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ASJA Direct Writing About Parenthood With Purpose
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Books about parenting are a booming market. This podcast explored authors’ paths to publication and options for publicity during a pandemic. An agent and podcast host weigh in. 

The podcast covered:

  • Each author’s path to publication
  • What it’s like publishing a book on parenting during a pandemic
  • Publicity options for authors
  • An agent’s viewpoint

Estelle Erasmus an award-winning journalist and writing coach, has written forThe New York TimesThe Washington PostTheWeek, InsiderNewsweek, and more. She hosts/curates the podcast, ASJA Direct: Inside Intel on Getting Published and Paid Well, is an adjunct writing professor at New York University (NYU) and an ongoing guest editor forNarrativelyShe also teaches forWriter's Digest and writes a column for Forbes. Estellecan be found on her website,on Twitter, and Instagram.

Leila Campoli began her publishing career at Palgrave Macmillan, where she was an editor on the Business, Economics and Finance list, after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Boston University. She joined Stonesong as an agent in 2015 and was listed as a PW Star Watch 2017 Honoree. Primarily focused on adult nonfiction, Leila is committed to championing new and minority perspectives, counterintuitive ideas, and unique style. She handles writers of science, business, memoir, lifestyle, self-improvement, history, current events, and pop culture. She’s particularly interested in books that offer a window into remarkable lives and little known operations. Many of her clients are published in multiple territories.

Amy Klein is the author of The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind (Penguin/Random House, April 2020), which is in part based on her New York Times "Fertility Diary" column about her three-year journey through IVF and to have a baby. Her writing has also appeared in Modern Love (2x), Draft, The Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, The Forward, Contently and more.

Sarah Menkedick's second book, Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America, is forthcoming from Pantheon in April. Her first book, Homing Instincts (Pantheon, 2017) was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has been featured in Harper's, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Guernica, Oxford American, Gay Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review Daily, Aeon, Buzzfeed and elsewhere.

Julianna Miner is the author of Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age.She’s also an adjunct professor of Public Health at George Mason University and the writer behind the award-winning humor blog Rants from Mommyland. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, ParentsMagazine, The Today Showand many other places. She lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her three kids, two dogs and one husband.

Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning literary podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.”She hosts frequent author events including book fairs and salons. A mother of four and a writer herself, Zibby has contributed to Redbook, Marie Claire, Parents, Huff Post, the New York Times online, What’s Up Moms, Kveller, Shape, SELF,and many other publications. She has been called “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer”by Her podcast was selected as one of Oprah Magazine’stop 21 book podcastsin 2019. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, ABC-7, Good Day LA and NY1. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she previously worked at Unilever, idealab! and other start-ups. She currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children, ages 5-12.

Speaker: Jen Malia, Associate Professor of English at Norfolk State University, is author of the children's picture book, Too Sticky! Sensory Issues with Autism, (Albert Whitman, April 2020), illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. She has written essays for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Woman’s Day, Glamour, SELF and others. Find her on Twitter at @jenmaliabooksor visit her website at