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Manuscript Review with James McGowan

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James McGowan

You've taken your brilliant ideas for a children's book and wrangled them into a manuscript. You're excited about what you've written, but you're not quite sure if you're ready to start querying agents. Or perhaps you've started querying agents, but you aren't getting the reception you were hoping for. Enter: personalized feedback from literary agent James McGowan. James will review your picture book manuscript and share his feedback via direct mark-up, in-line comments, and a short written feedback summary. As a literary agent, James has reviewed countless children's books, so you'll get an insider's perspective to help you improve your chances of getting published.

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Proposal or Manuscript Review

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Amanda Montell

You've chosen a fascinating topic, done your research, and decided to take the plunge: You're on your way to writing a nonfiction book! Whether you're working on your proposal or manuscript, the journey can be lonely, and it's often hard to know if you're on track. Enter: personalized feedback from bestselling nonfiction author Amanda Montell. Amanda will review your book proposal or up to 3,000 words of your manuscript and create a short video with her feedback. Drawing on her experience writing her books and helping other writers with theirs, Amanda will share tailored feedback and advice designed to help you strengthen your proposal or manuscript.

Decluttering Advice from Jamie Novak

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Jamie Novak

Overwhelmed by all the clutter? Not sure where to begin or what to do next? Get personalized decluttering advice from Jamie Novak, an acclaimed pro and author of Keep This, Toss That: The Practical Guide to Tidying Up. In her signature encouraging style she makes sense of your project and delivers the exact steps you need in a short video recorded just for you. With over 20 years of experience, she has seen it all! Share some details about a space that's stressing you out (and a few photos of that space, if you'd like), and Jamie will deliver practical ideas you can implement - without buying more stuff to make it happen. You’ll feel lighter and more in control by calming the chaos, so share your project today.

Skincare and Makeup Consultation

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Mary Jane Frost

Whether you have experience in makeup and skincare or are just getting started, advice from an expert can always be very helpful. Enter: personalized advice from international makeup artist Mary Jane Frost. Submit 3-4 photos of you or your daughter along with a few details about your makeup and skincare goals, and Mary Jane will create a video offering personalized tips and techniques giving you the knowledge on how to refresh your look or to help your daughter freshen up hers! As a makeup artist for the Visionaries Agency, Mary Jane’s work has appeared in Vogue, Wonderland, and many other publications, so she knows a thing or two about helping you look your best!

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Questions for Mary Jane Frost

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Mary Jane Frost

Are you interested in becoming a makeup artist but are unsure how to break within the beauty industry? Get all of your questions answered by global makeup artist and beauty creative director, Mary Jane Frost. Submit 2-3 questions along with a link to your social media accounts or work, and she will create a video with her personalized advice. Mary Jane currently works for The Visionaries Agency and is the co-founder of Visual Partners, so you’ll get an insider’s perspective on how to hone your craft!

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Question for Christine Cho

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Christine Cho

We all have beauty questions, but it can be daunting to find the answers. Celebrities can get advice from top makeup artists whenever they want, but what about the rest of us? Now, thanks to beauty pro Christine Cho, we can all get our questions answered. Send a question to Christine, and she'll make you a short video with a response created just for you. Maybe you want moisturizer recommendations for dry skin or a demo of how to apply blush to your particular cheekbones. Whatever your question, send it Christine's way, and get a video in return. Depending on the question, Christine may include product recommendations and/or technique demos.

1:1 Coaching for Creatives

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Andrew Scrivani

Join New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani for one-on-one coaching sessions designed to enhance your skills and further your career in photography or another creative field. Andrew is an experienced teacher who will tailor this private session to your particular goals.

You might use the time for portfolio reviews and feedback, technical instruction, business/career advice (e.g., negotiations, leadership, communication), overall creative approach, or another topic you and Andrew select together. In addition to "hard skills,” Andrew is also passionate about building confidence and helping you gain the self assurance to pursue your dreams and have a successful and fulfilling career in a creative field.

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Sessions are $125 per hour.

1:1 Portfolio Review with Gary Hershorn

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Gary Hershorn

Meet with acclaimed photographer Gary Hershorn for a private review of your photography portfolio. Drawing on decades of experience photographing everything from major news stories to the Olympics to the night sky, Gary will share feedback on your portfolio and advise you on how you can take your photography to the next level. Gary believes deeply in the importance of mentorship and is very glad to meet with photographers of all levels and backgrounds.

Portfolio Review by Chris Facey

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Chris Facey

Whether you're an experienced photojournalist or just getting started with photography, it can be incredibly helpful to have a successful photographer take a look at your work. Photographer Chris Facey will review your portfolio and create a short video with personalized feedback on how you can take your photography to the next level. Chris's feedback draws on his experience making powerful, tender images for publications like The New Yorker and New York Magazine, as well as his popular Instagram account.

Photography Portfolio Feedback from Andrew Scrivani

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Andrew Scrivani

Whether you're an experienced photographer or just getting started, it can be incredibly helpful to have a professional take a look at your work or answer your questions. New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani is here to help. Send him a question and/or a link to your portfolio, and he'll create a 10-15 minute video that breaks down his professional feedback and answers specific questions you’ve submitted along with your portfolio. Andrew believes in the importance of mentorship and values opportunities to advise photographers of all levels and backgrounds. This is a quick and convenient way to advance your photography skills with guidance from an expert.

