The End of an Era: Goodbye to There Are No Rules

There Are No Rules

On the last day of April 2008, I launched my first professional blog, There Are No Rules.

Every day since then, I’ve thought about what to tell writers that would be helpful, insightful, and a little bit provocative.

While I will no longer be posting my perspective at No Rules (though the archives will remain with Writer’s Digest), here at, you can still get my perspective—and participate in a conversation with me—on writing, publishing, and the future of media.

One thing’s for sure: I’ll be raising the bar, and offering more challenging content. My goal is still to help writers (as well as all creative media professionals) be knowledgeable, proactive, and better in touch with where it’s all headed—and how to engage, adapt or resist. All options are on the table.

Thanks for visiting me here, and I hope I continue to deserve your time.


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Jane Friedman
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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4 years 6 months ago

Congratulations, Jane, on moving forward. I can’t wait to see where this new site takes you (and those of us along for the ride). 

4 years 6 months ago

This is exciting development. Congratulations, Jane, and much good luck. Looking forward to the conversation at your new place.

Mary J. Wooley
4 years 6 months ago

Glad you’re still in business.  Just packed up and moved over here, eh?  Looks nice.  First floor, you won’t have to take the stairs anymore.  Will be easy to find again, so, yep, I’ll be seeing you here.  

Tricia Sanders
4 years 6 months ago

Sad to see you go from No Rules, but woot woot that you’re going to continue over here.  Definitely following.

Dawn Herring
4 years 6 months ago

I look forward to what you share here on your personal website. I find your content to be so insightful and encouraging. Plus your interviews are always intriguing. 
I hope the very best for you and a bright future in all your endeavors!

Be refreshed,

Texanne Kelly
4 years 6 months ago

If this is good for you, Jane, then I’m all for it.  Onward!

4 years 6 months ago

Yay Jane! Raising the bar… you mean it goes even higher? 

Lynne Spreen
4 years 6 months ago

Jane, isn’t it weird how long ago 2008 seems! I am so accustomed to your wonderful blog that it seemed like it represented normal life, that thing we expect to last forever. Best wishes in whatever you choose to do. You deserve the very best.
Your bud from the Ohio Editors’ Intensive, October 2008 (I think!)
Lynne Spreen

4 years 6 months ago

Change is a healthy thing. You know I will continue to follow your excellent advice and insight.

4 years 6 months ago

Godspeed, Jane. We’re coming with you wherever you decide to voice your ideas, answer questions, nurture and challenge and push your flock. Onward and upward! :-)

4 years 6 months ago

I’ll comment when Twitter lets me :)

4 years 6 months ago

OK. Congratulations on the big pivot Jane!  Wondering … did they have, you know, thing like telephones back in 2008?

dirtywhitecandy Roz Morris
4 years 6 months ago

Welcome to your new online home, Jane – like what you’ve done with the place.

Theresa Milstein
4 years 6 months ago

I’m going to miss your blog, though I’m glad to know you’ll tackle the same subjects here.  

Tom Bentley
4 years 6 months ago

Jane, your voice is always good, always timely, always provocative. Looking forward to its evolution here. (And big thanks for all you’ve done before.)

4 years 6 months ago

I concur with Dan…if the bar goes much higher, many of us may need to be fitted with new pole vaulting equipment…excited about following your journey here and your unmatched advice and wisdom.

Kelli Kozak
4 years 6 months ago

Devoured “Rules” and am hungry for more!  Will be following.

Nancy Jill Thames
4 years 6 months ago

Thank you for helping fledgling writers like myself. I’m having to start at square one learning to write and am amazed that people buy my books! Feed me insights, mama bird.  Nancy Jill Thames, Author Murder in Half Moon Bay, The Ghost Orchid Murder, From the Clutches of Evil

Rita Ashley
4 years 6 months ago

The queen is dead, long live the queen.  Best of luck on this new venture. Your voice is important.

4 years 6 months ago

I can’t say enough good things about you, Jane. I think the numbers that follow you say it all. Thank you for all you do for us.

Patricia V Davis
4 years 6 months ago

Finally–the corner office, with a window and your name on the door. Very well deserved. 

Robert Brewer
4 years 6 months ago

I’m happy for you, Jane, but I’m bummed about the loss of great, new posts for my newsletter. :)