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What exactly goes on your author website—especially if you’re unpublished?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.
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
Amazon says that Kindle Select participation is healthy, and that the Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service is leading to more reading and sales.
Nielsen offers fascinating insights into how the children’s market is driving growth in the overall publishing industry.
Why you should ensure you have as many stories on submission as possible.
In a 30-minute video interview, I discuss the basics of author platform.
I was delighted to be a guest on Stephen Campbell’s podcast, The Author Biz.
I’ve revisited my No. 1 post on how to get published—adding more advice and instruction.
At conferences, I’m often asked by writers if they “have what it takes” to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: “Do I have talent?”
This 101 guide describes best practices for authors using Facebook for book marketing, with tips on when you should set up a fan page.
Learn how to easily study the impact of your social media use on your marketing and promotion efforts.
Fiction writer Rowena Macdonald says she finds writing dialogue much easier than constructing a plot.
In January, I’m moderating a panel at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, which focuses on information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape. In advance, I’ve answered five questions about digital publishing to help attendees make the most out of the three-day event, and lay the groundwork for conversations that will take place at the conference and […]
You’re not alone. Being told to build an online presence creates internal conflict for a lot of writers. This is the topic I tackle (somewhat obliquely) this month in my column at Writer Unboxed. Here’s how it begins: I’ve been reading with interest (and sympathy) the comments on Porter Anderson’s Unboxed post last week, where we see […]
If you have a WordPress-based site, then you know that one of the first choices you have to make (and then live with) is your choice of theme. A theme drives the aesthetics of your site—how it looks and feels—and thus its personality. But a theme also affects the functionality of your site. Some themes have more page or […]
Even though I’ve been actively teaching in the university setting for more than 10 years, I’ve nearly always been in front of non-writing majors. (Right now, at the University of Virginia, I teach media studies majors.) However, my undergraduate degree is a BFA in creative writing, and recently the AWP approached me to write an essay […]
One of the most important goals of any fiction writer is getting the reader to connect on an emotional level with the story’s characters. But how do you accomplish this without being clumsy—without saying, directly, “Joe felt so upset he wanted to die,” which takes you right into the heart of cliché? John Thorton Williams […]
The chain of events goes something like this: An author’s book nears its publication date (or perhaps the author is attempting to secure a traditional book deal). She knows she needs to market and promote the book and/or build a platform. She finds (or hears) advice that blogging is a good way to accomplish #1. She wonders: What […]
The Fall 2014 issue of Scratch is now available. Inside, you’ll find a feature interview with New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon, offering insights on how to balance your artistic lifestyle with marketing and self-promotion. Here’s what he says about being an author as his full-time job: It’s weird because I’ve written about how you shouldn’t be […]
Every month, Glimmer Train releases a bulletin that includes a few brief essays by writers on the writing life. For October, I was happy to find the themes of procrastination and distraction—and how they can be a positive influence in our work lives. Elizabeth Katdetsky discusses how she gives in to the procrastinator in herself, and how […]
This week I’m speaking at the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, which is slanted this year toward digital publishing and the future of authorship, particularly indie models. On Friday morning, Bella Andre gave a talk on her path to success, from a traditionally published author with 7 titles in 2010, to self-published phenom with […]
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at a one-day publishing event hosted by Blurb in Brooklyn, NY. My topic was the art & business of building a platform, which included about 5-10 minutes of commentary on social media (out of a full hour). As often happens, most audience questions were about social media, […]
Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Amazon, Publishers, and Readers by Clay Shirky […]
In the most recent issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, you’ll find my feature article, “The Evolving Agent.” I discuss how literary agents’ business models and services are changing to fit the needs of their clients, who are increasingly self-publishing or choosing hybrid paths. The article covers: the value of agent-assisted self-publishing what happens when agents use […]