This post was originally published in 2016 and some products and services may have changed since that time. If the Clean First Drafts Rebate Program is still being offered (per the Product Terms on the product purchase page), then the information described below still applies.
We’ve had some stirrings of interest among you Brave Supplicants looking ahead to the Class of 2019 applications and we’ve got some news to fill you in on!
Essay guides are ready!
First, you may have noticed that several new EssaySnark MBA Essay Strategy Guides have already been published! So far we’ve got 2016 editions for Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, the Ross School of Business, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Even if a school maintains the same essay questions as last year, we still do a full refresh of the guide to incorporate what we’ve learned and observed through one more season of working with successful candidates. As more schools release details on their Class of 2019 applications, we will be scurrying to update their respective strategy guides, too.
Our MBA Essay Questions directory indicates which schools have released 2016 questions and which ones have app guides out. It also has a hopefully-not-too-confusing key to the unfortunately-very-confusing situation around recommendation requirements.
The Countdown is about to begin!
Very exciting for those rarin’ to go on their apps is The Round 1 MBA Countdown that starts on Monday! This is a week by week to-do list constructed by the ‘Snark over years of working with
procrastinators Brave Supplicants aiming for Round 1. We’ve already had a bunch of early-bird get-the-worm types sign up. Maybe you’ll join them?
And, for those who are REALLY motivated:
New incentive to submit good first drafts!
We’re doing things a tiny bit differently this season: Anyone going for our Essay Decimator essay review service will have a chance to earn a rebate after purchase! Plus, you’ll get a new bonus with the Essay Decimator: Best Practices for MBA Essays, which is a checklist available only to our Essay Decimator subscribers.
Here’s how the rebate works: After you purchase – and before you submit your first drafts for review – you’ll go over the Best Practices and read up on the guidelines. These are about what we call the mechanics of essay-writing. Most people’s first drafts contain at least one of these errors, which detracts from how your content is perceived. If you spend time before you submit those first drafts to make sure you’re not making these mistakes, and that they comply with the Best Practices we’ve given you, then you will earn the rebate! You will get your choice of either CASH BACK – actual money sent back to your original form of payment as a refund – or an even more generous coupon that you can apply to your next Essay Decimator purchase. See the Essay Decimator product page for details. This opportunity to earn the rebate is available on the standard Essay Decimator and the HBS Essay Decimator (but not for the Expedited Rush Single Essay Decimator).
Of course, we always recommend that you study your school’s MBA essay guide before submitting essays for us to review. Those guides lay out the best techniques for positioning your pitch for what that school in particular is looking for. Making your essays as strong as possible before submitting them for any reviews will lead you towards the highest quality final product, since we’ll be able to offer more sophisticated commentary on each of the two sets of drafts you send in.
If you’re new to our services: The Complete Essay Package takes you from start to finish on your first set of essays, and the work you do on the App Accelerators will set you up for success for any other schools you’re planning for, too. If you go for the Complete Essay Package, you will have 60 days to finish all the steps. That times out just perfectly for anyone’s Round 1 strategy: You’ll want to be putting the polishing touches on your essays for that first school by the end of July. Subsequent schools will go much more quickly but you do need time to figure out your messaging on the first project you tackle.
BONUS! When you sign up for the Complete Essay Package early in the season, you have an opportunity to participate in our Essay Partner Matchmaking Program. How it works is, we evaluate the work you submit over to us and if we feel you are picking up what we’re laying down, in terms of getting a handle on this essay development thing and building good essay-writing skills, then we’ll try to match you up with another Brave Supplicant who’s similarly made good progress on their apps. Then, the two of you can work together on your own, offering feedback to each other’s work. It’s a totally voluntary program, and we can’t guarantee you’ll get matched to someone, but the BSers who have been hooked up with a writing buddy in the past have found value in it. Here’s where we explained the Matchmaker option before. Once you sign up for the Complete Essay Package you can opt in (or out, if you don’t want us to assign you to anyone) on your account page.
We offer all of our admissions services a la carte. This makes the cost to you as low as possible, and everyone signs up for only the support that they need. You can even see which services are recommended based on where you’re at in your process.
If you just want to dip your toe in the water: Our Comprehensive Profile Review is a great way to get started – without having to do any work! You can upgrade to the Complete Essay Package from there at a reduced price (it’s always cheaper to start with the bigger package of services, but we like to offer options!).
Details for all of our consulting services are available on the product page before you sign up. Be sure to read the terms carefully so that understand how it works. Remember, we’re not the ‘Snark for everybody! For example: We don’t edit essays; we critique them. You need to come into this with a ready-to-work attitude and an open mind. If you’ve got both of those, then we’re eager to get started with helping you get into bschool this year!