In my newest book, The Business of Being a Writer, I devote an entire section to various ways you can earn money as a writer that don’t involve selling books. (If you didn’t know, most of my income is not related to book sales!)
Over the last month, I’ve been talking (and writing) about how to build a business model for your career that suits your particular strengths as well as the unique quality of your work. Here are my latest appearances.
How to Turn Attention Into Sales
Over at Goodreads, there’s an excerpt from my book about basic marketing principles. While you may tune out market concerns during the creative process, once that process is over and it comes to the business of writing and publishing, there’s no way around the discussion of audience.
Funding Your Career Through Grants, Crowdfunding, and Patronage
As part of the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, I offer a 30-minute talk on how to apply for grants, run successful crowdfunding campaigns, and secure donations and sponsors to support your work.
Bridging the Divide Between Art and Business
I’m delighted to be a guest on the DIY MFA podcast, discussing how to develop a strategy to make a living as a writer.
Educating Yourself on the Business
Joanna Penn and I discuss how to adopt a mindset that’s conducive to earning a living as a writer—The Creative Penn podcast (April 9).
The Myth of Overnight Success
With Julie Duffy at StoryADay, we discuss what writers should do when they want to go pro, the myth of the overnight success, the nature of “work” and networking for introverts. Here’s a link to the podcast.
Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has nearly 25 years of experience in the media & publishing industry. 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 professor with The Great Courses (How to Publish Your Book), she is the author of The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), which received a starred review from Library Journal.
Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as Digital Book World and Frankfurt Book Fair, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.