In late July, I’ll be returning to my home state of Indiana to offer two workshops.
July 27: Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp
As part of the Midwest Writers Workshop, I’m offering a 6-hour intensive session for published (or nearly published) authors.
Professional authors always have one thing in common: they seek an audience for their work, and almost always a bigger audience. Having a strong and growing readership helps turn writing into a sustainable, full-time career. But what leads to readership growth? And what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage that growth and launch your next book successfully?
This full-day bootcamp for career-minded authors offers hands-on guidance and discussion to help you better develop a strategic launch plan for your work, and identify and grow a readership over the long term, whether you’re traditionally published or self-published.
- Location: Muncie, Indiana (Ball State)
- Learn more about the bootcamp
- Register at MWW ($155, includes lunch)
July 28: How to Get Published: Traditional, Self, and Everything in Between
In this 4-hour master class, in partnership with the Indiana Writers Center, I discuss everything you need to know about how book publishing operates today, in plain English, to help you understand the pros and cons of every major publishing path available. I’ll cover New York traditional publishing and what projects are well-suited to being represented by literary agents; the capabilities of mid-size publishers and independent publishers; how to evaluate small presses, micro-presses, and digital-only presses; what “hybrid” publishing is (or thinks it is) and how to evaluate such companies; and all forms of self-publishing and e-publishing practiced today.
- Location: Indianapolis area / Marian University
- Learn more and register at IWC ($100 for non-members)
Have questions about whether a session is right for you? Comment below or ask me directly—I want you to make the right investment of time and money, and my classes aren’t right for everyone. Contact me here.
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.