The Managing Editor Show
By Jess Ostroff
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Why is it so hard to work with editors? Why don't my guest post submissions get approved? What's wrong with my writing? The Managing Editors to the rescue! This weekly podcast features serial managing editors Elisa Doucette and Jess Ostroff. Their combined decades of experience and high level of hilarious snark make this team of grammar nerds the perfect pair to explore every level of writing, editing, and content marketing.
||ExplicitEP029: How the Hell Do I Pick an Editorial Strategy?||Let me stop you right there, fam. You have to stop thinking about your strategy as *your* strategy...(wha?)... because it’s not FOR YOU. It’s for your audience! Don’t write about what you want… write about what THEY want. Once you have...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP028: Context Is Literally Everything||Were you aware that SOL is the last missing piece of your content marketing plan? Finally, all your content marketing dreams can come true with one easy session of SOL! And if that doesn’t work, there’s always DTF to get you through those long,...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP027: Maybe the Best Productivity Hack You Never Thought Of||GUYS. Burnout is a PROBLEM. Being a content marketer is tiring and can run you down real quick. It’s hard to stay engaged and excited about your content when you’re tired, angry, and resentful of all the time sucked into terrible pitches. It may...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP026: Pour Some Sugar On Me!||Have you ever sent a managing editor a message just to be helpful and not ask anything in return? No? Well, maybe you should! Relationship-building is one of the best ways to get your pitch situated for success. If you help me and find ways to connect..||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP025: Why Intuition Matters for Managing Editors||I have talked a lot (a *lot*) about how to keep your pitch out of my trash. But what about becoming the person that holds all the power? If you’re a good writer, you have the foundation of what it takes to be a managing editor. But landing that job...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP024: How to Break Away From the Fear of Writing||Writing is terrifying. TERR-IF-YING. Putting pen to paper (I’m sorry, I mean fingers to keyboard) can feel like such a finite act. Like THIS IS IT. The final countdown of content. There is nothing else out there for you besides this one and only...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP023: Is Content Intelligence As Pretentious As It Sounds?||Who the hell does this Brandon guy think he is? Coming up into MY show and trying to tell ME what to do with his fancy schmancy “content intelligence”?!? Wait, I can do what with it? Cut out all those terrible hours spent combing through...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP022: 4 Quick Editing Hacks You Can Win With Today||It’s no secret that most people suck at writing. And I mean SUCKKKKK. This season I aim to tackle this problem by sharing writing tips, tricks, and hacks to get your content out of the trash and into production. It all starts with editing the crap...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP021: What's the Point of Guest Blogging?||Guest bloggers. Love ‘em. Hate ‘em. Love to hate ‘em. Why do we keep on with this complicated relationship? I’ll tell you why. Because you need us and we need you and neither one of us is getting off of this damn boat. But let’s spend some...||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP020: Does Content Marketing Actually Suck?||Have you ever been rolling along, doing the same ol’ thing you’ve been doing for a hot minute, and then suddenly have the following realization?: “Holy s**t. This final product seriously blows. WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE?” No? Okay,...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP019: Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz, on the Tumultuous Relationship Between SEO and Content||Why is SEO so important when it comes to closing the deal? Because nobody, literally nobody, goes to the very first website they encounter and says “Ok cool I don’t want to look around, read reviews, or compare prices. I will just plop down $700...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP018: Should You Hire Someone to Pitch You?||What’s up, pitchessssss? On Episode 18, Elisa and Jess get real the different ways hiring somebody to do your pitching can make or break your career. A successful pitch can land you on stage in front of influencers and game-changers while a generic...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP017: If It's a Maybe, It's A No||On Episode 17, Elisa & Jess discuss how a writer’s interest in their work dictates its success and why editors need to trust their gut when it comes to an engaging (or not!) piece. A writer’s feelings about their work is contagious. If you...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP016: On Being Original and Unique||As has been mentioned before, all writers are beautiful snowflakes. But what keeps them from being a blizzard of sameness is submitting unique and original content! In Episode 16, Elisa & Jess take their listeners back to the basics when it comes...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP015: Writing for Style Guidelines ISN'T Losing Your Voice||Editing matters! Don't be so attached to your work that you can't take a little style change here and there! On Episode 15, Elisa & Jess use a frustrated writer's letter to discuss the merits of how writers should be responding to an editor's...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP014: Bonus! Amy Schmittauer, Vlogger at YouTube's SavvySexySocial||B-b-b-BONUS! Elisa & Jess welcome Amy Schmittauer, renowned vlogger and author of the upcoming "Vlog Like a Boss." Amy gives the finer points of being one with the vlog, how you can become a vlogger, and - most importantly - what a vlogger is....