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

Feb 23, 2023

In this episode, Sherry Paprocki speaks with Michelle Rafter. Michelle has spent her career writing about business and technology, first as a newspaper reporter, then as a freelance reporter, columnist, and editor for national and local publications. Today, she ghostwrites books, research reports, and thought leadership articles on business, enterprise technology, and the future of work for CEOs and global consulting firms. 

Michelle is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). She lives in Portland, OR with her family and wire fox terrier, Juniper. Off the clock, she loves strength training, the New York Times Spelling Bee, hanging out with her 3 adult children, reading, and watching movies. 


In this episode:

  • How Michelle began her career in newspapers and transitioned to freelance writing.

  • Building long-lasting relationships within the writing industry

  • Michelle’s tips for other freelance writers

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