Welcome to Episode #28 of the Media Pro Spotlight podcast. Today’s guest is Jessica Strawser, the editorial director of Writer’s Digest, North America’s leading publication for aspiring and working writers since 1920, and the author of the novel Almost Missed You (St. Martin’s Press), a new release that has been named to Barnes & Noble’s Best New Fiction list for March, 2017, and to PopSugar’s “Best Spring Reads.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love, Publishers Weekly, and other fine venues, and she is a popular presenter at writing conferences nationwide.

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Some of the key takeaways from Jessica are:

  • Why novel writers should follow their creative “hearts,” not market trends
  • Why it’s a good idea to check a magazine’s submission guidelines before pitching
  • How to hang on despite rejection — it happens to everyone!
  • A great story idea beats having a large platform
  • How editors can tell you haven’t done your research

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here:

Episode 28 Transcript: Jessica Strawser

Links & Resources

Twitter:@jessicastrawser, @WritersDigest

Facebook: Writer’s Digest

URLs: jessicastrawser.com, writersdigest.com


About Dana Dobson

Dana Dobson, CEO of Dana Dobson Public Relations, works with leaders and brands who want to do a better job of telling their stories to the media. A PR consultant, author, workshop leader and speaker, Dana has guided hundreds of clients to create influential market presence through publicity, compelling content strategy, public speaking, podcasts and more. She is the creator of the PR Breakthrough Publicity workshop series, an online training program that teaches participants how to work with the media, build brand and launch successful publicity campaigns, and she hosts the Media Pro Spotlight podcast, featuring interviews with top media talent. Dana speaks frequently on building market presence for executive and subject matter experts, demystifying media relations and how to write effectively. Contact her at 302-456-1200 or dana@danadobson.com.

Learn more about her new book, “How to Reach Millions with Artful PR,” here.

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