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has ten years of experience in publishing and education.
She's experienced in
Modern Language Association, and
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,
The Palm Beach Arts Paper
as an editor and book reviewer. Most recent editing projects
include April Claxton’s
Goodnight Just the Same, a children’s book endorsed by
Beattie. Marissa has worked for numerous universities and
publications. She has also received many awards for her writing.
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find your way:
grammar tips and tricks
Creative and professional How-to's
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Creative prompts for you to follow
To purchase tutoring/writing/grammar consultations,
30-Minute Session – $30
1-Hour Session – $60
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Happy Ganesh also offers classes and workshops
in writing and publishing.
for more information.
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
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
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
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
(If you want to learn more about those styles, go to
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
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