Video: Changes in Publishing & Self-Publishing

Some of you may have heard about the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a new organization supporting self-published authors. I’m one of the advisors, along with Mark Coker (Smashwords), Joanna Penn (Creative Penn), and Victoria Strauss (SFWA), among other well-known publishing professionals.

I discuss reasons for moving to VQR, changes in publishing and self-publishing and what it means for authors—plus I pass on a top tip (hint: it’s to do with your blog).

Also covered:

  • Marrying business side and artistic side of writing
  • The creative and artistic potential of self-publishing today
  • The dangers of “irrational exuberance”
  • The need for self-publishers—and all writers—to develop their entrepreneurial skills
  • How the major challenge for publishing houses now is to see authors as equals.

If you don’t see the video embedded above, then click here to see on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in other interviews I’ve given (video, audio, text), click here to view the archives.

Posted in Publishing Industry, Self-Publishing.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Ronald Sieber

Although the audio trailed the video, I enjoyed the discussion and its content. Best wishes on a smooth transition to Charlottesville. Go Cavaliers!


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Turndog Millionaire

Very nice interview, ladies. some great insights into the future and publishing world in general.

Exited to see how the Virginia Quarterly moves forward with you at the helm 🙂

Matthew (Turndog Millionaire)