“Working with Paulla has honestly changed me as an author. While we voyaged through the phases of developing my book idea together, I looked forward to our energetic exchange of ideas like a giddy kid. She brings such joy and compassion and generosity to the entire endeavor. (Imagine being excited to open your inbox for once—that’s a gift all on its own!) As a non-fiction author trying my hand at fiction for the first time, I was tremendously buoyed by Paulla’s creative instinct, her incredible depth of understanding, and the speed and ease with which she grasped the heart of my story and helped me identify its strengths and potentialities. She is a writer herself, and it can’t be underestimated just how valuable it is to have that shared language with your coach from the get-go. She taught me a great deal about how to be a cheerleader to the other writers in my life (lord knows, we need ’em!) and how to approach my own writing with a freedom I hadn’t experienced until now. I’m endlessly thankful, and Paulla will be getting a giant write-up in the acknowledgements when I go to print!” —Tanya K.
“I came to Paulla with an idea for a novel, not much more than a premise, and came away with a detailed, step-by-step plan for writing my book. Paulla helped me gain perspective about what I wanted to write and showed me how to go about writing it. She encouraged me toward a deeper understanding of my protagonist and helped me develop a character with agency who is now more engaging for readers. She identified flaws and holes in my plot that were undermining the story’s narrative drive and helped me fix my story’s cause-and-effect trajectory. I think everyone needs a book coach like Paulla, whether you’ve written zero books or twenty. She not only held me accountable, she saw what it was impossible for me to objectively see on my own. She helped me get so many things right early on in the writing process and saved me time and unnecessary frustration. There is no substitute for the objective eye of an experienced, skilled, knowledgeable, and encouraging book coach. Paulla helped me find the clarity I needed not only to write a novel, but to write a good novel. I recommend her without reservation to anyone who wants to get the best out of themselves, whether you’re writing a brand new book or revising a finished draft.” — Leanne P.