Writing Consultant

awp-2012-panelThanks 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:

  1. Written overall assessment of my findings, concerns, and suggestions, including an evaluation of your skills and your project’s readiness for publication
  2. Written revisions, edits, and/or comments on each poem, as needed
  3. Poetic-line-break suggestions, as needed
  4. Thematic assistance, if needed
  5. Evaluation of the quality of your imagery and sensory details
  6. Evaluation of the quality of your word choices (with an emphasis on nouns and verbs)
  7. Evaluation of sound qualities
  8. Transitions/section breaks evaluation
  9. Evaluation of the organization of the poems
  10. Point-of-view assessment
  11. Evaluation of title, if requested
  12. Grammatical edits, if requested
  13. Book recommendations, if requested
  14. Website recommendations (e.g. lists of contests, magazines, small presses), if requested
  15. 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*):

  1. Advice on classes, graduate school, writing groups, etc.
  2. Support for your writer’s block*
  3. Craft lessons*
  4. Critique of individual poems not included in the manuscript-in-progress*
  5. Book blurb
  6. 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 BooksThe 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.