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Jane Friedman
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Why do you think romance authors do better than everyone else on marketing and promotion?
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Another data point is here on Google+. The only fictional authors that have been recommended to me based on the people in my circles have been female romance authors. Lots of them, like more than half a dozen in a couple of days. 
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I'll be giving one of the keynote talks at PubSmart in Charleston, SC, this week (on the publishing industry, of course), plus moderating a panel on which publishing path is best for you. Tickets still available. 
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Bestselling indie author Bella Andre has some excellent and succinct advice for anyone self-pubbing ebooks. Frankly, some traditional publishers could learn from her as well. 
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For me, it's good entertainment to read the wildly contrasting opinions on the state of publishing. For authors, I imagine it's frustrating.
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Fantastic post. There is a lot of bravado out there, but you ask the right questions. I think  there's no doubt that publishers are shrinking their lists.
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Are hybrid authors a long-term phenomenon, or a passing phase?
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The meaning, Abdullah...hybrid authors are planted by Monsanto 
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A sneak peek at my keynote talk at The Muse & The Marketplace in Boston—free to the public!
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Thank you so much!
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A very cool tool from Freelancers Union. 
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A handshake and your word is no longer acceptable.  Get it in writing!
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This is my definitive 4,000-word post on how to write a query for a novel.
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Great article!  Thanks.
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Loved being interviewed for the Late Night Conversation podcast—along with my business partner +Manjula Martin—on the topic of writing and money.
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Whatever you call it—grit, relentlessness, tenacity—it's often more important than talent.
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So true! There is the saying that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Some refer to the perspiration part as part of conscientiousness. It takes at least some talent/IQ and lots of luck to reach Nobel prize-level achievements, but hard work can compensate for almost everything else below that level.
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Media & Publishing Professional | Speaker + Professor
Strategic business leadership in publishing & media, teaching and speaking, writing and editing across media
  • Scratch Magazine
    Co-Founder & Co-Editor, 2013 - present
    A digital quarterly magazine focused on the intersection of writing and money.
  • Virginia Quarterly Review
    Web Editor, 2012 - present
  • University of Cincinnati (CCM)
    Assistant Professor, E-Media, 2010 - 2012
  • Writer's Digest
    Publisher, 2008 - 2010
  • F+W Media
    Editorial Director, 2005 - 2010
  • Writer's Digest Books
    Executive Editor, 2003 - 2005
  • Writer's Digest magazine
    Managing Editor, 2001 - 2003
  • North Light Books
    Editor, 1998 - 2001
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Cincinnati, OH - Oakland City, IN - Muncie, IN - Evansville, IN - Grantham, England - Cambridge, England
Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age

Jane Friedman has spent more than 15 years in the publishing industry as an editor, publisher, and professor. Currently she serves as the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), based at the University of Virginia, where she also teaches digital publishing and online writing. Her newest digital media initiative is Scratcha quarterly magazine focused on the intersection of writing and money.

Before joining VQR, Jane was the publisher of Writer’s Digest, a $10-million multimedia brand where she was responsible for the business strategy and financial performance of a team of twenty, which covered editorial, design, advertising, and online media operations.

Her expertise on the transformation of the publishing industry has been featured throughout many events and media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, South by Southwest, Nieman Journalism Lab, and AWP. Since 2001, she has spoken at hundreds of writing and industry conferences, and has also served on panels and advisory boards for nonprofits such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

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  • Xavier University
    MA, English (Rhetoric and Composition), 1999 - 2001
  • University of Evansville
    BFA, Creative Writing, 1994 - 1998
  • Cambridge University
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