Virginia, United States
Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer’s Digest, where she ultimately became publisher and editorial director of the $10-million multimedia brand.
Jane specializes in educating writers about the publishing industry (without drama or hype) to help them make the best long-term decisions for their careers. Since 2001, she has spoken at hundreds of writing conferences around the world, and is known for thought-provoking talks on the future of authorship. She recently delivered keynotes at The Muse & The Marketplace, the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, and PubSmart.
Her expertise has been featured by sources such as NPR’s Morning Edition, Nieman Journalism Lab, Publishers Weekly, GalleyCat, and PBS. Her feature articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine, the AWP Notebook, VQR Online, Digital Book World, Publishing Perspectives, IBPA Independent Magazine, The Huffington Post, Writer Unboxed, Scratch magazine, and many other print and online venues.
Her essays have been published in collections by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co.—as well as Writer’s Digest Books, Writer’s Market, Writer’s Market UK, and Australian Writer’s Marketplace.
She teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia and is working on a Great Courses lecture series on writing for publication. Her award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com enjoys more than 100,000 visits per month.
Twitter Username: @JaneFriedman
- Web Editor at Virginia Quarterly Review (June 2012 - June 2014)
- Assistant Professor, E-Media at University of Cincinnati (August 2010 - June 2012)
- Publisher at Writer's Digest (September 2008 - August 2010)
- Publisher at Scratch Magazine (October 2013 - February 2015)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Evansville (May 1998)
- Master of Arts in English from Xavier University (May 2002)
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