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With the right tools, you can be more efficient and effective at balancing writing time with social media time. Advice from +Kirsten Oliphant.
Author and social media expert Kirsten Oliphant explains how to manage your platform-building activities on social media sites.
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If you start using a pop-up on your site, then consider adding an autoresponder series as well. Here's what I've done (including statistics on open and click rates).
How do you treat subscribers after they sign up for your email newsletter? An autoresponder can usefully and effectively welcome people to the community.
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Here's how you can start speaking to market and promote your book—even if you're a novelist or memoirist with little experience in public speaking.
Author and speaker Dorit Sasson offers tips on how to build author platform through local speaking engagements.
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"When indie authors start navigating the waters themselves—the film inquiry, the foreign contract—they learn pretty quickly why an agent might be valuable." —agent Kristin Nelson
Sangeeta Mehta interviews agents Bob Mecoy and Kristin Nelson about how agents can assist the hybrid author.
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"Many people have asked me about the truth of my work—strangers as well as people I have known for years. I don’t deny the aspects of what I have written that are based on my experiences, but I wonder at our desire to know the answers to these kinds of questions, and at what level the answers matter." —Nellie Hermann
Why are we so curious about authors' own lives in relation to their books, and the ways that they do (or don't) bring their own stories into their work?
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Sometimes, when something big gets in the way of your writing, you want or need to just step away. But sometimes, you don’t have much choice but to find a way to keep writing because of major deadlines or work responsibilities. Author and editor Jessica Strawser offers advice on how to make it through.
Author and editor Jessica Strawser offers guidance on how to write through illness, grief, and other major life events.
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My cornerstone post on book proposals has been recently updated and expanded. Perfect if you plan to pitch or sell a nonfiction book this year.
Everything you need to know to start writing a book proposal for your nonfiction book.
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Don't rush into a business agreement with a freelancer without researching their experience first.
Author and freelance editor Maya Rock offers six pointers for vetting a freelance editor.
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Using a pop-up on my website doubled my email newsletter subscriber list in 6 months.
Pop-ups have long been despited by the Internet world, but the difficulty is: They work. Here's how to implement them in a way that won't annoy visitors.
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"If you don’t yet have a relationship with an influencer, the first step is getting on their radar." +Angela Ackerman explains how.
Writing coach Angela Ackerman discusses how influencers can help you market your book, how to identify potential influencers, and how to reach them.
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"The world is brimming with advice about how to write more and write better. Chances are good that you’ve explored some—or maybe even many—of these recommendations. Chances are also good that you’re not getting the kind of mileage you’d expect from adapting these approaches. What’s in your way?" —+Sage Cohen
Before you can follow anyone's advice, you need a realistic picture of who you are, what your tendencies are, and what you’re willing and able to change.
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Do you need a "platform" to get your first book published? I explain.
Author platform is a difficult concept to explain, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. Here's what agents and editors mean by it.
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Occupation
Publishing Expert and Consultant
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.
  • The Hot Sheet
    Co-Founder and Editor, 2015 - present
    The essential industry newsletter for authors
  • 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 Authors Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers
Introduction
I have more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. I'm the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and teach publishing at the University of Virginia. In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, I also write an award-winning blog for writers at my website, JaneFriedman.com (more than 180,000 visits per month).

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. Recently, I've spoken at Digital Book World, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and World Domination Summit.

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. 

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 Referendum
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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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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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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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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

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