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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, 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.


4 Courses and Sets

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4 Courses and Sets

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

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

    Jane Friedman
    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.
  4. (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.
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