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consultant, editor :
Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman Media LLC

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the publisher and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer's Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.

In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at (200,000 visits per month). She's delivered keynotes on the digital era of authorship at the San Francisco Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, and Willamette Writers Conference, among many others. She speaks regularly at industry events such as BookExpo America and Digital Book World, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

Her essays have been published in anthologies by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co. Her latest book is THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER (University of Chicago Press, 2018), which received a starred review from Library Journal.

years experience: 20
Writing, Proposal writing/editing
"We feel like we've been stumbling around in the dark for too long and your advice feels like someone turned on a light in the distance to give us a direction to walk. The feeling is one of liberation to have fresh ideas to explore and we're relishing the opportunity. Thank you for all you've done to free up a block that has been existing in our author business for too long. We have a direction and are charging forward with pens and megaphones in hand." —Warren & Betsy Talbot
The Hot Sheet: The essential industry newsletter for authors (
The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press, 2018)
Professor, The Great Courses: How to Publish a Book
[From F+W Media]
Writer's Digest magazine
Writer's Market annual directories
Fondling Your Muse by John Warner
How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins
Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz
Here's the Kicker by Mike Sacks
15 years of traditional publishing experience with Writer's Digest, Writer's Market annuals, Writer's Digest magazine, North Light Books, Betterway Books, HOW Books.

4 years of experience in literary publishing (Virginia Quarterly Review, Evansville Review)

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