Edit Once

Edit Once comes with three options:

  1. An overall critique
  2. A sentence-level edit
  3. Editor’s choice

An overall critique is best for applicants with early drafts who are willing not just to revise but to re-envision their essays. We’ll evaluate your overarching narrative, identify what’s working and what’s not, and discuss your options for revision. We may advise radical cuts, a new outline, or even a new topic.

A sentence-level edit is best for applicants who are no longer interested in making major revisions. Beyond identifying and correcting errors, we may identify awkward phrases, finesse your transitions, and advise you to clarify, expand, or delete certain sections.

Editor’s choice may include elements of both an overall critique and a sentence-level edit—or it may not. It won’t include a proofread. This is the best choice for applicants who want us to figure out how to help them best.

Unlimited Editing

Unlimited Editing entitles you to as many rounds of editing as you need in order to brainstorm, draft, polish, and proofread one essay. Most people spend about a month with us, but anything from three weeks to three months is common.

If you hire us for help on a personal statement that you haven’t started, we’ll begin by sending you a list of prompts. When we see your answers, we’ll schedule a phone call to continue brainstorming and outline your essay. Afterward, we’ll play ping pong: you’ll send us a draft, we’ll send it back to you with notes, and so on. Our feedback tends to focus first on big-picture issues of structure and story before funneling down to more specific issues of language and tone, ending finally with a triple proofread: first by you, then by us, then by a third-party professional.

You can use Unlimited Editing for any sort of essay or résumé, not just a personal statement, and we’re happy to work on essays that you’ve already drafted.

Unlimited Editing is one of our foundational products. We believe that editorial guidance lies at the heart of any consulting service—you are, after all, presenting yourself to an admissions office via essays—and we tend to hire consultants with a deep background in creative writing and editing. This product is about as far into our wheelhouse as you can get, and it’s what many of us are doing in our free time: brainstorming ideas for stories, then refining, revising, and re-envisioning them until they shine. We won’t spoon-feed you sentences or help you realize our vision for your personal statement: we’ll try to make your essay more itself.

Note that you'll work with one consultant throughout. At the end of the process, your consultant will give your essay a proofread then send it to a third-party proofreader to make sure it's squeaky clean.

If you’re looking for advice and guidance on every aspect of your application—including all essays—you should consider Comprehensive Consulting, but Unlimited Editing is a great choice for price-conscious 7Sagers who want to take advantage of our core expertise.

Examples of Our Work

Our admissions course contains many samples of our editorial feedback. You can also see two examples of our work with real critiques here.

About 7Sage Editors


  • David Busis

    David Busis

    Partner

    David is a graduate of Yale, where he received a prize for excellence in the English major, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received a teaching fellowship.

    His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic online. His fiction has won two national contests, received notable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2014, and been anthologized by Autumn House Press. He taught English and writing at the School of the New York Times, Phillips Academy Andover, the University of Iowa, and Southern New Hampshire University.

    He was admitted to Harvard and Yale Law School before he joined 7Sage.

  • Selene Steelman

    Selene Steelman

    Consultant

    Selene holds a B.A. with Distinction in English from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was Senior Managing Editor of the Cardozo Women’s Law Journal.

    For the last 14 years, she evaluated LL.M. and J.D. applications as a member of the Admissions Committee for Cardozo School of Law. As Director of LL.M. Admissions, she admitted and welcomed 27 new classes of LL.M. students from over 25 countries. Prior to joining Cardozo, she was a structured finance associate at a top-tier Manhattan law firm. Before she decided to pursue a legal education, she worked at a New York City literary agency, editing book proposals, negotiating subsidiary rights in the pre-digital era, and searching for the Great American Novel in the slush pile.

    She resides in northern New Jersey. When she is not helping law school candidates achieve their dreams, she spends her time playing the violin and ballroom dancing.

