The Business of Being a Writer with publishing expert Jane Friedman


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This week on the show we have Jane Friedman, one of the foremost publishing experts in the world. Here's a part of her bio from her website:

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She's the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World.

Jane's newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press); Publishers Weekly said that it is "destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers." Also, in collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.

I've known about Jane's work tangentially for a long time, but it wasn't until my The Online Writer's Conference co-host Nicolas Nelson reached out to her that she came into my circle. I will admit that he actually booked this interview, or at least got it to the point where she was willing to do an interview. I finished it off with a date and time, and then conducted the interview, but it was really him that was responsible for making this happen...and I'm so glad that he did.

We used her book, The Business of Being a Writer as a guide for this conversation. Listen to this episode if you would like to learn:

  • How to make a living as a writer
  • How to generate leads and gain exposure
  • How to build your author platform like a three-legged stool
  • The basics of book launches

...and much more.

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