This List of 130+ Editors Who Accept Personal Essays is Pure Gold

This List of 130+ Editors Who Accept Personal Essays is Pure Gold

How much would you pay to get your hands on names and email addresses for editors that accept personal essays at 130+ publications?

You can access essayist Amy Paturel’s database — the best one we’ve seen for the personal essay niche — for just $225. 

Why haven’t you heard about this before? Because Paturel doesn’t sell the list by itself. Instead, it’s part of her personal essay writing course.

So for that $225, you not only get the database of where to pitch, you also get Amy’s self-guided course.

How to access this personal essay database

Hundreds of students have taken Paturel’s personal essay course over the last 15 years. They’ve placed articles in lots of well-known publications, like The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Marie Claire and more. Amy herself has written for The New York Times, Parents, Women’s Health and Newsweek, among others.

Suffice to say, following Amy’s advice will drastically increase your chances of publishing your personal essay, maybe even in your dream publication.

We reviewed her personal essay writing course and recognized the value of her database. She positions it as a “parting gift,” and says that while she updates the list regularly, editors frequently change at publications, so she can’t promise they’re all still up to date. 

Despite that caveat, we know just how valuable a list of contacts can be! Of course, getting published requires not only pitching the right editor, but offering a quality story that’s aligned with the publication…and that’s what Amy’s course will help you do.

So if personal essays are your thing…maybe you’ve even got a few drafted already…here’s how to sign up for Paturel’s essay course and access her list of editor contacts.

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  • In my experience, none of these writing courses are worth paying the hundreds of bucks they’re asking. Not because the information they contain isn’t accurate and useful–it often is–but because you can get the exact same information and advice elsewhere at no cost or for the cover price of an eBook.

    These courses prey on the young or inexperienced writer’s hope to find a way to publication that involves some kind of ‘secret key to success’ or otherwise hidden ‘insider knowledge’. The reality is that no-one needs a course like this or any other. What they need to do is write, write, read, read, read, write, write, read, and write. That’s the real ‘secret’.

    There’s no short cut. And money should flow to the writer, not the other way round. Those 300 bucks would be better spent buying yourself a long weekend of uninterrupted writing time and getting on with it.

  • Ilene says:

    Looks great. The price has popped up to $325. Sad during the pandemic economic recovery when so many have stories they need help telling, but more limited means.

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