  • Elizabeth Cavallari

    Elizabeth Cavallari

    Consultant

    Elizabeth Cavallari spent nearly six years as a senior and assistant dean of admissions at William & Mary Law School and three years in undergraduate admissions at Bucknell University. She has evaluated thousands of law school admissions files, interviewed hundreds of applicants, coordinated the waitlist, and advised both domestic and international candidates on the law school admissions process. She has also presented at the LSAC annual conference and at multiple prelaw advisor conferences on subjects ranging from waitlist strategies to resources for LGBTQIA students. Elizabeth is passionate about building relationships with her students as she guides them through the application process. When she’s not thinking about law school admissions, she advises a sorority at William & Mary, supporting collegiate leaders, and coordinates a 40+ Career Club to assist older job seekers. You can often find Elizabeth running through Colonial Williamsburg, pushing a double jogging stroller.

  • Brigitte Suhr

    Brigitte Suhr

    Consultant

    Brigitte holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. For two years, she worked in admissions at the University of Virginia School of Law. As she assessed prospective JD files, she often thought about how the applicants could have done a better job of conveying their strengths and contextualizing their weaknesses.

    Prior to her work as a consultant, Brigitte traversed the globe as an international human rights lawyer, advocating for truth, justice, and reparations in post-conflict societies. Working for organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, she carried out fact-finding, training, and advocacy missions to more than two dozen countries, meeting with stakeholders from presidents to survivor collectives. She feels honored to have had a hand in the legal reforms of over fifty countries ranging from Costa Rica to South Africa. Brigitte also spent several years working in Guatemala, first as counsel to a human rights NGO and then as an investigator of the atrocities committed during the country’s thirty-six-year armed conflict.

    Brigitte continues to consult with foundations and non-profits on human rights programs and research covering issues such as justice reform, LGBTQ advocacy, and anti-slavery initiatives. When she’s not working, you can find Brigitte hiking the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains with her ball-crazy Labrador named Milo.

  • Christie Belknap

    Christie Belknap

    Consultant

    Christie holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Emory Law School, where she served as an editor on the Emory Law Review. She worked at two top-tier law firms in New York City, but after getting her fill of late nights, fancy lunches, and (perhaps most importantly) paying off her student loans, she shifted gears and landed a job in the admissions office at Cardozo Law School. There, she reviewed applications, met and counseled prospective students, spoke on admissions panels, and travelled to such exotic locales as Pittsburgh and Columbus. She returned to practicing law as the real estate counsel for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she helped move the Fulton Fish Market from South Street Seaport to a refrigerated, state of the art facility, and got to use the term “fishmonger” on a regular basis. In her latest role as an admissions consultant at 7Sage, she’s happy to draw upon her past experiences as an admissions officer and lawyer to help advise prospective students in the law school application process.

  • Kurt Pitzer

    Kurt Pitzer

    Consultant

    Author and journalist Kurt Pitzer has written about many of the world’s most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a recipient of the Lange-Taylor Prize for his documentary work in Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Sunday Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, BBC Radio, People magazine, Pleiades, the Denver Quarterly and Mother Jones, among others.

    In 2003, he helped the former head of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear centrifuge program, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, escape from Iraq to the United States with his family. Their co-written book, The Bomb in My Garden (John Wiley & Sons), was called “never less than riveting” by The New York Times Book Review. Pitzer’s next, Eating with the Enemy (St. Martin’s Press), a “boisterous, improbable book” (The New York Times), is about the unlikely friendship between mobbed-up New Jersey restaurant owner Robert Egan and a North Korean ambassador. He is the producer of the narrative feature film Runoff, which premiered at the Los Angeles, Hamptons International and Woodstock film festivals in 2014.

    Pitzer earned his BA in English at Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. He teaches Advanced Creative Nonfiction at Harvard’s Extension School.

  • Aaron Thier

    Aaron Thier

    Consultant

    Aaron received a BA in Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida, where he taught both creative and expository writing. He is the author of three novels: The Ghost Apple (a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize), Mr. Eternity (a finalist for the same award), and The World is a Narrow Bridge. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Lucky Peach, and other magazines, and in 2016 he received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts.

  • Sam Massie

    Sam Massie

    Data Specialist

    Sam is a graduate student in statistics at Yale University and holds a BA in economics, also from Yale, together with a certificate from the MIT Advanced Study Program. Prior to joining 7Sage, he worked for six years as a business analyst and product manager in Hong Kong, Boston, and Shanghai. He speaks fluent Mandarin, and his writing about China has appeared in the New York Times. Currently, he is based in Boston, where he also consults for companies on data analytics projects.

