Why are we so curious about authors’ own lives in relation to their books, and the ways that they do (or don’t) bring their own stories into their work? Why do we wonder what’s “true”?
Author platform is one of the most difficult concepts to explain, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. Here’s what agents and editors mean by platform, plus a clear definition of what platform is NOT.
Join me for a live training to learn to write sales copy that’s as impressive as your story; you’ll improve book descriptions, ad copy and reader emails.
Writers can be like misers with their money when it comes to ideas—and ultimately that behavior can prevent you from producing great work.
Wondering why you don’t have more blog traffic—or if it’s worthwhile to continue your blogging effort? Here are the mistakes that commonly afflict authors.
Should you self-publish? There is no single right answer to this question—it’s always situational. It depends on you, your book, and your career goals. This post outlines the key questions you should ask.
Get links to my latest interviews and Q&A sessions where I discuss the publishing industry as well as marketing and promotion.
If you’re looking for an alternative to ACX and more control over your audiobook production and distribution, then ListenUp Audiobooks is worth a look.
Think in terms of “telling details”: details that let the reader see your characters while also revealing something about their minds.
It’s the question I dislike the most from writers, and that I try to avoid answering—because it lays a terrible burden on me.
In my latest post over at Writer Unboxed, I discuss what writers need to know if they’re considering video as part of their marketing and promotion strategy. In brief, here’s what writers should avoid: Don’t do book trailers. Don’t talk at length in a static shot. Don’t post unedited video longer than a minute or […]
Jane Friedman interviews author Bethany Joy Carlson about effective crowdfunding campaigns for authors.
If you’re considering WordPress as your platform of choice, here’s what you should know as you prepare to build on it.
Next week, I’m participating in the Book to Course Virtual Summit, a free event hosted by Teachable. I’ll be discussing the rise of the writer-entrepreneur.
Much of writing advice boils down to: add more conflict. But don’t forget how happy lives can involve compromise and complication as well.
For years, serialization has been discussed as a significant area of opportunity for reading and publishing in the digital age. (And note to the sticklers out there: I’m using the terms serial and serialization interchangeably to refer to any situation where content is parceled out in small bites and delivered on a specific schedule, whether the […]
Learn how you can prepare for the future of publishing in this free workshop by Jane Friedman.
Write about the things you can’t forget, the things that keep you up at night.
The problem is not whether print will survive, but how literary publishing adapts to a world where to publish something has lost value.
Every author is told to start an official Facebook page. But what if you stick with your personal profile only? Learn the advantages and disadvantages.
What authors need to know about current marketing practices and emerging business trends in the book publishing industry.
Author Gigi Rosenberg describes how she redesigned and relaunched her author website primarily on her own, only hiring assistance at the end.
Join me for official hours on Facebook—it’s free to everyone. You can ask questions about whatever challenge you’re currently facing.
I think it’s fair to say that most of us are not looking to add more social media activity to our lives. In fact, we prefer to trim online activity or drop entire networks if possible. So the advice I’m about to offer may feel objectionable and time-wasting at first, but if you stay with me until the end, […]
In the literary fiction world, it’s often taken as an article of faith that writing is an intrinsically important activity to be engaged in. Is it?
The primary function and value of an author website is marketing related.
What every author needs to know before they hire a publicist, and how to work with one successfully.
Agent Laurie McLean discusses the platform and book launch strategy for author/musician Simon Curtis.
The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here’s why.
A couple weeks ago, I advised young writers to have patience—with themselves, with the publishing process, and with their development. Writer Gabe Herron recently wrote an essay for Glimmer Train that echoes that theme as well. He says: Time is the main thing. There never seems to be enough of it, especially once you’ve gone […]
I’m interviewed by Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles.
What young people need to know about writing and publishing.
Too many authors focus on short-term fixes for book marketing, when they need to implement a long-term approach that will work over many months and years.
In conversation with Joanna Penn, I discuss digital publishing trends and what authors need to know as they head into 2016.
Learn what it means to see and read the world in terms of narrative design.
No one used to question the value of a publisher, but now everyone’s wondering: What are they good for?
Learn how to pitch your nonfiction book to agents and publishers—whether you’re writing memoir, narrative nonfiction, or prescriptive nonfiction.
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don’t miss any important steps and to help you hit your target pub date.
The most important publishing industry headlines and stories that every writer should keep an eye on in 2016.
Do males or females receive higher advances? I look at Publishers Marketplace deals data to find out.
Join me to discuss digital media tools and publishing this coming Thursday (December 10) at 3 p.m. Eastern, at the Product Hunt site.
I’m often asked: How can I be so productive? Or how does one balance creative work and other life demands? Here’s the most truthful answer I have.
For every 45 minutes that you write, do 15 minutes of something else. But there’s one catch.
Fiction writer Douglas W. Millikin offers an honest and insightful essay about the biggest myths writers face about their profession.
I am thrilled to announce that my 24-lecture series on how to publish your book is now available from The Great Courses.
Are literary journals justified in charging reading fees?
In a free one-hour class, New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins will reveal the common plot mistakes he sees writers make, as well as his own personal storytelling tips—solutions that changed everything for him once he discovered them.
Dr. Eric Maisel discusses how writers can overcome creative blocks and deal with internal self-criticism of their work.
In this interview, Bonnie Neubauer, author of The Write-Brain Workbook discusses her own creativity practices and goals, her favorite means of gathering writing prompts, and myths about creativity.
A few lessons I’ve learned after more than a full year of full-time freelancing