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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Avoiding Common Manuscript Pitfalls
Episode 14 of How to Publish Your Book
Many agents and editors rely on their experience and instinct and can tell within the first page whether or not a manuscript is worth reading further. Discuss the two rough categories of red flags: narrative or structural problems and surface-level…
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…
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,…
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,…
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…
Writing an Effective Book Proposal
Episode 10 of How to Publish Your Book
Once you've completed the research required, analyze how to effectively incorporate your findings in a compelling manner, how to craft an author bio that will showcase your credentials, and how to integrate a marketing plan--including identifying your target audience--throughout your…
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…
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…
How Writers Handle Rejection
Episode 16 of How to Publish Your Book
In this important lecture, you'll learn why you might be rejected, even if you've done everything correctly. Dissect some of the common reasons for rejection, how to let go of rejection or react to it in a constructive manner, and…
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…
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…
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…
Hiring a Professional Editor
Episode 15 of How to Publish Your Book
Explore the different stages of writing and reviewing, examine the different types of editing you can consider, and learn what an editor can and can't do to make your work publishable. Then, find out the three reasons you may consider…
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…