Jane Friedman

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Today’s Book Publishing Landscape
Episode 1 of How to Publish Your Book
Take an in-depth look at the world of writing and getting published: the history of the business, the competition in the modern market, and the major and minor players in the industry. Clear up some common misconceptions about what it…
The Self-Publishing Path: When and How
Episode 22 of How to Publish Your Book
Discuss the value of publishers, then review specific scenarios in which you may not need those benefits. When is self-publishing a viable option for your book? Get invaluable advice on steps you should take if you choose to self-publish, and…
Defining Your Fiction Genre
Episode 2 of How to Publish Your Book
Understanding where your fiction book falls in the general categories of literature is an essential step to getting published, as there is a plethora of genre-specific publishing houses. Differentiate between the various categories of fiction writing, including defining commercial and…
Researching Writers’ Markets
Episode 4 of How to Publish Your Book
The modern publishing markets are far more complex than they were even a few decades ago. Learn about the different agents and publishers, and discover the tools out there that can help you find the right ones for you. Also,…
Writing Your Query Letter
Episode 6 of How to Publish Your Book
The query letter is your first impression and often what catches an agent or publisher's attention, so it's important to create a memorable one. Learn what elements comprise a good query letter, what components the publisher or agent requires, and…
Writing Your Novel or Memoir Synopsis
Episode 7 of How to Publish Your Book
Once you've nailed a query letter, you will need to provide a synopsis. Condensing your entire story into a one-page overview while still keeping it compelling and intriguing is not easy. Get valuable tips on what a synopsis should and…
Networking: From Writers’ Conferences to Courses
Episode 12 of How to Publish Your Book
Just like with a job search, networking can be an important and useful component to getting published. Delve into the options and resources you have for meeting other writers, agents, and publishing representatives, learn how to develop a gripping elevator…
What to Expect from a Literary Agent
Episode 5 of How to Publish Your Book
Examine the pros and cons to using literary agents, and learn how the responsibilities and obligations of literary agents have evolved. Learn about how to acquire one, what to expect from an agent, and what standard and non-standard practices you…
Categorizing Your Nonfiction Book
Episode 3 of How to Publish Your Book
The non-fiction world is also broken into categories including memoir, education, creative or narrative non-fiction, and practical or self-help. Delve into the various genres of non-fiction writing, and learn how to determine which publishing house best aligns with your non-fiction…
The Importance of Author Platform
Episode 8 of How to Publish Your Book
A platform generally refers to an author's visibility and reach to a target audience: who is aware of your work, where does your work appear, and how many people see it. Examine the six components that make up most platforms,…
Principles of Self-Publishing Success
Episode 23 of How to Publish Your Book
Understand the vital role metadata plays in positioning your self-published book for success. Examine pricing models to attract a large audience that is hesitant about purchasing from an unknown entity. Learn tips to garner reviews that will help your book…
Overcoming Obstacles to Writing
Episode 17 of How to Publish Your Book
Rejections are not the only obstacles to becoming a published author. Look at common dilemmas writers face, and learn how to create time for writing no matter what your daily schedule looks like.
Working Effectively with Your Publisher
Episode 19 of How to Publish Your Book
While most aspiring writers are thrilled to get to this point in the publication process, it's also important to know what will be expected of you once a publisher agrees to move forward. Learn the several phases you'll go through…
Submissions and Publishing Etiquette
Episode 11 of How to Publish Your Book
While each publisher and agent has their own requirements for you to follow when submitting your work for consideration, there are rules that apply universally and will often result in rejections when not followed. Learn the guidelines for mailing and…
Pitching Your Book
Episode 13 of How to Publish Your Book
Not all aspiring writers will have the opportunity to pitch their books, but every writer should have a pitch prepared. Learn the three types of pitches you should have ready, examine strong and weak pitch examples, and get tips on…
Career Marketing Strategies for Writers
Episode 21 of How to Publish Your Book
Author websites, blogs, newsletters and emails, and social media will be your responsibility, and these marketing tools are often required by your publisher. Get tips on creating successful marketing tactics to help publicize your work and keep your publisher happy.
Becoming a Bestselling Author
Episode 20 of How to Publish Your Book
Marketing your book is a huge part of becoming a best-seller, and much of the onus of marketing will fall on you. Learn about how you'll be expected to provide support in order to help publicize your book, such as…
Beyond the Book: Sharing Ideas in the Digital Age
Episode 24 of How to Publish Your Book
In an era when attention spans are shrinking and collaborative reading and writing are becoming more common, it's important to consider the story or message you wish to share, rather than focusing on the container. Consider the many ways besides…
Researching and Planning Your Book Proposal
Episode 9 of How to Publish Your Book
Dissect the elements in a book proposal, which is essentially a business plan that persuades a publisher to invest in your book. Because publishers look for a viable idea with a clear market, paired with a writer who has credibility…
The Book Publishing Contract
Episode 18 of How to Publish Your Book
If you get to the point of the process where publishing contracts are being drafted, it's important to understand the terminology and protect your rights. Examine the three areas of the contract to which you should pay close attention: the…