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:

Basic Personal Statement Package:
$400

If you’re applying to law school, med school, or other type of graduate program that requires one main personal statement that is shared with multiple schools, this package is perfect for you. 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: $700

If you’ve got divergent prompts or a slew of optional essays you want to tackle, 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.