distinctive experiences, interests, and accomplishments or the pertinent aspects of your business.

• A complete draft of your bio written by me that I will send to you for feedback and edits OR a detailed outline you can use to draft the profile yourself.

• Up to two rounds of edits until the bio is complete.

Online Dating Profiles:
$200 apiece

This package is intended for those who would like a distinctive profile of 300 words or less for online dating sites such as Match and OkCupid. It includes:

• A discussion (in person or via phone/Skype) of the experiences and interests that make you unique, as well as the kind of partner you’re hoping to attract.

• A complete draft of your profile written by me that I will send to you for feedback and edits OR a detailed outline you can use to draft the profile yourself.

• Up to two rounds of edits until the profile is complete.

Personal Essay Package:
$500

If you’ve got a personal story that you want to get down on paper in essay form (2,000 words or less), this package will take you from start to finish. It includes:

• An in-depth interview (in person or via phone/Skype) in which we discuss the story you want to tell and its meaning to you.

• A detailed outline of your essay that will serve as a backbone for the drafting process.

• Three hours of content editing to revise and perfect your draft(s).

Memoir Manuscript Review: $1,500

This package is intended for those who’ve written a book-length memoir manuscript and would like it evaluated and proofread. It includes:

• Content editing that helps smooth over any rough patches while preserving your voice.

• Suggestions for structural revision as needed.

• Complete copyediting of your entire manuscript.

Therapeutic Packages:

 

Stay tuned for pricing information about Journal to the Self™ workshops and other private journal consultations.