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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman - Editor

I'm a publishing consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, with an expertise in digital media and entrepreneurship.

Overview

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer's Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.

In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at (200,000 visits per month). She's delivered keynotes on the digital era of authorship at the San Francisco Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, and Willamette Writers Conference, among many others. She speaks regularly at industry events such as BookExpo America and Digital Book World, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

Her essays have been published in anthologies by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co. She has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017).

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Literature
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Education & Reference Publishing

Work experience

Jane Friedman Media LLC

Self-employed
June, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

I consult and advise publishers, authors, and others in the writing and publishing community. Find out more at at my website (janefriedman dot com).

Web Editor

Virginia Quarterly Review
June, 2012 – June, 2014 (about 2 years)

I led online and digital strategy for a National Magazine Award-winning publication.

Publisher & Editorial Director

Writer's Digest
August, 1998 – August, 2010 (about 12 years)

Business leader of a $10-million dollar brand, specializing in information and education for writers.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

How to Write a Book Proposal

Michael Larsen

The Source for Book Proposals Success! How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively... read more

The Source for Book Proposals Success! How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively... read more

Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice From a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant

John Warner

A note from the author: "Writing is a solitary and often scary enterprise. I alone have heard your silent screams, so I have written this book to help you achieve what everyone who has the courage to live the creative life deserves: complete, utter, slavish adoration and worship. Also: incalculable wealth that insulates you from the concerns of ordinary people." And there you have it. Fondling... read more

A note from the author: "Writing is a solitary and often scary enterprise. I alone have heard your silent screams, so I have written this book to help you achieve what everyone who has the courage to live the creative life deserves: complete, utter, slavish adoration and worship. Also: incalculable wealth that insulates you from the concerns of ordinary people." And there you have it. Fondling... read more

Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life

Jerry Jenkins

In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the hon... read more

In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the hon... read more

A Writer's Paris

Ph.D. Eric Maisel

Enrich your creative life and write with more intensity than ever before on a spirit-renewing adventure in the City of Light. Experience it not as a tourist but as a creator, where you dedicate yourself to the bohemian writing life in picturesque parks, cafes, and bookstores. &break;&break;Writers and other creative souls will be captivated by the metaphor and reality of Paris as the artist's ... read more

Enrich your creative life and write with more intensity than ever before on a spirit-renewing adventure in the City of Light. Experience it not as a tourist but as a creator, where you dedicate yourself to the bohemian writing life in picturesque parks, cafes, and bookstores. &break;&break;Writers and other creative souls will be captivated by the metaphor and reality of Paris as the artist's ... read more

Beginning Writer's Answer Book

You've Got Questions? We've Got AnswersIf you're new to writing, then you have some questions. How do you get started? How you do you break in without experience? How do you know if you're any good? Completely revised and updated, the Beginning Writer's Answer Book is an indispensable resource that gives you the basic tools you need to write and publish. You'll discover must-have information a... read more

You've Got Questions? We've Got AnswersIf you're new to writing, then you have some questions. How do you get started? How you do you break in without experience? How do you know if you're any good? Completely revised and updated, the Beginning Writer's Answer Book is an indispensable resource that gives you the basic tools you need to write and publish. You'll discover must-have information a... read more

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