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Estelle Erasmus
November 23, 2022 –

Freelance Writing Direct PodcastEstelle Erasmus and Sherry Paprocki launched the soundbite-filled Freelance Writing Direct Podcast, covering tips, tricks, craft and strategies a writer needs to know to move forward in their creativity & career. They share how the sauce is made, lots of fun interviews and advice from authors and writers; break down pitches and essays, plus provide insight from their combined 45+ years of experience as editors, writers, authors and speakers. Find it on iTunes and Spotify.

November 20, 2022 –

Ann Hoffner has been named a Contributing Editor by “Ocean Navigator” magazine. “There is no party or press event to mark the occasion — or even a raise, unfortunately,” says editor Tim Queeney. Just a hearty thanks for all the work she’s contributed over the years.

Paul Nicolaus
November 17, 2022 –

Fodors TravelPaul Nicolaus wrote an article for Fodor’s Travel about an edible exploration and why the experience emerged as a surprising highlight of a Florida family adventure. The assignment came after viewing an ASJA travel writing webinar and meeting with one of the publication’s editors during a Virtual Client Connections event.

November 8, 2022 –

Finding-Ecohappiness-coverSandi Schwartz’s book, “Finding Ecohappiness: Fun Nature Activities to Help Your Kids Feel Happier and Calmer,” was honored with a GOLD award by the Nonfiction Book Awards, via the Nonfiction Authors Association. The book focuses on the science-backed mental health benefits of connecting with nature through topics including awe and gratitude, mindfulness, creative arts, outdoor play, travel and adventure, volunteering, food, and animals.

Eugene Meyer
November 7, 2022 –

Hidden Maryland: In Search of America in Miniature Book CoverJust published: “Hidden Maryland: In Search of America in Miniature.” It’s a collection of Gene Meyer’s 50 award-winning features, columns and profiles written for Maryland Life magazine from 2005 to 2013, with updates and images. Tour the USA — in Maryland! This oddly-configured state — the ninth smallest — has it all. Meyer has spent decades exploring its hidden nooks and crannies, meeting people and finding places not on any traditional tour map. Find it all here.

L.M. Archer
November 3, 2022 –

L. M. Archer interviews Gotham Ghostwriters members about their new books for her monthly series ‘GG Craft Interviews.” Author interviews include New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein about his humor book The Complete Book of Cat Names (That Your Cat Won’t Answer to, Anyway), Raina Lipsitz about her timely The Rise of a New Left, Kate Rounds about her debut novel, Catboat Road, and writer David Tabatsky about the Holocaust-inspired The Boy Behind the Door, and novel Filthy Rich Lawyers.

Kaitlyn Wells
October 27, 2022 –

Kaitlyn Wells’ debut picture book, A Family Looks Like Love (Penguin Random House), published May 2022. It explores her painful childhood experiences growing up Black biracial in Texas, but from the perspective of her dog, Sutton, who inspired the story. The heartening story reminds all that love is what makes a family. It’s been awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2022 by the National Association of Black Journalists, and received a recommended rating by the Children’s Book Council.

October 26, 2022 –

Jaclyn Greenberg wrote an article for Wired about how she and her tween daughter bonded over the language-learning app, Duolingo. She also wrote a few round-ups for Reviewed about accessible backpacks, clothing and Halloween costumes, as well as a piece for TD Bank about money-saving Halloween tips.

October 25, 2022 –

An article Lisa Rabasca Roepe wrote for The New York Times, “Millennials Want to Retire at 50. How to Afford it is Another Matter,” appeared at the top of the homepage the morning of Sept. 24 and was a LinkedIn Trending topic. She was also interviewed about the article on SiriusXM’s The Perri Peltz Show.

Judy Mandel
October 25, 2022 –

Judy L. Mandel’s second book, White Flag, explores the ramifications of transgenerational trauma as well as the complexities of substance use disorder (SUD). Her investigational memoir seeks answers to questions about why a loved one has SUD, why they couldn’t stop, and what can be done. A personal story with wide ranging meaning for anyone touched by this epidemic.

Parul Hinzen
October 24, 2022 –

Parul Kapur Hinzen’s debut novel, Inside the Mirror, about twin sister artists in 1950s Bombay has won the 2022 AWP Prize for the Novel, judged by Brandon Hobson, and will be published next year by the University of Nebraska Press. The novel was inspired by her arts reporting as a young journalist with the city magazine Bombay.

Christine Heinrichs
October 23, 2022 –

Christine Heinrichs has been writing about the Piedras Blancas, California, northern elephant seal colony since 2011, when she won a Ten Spurs award for her account of the federal investigation of the shooting of three seals as they slept on the beach. The local newspaper editor invited her to write the monthly column in 2014. During the summer of 2022, transient orcas were recorded in the area, focusing attention on what researchers call the seals’ “lightscape of fear.”˚

Vince Guerrieri
October 19, 2022 –

Vince Guerrieri‘s third book, Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports: Bottlegate, Bedbugs, and Burying the Pennant is due out from Gray Publishing on Nov. 1, 2022. The book is an offbeat collection of stories on some of Cleveland sports’ most infamous moments.

