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

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

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

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

by Estelle Erasmus

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Overview

Selected as one of the Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers

Successful essayist, columnist, writing instructor, and editor Estelle Erasmus will show you how to find your voice, write stellar pieces, and get published. In real-world, experience-based chapters, she coaches you to:

• mine your life for ideas and incubate those ideas
• choose the perfect format — essay, op-ed, feature article, and more
• research publications and follow editor etiquette
• craft a perfect pitch
• protect your psyche from rejection
• revise your work for maximum impact
• deliver what you promise, protect your work, and get paid

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608688364
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 06/13/2023
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 203,187
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Estelle Erasmus, an award-winning journalist, writing coach, and in-demand speaker, has written for over 150 publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, HuffPost Personal, Good Housekeeping, and Writer’s Digest. She has been editor in chief of five national magazines and hosts the Freelance Writing Direct podcast. An adjunct instructor at NYU and frequent panelist for professional writing organizations, she lives in New Jersey.

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“Journalist Erasmus debuts with a competent primer on how to write eye-catching essays and articles. Primarily addressing amateur writers, Erasmus breaks down the writing and publication process, describing how to generate story ideas, pitch them, find sources, sharpen one’s writing, and work with editors. She recommends strategies for finding inspiration, including journaling, writing “six-word memoirs” (the author provides hers: “Midlife mom finds self writing/teaching”), and scanning the news for trends. Suggestions for writing personal essays include hooking readers by opening with “dialogue, scene setting, or action” and making liberal use of sensory details. She contends that pitches should be two or three paragraphs that answer the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the story, and she encourages readers to refine and repurpose rejected pitches for other outlets. The advice is sensible if standard, but this distinguishes itself in the attention given to dealing with the psychological effects of trying to get published, particularly the tips on dealing with rejection (a breathing exercise promises to lower stress, and Erasmus offers encouraging words on persistence: “It’s about consistently showing up after everyone else has given up”). The guidance isn’t new, but it still makes for a serviceable introduction to getting published.” (June)
Publishers Weekly  

“An ideal and comprehensive DIY instructional guide and manual . . . Thoroughly user friendly in organization and presentation, Writing That Gets Noticed . . . is an invaluable and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing collections.”
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