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Jane Friedman

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I've worked for 20 years in the publishing industry and have a special interest in how the digital age is transforming writing careers, publishing, and storytelling. Rather than taking a dark view of how the Internet era has affected writers' livelihoods, I'm more interested in how revolutionary change can inspire new business models, and how authorship will ultimately evolve. I believe history is on the writers' side: they've been sustaining their careers in ever more innovative ways since the era of Gutenberg. Furthermore, I don't think that business and art must be at odds—I believe they can inform and push each other to flourish.

I sit at the intersection of several communities, which gives me a 360-degree view of the changes now shaping
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Jane Friedman Short fiction credits are not that important. They can be helpful as far as building confidence (small wins), but they don't necessarily indicate you …moreShort fiction credits are not that important. They can be helpful as far as building confidence (small wins), but they don't necessarily indicate you have a salable novel to an agent. Now, there are exceptions to this, like if you place a short story in the New Yorker. But that doesn't describe the fate of 99.9% of writers!

So, in brief, I wouldn't worry about it; focus on writing and selling your novel (and reading the sort of thing you're trying to publish).(less)
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Literary Agents Discuss Foreign Rights and the International Book Market

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Today’s guest post is a Q&A by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company.









For most writers, it’s a dream come true to have their book published in a foreign country. There’s little that tops the excitement of finding their book in bookstores when they travel abroad, of seeing ho

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“Marketing is not what lures a writer to this pursuit. Marketing is the adversary that arrives smuggled inside the Trojan Horse of one’s creative impulse.”
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“Agents are motivated to take on clients based on the size of the advance they think they can get. If your project doesn’t command a sizable advance (at least five figures), then you may not be worth an agent’s time, and you’ll have to sell the project on your own. Do you have to “know someone” to get published? No,”
Jane Friedman, Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career

“Mark Twain’s most successful work was sold by traveling salesmen going door to door—at a time when this form of marketing was considered extremely impolite.”
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James Minter Hi Jane,thanks for adding me as a friend,I enjoy the Writer's Digest magazine


message 13: by Douglas

Douglas Wickard Thanks for friending me, Jane... looking forward to checking out your list! Can always use them in this new age of social media marketing!!!
Cheers and Happy Valentine's Day!
Douglas


message 12: by Sara

Sara Lowe Thank you for the friendship, Jane! Your Twitter links are excellent.


message 11: by Shelley

Shelley Jerige Dearest Jane,
How I admire your command of the sentence. You savour them. All the volumes and volumes of work you have had to do to be able to write like fresh cream and the first dandelion in a jelly jar. And now this challenge to expand the writing life into the ether. I'm both grateful and humbled to be your friend. Perhaps we'll meet some day in the physical world. I'd like that.


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Shirley Thank you for adding me. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.


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Jodi Hill Thanks for the add, Jane :)


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Leon Shure Thanks for adding me as a friend,

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Margaret Langstaff Well, hey, hullo, and hi, Jane. Check my profile. We're a match, sort of. I am truthfully not very good at keeping up with all of this. I spend most of my time writing stories and books, but I do the best I can. Thanks for being my friend.


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Jonas Saul Thank you for the add, Jane.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Steve Jane, you gave me the link (okay, I remember thanking you for that *smiling*) and I'm only just thanking you for being my first friend on here. Sincerely, thank you -x- It was a lovely & thoughtful gesture -x-


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Mike Jane, Thanks for the add. Look forward to see what the experts are reading, and getting a few modern pointers. I'm still way out-of-date.


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Beth Hi Jane,
Thanks for befriending me here as well as on Facebook!


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Rahma Krambo Thanks for the add. I also follow your blog and updates on Writer's Digest and Facebook.


Lakisha Spletzer Jane, thank you so much for the add. I enjoy the Writer's Digest magazine and emails I get from it too.


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