The Business of Being a Writer

The Business of Being a Writer

University of Chicago | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 022639316X | 368 Pages | PDF | 1.15 MB

by Jane Friedman (Author)

Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry.

The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works-from queries and agents to blogging and advertising-and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term.

Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.

About the Author
Jane Friedman is the cofounder of The Hot Sheet, a columnist with Publishers Weekly, and a professor with the Great Courses. She maintains a blog for writers at


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