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

Nov 16, 2023

In this episode:

  • How to locate and verify images to use with your writing [4:05]

  • What exactly is a photo license? [5:00]

  • Free sources for writers to find pictures [10:10]

  • Keywords to help find the best photos for your creative writing pieces [11:12]

  • Specs to consider, such as color, composition and file size [15:11]

  • How colors can impact the way people feel about your writing [15:11]

  • How Nicole got into this niche industry [18:09]


Nicole DiMella is a lifelong art student, working as a photographer, with photographers, and with photography her entire career. She believes pictures have the power to teach and is doing her small part to grow brains of all ages every day.

With publishers such as Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic and Dorling Kindersley she consults on image research, copyright and permissions, and photo editing. She also works one-on-one with authors and other content creators to find and clear images for their projects.  Nicole was going to be a rock photographer but instead lives in New Jersey and drives a minivan. 

Connect with Nicole:




Connect with Estelle:

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

Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published:

Adjunct Instructor, NYU (Sign up for her latest classes)

Her Substack (with craft advice and writing opportunities)


X (formerly Twitter):


Blue Sky:


Estelle’s Interview in Freedom with Writing:


Her Interviews  for Inc. Magazine

17 Small Changes That Will Make Your Writing Irresistible, According to An NYU Writing Professor:


How Smart People Use the Empathy Rule to Make Sure Their Emails Get Read: