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BooksMarissa has ten years of experience in publishing and education. She's experienced in American Psychological Association, Modern Language Association, and Chicago editing styles and assists clients with issues ranging from grammar and structure to style and creative voice. A published author, Marissa writes about women's experiences in her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Poet Laureate of Florida, Edmund Skellings, called work from her forthcoming poetry book Tricking the Goddess, “intellectually and emotionally powerful”. Currently, she works for several blogs and publications, including The Palm Beach Arts Paper and She Magazine, as an editor and book reviewer. Most recent editing projects include April Claxton’s Goodnight Just the Same, a children’s book endorsed by international bestseller Melody Beattie. Marissa has worked for numerous universities and publications. She has also received many awards for her writing. Writing can be a confusing wonderland. We're here to help you find your way:
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Happy Ganesh also offers classes and workshops in writing and publishing.
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Payment Policies

Happy Ganesh accepts payment through checks, cash, credit cards, or Paypal. However, Happy Ganesh reserves the right to accept payment through certain means and not others if the client has a history of payment issues. In the event of a payment issue such as a bounced check, Happy Ganesh will require payment through Paypal and will bill the client for fees incurred. Should repeated failure to pay become an issue after 30 days, Happy Ganesh will decide to drop the client and/or seek legal action through a collections agency or other means.

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"Marissa helped me improve my writing so much! She was so knowledgeable, patient, and understanding of my specific academic needs." ~ Anonymous

"[Cohen’s work is] powerful, both intellectually and emotionally."
~ Edmund Skellings, Poet Laureate of Florida

"The reader may feel some guilt, because [Marissa’s] poems are so imaginative, such an enjoyable treat, even in the face of such sadness. It’s a comfort to know that we have [her] poems as a guide to navigating the unfamiliar terrain [of loss]."
~ Dr. Kristin Berkey-Abbott, author of I Stand Here Shredding Documents and Whistling Past the Graveyard

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s an editing consultation?
I review written work for grammar and structure. I tighten and edit it and make changes. I’ll also make suggestions for how to improve your work. How you feel about your book is important to me. If you tell me what your concerns are before I begin, I’ll do my very best to accommodate you.

What’s a tutoring consultation?

During a tutoring session, you’ll ask me whatever questions you have about grammar and structure and I’ll answer them and help you learn more about this topic, just like any tutoring session. We can work with school papers or just confusion about grammar.

I’ve written a book. Do you do free estimates?
Yes. You send me the first chapter or first few pages and a word count (Note: The book must be already typed out and written in Microsoft Word. I cannot work with handwritten manuscripts.) I’ll look at your chapter and get back to you in 24-48 hours and quote you a rough estimate. Please bear in mind that this is only an estimate. If it takes more time than originally estimated, I will let you know. If I quote you 5 hours, and once I begin work it looks like it’s going to be 8 hours to complete, I will let you know. Because I want to be fair, I will get permission from you before proceeding with the extra hours.  Happy Ganesh receives compensation on an hourly and not a project-long basis.

I need help with American Psychological Association or Modern Language Association style.
I have no idea what my professor is talking about? How does that work?

That is a tutoring session. I will walk you through the MLA or APA process and explain it to you. Those can be very confusing styles at first and my goal is to make sure you understand how it works. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a lot easier than it looks!
(If you want to learn more about those styles, go to Links.)

Can you edit my APA or MLA paper?
Since each professor may grade higher or lower depending on style and that can be a slippery slope, we can make sure you understand the concepts of MLA or APA, but we can’t actually make changes to your paper. We’ll make sure you understand what you need to do to improve your own work.

What’s the difference between tutoring and manuscript editing?
With tutoring I will work with you one-on-one to help you understand the changes you need to make. If you have your own materials, I’ll help you use them. With editing, you send me a manuscript and I make manuscript changes. I work with grammar, structure, and voice. I may make suggestions for you about ways to improve it.

For manuscript editing – I do 50/50 splits for anything over 1 hour. That means if your book estimate is 5 hours ($250), Happy Ganesh expects half up front and half upon job completion.

I’d rather pay for one hour at a time as we go. Can I do that?
Sure. You select the 60 minute option and you’ve bought one hour of editing time.

Happy Ganesh's Responsibilities
- Communicating clearly about your work.
- Making sure you understand the changes.
- In the case of both tutoring or editing, making sure that any questions you have are answered and that you are satisfied.

NOTE: Happy Ganesh cannot assume responsibility for grades received. Happy Ganesh cannot assume responsibility for whether or not your book or writing project finds an agent, sells well, or gets good reviews. We accept no legal responsibility. If you hire Happy Ganesh, we assume that you agree with these regulations.

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