Kelly Boyer Sagert
June 20, 2022 –

Kelly Boyer Sagert is the sole credited writer for Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story, which has been nominated for a best documentary award at the Erie International Film Festival. The film previously received an Emmy Award nomination, as well as others.

Carrie B. Harrington
June 20, 2022 –

Candy B. Harrington recently released her latest national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; California National Park Road Trips for Wheelchair-Users and Slow Walkers. Be it a three-day one-park getaway, or a five-week adventure to all seven accessible national parks, this handy resource includes the detailed information and authoritative resources needed to help slow walkers and wheelchair-users plan the perfect California national park road trip.

June 16, 2022 –

ASJA Past President Milt Toby swept the “Magazine Article” category at the recent 2021 EQUUS Film & Arts Fest. The winning article, “The Path Behind and Ahead,” appeared in the July 2021 issue of Blood-Horse magazine. The runner-up, “Viva Cañonero,” was published in the May 2021 issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

Paul Vachon
April 15, 2022 –

Paul Vachon’s book, Becoming the Motor City: A Timeline of Detroit’s Auto Industry, was released on September 15, 2021, by Reedy Press. The book is a hardcover coffee-style volume that traces the development of Detroit’s signature industry. It’s about cars but it’s also about personalities, temperaments, corporate corruption, and other interesting stuff.

March 8, 2022 –

Spyder Hole Book CoverBob Nesoff has sold the movie rights to his novel, Spyder Hole. He has also signed with Arcadia Publishers/History Press to produce two books: A History Lover’s Guide to Bergen County, and the true crime story Mysterious Mike Malone.

March 1, 2022 –

Stream this NextLiane Starr edited a book, Stream This Next, which was released by Rizzoli Books. “I am happy to be anyone’s source for upcoming articles about TV shows to stream during the long pandemic we’re in,” she says.

Lawrence Tabak
March 1, 2022 –

Lawrence Tabak’s book Foxconned: Imaginary Jobs, Bulldozed Homes, and the Sacking of Local Government is an exposé on economic development fiascos, featuring Asian tech giant Foxconn in Wisconsin. It was released from The University of Chicago Press in November 2021. A starred review in Publishers Weekly follows the book’s 2020 short list recognition for the J. Anthony Lukas Columbia School of Journalism Work in Progress Award.

Sandra Ebejer
December 18, 2021 –

Sandra Ebejer interviewed guitar legend Tom Morello about his new album, his upbringing, and his favorite songs of rebellion and liberation for AARP The Magazine. She also interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren about her inspiring new children’s book, Pinkie Promises, for Shondaland.

Margie Goldsmith
December 1, 2021 –

Society of American Travel Writers FoundationMargie Goldsmith was awarded the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s highest journalism award, Bronze Journalist of the Year. This makes 96 creative writing awards that she has won since she started freelancing 20 years ago. Goldsmith writes for many magazines, has written three books, and is presently work on her fourth.

Joanna Haugen
December 1, 2021 –

Future of Travel AwardsJoanna Haugen was recently named a winner of a Newsweek’s Future of Travel Awards in the storytelling category. Haugen is the founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, storytelling, and social impact. She frequently writes about and speaks on these topics.

November 8, 2021 –

L.M. Archer published a story on about Dauntless Wine Company, a veteran-owned winery in Oregon helping veterans transition from the battlefield to the vineyard.

Randi Minetor
November 1, 2021 –

Randi Minetor had the pleasure of writing about the high-tech side of Usher’s current residency in Las Vegas for Projection, Lights & Staging News (PLSN) in November 2021.

Lisa Rabasca Roepe
October 28, 2021 –

After writing two articles about the growing childcare crisis—one for Fast Company and one for Insider — Lisa Rabasca Rope was invited to moderate a discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Forward conference in October 2021, about why childcare is a workforce issue.

Stephanie Overman
September 30, 2021 –

Stephanie Overman was honored for her outstanding contributions to the media profession and her unwavering commitment to excellence by her alma mater, Ball State University (BSU). BSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Communication presented Overman with its 2021 Hall of Fame Award in ceremonies held on September 30, 2021.

Jennifer Billock
September 7, 2021 –

Historic Chicago BakeriesJennifer Billock’s new book Historic Chicago Bakeries was released. It ranked as the #1 new book in two categories and was #13 overall in travel books on Amazon the week it was released.

Liz Alterman

Sad SackedNovember 11, 2021 – Liz Alterman’s memoir, Sad Sacked, was released by Audible Originals. When Liz and her husband lost their jobs within six weeks of each other, Liz wondered how they’d get by. Writing about it (and laughing about the nightmare that is the modern-day employment landscape) helped her survive.