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Attended Xavier University
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"Memory is what I rely on most when I’m building characters and their stories. Not just things I’ve experienced or done, but reactions I’ve witnessed, encounters I’ve viewed from afar that have confused me or caused me to ponder the ranges of human expression." —Craig Lancaster
Craig Lancaster talks about his surprise success, what he learned from his most memorable rejection, why he gets so personal on social media, and more.
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Are you asking agents or editors to sign a non-disclosure agreement before sending your ideas or work? Rethink that.
Asking an editor or agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement is not part of traditional publishing business practice—and it's usually a red flag.
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Well said!
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I explain how publishers use P&L (profit & loss) spreadsheets to determine what books will be profitable and if they should be contracted.
Publishers use a P&L (profit & loss) statement to determine whether a book makes financial sense to publish. Here's how they work—plus an example form.
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Hi Tyler - You need permission to both write the series in the first place (big and small details) when adapting someone else's intellectual property. Otherwise you could find yourself in legal trouble.
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"When I started writing fiction at age thirty, there was a huge learning curve. I’d been a journalist since I was eighteen years old, and all I’d learned about writing there gave me a leg up over most people who are just starting out, but I still didn’t understand dialogue and pacing and dramatic structure. I did, however, know the value of rewriting. That’s where the game is won." —Steve Brewer, aka Max Austin
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If you're a self-published author trying to reach libraries with your ebook, then the Self-e program run by Library Journal is worth considering. +Porter Anderson offers an overview of the program in this post.
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
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There's an emerging category of publisher—the so-called "hybrid" publisher—that can be fairly difficult to evaluate. This week, on the Beyond the Book podcast, I offer guidance for authors who might be considering one.
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Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. If you belong to a writing group, here's how to avoid the pitfalls.
Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. Learn the most common dangers of writing groups, and find out how to improve your group to give yo...
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Excellent article. Too often criticism of the work, especially if not glowing, is considered to be criticism of the person who produced that work. Authors, especially, must learn to separate themselves from their product.
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Dream of seeing your book on the big screen? Here's how it works, from pitch to post-production.
What authors need to know about the process of getting a book adapted to the big screen.
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I figured it was that hard. I still have the fantasy. :-)
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Here are a few simple, straightforward ways to increase the effectiveness of any email newsletter you send.
How to improve the effectiveness of your email newsletter through very specific changes to your sign-up forms and content.
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You provided new and fun advice for an over-used and often yawn-provoking topic... I really enjoyed it +Jane Friedman.
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Children's author Darcy Pattison discusses all the online marketing techniques she's tried—including those that have failed—and decides to try a new experiment.
A children's author shares her strategies for promoting her books on Pinterest—as well as what adult fiction marketing techniques haven't worked for her.
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If you’re writing a scene with dialogue, it can be tempting to have the conversation follow a very logical flow, what writer Samsun Knight describes as a “call and response” method. But that’s usually a mistake.
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Real conversation is often circular... especially if you are talking among "extroverted thinkers"... conversation is like following a magical breadcrumb trail ... all thinks eventually turn back in on each other... and sometimes not. I've made the mistake of having some writing of mine follow that trail...remember to keep it real but also not confuse the reader. Back to my next set of revisions!
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In this interview, +Nathan Bransford discusses (among other things) the ongoing emphasis on author platform, publisher and author marketing responsibilities, and in what way being a literary agent influenced his writing.
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Professional Speaker + Professor of Writing, Publishing, and Digital Media
Skills
Strategic business leadership in publishing & media, teaching and speaking, writing and editing across media
Employment
  • University of Virginia
    Instructor, 2012 - present
    I teach digital media & publishing to media studies majors.
  • Scratch Magazine
    Co-Founder & Publisher, 2013 - 2015
    A digital quarterly magazine focused on the intersection of writing, money, and life—distributed via iOS app, website, and PDF/EPUB.
  • Virginia Quarterly Review
    Web Editor, 2012 - 2014
  • 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
Places
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Previously
Cincinnati, OH - Oakland City, IN - Muncie, IN - Evansville, IN - Grantham, England - Cambridge, England
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Helping Writers Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers
Introduction
I have more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors. From 2001–2010, I worked at Writer’s Digest, the No. 1 informational resource for writers in the United States. I ultimately became publisher and editorial director of the $10-million multimedia brand, overseeing books, magazines, online education, events, and ecommerce. From 2012–2014, I worked with the National Magazine Award–winning Virginia Quarterly Review, where I led the relaunch of their website and implementation of digital subscriptions.

I specialize in educating writers about the publishing industry, and focus on how they can develop sustainable, meaningful strategies that align with their strengths and career goals. I've spoken at hundreds of writing conferences around the world, and am known for thought-provoking talks on the future of authorship. With the past year, I've spoken at Digital Book World, The Muse & The Marketplace, and BookExpo America.

My expertise on the publishing industry has been featured throughout many events and media, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, SXSW, and AWP. I've also served on panels and advisory boards for nonprofits such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. 

My blog at JaneFriedman.com receives 100,000+ unique visits every month, and was named a Top 101 Website for Writers by Writer's Digest.

More info at http://janefriedman.com/

Bragging rights
Ask me about bourbon or Indiana.
Education
  • Xavier University
    MA, English (Rhetoric and Composition), 1999 - 2001
  • University of Evansville
    BFA, Creative Writing, 1994 - 1998
  • Cambridge University
    Literature
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The Essayification of Everything
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Reading on the Internet 101
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The Referendum
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You only get one shot at life. What if yours has been one long string of mistakes?

Information Diet | How to Prep for a Presentation
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I knew that authors generally make more money from speaking than they do from royalties, so I wanted my talks on the Information Diet to be

Why Publishers Don't Like Apps - Technology Review
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The future of media on mobile devices isn't with applications but with the Web.

VQR » Blog » VQR Spring 2013: The Business of Literature
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Our latest issue is now available! Here's a brief overview of what's inside. On the business of literature: What Is the Business of Literatu

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Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jesse Schell, dives into a world of game development which will emerge from the popular

Want to make money online? Here's what sells
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What ultimately kills us isn't one big thing, but the accumulation of a thousand tiny obligations we can't say no to for fear of offending.

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Only in a relationship with someone who couldn't teach us anything would there be no arguments.

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With age, you realise certain things just can't be fixed - and start to take frivolity more seriously.

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Marriage isn't a vow to stop being interested in other people - it's a vow about how we handle that interest.

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Compatibility is an achievement of love; it shouldn't be its precondition.

10 things to remember about your readers, when they start to tick you off
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Great reader comments, tips and blogs can help elevate a news website into a true community, one where people come together to learn from ea

The day the bookshelf shook: Four lessons for news orgs from today’s App...
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When ebook publishing becomes simple and the idea of a "book" gets changed, there's an opening for news organizations to benefit — if they'r

What are students really buying in an education?
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Will journalism education make some of the same mistakes as the journalism industry? It's a reasonable question to ask because Internet