My Year 2015 in Publishing: A Roundup

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By Estelle Erasmus

I am writing this to you from beautiful Stowe, Vermont where, despite the lack of snow, we have been enjoying a relaxing family vacation in these last few days of 2015, while my daughter is  improving her nascent skiing skills (luckily there is enough snow on the bunny trails).

2015 Was a Banner Year

One year ago, also while in Vermont, I wrote a little piece that was published on The Washington Post On Parenting called My Child is Out of Control. Here’s What I’ll Do to Fix That in 2015, which went viral and was syndicated all over, including in Australia where several of my close relatives live, and where we made a family visit last year.

That piece started off my very prolific publishing year with a bang.

After many fallow years,  in 2015 my writing as well as my creativity was on steroids.

I was published on Newsweek.com, Good Housekeeping.com,  Redbook.com, The Washington Post On Parenting several times,  and the Washington Post health column (in print, too), on why nobody should touch a woman’s pregnant belly, as well as an important story about me and my husband in Yahoo Beauty! and Salon.com,  as well as in a ton of other places. It has been a banner year for me in other ways: I started my editing/writing coaching business (and I’m loving helping my clients raise their publishing platforms, hone and develop their work and ideas, and tighten their writing).

I was a BlogHer VOTY(my third time),  for my article Giving Up the Ghost Baby, on Purple Clover (which has over 550 comments), and became a member of the Mix, and the Washington Post Talent Network. I also spoke about how to get published and how to edit, respectively at BlogU2015 and BlogHer2015, and I was reinstated as a member into The American Society of Magazine Editors. Oh, I also had a my blog redesigned for maximum impact.

Book Bonuses

On the book front: I contributed essays to two fantastic books: Mothering Through the Darkness: Women’s Speak Out about Postpartum Depressionedited by HerStories and published by SheWrites Press and Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, curated and edited by Joanne Bamberger, and published by SheWrites Press.

I’m Speaking at BAM 2016

My latest news: I will be speaking at The Bloggers at Midlife (BAM) Conference in Vegas (baby) in March. I’m so excited to be speaking about how to craft personal essays to get published, along with the fabulous Susan Maccarelli of Beyond Your Blog (check out my google hangout with Susan).  Susan and I were on a panel together at BlogHer and she is a true pleasure to work with. She recently had a podcast about where her company is headed where she cited me as someone who she loves working with (and the feeling is mutual).

I also love the work that Sharon Greenthal and Anne Paris do with The Women of Midlife and can’t wait to be at the conference and also reunite with their conference partner, Beth Rosen who I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with at BlogHer2013 in Chicago.

So much more to come in 2016. Can’t wait to share…

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, sharing and following along with me on my transformative journey.

What are some of your goals for 2016?

20 thoughts on “My Year 2015 in Publishing: A Roundup”

  1. Congratulations on your many accomplishments. I had the pleasure of attending your panel at BlogHer. It’s inspirational to see all the ways you’ve been successful during the year.

  2. Wonderful accomplishment! I always enjoy reading your blog. Wishing you prosperous 2016. I’m sure it will be filled with many huge successes! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. You certainly did have a banner year! Looking forward to reading more of your great writing in 2016!

  4. Congratulations on a fabulous year, I’ve enjoyed reading your words this year and look forward to more in 2016. I am thrilled to be able to meet you in Vegas!
    Best wishes for a blessed, bright and healthy new year and maybe a little snow before the year ends.

  5. Congratulations, Estelle, for all of your accomplishments. Fantastic. I wish you the best this year and hope your experience at BAM fuels your creativity even more. I published my first book this year, A Mother’s Time Capsule–but it’s fiction, 13 stories about motherhood. If you’d ever be interested in reviewing books on motherhood, I’d be honored to have you read it.
    Happy New Year, Beth Havey

  6. Congratulations! What a banner year. I always feel that the writing successes of anyone in our group is a success for us all in a way. I also have to say, it’s a pleasure to see writers crow a little about their accomplishments. Writing is such a giving of self and it seems that many writers feel awkward shouting their accomplishments from the typewriter tops but it’s so important and for that, among many other things, I admire you.

    I know 2016 will be another stellar year for you and can’t wait to see it all unfold 🙂

    Congrats again, my friend!

  7. It really has been an amazing year for you! I’ve ready just about everything and I always enjoy your writing, storytelling, and point of view. You inspire me to keep writing and keep going. My goal? I want to figure out if there’s a nonfiction Jewish book in me. I think there is . . . but have to really decide what it is I want to say.

    1. Thank you so much, Nina. That means so much to me coming from you. I admire and respect you and always enjoy your writing. I really hope that 2016 is the year we will meet. Happy to help you figure out the book in you if you want to chat. xo

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