Thanks for your interest in my consulting services. Please contact me by email or the contact form below and we’ll get started. I look forward to working with you! janeebaugher(at)gmail.com. Sincerely, J. Baugher, MFA
Services Provided: Primarily, my clients include writers of poetry who have full-length manuscripts (~9,000 words) or chapbook-length manuscripts (~3,000 words) that would benefit from an expert’s advice on how to prepare it for publication. On a case-by-case basis, I can also be available to fiction and nonfiction writers, including scientists and researchers. My rate is $60 per hour. The average project will take been 5 hours and 18 hours to complete, depending on your needs.
Service Scope: The assessment of your poetry collection includes:
- Written overall assessment of my findings, concerns, and suggestions, including an evaluation of your skills and your project’s readiness for publication
- Written revisions, edits, and/or comments on each poem, as needed
- Poetic-line-break suggestions, as needed
- Thematic assistance, if needed
- Evaluation of the quality of your imagery and sensory details
- Evaluation of the quality of your word choices (with an emphasis on nouns and verbs)
- Evaluation of sound qualities
- Transitions/section breaks evaluation
- Evaluation of the organization of the poems
- Point-of-view assessment
- Evaluation of title, if requested
- Grammatical edits, if requested
- Book recommendations, if requested
- Website recommendations (e.g. lists of contests, magazines, small presses), if requested
- After I’ve completed the assessment and sent it to you, you have the option of one back-and-forth email exchange or a one-hour meeting (at Roy Street Coffee & Tea in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood). Alternatively, a 45-minute Skype date or a 45-minute phone call can be scheduled.
My approach unites consulting with coaching and advising. Additionally, I will honor your needs by providing individualized consulting, meet our agreed-upon deadline, honor your art’s integrity, and delete all digital and paper copies of your manuscript
Extras (fees may apply*):
- Advice on classes, graduate school, writing groups, etc.
- Support for your writer’s block*
- Craft lessons*
- Critique of individual poems not included in the manuscript-in-progress*
- Book blurb
- Post-publication marketing support*
Exclusions: Introductions to literary agents; researching manuscript contest and small/university presses; incorporating edits into your manuscript; refunds.
Education: MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), Eastern Washington University; Certificate in Advanced Poetry, University of Washington–Extension; BS in Human Physiology/Anatomy, Boston University.
Poetry Books: The Body’s Physics, California: Tebot Bach, 2013; Coördinates of Yes, Toronto, Canada: Ahadada Books, 2010.
Courses Taught: Poetry Writing; Poetry Workshop; Ekphrastic Poetry; Science Poetry; Research and Writing for Graduate Students; Pop Culture and the Arts, Children’s Literature in a Pluralistic Society; Multicultural Literature; Literature and the American South; Poetry and Society; Flash Nonfiction; Flash Fiction: Write Prose like a Poet; Principles of Writing; Essay Writing; Sentence and Paragraph Writing; Narrative and Verse; Fiction Writing and Workshop; Revision: Poems & Stories.
Institutions/Organizations: Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Alaska; The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, Washington; Centrum Writers’ Conference, Port Townsend, Washington; Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington; Richard Hugo Literary House, Seattle; The Bush School, Seattle; Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan; Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Michigan; University of Washington–Experimental College; Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington; Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake, Washington; Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, Washington; Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.
Additional Professional Experience: Poetry Reader, Boulevard Magazine, St. Louis; Judge, Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference poetry contest; Associate Editor, StringTown Literary Journal, Spokane; Panel organizer and presenter, Association of Writers & Writing Programs; Co-Editor, Switched-on Gutenberg: A Global Poetry Journal; Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Interlochen Arts Camp; Poetry Advisor, Creative Afternoons: Educational workbook & CDs; Editor/Writer, Booksurge Global Publisher; Poetry Editor, Willow Springs, Spokane; Intern, Eastern Washington University Press, Spokane; Managing Editor, In Roads Anthology, Spokane.