Author Archives: Jane Friedman

How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Online Marketing Efforts

Today I’m a guest over at Writer Unboxed. I discuss 5 reasons why your online marketing might not work. Here’s a snippet: 1. It’s not personal. None of us like impersonal message blasts. I’m going to assume you’re already smart enough not to do that. But you can still be impersonal with a one-on-one message....

The Value of Experimentation

I’ve recently come to know and appreciate Brad King‘s work, both as an innovative media professional, as well as a university professor. So I’ve been keeping an eye on a project that he and his talented students have launched: The Invictus Writers. There’s a lot to say about it, but—in brief—for the first volume, each contributor...

Looking Into the Future of Bookstores: 4 Angles

There’s lots of emotional activity over on my Facebook page—and everywhere else online!—about the future of bookstores. Some of the activity feels like examining the veins of the leaves on trees (e.g., I must have the ability to read my paper book in the bath tub, dammit!). Let’s take a wider view. When you read...

Borders Failure Is a Small Part of Bigger Phenomenon

Today I was on NPR’s Morning Edition, offering my take on the Borders’ liquidation. Click here to listen. Many of my colleagues insist Borders’ failure had nothing to do with e-books. Yes, bad management played a big role here. Borders has been a weak player for years, and it’s survival of the fittest out...

Why Take the Time to Read Your Work Out Loud?

On July 11, I was a featured speaker at True Theatre. True Theatre is a Cincinnati storytelling event, where everyday people tell true stories about their lives to a general audience. Each evening has a specific theme—independence was last week’s theme—and I told a story about traveling to Thailand on my own, and getting...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/15/11)

  I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Best of Best Put Your Personality at the Center of Your Brand @DanBlank Five MUST-DO Book Publicity Tips @Writeitsideways 10 Ways to Beat Online Obscurity @copyblogger...

More and More Days

Today’s guest post is by longtime NO RULES favorite Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read her previous guest posts. I have never met Cynthia Newberry Martin (pictured above), but it seems like I’ve always known her from perusing her blog she describes as “a net for catching days.” I’ve rarely missed a...

Creativity Isn’t Magic

Building on a guest post earlier this week by Todd Henry, I wanted to share a recent discovery, Everything Is a Remix. I particularly love part 3, which starts out by saying this: The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths—myths that creativity comes via inspiration, that original creations break the...

3 Great Blogs for Children’s Writers

I rarely cover the children’s market on this blog, since I haven’t directly worked in that area of publishing and I consider it the province of my colleagues. But here are the 3 sources I frequently recommend when asked: Alice Pope’s SCBWI blog. Alice is a longtime industry expert on the children’s/YA market. KidLit.com....

Seeking Qualified Judges for Writer’s Digest Competition

          The Writer’s Digest competitions department is seeking first-round judges for the Self-Published Book Awards. Judges are responsible for completing critiques due the first week of August. Judges are sought in the following categories: Genre fiction Mainstream fiction Inspirational works (fiction and nonfiction) Qualified judges include agents, editors, and published...

Be Strategic in What You Consume to Boost Productivity

Today’s guest post is from Todd Henry, founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consulting firm that helps organizations like P&G, Mattel, and State Farm generate creative ideas. He has one of the top business podcasts, The Accidental Creative. This post is an excerpt from his recently released book, The Accidental Creative: How to...

The Hidden, Secret Ingredient of Platform: Relationships

      Today I’m a guest over at Marketing Tips, a blog by Tony Eldridge. I try to tackle one of the more difficult aspects of platform, relationships. Here’s a small snippet: We all have different strengths, and banding together can be an excellent way to extend your platform in ways you can’t...

Speed: Writing Fiction That Reads Fast

Today’s guest post is by writer Susan Cushman. Read her personal blog, learn about the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop, and follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Above: John Brandon signing his latest novel, Citrus County, for Susan at Off Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. — John Brandon gave a terrific craft talk called...

The Importance of Defamiliarizing Words

                The latest Glimmer Train bulletin is available, and I love this piece by Kevin Haworth on why he started to read poetry to improve his fiction: I understood what my professor meant about extending my vocabulary, not just with new, fancy words, but by going back...

5 Questions Every Writer Should Ask (Periodically)

      I’m the guest today over at Writer Unboxed, discussing what I think are more important questions to ask than “Do I have talent?” Here’s a brief snippet: I have a BFA in creative writing, and when I was in college, I desperately wanted the professors to tell me if I had...

Are Agents Just Looking for an Excuse to Reject Your Work?

Q: Doesn’t it seem like agents are just looking for excuses to reject work? —Anonymous A: Actually, the complete opposite is true. Agents don’t want to reject your work, they want to accept it and sell it to any publisher willing to take a chance—after all, that’s how they pay their rent. Agents may...

Off on Vacation Through July 8

Tomorrow I fly to Spain, where I’ll spend a few days in Sevilla before continuing onto Fes (Morocco), and wrapping up with a few nights in Barcelona. (Photo above: Me in Barcelona in 2004.) You won’t see much of me until the week of July 11, but you can see photos of the trip...

A Literary Father's Day Weekend (Part 2)

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing 2 wonderful videos that feature the children of writers, speaking about their dads. Go here to see the first. Today’s video features the children of Andre Dubus and James Jones. Thanks for Open Road Media for sharing!

A Literary Father's Day Weekend (Part 1)

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing 2 wonderful videos that feature the children of writers, speaking about their dads. Here’s the first featuring Stanley Elkin, John Gardner, and William Styron. Thanks for Open Road Media for sharing!

How to Create Free Video Tutorials

This past week, I’ve been in a tech workshop for faculty at the University of Cincinnati. (Yes, even I need to broaden and sharpen my skills!) So I’ll be sharing some of the more interesting tools and tricks I learned here at NO RULES. The first tool that I love is Jing. Jing takes...

Glimmer Train Monthly News

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition.  This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family.  The next Family Matters competition will take place in October. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here. ?? First place: Rebecca...

The Necessity of Failure Plus How "Accidents" Happen

Photo credit: Mindful OneWhile reading Kevin Kelly’s blog (which focuses on technology + the future), I came across this wonderful quote for writers. Lucky accidents seldom happen to writers who don’t work. You will find that you may rewrite and rewrite a poem and it never seems quite right. Then a much better poem...