Digital Literary Magazines

5 Literary Journals Born of the Digital Age

Today's guest post is by lit addict, movie junkie, writer Emily Wenstrom. A new generation of literary journals is taking
Plympton: serialized fiction for digital readers

Plympton: A New Effort to Produce Successful Serial Fiction

In the past year, I've run two posts specifically related to serial fiction—a guest post by Roz Morris and a
Free tag

5 Free Services That Help You Build Author Platform

Today's guest post is by Matthew Turner (@turndog_million). You may remember him from a previous post, 100 Tips to Alleviate
author website

Building Your First Website: Resource List

When writers ask me what the most important thing they should be doing to further their career—aside from write—it's almost
Paradise Lost Office

Creating a Successful App Without Programming Skills

Today's guest post is by Jason Braun. You may remember him from an earlier guest post here at JaneFriedman.com: If
Short Short Short by Bruce Holland Rogers

Selling Flash Fiction Via E-Mail—Successfully

Today's guest post is by author Bruce Holland Rogers, whom I recently met while teaching at the Whidbey MFA program.
Leaving Feedburner for MailChimp

Why I Stopped Using Feedburner to Serve My Blog Subscribers

Update (April 17, 2021): Google's Feedburner will stop offering email delivery of RSS feeds in July 2021. When I launched
KFUN radio

Notes From My On-Air Interview With Writer’s Block

Last week, I was a guest on KFUN radio, where I offered advice and insights for writers. Topics covered: First
Electric Speed newsletter by Jane Friedman

3 Worthwhile Reading Tools (Plus 3 Sources for Great Reads)

Today I sent out the latest issue of my e-newsletter, which focuses on three tools for reading on digital platforms.
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Should You Self-Host Your Blog or Website?

Update: I've written more advice on this topic at Self-Hosting Your Author Website: How and Why to Do It. Recently I was
Electric Speed: Best tools & resources for writers in the digital age

3 Resources to Help You With Tech

Last week, I asked for your insight regarding: What Makes You Anxious or Fearful About Tech? There are 85 comments
Twilight Zone creature on plane

What Makes You Anxious & Fearful About Tech?

Today I'm looking for your insight on a phenomenon I see a lot with people over a certain age: fearfulness
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3 Horrible Mistruths About Social Media That Drive Me Insane

This post really needs no introduction. Let's just get to the rant, in my favored numbered list format. "Who cares
Electric Speed Newsletter

Groundbreaking Tools for Creating E-Books

In my latest e-newsletter over the weekend, I shared three new tools for creating e-books. If you missed it, then you can
Facebook grunge logo

5 Principles for Using Facebook

It's difficult to give advice about Facebook because it keeps changing—in structure, functionality, and effectiveness. For instance, I used to
The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations

The Future of Publishing: 14 Variations (Now Free!)

Last year, on April 1, I released an e-book, The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations. It was mostly an April Fool's
The Nervous Breakdown

My Latest Thoughts on Literary + Tech

  In the past couple weeks, I've been interviewed as part of a couple pieces from others in the literary
Detroit Book Repository

If the Book Is Dead, Then Why Buy a Zombie?

Today's guest post is from Jason Braun, who produces hip-hop sonnets from the Midwest. A year has passed since Jane
E-mail Sins

Are You Committing These E-mail Sins?

I encourage authors to use e-mail as one of the most powerful tools in their marketing arsenal. But with great
Dan Blank

Your Homepage Is Not As Important As You Think

Today's guest post is from Dan Blank of We Grow Media. Author platform is about more than your homepage. Perhaps
AWP 2012: Tech-Empowered Writer

The Tech-Empowered Writer (AWP Panel Resources)

This week I'll be in Chicago for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference. I'm a panelist on
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Build a More Effective Author Website

Every author website should include these elements, whether on the homepage or elsewhere. About/bio page. I recommend a brief, professional
For fun and profit, learn to write briefly

Back to Basics: 5 Keys to Online Writing

Over at Writer Unboxed, where I'm a monthly contributor, I'm breaking out the principles I teach my university students: 5
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3 Numbers That Matter to Your Platform

Nonfiction authors have probably heard the refrain, "Build your platform! Build your platform!" but may not know what a strong
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Do You Hold E-Rights to Your Traditionally Published Book?

