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paula derrow

a way with words


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Ghost editing & writing (essays, books, book proposals)
Content marketing
Private writing coaching by the week, day, hour or project

Whether you're looking for a ghost editor to polish your memoir, screenplay, novel or any kind of book; a top-notch editor, writer and content strategist to consult for your website or magazine (clients include Time Inc's The Foundary; New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Chicago Tribune; Good Housekeeping Magazine and Potentia, among others; or you're an individual looking to get unstuck on a personal essay and learn what it takes to get published, I can help you. Former clients and students have had memoirs and general nonfiction published by Scribner, Greenpoint Press, Seal Press, Notre Dame Press and more, as well as placed essays in The New York Times "The New Old Age" blog, their "Anxiety" blog, their Modern Love column, the Washington Post, Redbook, Self, O, Marie Claire, Salon, Good Housekeeping Runner's World and many more national publications. Email me at [email protected] for rates.

"For Gorge, Paula Derrow served as my mentor and muse in her amazing Connecticut glass-bottom gazebo retreat." --Kara Richardson-Whitely

Read the review of Gorge in The New York Times Book Review.

"I previously took an online essay course with a famous writer, and it couldn't compare with what Paula offered us. Excellent!"--Mediabistro student, December 2013

"Paula's course resulted in my being published in The New York Times' Modern Love column. Her suggestions take a personal essay from 'a good idea' to publishable."—Liza Monroy, author of The Marriage Act and Mexican High

"Paula Derrow is a wonderful guide, whether you are tackling your first essay or are a skilled essayist who wants to do a checks and balances review of a piece that you can't seem to get out the door. Just love her."—Andrea King Collier, author of Still With Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss and The Black Woman's Guide to Black Men's Health

“Paula is a gem of an editor. She critiqued my essay with a fine eye
and gave me guidance on where to go next, and did it all with a great
respect for me as a writer and for my personal story. I highly
recommend her services!"—Pooja Makhijani, (Essay published in the Washington Post)

College essay coaching 
Past students accepted at Dartmouth College, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania and more. Email me for rates.