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Emma Walton Hamilton / College Essay Editing Services

College Essay Editing Services

Whether you need a brainstorming session to help you find your topic, guidance as to how to translate your ideas to the page, specific revision feedback in order to take your draft to the next level or a final proof-and-polish before you hit “send,” I look forward to helping you make your essay the best possible reflection of you it can be. 


What unique qualifications do I bring to the task?

  • I have worked with teen writers for over 25 years, helping them to find and express their authentic voices in all forms of creative writing through my roles as Founding Director of the Young Artists and Writers Project at Stony Brook University, and prior to that as Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences at Bay Street Theater.
  • I have written and published over 30 books for children and young adults.
  • I have counseled hundreds of students in essay writing, and edited scores of essays for high school students and undergraduates.
  • I have been a professional independent editor for twenty-two years.
  • I am the parent of two young adult children, both of whom were accepted into the colleges of their dreams.
  • I am passionate about working with young people, helping them tap into their own authentic voices and inspiring them to achieve great things.
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Please include the following in your email:

  • a brief description of the project
  • number of pages and word count
  • Novel: sample chapter, or Picture Book: 3-5 sample pages or 250 words
  • an indication of which editorial service you are interested in
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The college essay represents 25% of your application, and can make the difference between whether you get accepted to your dream school or not. And as more schools go test-optional, college essays are more critical than ever. But writing a personal statement is vastly different than writing an essay for AP English or History, and admissions officers can tell within moments – or the first few sentences – whether they want to read on. 
The Common App personal statement requires students to dig deep and express their authentic selves with a compelling and fresh narrative in 650 words or less – no small feat. Helping a young person craft a meaningful personal statement takes a unique set of skills beyond just the rudiments of grammar and the fundamentals of answering a written prompt. It takes keen insight into the young adult mind and heart to help them make sense of their own experiences and translate them into an impactful essay.


All prices include initial consultation, one round of comprehensive editorial feedback/line-editing plus one round of follow-up questions. Additional revisions/polishing may be subject to additional fees. 
  • Personal Statement – $750 
  • Why Us? Essay – $750
  • Supplementals – $1 per word (i.e. 250-word essay=$250; 50-word essay=$50 etc.)