Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews for Barbara’s book, Ivan Pavlov: Exploring the Mysteries of Behavior

“. . . an interesting and thorough biography of the famous Russian scientist . . . One strength of this text is that Ivan Pavlov is characterized as a person influenced by his family and his colleagues, not as an isolated entity . . . This book is a useful introduction to classical conditioning.”

—Science Books & Films, May/June 2007

“The text is readable while being scholarly enough for research . . . It is well organized and a good length for middle school students . . . Good for research but enjoyable enough for pleasure reading . . . Solid biography for middle school students . . .”

–Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee, January 2007


“Whether you need a skilled writer to work magic with words, or you want the brains of a Stanford Alumni doing some thinking for you, Barbara is the one. I am very grateful for our long-standing collaboration and friendship. Without Barbara’s urging and advice, I may not have made a career choice that has netted me hundreds of thousands of dollars, no kidding.”

–Gregory Fleming, Senior Systems Engineer at Phoenix 2.0

“I worked with Barbara at an online assessment company where she created a voice for entire lines of consumer content for ecommerce delivery. Her writing was clear, convincing, and authentic. She was also kind enough to read a draft manuscript of my book and offer numerous helpful suggestions which vastly improved the final product. Barbara is both quick and thorough, which is a rare combination in a writer.”

–John Arnopp, VP, Head of Strategic Information, Wells Fargo Bank and Author, It Takes All Types”

“After each issue of Our Animals, Donna, a longtime, generous supporter and an avid, careful reader, sends me her article-by-article analysis. … She labeled [your piece] “Miracles Delivered Daily” as the “ultimate,” calling it “illuminating, motivational, with enough soft tugs to capture hearts and pocketbooks. … So I say: Thank you, Barbara!”

–Paul Glassner, Editor, Our Animals

“Barbara Saunders is an articulate observer and a lyrical, precise writer. The writing contribution that Ms. Saunders made to my book, published by Doubleday last year [1994], is one of the sharpest and wisest pieces of writing in the book, and I have singled out Ms. Saunders’ contribution several times when being interviewed by the press or on radio. Her gifts, and her authentic presence, would make her an asset to any project.”

–Steve Silberman, Author, Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads

“You want people in your life who will help you to think in new, different, and more nuanced ways. My friend Barbara Saunders always has a unique perspective on my work and takes the time to offer detailed comments. (Incidentally, our podcast interview about how we misjudge introverts is one of my most popular.)

Pamela Slim, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together.

“Barbara has an incredible talent to ask a series of seemingly conversational questions to get to the root of what it is you are trying to communicate and quickly turns around masterful copy. A pleasure to work with she is deeply concerned with consistency, attention to detail and your satisfaction with her work. Plus she’s great at coaching – I highly recommend her!”

Denah Johnston, Film Professor and Filmmaker

“Barbara provides great work with minimal or even poor direction. She’s great at conducting her own research to generate quality content. Barbara works quickly and always hits her deadlines. Her writing is clear, concise, and customer friendly. Barbara is also easy to work with and always has a good attitude. For the type of work I use her (corporate customer-oriented communications), I recommend her easily.”

Sean Malroy, Marketing Project Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

“Customers really liked the language and easy terminology and LACK of complicated jargon that was used in the guides.”

Anita Singha, Channel Marketing Specialist – Residential, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

“Barbara proved invaluable as a high-end editor for my master’s thesis. She exceeded my expectations in her ability to understand the subject matter and speak to me in terms familiar to me. Her greatest contribution was guiding me through the process of getting my knowledge on paper in a format compelling for the target audience. The working experience was a pleasure, and I am eager to work with Barbara again the next opportunity that arises.”

Mark McGee, MBA, Managing Director, Quantum Art, Inc.

“Barbara was the first person brave enough to suggest to me that sending out résumés wasn’t going to serve my creativity or skills. She was the person who told me: ‘the more unique you are, the more valuable you are,’ and I believed her because she had the experience and the context to back that up. She dispelled a lot of myths about being a creative, successful person. Our exploration of what I really wanted in terms of my career, in terms of my real value in the world, was like a weekly satori moment for me. Barbara told me stories that would drive home the electrifying possibilities when I was feeling very little hope. She offered concrete solutions that really evolved. I respect her skills, her intuition and her deft sense of humor when it comes to making a career change. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to build a more meaningful working life for themselves.”

M.C., fiction writer/corporate content writer

“Barbara has been an invaluable marketing resource to me. As an attorney, I trade on integrity and the written word, yet Barbara wrote a true-to-life bio of myself and my firm that even I could not write. She has the knowledge of marketing and human nature, and puts in the time to fully understand her client and their goals, to produce textual products that will hit home. When I meet potential clients, on the street, at networking events, at a party, or anywhere, I always tell them, as I hand them my card: ‘check out my website’ – because I know that they will be reading Barbara’s words. Because of Barbara, I get clients.”

Daniel J. O’Connell, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Law Offices of Daniel J. O’Connell