ASJA Direct - Anna Goldfarb

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.

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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 Living column 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

Anna Goldfarb also did a follow-up interview providing insight into her work and thought process.

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Links:

AnnaGoldfarb.com

Book: Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through

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Read Her articles on Smarter Living

How to Revive a Friendship
How to Plan the Perfect Trip With Your Significant Other This Summer
How to Maintain Sibling Relationships
How to Maintain Friendships
What to Say When People Ask Why You Aren’t Having Children
What to Know About Having a Microwedding
Tips for Living Together Without Going Nuts

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