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Freelance Writing Direct: Conversations with authors, journalists, 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 independent bookstores to set up in-person events or other opportunities [8:40]

  • How to get the word out about your book with help from your readers [17:40]

  • Actionable tips on how to promote your book [18:57]


Nominated for The National Book Award and The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award, Alle C. Hall’s debut literary novel, As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back was winning prizes before its publication, including the National League of American Pen Women’s Mary Kennedy Eastham Prize. Her short stories and essays appear in journals including Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New World Writing, Litro, Creative Nonfiction, and Another Chicago. Alle lived in Asia, traveled there extensively, speaks what she calls “clunky” Japanese, and has a tai chi practice of 35 years running.


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Alle’s interview on Literary Mama:

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Her website: (sign up for her newsletter and receive her writing guide).

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