  • Mark Firmani

    Mark Firmani

    Consultant

    Mark is a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania English Department and a J.D. student (deferred admission until 2019) at Yale Law School. After graduating as valedictorian from Quinnipiac University with BAs (double summa cum laude) in English and History, he spent a year hiking in his home state of New Hampshire before living as a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he taught as the 7th- and 9th-grade English teacher at a UNRWA school for Palestinian boys.

    While living in Jordan, he decided to take the LSAT and, two years into his doctoral studies, he applied to law schools, receiving acceptances everywhere he applied: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia (Hamilton scholarship), NYU (Vanderbilt scholarship), Penn (Levy and Toll Public Interest scholarships), and Duke (Mordecai scholarship).

    He currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he spends his time reading Arabic-language novels and writing his dissertation. He also teaches Penn undergraduate courses in topics as varied as monstrosity, law and literature, and artificial intelligence, and looks forward to adopting a dog very soon.

  • Amy Bonnaffons

    Amy Bonnaffons

    Consultant

    Amy holds a BA in literature (magna cum laude) from Yale University and an MFA in fiction writing from New York University, where she won the Goldwater Teaching Fellowship and an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She taught in the Expository Writing Program at New York University for four years before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in English at the University of Georgia. Her story collection THE WRONG HEAVEN was published in 2018 by Lee Boudreaux Books at Little, Brown, and will be followed by THE REGRETS, a novel about the afterlife. Her writing has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Kenyon Review and The Sun, and has won awards and fellowships from Yale University, Open City magazine, Bread Loaf, and The MacDowell Colony, among others.

    Amy is a founding editor of 7x7, a literary journal promoting collaboration between writers and visual artists, and has served as international editor of Washington Square Review. She has also helped many students hone their personal statements to gain admission to college, law school and business school.

  • Ben Mauk

    Ben Mauk

    Consultant

    Ben Mauk is a freelance writer based in Berlin. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Guardian, Granta, London Review of Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vice Magazine, The New Yorker online, and many other publications. He has received a Fulbright research fellowship and multiple grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He earned a B.A. in English literature, philosophy, and cognitive studies from Cornell University (Phi Beta Kappa, distinction in all subjects) and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He taught literature and creative writing for several years at the University of Iowa. He is the co-founder and director of the Berlin Writers’ Workshop.

  • Sarika Mathur

    Sarika Mathur

    Consultant

    Sarika holds a BA in Philosophy from Fordham University and a JD from Emory Law School, where she won first place at the National Transactional LawMeet. She also holds a MPH with a focus on Health Management from Harvard University.

    Sarika has worked for Emory Law’s admissions office and as a private equity and finance associate at a mid-size law firm. In 2016, she co-founded a medical device startup, which won first place at the Georgia Tech Startup Competition. Her prior work experiences include researching food and hunger issues at a think tank, which monitors UN policymaking, and conducting field work in Tanzania.

    Sarika has a keen interest in social entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in developing countries.

  • Brian Booker

    Brian Booker

    Consultant

    Brian received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from NYU, and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow and, in his third year, a Schulze Fellow. He has been the Grace Paley Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. 

    Brian’s fiction has been published in Conjunctions, One Story, New England Review, Tin House, Vice, and other magazines; his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the National Magazine Award. His debut short story collection, Are You Here For What I’m Here For?, was published in 2016 by Bellevue Literary Press.

    Brian has ten years of experience teaching expository writing and literature courses at NYU; he has also taught creative writing workshops at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, he has been a Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, designing and teaching workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as Literary Horror. 

  • Maura Roosevelt

    Maura Roosevelt

    Consultant

    Maura holds an AB from Harvard College, where she studied English and American Literature, as well as Visual and Environmental Studies. After Harvard, Maura attended the MFA program in fiction writing at New York University, where she was a recipient of the Starworks Teaching Fellowship.

    As both a fiction writer and essayist, her work has appeared in The Nation, Joyland, and Vol.1 Brooklyn, among other places. Her novel BABY OF THE FAMILY will be published by Penguin Random House in March of 2019.

