Author Archives: Jane Friedman

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 12/4/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best According to @joefinder these are the 14 biggest mistakes even best-selling writers...

A Long Fall from the Top of a Tree

Today’s guest post is from the talented Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. To read more from Darrelyn, click on “Guest Posts” under the Categories head on the left nav. Pictured above: Sisters Jane Ellen Wilkerson Kane (1951-1983) and Darrelyn on a typical summer day (1966). One of the most painful...

Twitter Tips for Writers

Today, Alice Pope & I taught an online class on using social media to help you succeed in publishing. During the class, I asked my Twitter followers to share their best tip for using Twitter. Here’s a compilation of those tips. My thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute....

10 Fun Things at Writer's Digest

November was a quiet month for me last year on this blog (because I was stuck in Thailand), and it was a quiet month again this year—but for different reasons (budgeting!). While I’ve been crunching numbers, lots of cool things have been happening at Writer’s Digest that I didn’t get to...

Self-Publishing: A Different Game in the UK Market

I received the following note from Jeremy Thompson from Troubador in response to my post about the 3 Self-Publishing Paths You Should Understand. For my UK readers, I felt it important to share. I encourage comments from UK writers on the issue. Dear Jane, I read your WD piece on the...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/27/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket By Writing Only One...

The 3 Self-Publishing Paths You Should Understand

Since Monday’s post, a few writers have been informing me that self-publishing ought to be free, or close to it. To underscore their point, they point to services like Lulu (no upfront cost for uploading and selling an e-book if it’s completely ready to go), or Lightning Source, which the traditional...

Harlequin's Self-Publishing Venture: Is It the Future of Publishing?

As I observed the writing community’s reaction to Harlequin Horizons last week, I felt incredible sympathy for the people at Harlequin. It appears they’ve been blind-sided by vitriolic outrage from all sides—unpublished writers, published authors, writers organizations, industry professionals. For those who aren’t familiar with the story yet, Harlequin announced a...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/20/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best 4 mistakes commonly made by beginning writers (by Caro Clarke) @inkyelbows 24...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/13/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best Great post from an agent about why books are rejected@BubbleCow @RachelleGardner on...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/6/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Best of Best 3 Questions To Better Understand Your Novel@FictionMatters 3 Storytelling Exercises That Can...

Marketing in a Digital Age

More than a year ago, I left a comment on the Booksquare blog by Kassia Krozser, on a post titled “Why Publishers Should Blog.” Kassia argued that publishers needed to be more vocal about supporting the titles they publish. I responded: Definitely agree, but I have to wonder if the lack...

Every Writer Needs a Little Salesperson Inside

It’s not a natural thing for most creative people to sell their work, but when it comes time to publish, you have to know something about how to sell. You have to put in the effort, make the calls, not get beat down by rejection. (It’s why I love this Alec...

Writer's Digest Hits Top 10 Amazon List

Just got word that our recent release, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft by Mike Sacks, hit Amazon’s Top 10 List of Best Entertainment Books in 2009. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and said, “Veteran journalist Sacks conducted dozens of interviews with...

Looking for Your Feedback: What Do Established Writers Need?

One of the biggest criticisms or complaints about Writer’s Digest (usually the magazine) is that it’s for wannabes, and that after a few years, the advice/information either becomes repetitive or irrelevant, especially for someone who works at the professional level. I’ve been daydreaming about how to develop a new periodical that...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 10/30/09)

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. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Check out new Twitter lists: List of Tweeps most often included in weekly Best Tweets...

The Battle of Resistance

This is a guest post from monthly contributor and storytelling genius Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. The photo above shows Darrelyn’s youngest son, Jesse, emerging from battle to hand his mommy a pink crayon and a gardenia on his first birthday on May 28, 1987. (For more great stories from...

The Day I Picked Up a Hitchhiker

Risk more than others think is safe.Care more than others think is wise.Dream more than others think is practical.Expect more than others think is possible. —Claude Bissell There’s a story I love to tell in the presence of The Conductor, because it upsets him so much (in a cute way). When...

The Age-Old Battle Between Author & Publisher

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. —Charles Caleb Colton Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being....

Writing & Publishing: More Than a Patience Game

My partner in crime, The Conductor, recently forwarded me the following, from an interview with Lost Producer Damon Lindelof: In today’s film and television industries it seems like there are far fewer writers willing to take risks for originality’s sake. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are passionate...

Your Simple Checklist for Getting Known & Getting Readers

There’s such a wonderful comment on yesterday’s post that I wanted to bring attention to it (slightly modified to apply to all genres). Thank you, Banana the Poet (aka Michele Breton)! Follow her on Twitter or visit her site. Simple Checklist for Getting Known, Getting Readers, Building Platform Blog your work...

Turn Your Book Into an iPhone App

This is a story about an energetic author who deserves an award for truly living by the adage, “There Are No Rules.” In fact, I shall start an honorable group, “There Are No Rules Crown Club,” for people who live up to this moniker, starting with Al Katkowsky. Al e-mailed me...

Achieving a Dream of Mine

Years ago, back when I was directing the trade books and market annuals for Writer’s Digest, I would often have a conversation with author Christina Katz that went something like: CK: Hey, you guys should bundle together XYZ!Me: Yeah, I wish we could! We’re not set up to do that, though.CK:...

The Much Maligned Adverb

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam, who wrote a wonderful 3-part series on protagonists & goals. Read the part 3 here (which includes links to parts 1 & 2). Visit Jim at his site or follow him on Twitter. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Laureate, went on record several years ago...

How to Get Your Book Published

The No. 1 question we get asked at Writer’s Digest is “How do I get my book published?” As the Brazen Careerist has noted, sometimes people don’t ask the best or most focused questions if they want a meaningful answer (or if they want to respect the person they’re requesting information...