Jane Friedman

The business of book publishing is one of the most important, albeit less glamorous, parts of becoming an author. This week Brooke and Grant are in conversation with industry expert and veteran Jane Friedman as they cover innovation, publishing trends, the future of book publishing. Jane also offers concrete and sound advice for authors, and busts a few industry myths, too.


Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, and is the author of The Business of Being a Writer, which Publishers Weekly said is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” She’s also the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, a really insightful industry newsletter for authors that I read regularly, and she maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com.

Writing Action: Get Publishing Educated!

Here are a few tips for getting started:

  1. Research what goes into a good query letter. Jane has some great resources on her site, and Writer’s Digest has a cool feature where agents comment on the good, bad, and the ugly from letters they’ve seen.
  2. Subscribe to some Publishers Weekly newsletters so that publishing news is part of your everyday life.
  3. Explore Publisher’s Marketplace, or better yet, join it. It’s a hub of everything that’s happening in publishings. It tracks deals, sales, reviews, agents, editors, news
  4. Read a book about publishing. Jane’s The Business of Being a Writer, Brooke’s Greenlight Your Book, or the Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.

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