    Maura has taught creative and critical writing at NYU, the University of Southern California, and the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. She was a lecturer in the Expository Writing Department at NYU for four years, winning an Award for Teaching Excellence every year. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, and is set to begin a doctoral program at Columbia University in 2018.

  • Sarah Cohen

    Sarah Cohen

    Consultant

    Sarah holds a BA in English and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis (Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude), where she was selected as a member of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and was awarded the Washington University Prize for Undergraduate Fiction. She received an MFA in fiction writing from New York University, where she was awarded the Starworks Fellowship, and instructed undergraduates in the craft of fiction and poetry. She has worked for over four years at a top Manhattan literary agency, editing manuscripts and proposals for award-winning authors, including Russell Shorto, Tara Brach, and Maryanne Wolf. She teaches English and writing enrichment to high school students, and edits manuscripts freelance. She is currently writing a fantasy series for young adults.

  • Rachel Yoder

    Rachel Yoder

    Consultant

    Rachel Yoder holds a BA in English literature from Georgetown University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, where she was awarded the Foundation Award in Fiction. She taught creative writing, composition, and rhetoric at Prescott College in northern Arizona before earning a second MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship.

    Her writing has won The Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction and has been a finalist for the Nelson Algren Award from The Chicago Tribune. Her stories and essays have also appeared in The New York TimesThe Paris Review Online, and The Sun Magazine, and have been anthologized in Best of the Web as well as in multiple books focused on experimental writing.

    Rachel is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process, which publishes first and final drafts of stories and essays along with author interviews about the creative process.

  • Daniel Castro

    Daniel Castro

    Consultant

    Daniel has worked as a writing consultant for over a decade. He holds a BA in English from Indiana University-Bloomington, where he worked as a tutor at the campus writing center, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received a Dean's Graduate Fellowship and taught undergraduate writing. He is a former Fulbright scholar in Spain, and his work has appeared in Tampa ReviewMiami HeraldGambit Weekly, and Salon. He was awarded the Cintas Fellowship in Literature in 2014 and the Faulkner Society's novel prize in 2015. He was a resident at the MacDowell Colony in 2016. He teaches classes and does manuscript consulting for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, and is a co-founder of the Berlin Writers' Workshop.

  • Kristen Gleason

    Kristen Gleason

    Consultant

    Kristen holds a BA in English with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholar, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Montana. She studied linguistics in Tromsø, Norway on a High North Fellowship. She is currently a doctoral student in English at the University of Georgia.

    Her fiction has appeared in Boston ReviewFencePrairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She was selected as an A Public Space Emerging Writers Fellow and was the winner of BOMB's Biannual Fiction Contest and the North American White Review Short Story Prize in 2017. Recently, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to Norway for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    She has taught creative writing and composition at the University of Montana, Montana Tech, and the University of Georgia, where she received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She was the managing editor of the University of Montana’s literary journal, CutBank. She has also worked in the Oakland, California public school system, edited for an academic publisher, instructed students in GRE and SAT test prep, and tutored in the University of Georgia’s Writing Center.

  • Conor Ahern

    Conor Ahern

    Consultant

    Conor works as a civil rights attorney for the City of New York, and has been moonlighting as an LSAT tutor for two years. Immediately following law school, he worked as a Ford Fellow at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. He enjoys reading fiction and making bad puns. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and of Harvard Law School.

  • Shamala Gallagher

    Shamala Gallagher

    Consultant

    Shamala Gallagher holds a BA in English and Feminist Studies from Stanford University, where she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts and graduated with Honors and Distinction. She received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin and her PhD in English from the University of Georgia.

    She is the author of a poetry collection, LATE MORNING WHEN THE WORLD BURNS, published in 2019 by The Cultural Society. Her essays and poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Shenandoah, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, and The Rumpus. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center.

    Shamala has five years of experience teaching writing, and she especially enjoys working one-on-one with writers. She also has a decade of experience, both work and volunteer, in direct services with homeless and low-income clients.

