Nirmala-Nataraj

Testimonials

You can get a sense of what it would be like to work with me by hearing directly from my clients. Here are some assorted testimonials about the creative work I’ve done with individuals and organizations.

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Nirmala has the grace and skill to navigate just about any book project and bring it to a beautiful fruition. She is an uncommon combination of personable, caring, and incredibly smart. I would not hesitate to hire her for ghostwriting, editing, or book coaching—in fact, my company frequently hires her for all of the above! You and your book will be in good hands with this extraordinary woman.

—Kelly Notaras, Founder & CEO, kn literary arts

Nirmala is not only an editor and writer, but also a teacher. Working with our team of content creators, she provides constructive commentary on issues of equity, inclusion, and sensitivity of language. Nirmala’s notes are entry points for deeper dives and inquiry. Her process is helping us build foundational skills and essential tools for exploring language and decentering our default choices. Nirmala engages in dialogue with her writers, which teaches us to be in dialogue with our readers and audiences—the most valuable lesson, as language is fluid and therefore requires us to approach bringing context and history. Working with Nirmala is a mellifluous experience. She prompts me to frame my work with a set of questions and reveal underlying assumptions. She provides insight and consideration that illuminates the spaces, voices, and issues that we haven’t seen before. This is the work of a true editor and teacher of the highest order.

—Pamela Horn, Director of Cross-Platform Publishing and Strategic Partnerships, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Nirmala is the most authentic, present, compassionate human being I know. Our creative partnership is kismet. Nirmala’s neutrality, attentiveness to detail, presence for her clients’ work, and commitment/passion to co-create is unsurpassable. Nirmala is committed to supporting any writer’s journey and dedicated to supporting them to discover their own truth and unique way of expressing it. Her genius revolves around how she takes each client through a process that gets to the end goal of truth, authenticity, and clarity.

—Kelly McNelis, Founder of Women For One and Author of Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman

I worked with Nirmala on crafting a book proposal with the purpose of landing a literary agent. As a seasoned writer and editor, my needs were specific and unique. Together, we created the perfect plan on how to collaborate and position me to meet my goals. Not only did I land a top literary agent, but they secured a publishing deal with a Big 5 publisher for my debut book. All along the way, every agent and editor I met with praised the quality of my proposal. Nirmala is a unicorn. She is both whip smart and intuitive, curious and experienced, discerning and encouraging. I look forward to the next opportunity to get her eyes (and heart) on my writing.

—Zoë Kors, Sex and Intimacy Coach and Author of Radical Intimacy

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Nirmala brought an essential editing voice to my book, Grounded Spirituality, and to another book that I published through Enrealment Press. She is methodical, reliable, creatively engaged, and highly intelligent. I recommend her as an editor at any stage of the process.

—Jeff Brown, Author of Grounded Spirituality and Soulshaping

I felt (know!) that Nirmala was the perfect editor for me, having an unusual combination of deep intellectualism and mysticism, which my book tries to embody. She was super detailed and provocative in the manuscript edits, and boiled everything down concisely for the cover letter. This made my editing both comprehensive and also big picture enough for me to clearly see the major points. It was a fantastic experience, and I hope to work with Nirmala many more times in the future!

—Diana Rowan, Author of The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

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Nirmala is a first-rate editor. When conducting a developmental edit of my book, she could see both the parts and the whole with exceptional clarity. She quickly grasped an overview of the project and helped me to see where the true flow of the story lay. Her eagle eye identified where the chronology was inconsistent ,and she pushed me to create a more cohesive whole. The greatest gift of working with Nirmala was her incisive questioning of things that I had not properly described or explained to the reader, or where I had made assumptions regarding their life experience. In addressing these issues, my book became an altogether richer experience for the reader. I am deeply grateful to Nirmala for her professional help, and I recommend her without hesitation to anyone seeking editorial assistance with their book.

—Aedamar Kirrane, Author of Light on Fire: Waking Up to Divine Love

Nirmala's book coaching is truly transformational. Through her guidance, I have found myself immersed in magic, mystery, creativity, and radical self-love. I initially reached out to get help for my doctoral work, and what I have received in return are tools to transform my way of being. With each session, I am able to remove obstacles that were blocking my creativity. I am learning how to better understand myself, my patterns, my pitfalls, and my strengths. I am able to tap into a greater field of consciousness that allows me to be a vehicle for what wants to be expressed. Nirmala has a beautiful way of being honest while holding a gentle tenderness for my self-development. Breakthrough, after breakthrough, I am discovering my authenticity, inner power, and my voice. I'm now working on my doctoral dissertation and crafting a book on life and leadership. I am in such awe of my work with Nirmala that I have made a one-year commitment to our sessions. She has an amazing way of listening to a jumble of ideas and helping to distill and crystalize the thoughts into something that can be produced into a piece of writing. It's pure magic and I love it!

—Usa Lee Prompongsatorn, Organizational Development Consultant

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Nirmala is a life-saver and book whisperer. I know for sure that without Nirmala’s editorial support, intellect, compassion, and creative vision, there would be no way I would have had a completed, professional book proposal. I had a deadline to complete my proposal, but I was lost and my writing was going nowhere. When I began working with Nirmala, she listened deeply. She was dedicated to helping me flesh out my thoughts and develop a cohesive outline, and her creativity and writing expertise were instrumental every step of the way. I have a strong book proposal that received an honorable mention from a publishing company’s writing contest and is being shopped around and poised for future publication. I am so grateful for Nirmala. Aside from being an incredible editor and writer, she a beautiful person with inner wisdom that comes through in the important work she does and the inspiration she offers aspiring writers.

—Hope McGrath, Author, Life Coach, and Creator of the Radiant Mix Podcast

We hired Nirmala to help us write the Listings Project equity and inclusion statement. We had already done some training around equity and inclusion, but we needed someone to help us put our intentions and commitments into words. Nirmala was the perfect person for the job. She asked penetrating questions and led us through a discussion process that helped reveal what it was we wanted to say. She didn’t do the work for us, but provided wise guidance and drew the relevant information out of us. She was a joy to work with. She was accessible, open, and responsive to our needs as a group. Not only that, but she is an exquisite writer. We now have a wonderful equity and inclusion statement that guides our organization daily. A portion of that document is now read and agreed upon by all of our community members.

—Stephanie Diamond, Creator and Founder of the Listings Project

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I’ve had the privilege of working with Nirmala twice for copy in the last few years—initially for the entire website design and later for my organization’s accountability statement. The combination of her anti-oppressive analysis and wisdom, alongside her excellent writing acumen, was deeply useful. Working through an emergent, collaborative system, she crafted precise language that presented our work with unprecedented clarity. I'm forever grateful for her talents and highly recommend working with her.

—Ethan Kerr, Founder of Embodied Equity Project

Working with Nirmala was one of those experiences where everything just flows. She knew how to help offset my weaknesses while also honoring my voice and idiosyncratic style choices. She was organized and communicative and, most importantly, an absolute pleasure to work with.

—Emily Hooks, Author of The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness

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Nirmala activated my authentic voice with inquisitive inquiry, genuine curiosity, and respect. I brought my first book to Nirmala to seek editorial support and I received much, much more. Taking time to cultivate my authentic voice with a series of meditation/writing coaching sessions with Nirmala was instrumental in supporting my work to complete the book and get it published! Publishing a book is a vulnerable endeavor. I am profoundly grateful to have Nirmala as a compassionate editor and guide for me to never lose touch with my inner essence and authentic voice.

— Maryam Ovissi, Founder of Beloved Yoga Sanctuary and Author of Care of the Whole Self: Yoga-Inspired Practices for Befriending the Self

 

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