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Anna Goldfarb is author of the humor memoir, "Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through." She writes about relationships and pop psychology for The New York Times, Vice, and The Cut. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their three-legged cat, Eleanor.
In this podcast, journalist and frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Smarter Living column, Anna Goldfarb talks to Estelle Erasmus about the following:
* How she started writing for the Smarter Livingcolumn for The New York Times
* How she comes up with ideas
* Publication tips she can share
* The word count, pay and rights for the column
* What the editing process is like
* Topics sure to get a response from the editor
* Her own publishing background
* How to contact the editor for the section
Book: Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through
James Taranto edits the Journal’s op-ed pages. Until January 2017 he wrote the popular Best of the Web column for WSJ.com. In August 2007 he was named a member of the Journal’s editorial board.
From 2000 through 2008, his column appeared at OpinionJournal.com, of which he was editor. He previously served as the Journal’s deputy editorial features editor. He joined the Journal in 1996 as an assistant editorial features editor after spending five years as an editor at City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s quarterly of urban public policy. He has also worked for the Heritage Foundation, United Press International, Reason magazine and KNX News Radio in Los Angeles. He is co-editor of “Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House” (Wall Street Journal Books, 2004). He attended California State University, Northridge.
In this podcast, journalist and author, he spoke with Estelle Erasmus about the following:
* What he looks for in an op-ed submission
* His favorite topics to cover
* What demographic he would like to see better represented
* Whether he takes pitches or complete op-eds
* The word count for stories, what the WSJ pays, and the rights they take
* Red flags for submission
* His favorite pieces
* How to contact him
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Judith Newman is the author of the bestseller To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines, a collection of illuminating stories about life with fourteen-year-old boy with autism. The New York Times called it “an uncommonly riotous and moving book…with whipsaws of brilliant zingers and heart punches.” The Washington Post called Newman “a gifted personal essayist, her warmth and wit recalling Nora Ephron’s.” Previous books include You Make Me Feel Like An Unnatural Woman: Diary of a New (Old) Mother, about her adventures in the world of infertility.
In addition to books and personal essays, Judith writes for magazines about entertainment, science, business, beauty, health, and popular culture. Her work and celebrity interviews are featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times and Vanity Fair to Prevention, AARP, and National Geographic. She regularly reviews books for People and the Times, and writes the "Help Desk" column in The New York Times Book Review. She is a contributing editor for Allure and Prevention, and has been widely anthologized.
In this podcast, journalist and author, Judith Newman talks to Estelle Erasmus about the following:
* Her path to publication for To Siri with Love
* What she covers as a columnist for the New York Times Sunday Book Review
* The stories she is proudest of
* How she handled the vitriol from the autism community after her book was published
* Advice for writers
* The future of publishing
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Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Jane’s newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing.
In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com; her expertise has been featured by NPR, PBS, CBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.
In the podcast, Jane Friedman, a Publishing Expert talks to ASJA Direct host Estelle Erasmus about:
* What she does to help writers get books published
* How she built her platform, and you can, too
* What her new book offers writers
* Her top words of advice on book selling techniques that get results
* How to get on The Hot Sheet and more
Website: Jane Friedman
The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press)
Katharine Sands, of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York City has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including both fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2017 in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction
She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.
In this podcast, Katharine Sands, Senior Literary Agent at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York, talks to Estelle Erasmus about the following
* What she looks for in a writer/author
* The number one mistake people make when pitching an agent
* How to make sure you pick the right agent for you
* Resources for writers
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Her book: Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye
Supplemental Interview: Further Insight into Katharine Sands
Manuscript Wish List (With Katharine’s colleague, Jessica Sinsheimer)
Margaret Guroff is an executive editor at AARP The Magazine, and a former editor of Baltimore magazine. She is also the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick, an online annotation of Herman Melville's classic novel. Her cultural history book, The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life, was published in 2016 by the University of Texas Press.
In this podcast, Margaret Guroff, Executive Editor of AARP talks to Estelle Erasmus about:
* AARP and her role there
* The all- important demographic of her reader (it’s not always what you think)
* What she looks for in a submission or pitch
* Does she take pitches?
* How to contact her/AARP
* The stories she is clamoring for
* Word count, rights and payment
* Editor pet peeves
* How the editing process works
* How to contact digital
* What’s next for AARP
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Tyler Moss is editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest, a national magazine for professional and aspirational writers that has celebrated the “Writing Life” since 1920. While at WD, he’s interviewed such notable authors as George Saunders, Andy Weir, Scott Turow, Rainbow Rowell and Heather Graham.
Before WD, Tyler was the online editor of Family Tree Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, and his articles have been published by The Atlantic, New York, Outside, DRAFT, Salon, MentalFloss, Atlas Obscura, Paste, VICE, Playboy and more.
In this podcast, Tyler Moss, the new Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest talks to Estelle Erasmus about:
* The mission of Writer’s Digest
* What he looks for in a submission or pitch
* Does he prefer a completed piece or a pitch?
* The best way to contact WD
* His favorite topics to cover?
* What he’d like to see more of in the publication?
* Opportunities for freelance writers to break in
* Payment and rights
* His pet peeves as an editor
* What makes a must-read article
* Exciting news for Writer’s Digest
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Kyle Pope is Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining CJR, he held top posts at The Wall Street Journal, where he spent a decade as an editor and foreign correspondent, at Condé Nast, and at The New York Observer. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic and elsewhere. In the summer of 2017, he testified before Congress's Judiciary Committee on threats to the press.
In this podcast, Kyle talks to Estelle Erasmus about:
* The origin of CJR, it's reader's demographics, and it's mission.
* Opportunities for freelance writers (including payment)
* What he looks for in pitches and how writer's can contact h im.
* His main role as editor/publisher.
* The state of the industry, and whether he thinks publications will eventually all go digital
* His thoughts on the repercussions from the tariff on out-of-country newsprint
*Advice on what freelance writer organizations (such as ASJA) can do to protect free speech
*His feelings on "Fake News" and Facebook
*The future of longform journalism
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Beth Dreher is the Features Director at Woman’s Day magazine, a publication that reaches millions of readers each month. As a nearly 20-year veteran of the media industry, Beth knows how to craft compelling, inspiring stories and essays that capture the attention of a diverse audience. Her writing has appeared on BuzzFeed and in Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, and more. Beth holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
In this podcast, Beth Dreher talks to Estelle Erasmus about:
**Opportunities writing for Woman's Day magazine (print)
*History of the publication
*What she looks for in article pitches
*Sections ideal for freelancers
*A day in her life as an editor
*The types of personal essays for the magazine that resonate for her
*What makes Woman's Day stand out from the competition
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Sari Botton is: a writer living in Kingston, New York; Essays Editor for Longreads; editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY; operator of Kingston Writers' Studio; and the editorial director of the non-profit TMI Project.
In this podcast, Sari Botton talks to Estelle Erasmus about:
**Opportunities writing for Longreads
*What she looks for in essays
*Submission pet peeves
*Submitting writers for awards
*How she edits
*Hot takes on topics and more
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