An Interview with Jane Friedman [Video]

In this brief, 12-minute video, I interview Jane Friedman, professor of e-media and writing at the University of Cincinnati. She also serves as a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest, where she once served as publisher and strategic leader. She is the author of The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations, as well as the Beginning Writer’s Answer Book.

I first discovered Jane via her blog at Writer’s Digest, “There Are No Rules.” (Her main publishing and writing blog is now at I immediately fell in love with her no-nonsense advice, practical wisdom, and insight into contemporary writing and publishing. If you are an author—or aspire to be—her blog is a must-read. You can also follow her on Twitter.

In this video, I asked Jane the following questions:

  • Do you see the demand for books going up or down in the future?
  • How important is an author’s “platform” to their success in the publishing world?
  • Do you think there is still a role for traditional publishers in the future?
  • What are the best practices of really successful writers?
  • What is the role of consistency in writing and publishing?
  • What was the inflection point for you as a blogger?
  • What do writers sometimes do to sabotage their careers?
  • What parting words of wisdom would you give to authors?

Again, if you want to get more of Jane’s wisdom, subscribe to her blog. Her content is always fresh, relevant, and useful.

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