ASJA Direct - Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg is the Managing Editor of Nextavenue.org, a site from PBS for people 50+, where he is also editor of its Money and Work & Purpose channels and a regular blogger. He is also a freelance book reviewer for People magazine. Previously, he was a full-time freelance writer and editor for magazines and websites includingAARP The Magazine, MoneyWatch and Ladies Home Journal; Executive Editor of Money magazine; Front Page Finance Editor at Yahoo! and Special Projects Director and Money Editor at Good Housekeeping. He is the author of two books: How to Avoid a Midlife Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 

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In this podcast, he spoke with journalist and writing coach Estelle Erasmus about the following:

  • The  mission of the pub
  • What he looks for in a pitch or a submission
  • The hot button issues for his readership
  • His favorite topics to cover
  • Optimum word count, rights and payment
  • Pet peeves
  • Favorite articles recently published
  • How writers can contact him and other editors there

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Read Estelle’s follow up piece on Rich

Links:

Next Avenue site URL: https://www.nextavenue.org
Your Next Avenue podcast: https://yournextavenue.libsyn.com/
Twitter handle: @richeis315
Next Avenue Twitter handle: @NextAvenue
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardeisenberg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reisenberg


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  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson