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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Charlottesville, VA

I'm a publisher, professor, and public speaker with more than 15 years of experience in publishing, with an expertise in digital media.

Overview

Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has more than 15 years of experience inside the book, magazine, and literary publishing industries. Jane specializes in educating writers about the publishing industry—from all perspectives, without hype or bias—to help them make the best long-term decisions for their careers. Since 2001, she has spoken at hundreds of writing conferences around the world, and is known for thought-provoking talks on the future of authorship. She recently delivered keynotes at The Muse & The Marketplace, the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, and PubSmart.

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Work experience

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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