To connect with a reader, a piece must be credible, trustworthy, and relevant.

My writing and developmental editing services are for people ready to speak their minds with humility, humanity, and depth.

How often do you read business writing that:

  • Relies for credibility on the author’s status — or some cryptic philosophy — and neglects to offer evidence or a strong argument
  • Evokes your distrust by talking over your head, using too much jargon, or adopting a tone that’s suffocatingly formal or inauthentically casual
  • Hits you with a blizzard of information without making clear what is relevant to you
  • Conveys a sense of disrespect for your time and intelligence

I can help your content escape the grip of the inner schoolmarm, imperious manager, or self-aggrandizing expert. I write articles, books/book chapters, blog posts, fact sheets, white papers, and more, and offer developmental editing services.

I am not a businessperson (or a nonprofit person either!). I’m a lover of people and language.

I’ve been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years, and have produced pieces ranging from radio spots promoting pet adoption to technical reports on motor efficiency. I also write and perform in theater, storytelling, and poetry venues.

Before launching this career, I trained to be a psychotherapist. I helped people turn clusters of thoughts and feelings into honest words and coherent stories, so they could begin to make sense of their lives. That education taught me to recognize the “emotional noise” that sometimes clouds copy.

Reading is a private experience. Nobody has to read what you put in front of them. Let me help you earn the attention of your audiences.


Born in New York, I followed the Grateful Dead to Northern California under the guise of studying psychology at Stanford. I’ve stayed on the West Coast, where I live with my dog, Hannah. When I’m not writing, I am studying (and teaching) to earn my second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Learn more about my work at LinkedIn, follow me on Twitter or connect with me on Facebook. Contact me at barbara@barbararuthsaunders.com.