I recently received this very challenging question and scenario from traditionally published author Dr. Liz Alexander. I have an issue
Crowdsourcing

A Model for Crowdsourced Publishing

Today's guest post is by Scott Vankirk (@mightyscoo). As much as we (aspiring authors) tend to get joy and satisfaction
Speaking at SXSW PubCamp 2011

My Best Advice for Writers From 2011

Last week I shared 12 Must-Read Articles From 2011. Now I'm going to share a list of the best advice
Publishing Perspectives

Serial Fiction: An Old Form Made New

Yesterday, my feature article for Publishing Perspectives went live: Experimenting With Serials for Fun and Profit Here's a little excerpt:
Ball State professor Brad King

The Design of Authorship

In the visual realm, story and technology are intricately tied together. Ask any screenplay writer about the story development process and they will tell you there are three stories: the one the writer creates, the one the director shoots, and the one the editor puts together. Each story is different and each is intimately changed by the technology used to tell that story.*
Jane Reading on Her Kindle

12 Must-Read Articles From 2011

Here are the most brilliant online articles I read this past year. You may not agree with the arguments you'll
The Future of Publishing, with Jane Friedman

Video Interview: The Future of Publishing

Earlier this year, I had a video chat with Jon over at Children's Book Insider about the future of publishing,
Grunge Social Media Art

How Social Media Can Change Your Life

Sometimes I find myself defending social media to the experienced user and beginner alike. It can be easily accused—and rightly
Wordpress

The Big Mistake of Author Websites and Blogs

     One of the easiest ways for an author to get a site up and running is to use Blogger
Ball State professor Brad King

How We May Read

Today's guest post is by Brad King, a professor at Ball State with a brilliant mind for emerging media and
Anthologize

Turn Your WordPress Blog Into a Book

I've written about this tool before, but so few people know about it—and it's so incredibly useful!—that it's worth mentioning
website

3 Reasons to Have a Website If You’re Unpublished

When I tell writers it's mandatory they have a website, those who are unpublished will immediately ask, "But what do
3 Free Books

3 Free Books to Open Your Eyes to the Future of Authorship

In my most recent e-newsletter, I discussed 3 books (free to all!) that I consider mandatory reading for every author.
Jane's Facebook profile

Too Many Facebook Friends: Blessing or Curse?

On my personal Facebook profile, I am slowly but inevitably reaching the cap for friends (3,810 of 5,000). It's prompting
Content Curation

3 Tools for Curation

I love a good curator. I find curation more valuable these days than content. My latest e-newsletter focused on 3
Lego Computer Guy

How to Hire the Right Website Designer

Today's guest post is by Eliana Berlfein, a website designer based in Boulder, Colorado. A website is a big investment in
Jane Knows

When’s the Right Time to Leave Your Big Six Publisher?

I received the following question from published author Lisa Earle McLeod—who I remember first meeting at a Foothills Writers Guild
Child Reading

Can Children Develop Adequately Without Books?

It is a pleasure to bring you this lovely essay from April Line. April is a freelance writer and writing
Jane Knows

How to Sell Low-Cost Subscriptions to Short Stories

I received the following question from Gail McConnon: Re: Question on Serializing a Short Story Collection through a Paid Subscription
Wordpress Plug-Ins: The Bare Essentials

WordPress Plug-Ins: The Bare Essentials

This past weekend, I was a presenter at PodCamp Cincinnati. Many talented people in social media attended from the region,
Electric Speed Newsletter

3 Indispensable Software Tools for Writers

This past Sunday, I sent out the latest issue of my e-newsletter, Electric Speed. It featured 3 indispensable software tools
Brave Rooney

What Advertising Can Teach a Children’s Writer

Today's guest post is from Gerry Renert, a three-time EMMY nominated kid's writer, who has recently become a published children's
Storywonk Podcast

Listen to 20 Minutes of My Advice for Authors

I was recently interviewed on the StoryWonk podcast, with author Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens. It's a 20-minute discussion
9/11 app

Telling Important Stories Through Apps, Not Books

Today's guest post is by Steve Rosenbaum. In the past ten years, the very nature of storytelling has changed so
2012 Writer's Market

To Learn About Your Readers, You Need a Site

In the newest edition of Writer's Market (and Writer's Market Deluxe), there's a featured interview with me, where I discuss the
Getting Over the Hump by Jeffrey Gifford

Expect Resistance With New Technology

This phenomenon comes up a lot when I talk about Twitter (or—really—any new media tool). People don't use it. They