About Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. This fall, she's proud to be offering two creative nonfiction courses from experienced university writing professorsFind out more.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Why There’s So Much Conflicting Advice About Social Media
  • How to Secure a Traditional Book Deal By Self-Publishing
  • 5 Digital Media Resources for Every Writer’s Toolbox
  • The Online Presence That’s a Natural Extension of Who You Are and What You Do. (Is It Just Fantasy?)
  • How to Make Social Media Worth Your Time: When Is Enough Enough?
  • 3 Insights That Lead to Successful Publishing Careers
  • Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction
  • Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio
  • A Key Book Marketing Principle That Authors Must Learn (or Not Forget)
  • 5 Industry Trends Requiring Every Writer’s Attention
  • What Authors Seem to Forget About Marketing—Especially Those Who Dislike It
  • Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?

  • Why There’s So Much Conflicting Advice About Social Media

    It’s been one year since I started freelancing full time. The good news is that it’s going well. The bad news is that the financial complexities are exceeding my entrepreneurial experience. So I decided to enlist the services of a financial planner to analyze my situation and make recommendations. The first step in the process […]

    How to Secure a Traditional Book Deal By Self-Publishing

    Here’s the brief answer to the title of this post: Sell a lot of copies, strong five figures, if not six figures. Sell so many copies that traditional publishing is potentially less profitable for you than self-publishing. Few people like the brief answer, so here’s the long answer. By far, the No. 1 consulting request I […]

    5 Digital Media Resources for Every Writer’s Toolbox

    Since 2010, I’ve been actively teaching students of all backgrounds about using digital media for creative endeavors, whether through traditional university courses or through online classes. I also send out a (not quite) monthly newsletter introducing writers to digital media tools. The following resources have surfaced again and again as the most valuable. If you […]

    The Online Presence That’s a Natural Extension of Who You Are and What You Do. (Is It Just Fantasy?)

    I’ve been reading with interest (and sympathy) the comments on Porter Anderson’s Unboxed post last week, where we see the familiar Sturm und Drang of writers grappling with the demands of online marketing—or how to be publicly communicative and chummy when it’s against our nature, perhaps even against our work. This has remained a problem for a […]

    3 Insights That Lead to Successful Publishing Careers

    When it comes to interviews and profiles of commercially successful writers (or anyone for that matter), there’s always an undercurrent of “What led to their success?”—especially if we dream of following in their footsteps. We know there’s not a single formula, but we still hope for that shard of insight that will make it clear […]

    Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction

    Note from Jane: This piece first appeared in the January 2014 issue of Scratch, a digital magazine about writing and money. I am delighted to run it here at Writer Unboxed, where it can be publicly discussed and shared. Two commenters on this post were randomly selected to receive a free annual subscription to Scratch, […]

    Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio

    Lately I’ve noticed that some freelance and author bios are very short—sometimes not more than one line—and say little more than “John Doe is a writer.” I made this observation on Twitter a couple weeks ago, and Atlantic editor Alexis Madrigal responded that it was a response to the “super long bio.” The Magazine editor […]

    5 Industry Trends Requiring Every Writer’s Attention

    We’re so glad that former WU contributor Jane Friedman agreed to visit today as a guest, to give us some updates on the state of the ever-changing publishing industry.  Most writers are aware that the publishing industry is undergoing a range of transformations, new beginnings, failures, and consolidations. But there’s so much change it can […]

    Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?

    Craft! Platform! Craft!! Platform!! It’s a debate that might span eternity: how much time should you devote to writing versus platform building? I don’t know if there was ever a real beginning to this debate, but if so, it was when editors and agents started telling nonfiction authors that their book was only viable if […]