Of course I say I can do a good job for you. But, hearing it from others might be a little more convincing…
The testimonials, reviews, and positive evaluations I receive are always humbling. Those shared here are not done so much to brag but to prove that I truly strive to deliver the very best quality in the services I provide. Do I make mistakes? Of course — those are valuable because I then learn to do better. (Plus, I rarely make the same mistakes twice, and never thrice!) I’m proud of my expertise as a writer and editor, and grateful that others agree.
I met Paula when I was wrestling [my] manuscript to life. I was searching for one with whom I could have that most precious of relationships — the writer-editor relationship — in which the editor invested not only in the work, but in the crafting of a writer … Paula was all that and more for me. She was editor, teacher, and molder of clay … Under her watchful and engaged tutelage, I’ve grown more than I imagined.
— My Haley, author of The Treason of Mary Louvestre
The whole three-volume project is so impressive. I’m ever grateful for your expertise and the spirit you brought to the work… I can’t imagine how [our family] could have worked with anyone else. We all had such respect for you … all our trust was as important in the process, as were all the results of your good judgment.
— Martha L., New York City,
Mining Our Past: The LaBare & Horn Family Histories
Paula has taught at the Life Enrichment Center for years. Her 2010 students produced such quality stories, she chose two dozen selections and published them in an anthology. She may have been surprised with the results produced by her students, but I’m not. Paula speaks with such tremendous love about writing, it can’t help but inspire others. On a personal note, Paula helped promote my late grandmother’s book [Ann Nixon Cooper’s A Century and Some Change] during a panel discussion … and those in attendance gained so much from her thoughtful observations. Many people have a passion for writing, but Paula has the unique ability to share and cultivate that passion within others.
— Ernest Hooper, columnist, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Paula’s contribution as editor was much more than just grammar and sentence structure. Her suggestions improved the whole sequence of chapters — even titles. Her professional touch made a big difference.
— Armin Wendt, Tampa, Fla., author: From Lederhosen to Jeans:
A Sweet and Sour Kraut’s Journey to America
Having a story to tell is one thing. Getting it on paper and in a reasonable format for editing is, for me, a big problem … Paula Stahel’s talent and experience finally brought my manuscript to its completion.
— Ted Hull, author, The Wonder Years: My Life and Times with Stevie Wonder
Your professional knowledge … took away all of the anxieties I had over finally getting my stories into book form. And most of all, I appreciate the careful editing, and suggestions as to wording where changes were needed. Then there is the matter of your transforming the fonts and styles to fit the overall design. You did a lot of good work in a short period of time … Again, I so much appreciate the thorough professional work you did, to make Little Pitchers With Big Ears a once-in-a-lifetime gift to many of my loved relatives and friends. I am so proud to be able to have my work presented in such beautiful fashion.
— Marlene C., Tampa, Fla.
Thank you so much for working on this project with me … Paula, you took my words and made them better.
— Carol O’Dell, speaker and author,
Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir
My thank-yous to Paula are never ending. Your wit and wisdom made this journey so much fun and so enjoyable. You silently challenged me and made me stretch … You took my words and buffed and polished them with love.
When I opened my journal, all I could do was cry. I feel so loved. And reading about everything I’ve gone through made me realize how much stronger I am than I gave myself credit for.
— Eleanor S., Zeeland, Mich.
How very much I thank you for all your fine efforts on my behalf. Your work has been so appreciated.
— Golda Brunhild, author, Mishbucha: The Family
Paula, I’ll try to write later to tell you how much I appreciate what you’ve done. I don’t know what I expected but I certainly am impressed with [The Life of Stanley E. Willson]. It is a wonderful legacy. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life.
— Dorothy W., Holland, Mich.
I thank you so much for all you have done and are doing at the LEC. I realize first-hand with each class what an exceptional teacher you are … how fortunate we are to have you.
— Ronna Metcalf, executive director, Life Enrichment Center, Tampa Fla.
Your [Pages of My Life] class has given me more confidence and has reignited that fire to write. The group was the best I have ever been in and of course you build the foundation that made it fun and a great learning experience. I think you are one great educator. I have learned so much from you.
— Walter F., Tampa, Fla.
Everybody was so excited and so thrilled that you were the [presenter at the retreat]. They just couldn’t say enough … it was just phenomenal.
— Edna Broyles, Network of Executive Women, 2008 event chair
I just wanted to tell you that you did an awesome job presenting to the Tampa Writers Alliance. Once it was over, [a member] commented to me, “She did a very good job!” We have seen a lot of speakers, so this was honestly good praise.
— Michael Darling, TWA President
Doing Sandy Ruts, Tall Pines & Orange Groves gave Neva a whole new lease on life. We will, of course, be happy to give you rave reviews on your talent, creativity, and patience in helping with her book! There is no doubt that working with you on publishing her memoirs has been the highlight of her ninety-eight years. She has been thrilled with the interest and attention from friends and family … and so many of those stories would have been lost forever.
— Dottie E., Glenville, N. Carolina