Welcome to all my new subscribers. I’m so happy that Freelance Writing Direct is now one year old! You can look at Podcasts to see all the episodes, including ones with Cheryl Strayed, Ann Hood, and assigning editors Noah Michelson, Alan Henry, and more.
Also, subscribe to my substack for craft advice and writing opportunities, and don’t forget to sign up for my next NYU Editor-on-call event November 15th (more info below) where I’ll be in conversation with Shondaland’s Derrik Lang.
This is my newest interview for the wonderful site for writers: Freedom with Writing: Interview with Editor/Author Estelle Erasmus
Also, these are the two (!) articles Minda Zetlin (Career Self-Care) wrote after speaking with me for Inc. Magazine.
And this is my first non-publishing-related piece I’ve written since writing my book. I wrote about a past life regression experience with a surprising result — and connection to my current life — for The Digital Party.
Now, on to this episode:
I first connected with Emily Maloney through Facebook. I watched as she traversed through her publishing journey, and quickly got another book deal right after publishing her first, a rare, and exciting situation. I like how she used a mixture of personal, and reported elements to tell her story in essays of the broken medical industry. I worked in the medical education part of the industry in the CME and promotional side for seven years (as I discuss in my book), so I was especially interested in reading about Emily’s journey.
In this episode:
- The inspiration behind and evolution of Emily’s book, Cost of Living [2:27]
- Emily’s research process to get specific details for her essays [5:43]
- Writing about a broken system, and getting feedback from people with opposing views [10:05]
- How she details her personal medical experiences [13:17]
- The benefit of finding a supportive writing group [22:08]
- Her next book [25:15]
Watch on YouTube
About Emily Maloney
Emily Maloney is the author of COST OF LIVING (Holt), a USA Today Best Book of 2022. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, and the American Journal of Nursing, among others. In addition to her work as an EMT and ER tech, she has worked as a dog groomer, pastry chef, general contractor, tile setter, and catalog model and has sold her ceramics at art fairs. Maloney has twice been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. She lives in Evanston, Illinois. Her next book, BURN THIS HOUSE DOWN, is forthcoming in 2025.
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I was also interviewed for the podcast Writers’ Voices: Estelle Erasmus Gives Great Advice in Writing That Gets Noticed
Don’t miss my latest substack issue called Beyond Craft to Publishing Confidential where I offer an extended version of my podcast interview with Kathleen Schmidt of Publishing Confidential for paid subscribers.
I’m so honored to be a part of the Season 19 AWP Writer to Writer Mentor program. My mentee is the talented Leslie Stonebraker.
I am also a 30 minute mentor for Women’s Media Group.
Estelle’s Podcast Appearances for Writing That Gets Noticed
- Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline: Estelle Erasmus Gives Great Advice in Writing That Gets Noticed
- The Avid Reader on Writing That Gets Noticed in a conversation with Sam Hankin
- Simply Write with Polly Campbell Editor, Author, Teacher Estelle Erasmus Talks Pitching and Publishing
- The EmPOWERed Half Hour: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, and Get Published with Award-Winning Journalist, Estelle S. Erasmus
- Dr.Sheryl Ziegler’s Pod Couch Writing To Find Your Voice
- Legacy Launch Pad with Anna David talking about Getting Articles Published and Landing An Agent
- Wellness for Financial Grownups with Bobbi Rebell talking about How to Get Paid for Jobs You Do (And Sometimes Do) for Free with Author Estelle Erasmus
- The Mom & Podcast Career Pauses, Pivots and Parlaying Your Skill Sets
- Financially Well-Off From Careers to Publication: A Guide to Writing Success
- Real Women’s Work Podcast: Writer, Writing Coach, Author of Writing That Gets Noticed