I'm available for readings and classroom visits, guest lectures, and a variety of consultation and editorial services.
Consultation & Editorial Services
One of the most rewarding parts of being a literary citizen and a teacher is helping other writers bring their work to the best place it can be. Therefore, I'm thrilled to offer a number of services for writers. As an experienced editor, an award-winning poet, and an educator with over a decade of experience, I will treat your work with the same care I would my own.
Poetry Manuscript Consultation:
I love reading books in progress. Over the years, I've been honored to help friends bring their books from the beginning stages to published form and have helped edit a number of books that went on to win awards and contests. I would be thrilled to work with you! There are a few tiers available.
This option is a great deal for groups of poems or chapbook manuscripts. I will line edit poems as needed, and write a letter of advice for revising the poems, as well as helpful tips about placing the poems in a publication.
My mentorship packages allows you the opportunity to work one-on-one with me over a longer period of time. The package includes several Skype conversations, close editing of either a manuscript or a smaller group of poems several times, once at the initial phase of the mentorship, and again after we have worked together for a few months and you have had the opportunity to revise. I can also offer suggestions and advice about publication.
Online Poetry Classes: Coming Soon!
Ready to start? Send an email to me at valeriewetlaufer [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know how I can help! I'll let you know my current availability schedule.
"Valerie has provided me with valuable feedback on multiple manuscripts and poems over the years including my most recent collection A History of the Unmarried. She has a great eye for strengths and weaknesses within individual poems and a keen sense of how a manuscript should fit together. Her comments are specific, thoughtful, and always honest. She helps create an open dialogue about your work that provides you with excellent support for growing and improving. I highly recommend her services."
--Stephen S. Mills
Questions? Email me and ask away! Pricing plans are available.
Prices are approximate. Depending on the extensiveness of the editing required, and the length of time involved, prices may be higher.