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Attended Xavier University
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I offer a checklist of elements for a basic author website.
What exactly goes on your author website—especially if you're unpublished?
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Thanks for this complete and informative article. I have an author site and you gave me some ideas for improvement. 
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Feel angsty about social media? Here's how I try to find the meaning (and reduce the anxiety).
If you need a place to start, then focus on talking about or posting about others you admire.
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Here's an excellent opportunity to get up and running with Scrivener—a free tutorial by an expert. Register now to save your spot.
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If you’re considering working with a small press, ask these important questions before signing.

* What will you be able to accomplish by publishing with them that you can’t do alone?
* What promotional efforts will they commit to a priori?
* Do they have a specific audience or relationships with influencers that are relevant to your book?
* Do you get along on a personal level and do you want to cultivate a long term business relationship with their staff?
* Is their contract clear and fair?
* How will working with them impact your career as an author?

Read more from Eliot Peper at his guest post today at my site.
Working with a small press is an option many authors never consider. It’s the shadowy middle ground between self-pub and a Big Five contract.
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Good questions to ask.
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" Discoverability by bookstores is a major hurdle [for indie authors]. But so what? This is a fundamental mindshift that needs to happen if you want to self-publish. You are in the business of selling books, not in the business of stocking a bookstore. You must go anywhere and everywhere necessary to sell books, and bookstores are only one sales channel." —Darcy Pattison
A traditionally published children's author discusses how she's launched a successful indie publishing effort in less than two years.
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I think the introduction of Kindle Kids eBook Creator is a massive gamechanger as well
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A very insightful post from +ed cyzewski, with a recommendation worth everyone's consideration.
A specific and daily moment of self-reflection can revolutionize your writing by offering you a clear picture of your mental state, anxieties, and fears.
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Writing was never my problem! I need an examen about MARKETING. Lack of skill in the same is my personal demon. That my effports in writing come to naught but a hobby and personal catharsis ...that's what keeps me awake at night.
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Anne Perry writes arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Find out more about her philosophy on writing and publishing in today's interview by Chris Jane.
In this 5On interview, author Anne Perry discusses (among other things): what plot is not what to look for when looking for a good editor the professional process for an author who writes two to th...
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If you're in the Charlottesville area this weekend, I'm hosting a conversation with digital marketing expert +Peter McCarthy as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. We'll discuss data-driven analysis and marketing strategies to maximize book sales and readership. Free and open to the public!
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Sounds great! Would love to see this as a blog post later...for those of us who can't attend. :)
Especially interested in any advice you have on building readership. Thanks and have a great event!
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Love seeing this group of collaborative literary fiction authors flexing their marketing muscle.
A group of literary authors have launched a limited edition box set of novels. How did they make the collaboration work?
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This April I'm offering a free one-hour online class on how to get published. All are welcome to register. #publishing  
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"The main mistake that writers make is to think that promotion entails dropping your pants and being an extravert like Amanda Palmer. You can engage online with the right communities and thought leaders and even become a thought leader, and make new relationships, in an enjoyable fashion, merely by talking about what you want to talk about around your topic." —Brian Felsen, BookBaby founder
BookBaby founder Brian Felsen discusses the push against the gatekeeper and the prevailing belief that not being on top is synonymous with being a "loser."
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I think that "being a loser" tag comes from not being able to make money while pursuing one's dream of being a published author. Until one is "discovered" self publishing is still synonymous with vanity press.  That isn't a what a writer may have originally dreamed.
Mine was to impress a movie maker. We don't know the future. The idea is to just be happy with the art.
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"Kickers make readers ask questions they want answered. Kickers move the ordinary into the extraordinary. Kickers take ordinary ideas and put them on steroids." —C.S. Lakin
Writers flounder trying to figure out how to make their idea compelling enough to sustain a great novel. Here's how to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
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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
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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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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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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

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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