Motherwell editorial services

At Motherwell, editing is a passion as well as a serious pursuit. We take the utmost care with each essay we publish, working in close collaboration with the writer to make the finished product the best, most polished version it can be. In line with this commitment, we are now offering the following packages to anyone who wants to take advantage of our editorial expertise—on any topic—and take their writing to the next level.

Every essay or project will be handled by both Lauren Apfel and Randi Olin—two seasoned writers and editors—and, as such, will benefit from our combined skill sets. We have, together, written and edited essays that have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, among many other publications.

We work with full drafts only, and are not a place to workshop your writing but rather to usher it into its final form. We offer three major packages as well as a variety of add-ons:

1. The Basic Package ($125), which includes a consultation and one thorough edit of a work in progress, up to 1,500 words (higher word count, price to be negotiated).

2. The Ultimate Final Read Package ($75), which entails a very close read and copy-edit of a final draft, up to 1,500 words (higher word count, price to be negotiated).

3. NEW. The College Essay Final Read Package ($150/$100). The last, but certainly not least important, stage of the college essay process. Make sure your child’s main common application and/or supplemental essays are the most polished they can be. No mistakes, no infelicities, no logical flaws, all the while staying true to their ideas and voice.

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Randi Olin and Lauren Apfel, the editors of Motherwell, are extremely effective editors who know how to turn promising, if flawed, early drafts into coherent, lyrical prose worthy of publication. The writing on Motherwell is consistently polished and eloquent. It has been a pleasure working with them over the years! Jessica Lahey, writer for the New York Times, The Atlantic, author of The Gift of Failure

Randi and Lauren are gifted editors, balancing a deep respect for the writer’s voice with a sharp insight for what can be clarified or tightened.  I always send them what I think is my most polished work, and yet their astute suggestions and comments always make me think, “Of course!  That’s so much better, and exactly what I was trying to say.” Plus, Lauren and Randi are both simply a pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend them highly enough! —Sharon Holbrook, writer for the New York Times, The Washington Post

To say that Lauren is a gifted editor would be an understatement. We’ve worked with her on two of our HerStories Project anthologies, and she has an amazing (and envious!) ability to get to the heart of a piece and then guide a writer to craft beautiful, powerful sentences and paragraphs. Lauren was also a guest instructor for our personal essay writing class. Her feedback was exceptional, detailed, and practical, and she helped several writers reach their goal of being published in their dream publication! Jessica Smock, The HerStories Project

As a contributing editor to Modern Loss, Randi was an invaluable member of our team. She has exemplary instincts for storytelling, and is top-notch when it comes to idea generation, structural editing and line editing. She’s a pro, and a pleasure to work with to boot. —Gabrielle Birkner, Co-Founder, Modern Loss