||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP013: An Exceptional Pitch Strategy||Elisa & Jess are trying to avoid the nicknames Doom & Gloom in our 13th episode, so today, they're giving some well-deserved shout-outs to some awesome pitches that kept our managing editors intrigued. Plus, Jess gives some love to Samepage,...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP012 Follow the Directions - It is THAT Simple||If you can't read, then most assuredly you cannot write. That's not to slam those that can't read, but those that can and choose not to are in Elisa & Jess' crosshairs today. Today, don't bog your editors down with submissions that either aren't...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP011: How the Right or Wrong Founder Can Make an Editors Life Awesome or Miserable||Elisa and Jess have never worked with a difficult content site founder; in fact, all of their clients are beautiful tulips in the garden of life. But for those editors and founders who may have a profound disconnect in their respective goals and...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP010: Editors Don't Know Everything||"We were somewhere around Episode 10, on the edge of 11, when the podcast began to take hold..." Hunter S. Thompson plays a starring role in today's show, as Elisa recounts a now-famous reprimand the good doctor handed down to a writer. E&J...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP009: Stop Cheating Your Submissions. This Isn't a Book Report!||Number 9...Number 9...Number 9...that's a song, isn't it? Anyhoo, in today's show, Elisa & Jess talk about the forbidden-but-not-extinct practice of cutting corners in your submissions. Plus, Elisa swindles an entire classroom of fourth graders...||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP008: BONUS! Ann Handley from MarketingProfs and AnnHandley.com||"Utility x Inspiration x Empathy = Quality Content" Pretty great quote, huh? Lucky for Elisa & Jess, the author of that passage, Ann Handley, is joining them today for a great conversation about what it means to write for your audience....||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP007: How to Get Rejected - with Grace||The Latin root of the word "reject" means "throw," which, if you've ever been rejected, is appropriate, given that throwing things offers temporary relief from staring into the abyss of nothingness and contemplating the fragility of one's existence on..||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP006: How to Work with Editors Without Losing Yourself||This week, Elisa & Jess officially break the news to you that neither you nor anybody else who submits publications are the world's best writers ever; were that true, editing would not be a profession, therefore this podcast would not exist, you...||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP005: Honey & Vinegar: The Fine Art of Follow Up||You now need one whole hand to count the number of episodes we've released - and if you're not careful, Elisa and Jess will use that hand to smack the disrespect right out of you! This week, our hosts focus on the appropriate to follow up to a...||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP004: BONUS! Kate Erickson from Entrepreneur on Fire||Cue the singing candelabras - we have a guest! In the first Bonus Episode of MES, Elisa & Jess—Jesslisa? Elisess? We'll figure something out—welcome Kate Erickson, Content Creator and overall Big Deal at Entrepreneur on Fire, an online...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP003: Stop It With the Canned Email Pitches!||Episode 3... insert John Ritter falling off a bike here. Originality and not mailing it in are on the agenda today, as Elisa & Jess tear apart the notion that canned submissions are worthy of a managing editor's consideration. Basically, if you're...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP002: What the Hell Does a Managing Editor Do?||Having introduced themselves, Elisa & Jess—Jesslisa? Eliss?—dive into exactly what it is they do. Dispelling the bigger myth that managing editors merely want to cut and slash your manuscript like something Wes Craven would have created,...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEP001: What's the Managing Editor Show and Who Are These Ladies?||In the premiere episode of The Managing Editor Show, Elisa and Jess hit the ground running, discussing not only the format of the show but their credentials as well. With over 15 years of combined experience, the conversation veers into the personal,...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Practical and entertaining!
This show dives into many of the complex challenges that working with creativity can have. Editors are crucial to the creative process but it’s not always a clean process. This podcast is filled with hilarious stories that embody these challenges and give some good insights on how you can work better with editors and create better writing.
Great insights, with the right amount of snark
If you're a writer, you know how challenging it can be to work with editors...here they dish out how to get more out of the relationship---while keepin' it real and having fun. Get insights from two of the best editors around these internets: Elisa and Jess!
How to Write and Edit Well (With Humor)
Much of your professional success, whether you're a solopreneuer, business owner, or salaried employee, mya depend on your ability to write clearly. Getting ready to publish a blog post, prepare a pitch a podcaster about an an interview, or write posts for your company's social account? You'll do these things better with the weekly advice of Editors Elisa Doucette and Jess Ostroff. And besides getting good tips about how to write and edit well, there's much great, often snarky humor here, too.