#77 Writing Personal Stories with HuffPost Personal’s Noah Michelson

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Noah Michelson


Noah Michelson joins the Freelance Writing Direct podcast for the second time! I always love chatting with Noah about writing and crafting personal essays that resonate for the reader.

And another claim to fame: Noah wrote the blurb that became the cover blurb for my book, because I love it so much. He wrote, “Full of invaluable tips and tricks that won’t just get you results — they’ll get you published.”  

His full blurb (inside the book) says “Estelle Erasmus has spent years in the writing and editing trenches, and now she’s surfaced to share all her best secrets. From practical exercises and checklists to insider information you won’t find anywhere else, Writing That Gets Noticed is full of invaluable tips and tricks that won’t just get you results — they’ll get you published.

Thank you, Noah. You’ll also find lots of pitches that sold to HuffPost Personal (and why), plus parts of essays from my students who published in HuffPost Personal  in my book Writing That Gets Noticed, a Zibby Award -Winner for the “Best Book for the Writer.”

Also, make sure you scroll to the bottom to sign up for my virtual chat with Zibby Owens on the state of publishing for Women’s Media Group on April 16th.

In This Episode

Writing personal stories and essays [6:25]
Linking your writing to relevant events [
How to create curiosity with your headlines [
Story ideas that work for HuffPost Personal and topics they don’t want [
23:31] Noah’s best tips for storytelling [32:32]
The importance of trusting your editors [

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About Noah Michelson

Noah is the head of HuffPost Personal, which he launched in 2018, and the host of HuffPost’s “Am I Doing It Wrong?” podcast. He received his MFA in Poetry from New York University, and has been featured on MSNBC, Fuse, Entertainment Tonight, and other outlets.

Connect with Noah:
Email: [email protected]
Co-host of HuffPost’s Am I Doing It Wrong? podcast

Essays Mentioned in This Episode

This Woman’s Controversial Obituary about Her Mom Caused Outrage but We Need More Like It

I Spent Weeks Near Death In The ICU. Asking My Doctors To Do This 1 Thing May Have Saved My Life.

My Blind Date Took Me to a Sex Club. Here’s What Happened.

How ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Has Saved My Marriage

I’m Asexual. This is What It’s Like for Me to Date.

Connect with Estelle

FREE PITCHING GUIDE: You also get a free pitching guide (with my tips and tricks) if you sign up for my newsletter


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

Sign up for my Substack (with craft advice and writing opportunities an special clips)

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Want Another Editor Interview?

Check out Episode #62 with Amy Jones of Writer’s Digest (where I’m now a Contributing Editor)

Register for my Chat With Zibby Owens for WMG Here

Tuesday, April 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Free for WMG members; $15 for non-members (Zoom)

Join publishing powerhouse Zibby Owens and author Estelle Erasmus for a fun and informative conversation about all things book publishing.

Zibby is the founder of Zibby Books, a publishing company releasing 12 books a year in upmarket, contemporary fiction and memoir, the creator and host of the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast, and is the author of the novel Blank, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “an enjoyable read full of book industry antics and plenty of dramatic surprises.”

Estelle is an award-winning journalist, a professor of writing at New York University, and author of Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published.

Together, they will discuss how the publishing industry has shifted for authors and publishers and offer their advice on how to navigate this new publishing world.   

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