Writing That Gets Noticed with Estelle Erasmus

About Writing That Gets Noticed with Estelle Erasmus

Welcome to season three of the Writing Your Resilience podcast! During seasons one and two, I interviewed experts and published authors who generously shared their wisdom on writing and healing. We’ll get back to that in season four. But sometimes it’s nice to know the people walking this journey alongside you. For my season three “Summer Shorts” series, you’ll meet ten writers in the trenches of the writing process and hear my advice to them.

But I wanted to launch this season with one more expert–Estelle Erasmus, author of the craft book Writing That Gets Noticed. During our episode, we explore how to craft short pieces with the greatest chance for publication. You’ll also learn some savvy tricks for dealing with rejection.



Transcript for Writing That Gets Noticed with Estelle Erasmus

Welcome to season 3 of the Writing Your Resilience Podcast. I want to thank all of you who’ve been listening, and if this is your first episode, welcome aboard. I look forward to having you along for the ride. In seasons one and two, I interviewed published writers and experts in the field of mental health, so they could share their expertise and wisdom with all of us. I’ll get back to that in season four, but for season three, which airs over the summer in the northern hemisphere, I’m launching my season of what I call “Summer Shorts.” These are shorter episodes where you’ll get to hear from writers working in the trenches right alongside you. They’ll share their fears, doubts, worries, and questions they have about the craft of writing and their writing lives. Think of it as your personal window into my coaching practice.

But before we get to those episodes, I want you to hear from one more expert: Estelle Erasmus, author of Writing that Gets Noticed and host of the Freelance Writing Direct podcast. I met Estelle in 2017 at the HippoCamp Writing Conference. Since then, I’ve followed her career, which has included stints as editor at Narratively and Writer’s Digest. I’ve also read the viral essays she published in The New York Times and Washington Post. Estelle also teaches for NYU’s School of Professional Studies, does one-on-one coaching, and so much more. To learn about everything she’s up to and her many awards, please see the show notes.   

During this episode, you’ll benefit from Estelle’s three decades in publishing as we talk about generating ideas, writing timely pieces, and dealing with rejection. Before we get to our interview, I have a few questions for you. How do you generate ideas for your projects? Have you tried to write something timely? What happened? How do you deal emotionally with rejection and how do you decide what to make of the messages editors send you? I hope you’ll ponder these questions as you listen along. Now, let’s get to my conversation with Estelle Erasmus.  

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Show Notes for Writing That Gets Noticed with Estelle Erasmus

Welcome to season three of the Writing Your Resilience podcast! During seasons one and two, I interviewed experts and published authors who generously shared their wisdom on writing and healing. We’ll get back to that in season four. But sometimes it’s nice to know the people walking this journey alongside you. For my season three “Summer Shorts” series, you’ll meet ten writers in the trenches of the writing process and hear my advice to them.

But I wanted to launch this season with one more expert–Estelle Erasmus, author of the craft book Writing That Gets Noticed. During our episode, we explore how to craft short pieces with the greatest chance for publication. You’ll also learn some savvy tricks for dealing with rejection.

Estelle’s Bio: Estelle Erasmus, author of Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published, named a 2024 “Best Book for Writers” by Poets & Writers, is a professor of writing at New York University, the host of the Freelance Writing Direct podcast, a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest, where she also teaches courses on writing essays and pitches, and judges the Writer’s Digest Personal Essay contest. Her articles for the New York Times and The Washington Post have gone globally viral. She has appeared on Good Morning America and has had her articles discussed on The View. She has also taught, coached, and mentored many writers who have gone on to be widely published. She received the 2023 NYU School of Professional Studies Teaching Excellence Award, a 2023 Zibby Award for Best Book for the Writer, is an American Society of Journalists and Authors award winner, and was a cast member in the inaugural New York City production of the Listen to Your Mother storytelling show. 

Resources Mentioned During This Episode:

Episode Highlights

  • 7:00 The Best Time to Work on Short Pieces
  • 10:00 The Power of Google Alerts
  • 13:00 Journaling with Purpose
  • 17:30: Vulnerability versus Pity  
  • 25:11 The Danger of Oversharing
  • 29:00 Confessing versus Confiding
  • 32:00 The Power of Accomplishment Lists
  • 33:48  Writing Timely Essays
  • 40:52 Handling Rejection
  • 51:25 Estelle’s Best Writing Advice

Connect with Estelle 

  • Website: https://estelleserasmus.com 
  • Substack: https://estelleserasmus.substack.com
    Freelance Writing Direct podcast: https://estelleserasmus.com/podcast/
  • Instagram: https://instagram.com/EstelleSErasmus
  • Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/EstelleSErasmus
  • TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@estelleserasmus

Connect with your host, Lisa:

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, trauma-informed writing coach, and host of the Writing Your Resilience podcast. She works and writes at the intersection of storytelling and healing, and combines her personal experiences with suicide loss and CPTSD with her clinical training to help writers turn tough experiences into art. Her essays and stories have appeared on Risk! and in The New York TimesHuffPostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others


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