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Freelance Writing Direct: Conversations with authors, journalists, agents, novelists, memoirists, niche writers, agents, publishers, writing teachers, assigning editors and media experts.

Aug 31, 2023

CONTENT WARNING: This episode covers a novel that features a character who has gone through childhood sexual assault.


In this episode:

  • Finding the courage to tell a personal story [3:04]

  • Alle’s experience of publishing with a small press [4:19]

  • Working with a PR agency [19:58]

  • Advice for calling...

Aug 24, 2023

In this episode:

  • How and why Brendan and Noah, his co-founder, created Narratively [3:04]

  • Writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories  [5:38]

  • Tips for writing with narrative scenes  [8:42]

  • Advice for writing historical pieces that do not read like a wikipedia article  [16:55]

  • Brendan’s best tips...

Aug 17, 2023

In this episode:

  • Switching genres from memoir to fiction writing [2:54]

  • The freedom of writing fiction [7:07]

  • What to leave out in your story and why? [10:22]

  • The power of deadlines [11:49]

  • Coming to writing later in life [13:33]

  • Using literary devices, such as objective correlative to enhance your story...

Aug 10, 2023

In this episode:


  • Writing about parenting and personal life experiences [4:14]

  • The power of relatability [8:48]

  • Writing profile pieces for Literary Mama [13:40]

  • ASJA and the impact of conferences [15:45]

  • Actionable editing tips [16:54]


Holly is an award-winning writer and an editor at Literary Mama, a...

Aug 3, 2023

In this episode:

  • The ongoing theme of motherhood in her writing [2:20]

  • What effect podcasting has had on Andrea’s storytelling [4:04]

  • Writing strong woman protagonists [5:51]

  • Advice for writing through the lens of different characters and incorporating multiple POVs in your story [10:51]

  • How to keep from...