Jane’s Writing Advice Archive

Publishing 10 by Jane Friedman

If you’re overwhelmed by this list, you can purchase a compilation of my best advice for first-time authors, Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career. It is a full-length book (more than 80,000 words) that includes edited and updated versions of the most important blog posts listed below.

Getting Started

The Only Way to Know If You’ll Be a Successful Writer

You Hate Your Writing? That’s a Good Sign!

How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published?

The Dirty Secret Behind Writing Advice

3 Questions Every Creative Person Must Ask

Getting Published

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

The Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Hiring, and Working with an Editor

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests

The Complete Guide to Query Letters: Nonfiction Books

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published?

The Key Book Publishing Paths (Infographic)

Is Your Work Commercially Viable?

The Basic Pitch Formula for Novelists

Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis

How Publishers Make Decisions about What to Publish: The Book P&L

Inspiration + Encouragement (The Writing Life)

The Secret to Finding Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life

The Secret to My Productivity

5 Things More Important Than Talent

My Secret to Battling Procrastination

Placing Too Much Importance on Passion

Writing Advice for Children and Teens

Marketing & Promotion

Book Marketing 101

How to Sell More Books by Optimizing Your Metadata

4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts

How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

What is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility With a Traditional Publisher?

The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways and How They Can Increase Earnings Potential

How to Find and Work with a Book Publicist—Successfully

Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It?

Platform Building

The Art and Business of Reader Engagement and Author Platform

How Much Does Author Platform Impact Sales?

Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?

Draft Your Platform Action Plan: 5 Worksheets

Are There Limits to Literary Citizenship?

Online Marketing + Social Media

My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk about It

Why You Should Join All Social Media Networks

3 Things That Come First Before You Tackle Social Media

Facebook for Authors: Getting Started Guide

3 Reasons Why a Facebook Page Can’t Replace an Author Website

5 Reasons Why Your Online Marketing Doesn’t Work

The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not a Page

How I Got a Six-Figure Twitter Following and Why It Doesn’t Matter


The Basic Components of an Author Web Site

Before You Launch Your Author Website: How to Avoid Long-Term Mistakes

How to Sell Digital Products & Services Directly from Your Website: Advice for Authors and Freelancers

10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Website or Blog

Building Your First Website: Resource List

Is Your Author Website Doing Its Job? 6 Things to Check

The Big Mistake of Author Websites & Blogs

Why Don’t Publishers Believe in Author Websites?


10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Website or Blog

Get Started Guide: Blogging for Writers

5 Keys to Writing for an Online Audience

Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why


Email Newsletters for Authors: Get Started Guide

Self-Publishing + E-Publishing

Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book

Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, and Distribution

Should You Self-Publish? 15 Questions

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors

Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program

Rights & Legal Issues

Are You Worried Your Work or Ideas Will Be Stolen?

When Do You Need to Secure Permissions?

Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

Trademark Is Not a Verb: Guidelines From a Trademark Lawyer

Q&A on Copyright With an Attorney

Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea