Professor Jane Friedman

Professor Jane Friedman
  • University of Virginia
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There's no single publishing path that's right for everyone. The correct choice depends on your goals and your personality as a writer.

Jane Friedman has worked in the book, magazine, and digital publishing industry since the mid-1990s. From 2001 to 2010, she worked at Writer’s Digest, ultimately becoming publisher and editorial director of the $10 million multimedia brand. Most recently, she led digital media initiatives at The Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), an award-winning literary journal published by the University of Virginia. She continues to lecture in publishing at the University of Virginia and is a former full-time professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville and an M.A. in English from Xavier University. She is a regular columnist for Publishers Weekly, the leading trade magazine for the publishing industry, and is an adviser to The Alliance of Independent Authors, an international nonprofit professional association for authors.

Ms. Friedman has published two books for writers: Beginning Writer’s Answer Book and Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career. A highly sought-after contributor, Ms. Friedman’s feature articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest, The Huffington Post, Writer Unboxed, and many other print and online venues. Her essays have been published in multiple collections. Ms. Friedman has maintained an active blog for writers at http://janefriedman.com, which now enjoys more than 150,000 visits every month and has won multiple awards for its service to the writing community.

Ms. Friedman’s expertise has been featured by such sources as NPR’s Morning Edition, Nieman Journalism Lab, and PBS. She has spoken at hundreds of events around the world and has given keynote presentations at national writing conferences. She was invited to participate in a three-day collaborative experiment at the Frankfurt Book Fair on reading, writing, and authorship, as well as 2012 LitFlow, an international publishing think-tank event, hosted in Berlin, Germany. She also has served on literature grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

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  1. How to Publish Your Book

    How to Publish Your Book

    Jane Friedman
    4.2 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (46)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Today’s authors face unprecedented competition in the writing market. Get extensive insights into the publishing process that will help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls that many writers encounter. Understanding how publishing works, from finalizing your book to effective marketing, can make the difference between a manuscript sitting on your closet shelf—or rising to the top of the best-sellers list.
  2. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Building Great Sentences Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    The art of writing starts with one great sentence and ends with seeing your name in print. This set of two courses will take you through the whole process, from learning how to construct amazing sentences with Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, to discovering tips and tricks that will improve your chances of getting published in How to Publish Your Book.
  3. (Set) Screenwriting 101 & How to Publish Your Book Set

    (Set) Screenwriting 101 & How to Publish Your Book

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Discover the ins and outs of writing from the experts with this insightful two-course set. Look at the science of storytelling with a Professor of English and Film in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. Then, learn what to do with your own work in How to Publish Your Book.
  4. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    We all have a story in us. Learn the best ways to share your story with the world in this two-course set. Then, get unprecedented insights into the current publishing landscape from an expert in the field and improve your chances of publication with How to Publish Your Book. Learn how to bring your ideas to life in an engaging, compelling and masterful way with Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.
  5. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & The Secret Life of Words Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Words are phenomenal. Learn their secrets and put them to good use with this two-course set that takes you from the roots and evolution of our language in The Secret Lives of Words, to the art of How to Publish Your Book, uncovering the secrets of the publishing world as revealed by an industry expert.
  6. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Writing Creative Nonfiction Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Gain the knowledge, tools, and inspiration you need to discover your stories and start telling them in the most compelling way—then take those skills to the next level of publication—with this two-course set. First explore the entire process of writing in Writing Creative Nonfiction, and then learn insider tips, tricks, and secrets that will help you improve your chances for publication in How to Publish Your...
  7. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & How to Publish Your Book Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & How to Publish Your Book

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Avid writers and readers alike will love this two-course set examining the art and craft of literature. Start by tracing the milestones in a complex and often underrated genre with How Great Science Fiction Works. Then explore the techniques it takes to actually get a book published, and all the alternatives aspiring writers have today, in How to Publish Your Book.
  8. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Analysis and Critique Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Analysis and Critique

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    The perfect resource for professional and casual writers, this two-course set will help you understand the essential elements of writing effectively and getting published. Discover the concepts and methods for clear and strong writing with Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything. Then learn the insider secrets that will help you improve your chances for publication in How to Publish Your Book.
  9. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & How to Publish Your Book Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & How to Publish Your Book

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Master the craft of writing from start to finish with a superb overview of the entire process in this two-course set. Becoming a Great Essayist teaches you how to express your inner voice in one of the most flexible writing formats available. Then How to Publish Your Book gives you an insider’s view into how to navigate the complex world of publishing.