Balancing the Art of Writing with the Business of Publishing

Indie Author Fringe

This fall, I once again participated in the ALLi Indie Author Fringe Festival, which is a day-long series of online workshops for independent authors. My sessions usually focus on the nuts and bolts of digital media, but this time I dug into the more psychological side of the writing life—how to bring together the art and business sides of our career in a way that doesn’t feel like a bad marriage. Here’s a direct link to the video; it’s a 30-minute talk.

Other sessions that you may find useful:

View all sessions here; if you watched any that were particularly helpful, let me know in the comments!

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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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