  • Jessie Marshall

    Jessie Marshall

    Consultant

    Jessie Marshall is a writer, teacher, and amateur farmer living in Āhualoa on the Island of Hawai’i. She graduated with highest honors from Oberlin College, earned a Distinction in Modern Literature and Culture from the University of York, and completed the MFA program in Creative Writing at New York University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Barrelhouse, The Common, The Gettysburg Review, The Mid-American Review, The Emerson Review, New York Press, and Night Train. Jessie’s career as an educator has included teaching writing at NYU and Honolulu Community College, tutoring at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and being on the English faculty of several private schools in Hawai’i. Her plays have been staged at Oberlin College and The University of Durham and have been featured in the E ‘Ōlelo reading series at the Kahilu Theatre. She has also received fellowships to attend writing residencies at the KHN Center for the Arts, the Gershwin Hotel, and the Millay Colony. Recently Jessie was a finalist for the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing’s postgraduate fellowships and she attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley as the recipient of the James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship.

  • Neil Aitken

    Neil Aitken

    Consultant

    Neil holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, a Kundiman Poetry Fellow, and the author of two books of poetry: The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2008 Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream, a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht Prize. His writing has been published in the Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, RHINO, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals and anthologies. As a Chinese-English translator, Neil worked with poet-translator Ming Di to translate The Book of Cranes: Selected Poems of Zang Di, and translated the work of several other poets for New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012. He received the DJS Translation Prize in 2011 and serves as a contributing editor and board member of Poetry East West.

    Neil has taught critical and creative writing courses at USC and UC Riverside, as well as for community and arts organizations in Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, and Regina. When not working as a consultant, Neil is creative writing coach and mentors new and experienced writers through the completion of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction manuscripts. He has helped many students craft and hone their personal statements, writing samples, and other supporting materials to gain admission to undergraduate and graduate programs in literature, creative writing, computer science, and other fields.

  • Jocelyn Glantz

    Jocelyn Glantz

    Consultant

    Jocelyn Glantz is a graduate of George Washington University and Brooklyn Law School. After practicing law, she returned to BLS to serve as the Assistant Director of Admissions. Then the magic began...

    To give herself more flexibility while raising her three girls, Jocelyn began consulting for a test prep company. She provided guidance to prospective undergraduate and graduate students, conducted essay and admissions workshops, and moderated law forums with panels of career and admissions professionals. Twenty years and hundreds of clients later, her individualized approach ensures that her clients present an application that highlights their achievements and their personal goals.

    To balance her life, Jocelyn works as both the Assistant Director and Staffing Director of an all-girls sleepaway camp, which enables her to enjoy the outdoors during the summer while mentoring campers and staff. As the fall application season begins and she switches from an iced tea to a chai latte, you can find her working diligently for her clients, baking treats for her daughters in college (as well as her middle schooler at home!) or walking the neighborhood with her puppy.

  • Shruti Swamy

    Shruti Swamy

    Consultant

    Shruti Swamy is the author of the short story collection A House Is a Body and the novel Utter, both forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Her work has twice been awarded the O. Henry Prize, and been published in The Paris Review, McSweeny's, Catapult, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck fellow at San Jose State University, and the recipient of grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and Vassar College. Shruti has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

    Shruti earned a BA in literature from Vassar College and an MFA from San Francisco State University, where she received the Distinguished Graduate Award. Shruti loves working one-on-one to help people achieve their goals and tell their stories. When she's not tackling client work or writing, she can be spotted at various San Francisco playgrounds, wrangling her one-year-old.

  • Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark

    Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark

    Consultant

    Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught writing as a Poe-Faulkner fellow. She also taught English for five years at UC-Berkeley Extension, specializing in helping international students write and revise application essays. Students she’s worked with have been accepted to top universities including Stanford, Princeton, and UC-Berkeley. On the other side of the admissions process, she has scored essays for TOEFL and TheDream.US scholarship.

    Caitlin is an award-winning writer with work in the Washington Post, Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner, where she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for the best story published in 2017. Additional honors include a 2017-2018 Steinbeck fellowship from San Jose State University and a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2018. Outside of writing and editing, she enjoys watching horror films and finding good kids' books to read with her one-year-old daughter.