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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 22, 2024

As someone who started out in service journalism at Woman’s World magazine decades ago, I found Megy Karydes new book really well sourced and structured and wanted to speak to her about how she did it. We discussed ways to find experts, locate research and navigate through a complicated publishing landscape,...

Feb 15, 2024

In this episode:

  • Tara’s expertise and backstory and why she wrote this book [3:03]

  • Who is Abenda, her spirit guide [8:07]

  • How she selected the three people for the automatic writing of the book [19:29]

  • Insights on how Tara structured her book [27:25]

  • The most common questions Tara included in her book...

Feb 8, 2024

In this episode:

  • How to get published with Motina Books Publishing [31:16]

  • Why Motina Books Publishing focuses on books by and for mothers [3:21]

  • What you need in a proposal to get published [32:32]

  • Insight into the publishing/author relationship [9:27]

  • Publicity and marketing ideas for authors [14:58]

  • The...

Feb 1, 2024

Are you wondering what makes a good pitch that will catch the attention of editors? In this episode, Estelle Erasmus shares real-life examples on what makes a good pitch.


From crafting a compelling hook to sharing pertinent information that resonates with editors, Estelle dissects actual pitches and provides insights...

Jan 25, 2024

In this episode:

  • How Jennifer started her YA writing journey [2:52]

  • Going on submission during the pandemic, and eventually getting a 2 book deal [6:15]

  • The exercise of narrowing down characters [13:20]

  • The art of writing time pressure into your story [20:00]

  • Jen’s advice for excavating specific emotions for...