Accessing the library market remains difficult for self-publishing authors, especially those with limited visibility. Here’s what authors need to understand before spending time and energy on library distribution.
Author and editor Chuck Sambuchino discusses promoting books, the talent writers need, and good writing advice.
The visionary independent publisher discusses how to make money from writing, why books are not culture, and why it isn’t Amazon’s fault.
Bo Sacks, a magazine industry vet, talks about technology, optimism, and what it’s like to put out a daily newsletter for 20 years.
Learn how to craft a strong novel synopsis, while avoiding the most common mistakes, including the dreaded “synopsis speak.”
Take a look at 5 charts that reflect current trends in the book publishing industry, and what they mean for authors.
Read my feature article for Writer’s Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
How do you balance work on your art with work on yourself?
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
Be careful before applying someone else’s social media advice to your situation.
How to Sell Digital Products & Services Directly from Your Website: Advice for Authors and Freelancers
To sell products and services directly through your website, here are a few services and tools to get up and running fast (no coding or tech help required).
Understand the 7 sins of memory, and how to use these sins to convey greater meaning and truth in your stories.
A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.
What authors need to know about the process of getting a book adapted to the big screen.
Asking an editor or agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement is not part of traditional publishing business practice.
How to improve the effectiveness of your email newsletter through very specific changes to your sign-up forms and content.
Publishers use a P&L (profit & loss) statement to determine whether a book makes financial sense to publish. Here’s how they work—plus an example form.
If you want to write realistic dialogue, resist the temptation to follow a very logical “call and response” structure.
Chris Kenneally and I discuss the growing field of so-called “hybrid” publishers, and how authors can smartly evaluate them.
Here are 10 questions to ask before you choose a Wordpress theme for your site.
Wondering how to sell your screenplay? Learn the most common paths to production for a first-time screenwriter.
This summer, I’m proud to be speaking at one of the academies at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. My academy is a 3-hour session on how to get your book published, in partnership with literary agent David Fugate. Attendees of the World Domination Summit can register for $29, but non-attendees can also join us […]
Everything you need to know to start sending an effective email newsletter.
Jane discusses building a digital presence, querying 15 years ago vs. now, agents vs. self-publishing, crowdfunding, and the future of publishing.
The personal essay can provide an artful account of earned insight often more useful than years of therapeutic work.
More than 90% of young people say they want to write a book some day. So why does that inspire such cynicism among adults?
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing.
On May 23, join me for a 9-city nationwide event at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, VA.
“Hybrid publishers” are services that don’t fit the definition of traditional publisher or self-publishing service. It can be hard to determine their value.
Publishers rarely see any money in anthologies and frequently reject them. But one author was still able to find a home for her project.
Literary journals have done little to move beyond their gatekeeping function, and cling to a scarcity model that no longer works in the digital age.
What does it mean to “engage” with a community? And what’s the benefit?
If you can’t portray someone you know personally in a positive fashion, you will probably lose this friend and/or be sued for libel.
Consider the story or message you wish to share, rather than focusing on the container.
My website (JaneFriedman.com) has been named a 101 Best Website for Writers by Writer’s Digest.
On April 15–17, ALLI is hosting IndieReCon, a free online conference on self-publishing and reaching readers. Jane will speak on content marketing.
In this latest podcast interview, I discuss understanding your business as an author and expanding your personal brand beyond just book sales.
Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the English language. The Bookseller in the UK originally reported on the survey here; it can catch you up on what we hoped to accomplish with this effort. So the results are now in. We received 812 responses; you can view […]
I’m a proud contributor to an anthology releasing this week from University of Chicago Press, The Little Magazine in Contemporary America, edited by Ian Morris and Joanne Diaz.
Rejection is rarely personal—but it still hurts. So what do you do?
What exactly goes on your author website—especially if you’re unpublished?
If you need a place to start, then focus on talking about or posting about others you admire.
A group of literary authors have launched a limited edition box set of novels. How did they make the collaboration work?
It’s nearly spring, and that means conference season is about to go into full swing! Here’s a list of online & offline events I’m involved in.
[This survey is now closed.] Are you a traditionally published author? Then please keep reading. In partnership with Harry Bingham of Jericho Writers in the UK, we’re launching a survey of traditionally published authors, regardless of whether or not they have also self-published. Our goal is to see how traditionally published authors are feeling about the choices […]
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
Full-time author and speaker Scott Berkun discusses his book marketing experiences as both a traditionally published author and self-published author.
Do you have a project that confuses you, or feels dangerous? That’s what you should write says Mark Wisniewski.
Giving away your work isn’t a problem if you’ve developed a strategy around it, and know how to turn new readers into fans.
For me, the hardest thing about being online is remembering what I think and the “why” that I’m working for. The multiplicity of voices can make you forget your center.