Manuscript Review by Kiana Nguyen

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Kiana Nguyen

Whether you’re an experienced writer or a first time author, there are few more valuable resources than an expert’s opinion! Submit up to 2,500 words of your manuscript or a writing sample along with 2-3 questions for Kiana to review, and she will create a video with personalized tips and feedback to help you polish your submission. As a literary agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency, Kiana has reviewed countless manuscripts, so you’ll get an insider’s perspective to help you get published!


Pick Molly's Brain

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Molly Stillman

Have you ever had an idea in your head but haven’t shared it with many people yet because you aren’t sure how it’ll turn out? Through “Pick Molly’s Brain”, you can share your ideas along with any relevant content and 2-3 questions you might have for feedback. Submissions here could range from sharing an idea for a podcast, a collaboration with a brand, or a unique monetization strategy!

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Questions for Molly Stillman

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Molly Stillman

If you aren’t quite ready to share a few blog posts, Molly has been growing her blog and podcast for over a decade, and she is more than happy to answer any blog and influencer related questions to help you along your journey! Submit 2-3 questions you’d like Molly to answer along with your branding, website, or other digital elements, and she’ll create a video with her personalized advice for you.

Blog Post Review

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Molly Stillman

Whether you've been blogging for quite some time or you're just getting started, personalized advice from an expert can always be really helpful. Submit up to 2-3 blog posts accompanied by 2-3 questions you’d like Molly to answer., and she will create a video sharing her feedback for you and your blog! Molly has been featured in Lucky Magazine, US News & World Report, and the 700 Club, so you’ll get an insider’s perspective to help you improve your work!

Questions for Amalia Williamson

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Amalia Williamson

If you are interested in breaking into the film industry or becoming an actress, director, or filmmaker, Amalia Williamson is here to answer all of your questions! Whether you’d like help with securing a good agent, analyzing scripts, or auditioning, submit 2-3 questions for Amalia to answer along with a few details, and she will create a video with personalized advice on how you get your career off the ground! Amalia will give you advice when it comes to auditions, scripts, how to find success in such a competitive industry (even when it feels like there is none), and tips and tricks on all things film related.  Amalia has starred in TV shows and movies such as Northern Rescue, Level 16, The Kid Detective, and many more!


Training Advice

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Sarah Hodgson

Raising a dog, cat, or any other pet should be a happy life experience. If it isn't, Sarah Hodgson is here to help, with 35+ years of experience as a trainer, an associate applied behaviorist, best-selling author, and a mom to a multi-species household. Her philosophy? Pets, like people, need routines and encouragement to learn good behavior. Training is as easy as associating words with freedom, food, and fun instead of fear and frustration. 


Does your dog, cat, or other pet struggle with destructiveness, potty training, excessive barking, aggression, leash-pulling, or other frustrations? Are you a new pet parent and don't know where to start? Sarah is here to help! Together you'll learn how to provide your pet with the tools to develop good manners, fostering an enriching, life-long bond.


Submit a video of your pet along with questions or details. In her signature upbeat, family-friendly style, Sarah will create a short video with personalized advice on how you can help improve your pet's behavior.


Makeup Consultation

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Christine Cho

Whether you're planning for a special occasion or want to refresh your look, it can be incredibly valuable to get a beauty consultation from a true pro. Let makeup artist Christine Cho know what your top beauty goals are, and she'll create a video with technique demonstrations and product recommendations tailored to your particular needs. You'll be able to watch the video again and again as a helpful reference. These mini-consultation videos are a great fit for all kinds of beauty goals, such as brides who want to DIY their wedding-day look, anyone who's intimidated by makeup but wants to look fresh and polished, people of any age looking for a skin-care routine tailored to their skin & lifestyle.Whatever your relationship to makeup, Christine will give you helpful, personalized tips that enhance your natural beauty and keep things fun and fresh.

Plant Inquiry

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Marlene Simon

You love plants, but sometimes they confound you. Wouldn't it be nice to have an expert you could reach out to with your plant-related questions? Enter: video-based feedback from UC Davis horticulturist Marlene Simon. Whether you're trying to figure out which plants will work best in your space or want expert advice on other plant-related matters, Marlene is here to help! Submit up to 3 questions and, if relevant, a few photographs, and Marlene will create a short video with advice designed to transform you into the plant pro you've always wanted to be.

Writing Advice from Jaime Novak

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Jamie Novak

Do you dream of seeing your book in print one day? Get answers to your questions today from globally recognized author Jamie Novak. Whether you want help writing your book, finding an agent, or getting published, what could be more valuable than feedback from an author who has been through the writing, agent finding, and publishing process multiple times? A six-time bestselling author, Jamie’s latest book, Keep This-Toss That: The Practical Guide to Tidying Up, was an Amazon #1 New Release. You’ll receive a short video with her advice tailored to you and your project. Submit your questions and an outline of your project (optional) to Jamie today. You’re one step away from the answer that can help you get your book done.


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