3 Websites to Stretch Your Thinking

3 Best Sites to Stretch Thinking

I’ve always believed in sharing the resources I use to stay current and fresh in my thinking about writing and publishing—no matter how advanced or niche those sources are. With that in mind, I recommend the following 3 sites.

If you’re a totally new writer, I recommend subscribing to these sites:

  • My Name Is Not Bob. Some of the best writing advice anywhere, by the editor of Writer’s Market.
  • The 99 Percent. Creativity, inspiration, motivation. And entrepreneurship—essential for today’s author.
  • The Book Designer. For all kinds of 101 related to self-publishing and e-publishing (and more) by Joel Friedlander.

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What do you consider YOUR essential reads—especially to push you in your thinking and understanding of publishing?

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Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer's Digest, where she ultimately became publisher; more recently, she was an editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she led digital strategy. Jane currently teaches writing and publishing at the University of Virginia and is a columnist for Publishers Weekly. The Great Courses just released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017). Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.
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  1. I think that took me the better part of the past hour to go through all the links (especially from the link to Robert Brewers blog, Best Blogs for Writers to Read 2012). But I’m sure it was well worth it, even if there is no way in the world I am possibly going to be able to keep up with every single update every single one posts. Heck, I think I just doubled my list of followings, and I already couldn’t keep up! Thanks for this awesome post and all the useful linkage!! 

  2. Great post Jane. Thanks for TW resource references. For me I like to follow Hubspot. It’s more of a online marketing strategy for companies. However, as an author I’m an entrepreneur in addition to own my lit strategy company. I find by learning what they suggest in a business context it help pique my creativity to apply said suggestions to a literary market.


  3. Thanks for the recommending Laura (whose work I also love). I actually had missed the Economist’s “Lean Back 2.0” blog; I’ve added it to my daily diet.  As for me … well, I was trying to figure out why so many authors started following me yesterday.  No surprise to find that you’re the source!

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  5. Brilliant
    reference list, thanks Jane! What I found particularly useful was the
    section for totally new writers – just my niche! I’ll definitely be
    following them form now on. Thanks again!

  6. Jane, you’re so right – let’s not be scared of either ‘advanced’ or ‘niche’ – both are good!

    I’ve finally caught up with the Lean Back 2.0 slides (I know: where have I been?), and find I can’t stop reading! It says a lot about the change that is needed in our thinking about publishing models.

    Has this ever been said more succinctly? ‘All successful models are underpinned by reader insight and able to create and extract value at less than the cost of creation.’ Reader insight, customer value, end-user input – whatever you call it, it has to be there.

    *Thank you* for sharing.

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