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The Rewards and Challenges of Self-Publishing Children’s Books: Q&A with Four Authors

A Q&A on children’s self-publishing with authors Zetta Elliott, who has released several books under her own imprint, including picture books; Brent Hartinger, who self-published a young adult series and a new adult series; Cheryl Klein, the author of a self-published a work of nonfiction; and Stephen Mooser, who released a middle grade book on his own.

CJ Lyons

Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before scoring her first big book deal, after which she quit her job and decided to become a full-time author. However, a few weeks before her first book was to be published, it was pulled for reasons […]

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Why Self-Publishing Is a Tragic Term

Today’s guest post is by Ed Cyzewski. You may recall him from his previous post here, When Self-Publishing Is More Useful as a Marketing Tool. My friend Shawn recently released a book that shares his journey into full-time writing. It involves a failed small business, $50,000 in debt, a difficult return to his parents’ basement, […]

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 […]

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When Self-Publishing Is More Useful As a Marketing Tool

The turning point of my long-term publishing plans came when I realized I have very little in common with author Joanna Penn. Have you heard of her? I started following Joanna on Twitter because she always shared great writing links, but I also began to follow her self-publishing story. She wrote a novel, released it […]

Nonfiction Book Concept Review

Before you begin writing your book or proposal, you can send me your concept for review, and I’ll offer written feedback via email. This can potentially save you time and frustration—so that you don’t develop a book proposal for a concept that’s not likely to be viable or salable. You pay upfront for this service […]

Jane Friedman and Mark Griffin

One-on-One Consulting

Jane is temporarily closed to general consulting appointments. I consult one-on-one with authors, small businesses, and publishers. So does my business partner and husband, Mark Griffin. Combined, we have 40 years of experience in the publishing industry. (In fact, we first met through our jobs in publishing!) If you have questions about traditional publishing, self-publishing, […]

Do I Need Permission for That?

This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to stay out of legal trouble when using other people’s work Is it OK to use that song lyric in your memoir or novel? Will that one line really get you into trouble? What about chapter […]

Research Agents and Publishers Like a Pro

This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to efficiently research and assemble a quality list of agents and publishers who are right for your book. You have a polished manuscript or book proposal, and you’re ready to start pitching agents and publishers. But […]

Effective Book Marketing for Any Author (Even If You’re Starting From Scratch)

Learn to develop the right strategies and tactics for book marketing that fit your path to publication, your personality, and your resources Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, every author must give some thought to book marketing. But given how fast tools and techniques change, and how hard it is to attract attention (especially during […]


“It takes guts to be gentle and kind.” —The Smiths About Jane Friedman (quickly) Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and […]

Diversify Your Writing Income: Build a Resilient Business Model for Your Career

This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to develop a diverse mix of revenue streams and future-proof your earnings If you want your writing to produce a consistent living wage, then it’s necessary to consider the business model that will support you—and how […]

Creating Income and Connecting with Readers Using Short Fiction

This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. How writers can maximize revenue and relevance Short fiction is enjoying a market resurgence and provides opportunities that can benefit you again and again over the long term of your career. It builds your author brand, grows […]

The Complete Guide to Query Letters

The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query letter is so much of a sales piece that it’s quite possible to write one without having written a word of the manuscript. All it requires is a firm grasp of your story premise.

How to Self-Publish Your Book: Primer for First Timers

Sorry, this class has ended and the recording is only available to registrants. If you’d like to know when this class is offered again, sign up here. Learn to navigate the service landscape and avoid spending what you can’t earn back Many thousands of authors self-publish every year, often with the help of a publishing […]