Author Archives: Jane Friedman

About Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry. She is the co-founder of Scratch Magazine, all about the intersection of writing and money, and the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has served as a writing and media professor at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia, and is the former publisher of Writer's Digest. She speaks frequently at industry events and writers conferences around the world. Find out more.

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests

The stand-alone query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: To seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript. For some writers, it represents a [...]




Is Publishing in Trouble or Not—Decide! [Smart Set]

Welcome to The Smart Set, a weekly series where I discuss some of the most interesting questions being raised by astute minds in writing, publishing, and media. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Tom Weldon: “Some Say Publishing Is in Trouble. They Are Completely Wrong.” by Jennifer Rankin (The Guardian) [...]




The Future of Hybrid Authors + Who Influences Our Purchases [Smart Set]

Welcome to The Smart Set, a weekly series where I discuss some of the most interesting questions being raised by astute minds in writing, publishing, and media. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Must a Writer Go Hybrid for Higher Income? by Elizabeth Spann Craig Established author—and longtime [...]