My name is Leah Derus. I’m an MIT Sloan MBA who has been helping clients gain entry to top U.S. and European MBA and EMBA programs since 2009. Need a hand with your MBA or EMBA essay? I offer two types of editing services: Content Review and Content Creation.

$ Content Review: You write. I provide tactical advice that you implement. ($20 per 100 words submitted) $$$ Content Creation. We brainstorm. I write. A la carte essays range from $300-700.

CONTENT REVIEW ANY DOCUMENT


$20 per 100 words

Content review is a great way to significantly improve the quality of your MBA or EMBA application. This service works for any document – including your resume, essays, application short answers, recommendations, emails to the adcom or alumni, thank you notes, wait list correspondence etc.

Choose between two content review options:

Tactical Review provides you with advice on how to improve your document. This is by far the most requested type of content review.

Final Polish provides you with document editing with a focus on improving grammar and overall flow/readability.

Pricing is simple: $20 per 100 words reviewed. You decide what portion of your content you’d like reviewed.


Deliverable: The content review service provides you with written feedback (in the form of either line edits and/or comments directly in a Word document). You can choose between two types of content review:

Tactical Review provides you with advice on how to improve your document. This is by far the most requested type of content review.

Final Polish provides you with document editing with a focus on improving grammar and overall flow/readability. This service is usually requested after a client has been through a round or two of content review or is otherwise satisfied with his/her document’s thesis and supporting arguments.

After receiving a tactical review or final polish, clients may ask a limited number of clarifying questions via email, but the content review service does not include phone support. A second review of the same text (assuming you want this after you have reworked it) requires a new order.

Process: You’ll highlight your document to indicate which sections should be reviewed → You’ll place your order for content review (and upload your document) → I’ll complete your content review and return my edits/comments to you within 2 business days (or less)

Turnaround Time: The turnaround time for Content Review is a maximum of two business days (see the FAQs for more information).

Document submitted or call concluded by 18:00 EST on: Deliverable returned by midnight EST on:
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Saturday
Friday Tuesday
Saturday Wednesday
Sunday Wednesday

American Holiday Closures: Memorial Day (last Monday of May); Independence Day (July 4th); Labor Day (May 1); Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of November); Christmas (December 24th and 25th); New Year (December 31st and January 1st

EXAMPLE

  • Client places order for content review for an MBA essay at 16:00/4pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Monday and a newly edited resume will be returned to the client by Wednesday at midnight EST.
  • Client places order for content review for an MBA essay at 22:00/10pm EST on Monday, the submission day is Tuesday and a newly edited resume will be returned to the client by Thursday at midnight EST.

(à la carte)  ESSAY or STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


$300-700

While a resume is an overview of your professional achievements a compelling essay brings depth to what you’ve done, how you think and who you are. While you’re probably good at whipping up reports, memos and even dissertations you might not be as comfortable working with the personal essay format. Essay outlining and editing is the often the most difficult and tedious task in the MBA application process. My job is to ensure the essays you do submit are standouts. Because clients have interesting stories to tell, but don’t necessarily enjoy penning them, I personally write and revise your essay.

$300 SHORT ESSAY 300 words or less
$600 LONG ESSAY 301 words or more
$700 LONG ESSAY Stanford Essay A or HBS

Deliverable: An essay or statement of purpose that is engaging, compelling and genuine.

Process: You’ll email me your current resume, program info and essay draft/outline (if available) → 1.25-hour Brainstorming Phone Call  → You’ll receive the first Essay Draft → Feedback → Subsequent Edits

We begin with a 1.25 hour call. I’ll give you deeper insight into why the admissions committee is asking a particular essay question and what they’re looking for from candidates. Next we’ll brainstorm different stories that might work, before settling on one with good potential.

I look for material that allows us to create an engaging essay that rounds out your overall profile. For example, if your resume clearly portrays you as highly quantitative, I’ll steer you towards an essay that allows us to highlight complementary qualities (qualitative achievements, inter-personal skills, leadership moments etc.).

After our call I’ll send you a first draft of your essay. Beyond the first draft, the process involves a back and forth exchange of essay drafts and phone calls until we reach a final draft we’re both satisfied with.

Turnaround Time: Each service contains several deliverables. The turnaround time for any one deliverable (like new edits to a document based on client feedback) is a maximum of two business days (see the FAQs for more information). Total turnaround time is a function of a) the client’s availability to schedule calls and b) the amount of time the client requires to provide feedback on drafts. A typical timeline follows.

  • Day 1: You’ll email me your essay draft or outline (if available).
  • Day 3: Essay Brainstorming Call.
  • Day 5: I’ll send you a first draft of your essay.
  • Days 6-7: You’ll spend some time reviewing the essay – possibly sharing it with a few contacts. Please use the track change functionality in Word to insert comments, feedback and changes into the document.
  • Day 8: Once you send me your feedback, I’ll either schedule a call within a day or two or I’ll send you an updated essay based on the feedback you sent.
  • Day 9+: Additional rounds of review and editing as necessary.