Jane’s Writing Advice Archive

Publishing 10 by Jane Friedman

If you’re overwhelmed by this list, you can purchase a compilation of my best advice for first-time authors, Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career. It is a full-length book (more than 80,000 words) that includes edited and updated versions of the most important blog posts listed below.

Getting Started

The Only Way to Know If You’ll Be a Successful Writer

The Golden Rule of Professionals: Be Specific & Ask Good Questions

You Hate Your Writing? That’s a Good Sign!

How to Avoid Being Fooled by Bad Writing Advice

Should You Hire a Professional Editor?

How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published?

Best Advice: Have More Fun (Stop Worrying and Obeying)

The Dirty Secret Behind Writing Advice

3 Questions Every Creative Person Must Ask

5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid

Back to Basics + 101 Guides

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests

The Complete Guide to Query Letters: Nonfiction Books

How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published?

The Key Book Publishing Paths (Infographic)

How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Writers

Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis

Writing & Publishing Terminology 101

Getting Published

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests

The Complete Guide to Query Letters: Nonfiction Books

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published?

The Key Book Publishing Paths (Infographic)

Is Your Work Commercially Viable?

The Basic Pitch Formula for Novelists

Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis

5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid

How Do You Know If Your Agent Is Any Good?

Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online

How to Get a Book Deal While Avoiding the Slush Pile

Nonfiction Books + Publishing

Start Here: How to Write a Book Proposal

Book Proposals in the Digital Age

The Complete Guide to Query Letters: Nonfiction Books

 Memoir

Using the Fallacy of Memory to Create Effective Memoir

When Is Lying in Memoir Acceptable? 3 Key Issues

Back to Basics: Writing & Publishing Memoir

Creating Memoir That’s Bigger Than Me, Me, Me 

Your No. 1 Challenge If You’re Writing Memoir

5 Common Flaws in Memoir Projects

Don’t Write a Memoir to Get Revenge

Inspiration + Encouragement (The Writing Life)

The Secret to Finding Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life

The Secret to My Productivity

5 Things More Important Than Talent

5 Remarkable Prompt & Exercise Books

How Do You Make the Time to Write?

Why Do We Think Talent Ought to Be Rewarded?

3 Ways to Add Meaningful Structure to Your Writing Life

My Secret to Battling Procrastination

Placing Too Much Importance on Passion

Writing Advice for Children and Teens

Publishing Industry

4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing

How Publishers Make Decisions about What to Publish: The Book P&L

Reasons to Be Optimistic During the Disruption of Publishing

5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing

5 Industry Trends Requiring Every Writer’s Attention

The Age-Old Cynicism Surrounding the Dream of Book Writing

Are Literary Journals in Trouble?

The Future of Publishing: 7 Things Authors Should Know

Marketing & Promotion

Book Marketing 101

A Key Book Marketing Principle That Authors Must Learn (or Not Forget)

The No. 1 Component of an Effective Online Marketing & Promotion Strategy

The No. 1 Overlooked Skill for Every Author

What Authors Seem to Forget About Marketing—Especially Those Who Dislike It

How to Sell More Books by Optimizing Your Metadata

3 Things That Come First Before You Tackle Social Media

The Marketing Paradox: Start Small to Get Big

4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts

How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

What is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility With a Traditional Publisher?

A Critical Marketing Secret: Don’t Go It Alone

How Much Has Book Marketing Changed Since 2005?

I Hate Press Releases

Audience Development: Critical to Every Writer’s Future

Giving Stuff Away Is Not a Strategy

The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways and How They Can Increase Earnings Potential

Authors: Don’t Pay Money for BEA Book Promotion

2 Questions You Should Memorize for Networking Events

How to Find and Work with a Book Publicist—Successfully

Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It?

Platform Building

The Art and Business of Reader Engagement and Author Platform

How Much Does Author Platform Impact Sales?

Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?

3 Numbers That Matter to Your Platform

5 Excellent Tips for Platform Building

The Hardest Part About Developing Platform

Draft Your Platform Action Plan: 5 Worksheets

Are There Limits to Literary Citizenship?

Online Marketing + Social Media

My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk about It

Why You Should Join All Social Media Networks

Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio

3 Things That Come First Before You Tackle Social Media

Facebook for Authors: Getting Started Guide

3 Reasons Why a Facebook Page Can’t Replace an Author Website

5 Reasons Why Your Online Marketing Doesn’t Work

A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book

Please Do Not Pay Money for an Online Ad Until You Read This

You Don’t Have to Blog, Tweet, or Be on Facebook

When or Why Social Media Fails to Sell Books

How to Sell More Books by Optimizing Your Metadata

Build Diversity Into Your Online Presence

Facebook Strategy for Authors: In-Depth Discussion

5 Principles for Using Facebook

The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not a Page

How I Got a Six-Figure Twitter Following and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Build a Better Author Bio for Twitter

The Secret to Twitter That Can’t Be Taught

Does Twitter Make Sense for Most Writers?

Websites

The Basic Components of an Author Web Site

How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme for You

Before You Launch Your Author Website: How to Avoid Long-Term Mistakes

How to Sell Digital Products & Services Directly from Your Website: Advice for Authors and Freelancers

10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Website or Blog

3 Ways to Improve Your Author Website

3 Ways to Improve Your Website Design

5 Keys to Writing for an Online Audience

Building Your First Website: Resource List

Is Your Author Website Doing Its Job? 6 Things to Check

3 Reasons to Have a Website If You’re Unpublished

5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Your Site or Blog

Your Homepage Is Not As Important As You Think

Build a More Effective Author Website

The Big Mistake of Author Websites & Blogs

Why Don’t Publishers Believe in Author Websites?

Blogs

10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Website or Blog

Get Started Guide: Blogging for Writers

5 Keys to Writing for an Online Audience

Top 10 Blog Traffic Killers

5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Your Site or Blog

Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why

Why You Should Add E-mail Subscription Service to Your Blog

The Big Mistake of Author Websites & Blogs

E-mail

Authors: Build Your E-Mail List—Now 

Why You Should Add E-mail Subscription Service to Your Blog

Yes, E-mail Still Works for Book Marketing

Are You Committing These E-mail Sins?

5 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Email Newsletter Performance

Email Newsletters for Authors: Get Started Guide

Self-Publishing + E-Publishing

Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book

Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, and Distribution

10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service

Should You Self-Publish? 15 Questions

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors

Amazon KDP Select: Is It Worthwhile for Authors?

How to Sell More Books by Optimizing Your Metadata

Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program

A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book

The Best E-Publishing Resources

Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility?

How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design?

The Future of Self-Publishing Services

Rights & Legal Issues

Are You Worried Your Work or Ideas Will Be Stolen?

When Do You Need to Secure Permissions?

Is It Fair Use? 7 Questions to Ask Before Using Copyrighted Material

Trademark Is Not a Verb: Guidelines From a Trademark Lawyer

Copyright Is Not a Verb (advice from an attorney)

Q&A on Copyright With an Attorney

Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea