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The Business of Being a Writer (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Paperback – March 16, 2018

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“Destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.”
Publishers Weekly

“Friedman’s 20-plus years in the industry, launching and managing the social media presence of Writer’s Digest, along with her expertise in business strategies for authors and publishers, combine to create an invaluable compendium of practical advice with encouragement for aspiring and seasoned writers alike.”
-- Starred Review ― Library Journal

“If you’ve found yourself drowning in the ‘what’s a writer to do?’ platform-creation pool and have no real understanding of how a book gets published, it’s time to discover Jane Friedman. Grab hold; she’s a buoy.”
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The Business of Being a Writer provides lucent, sage advice on setting realistic goals toward shaping a rewarding career, going well beyond simply achieving publication or getting an agent. At last, a single book to recommend to writers peering into the vast labyrinth of how to become a successful, professional writer. Thank you, Jane!”
-- Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director, Small Press Distribution and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

“While countless books and classes exist to help writers improve their craft, few focus on the practical aspects of maintaining a writing career over time. Friedman’s wise and wide-ranging The Business of Being a Writer offers essential and extremely helpful advice on how writers can survive and thrive in the current publishing landscape.”
-- Dinty W. Moore, author of The Story Cure

“Every writer needs tough love. Typically that’s delivered by your editor as you’re writing the book. But where’s the tough love once your book is ready for the world? It’s in here and Jane Friedman’s got the goods for you. No one will better help you understand the challenges ahead; no one will offer a more comprehensive approach to scaling the walls. Writers ask me all the questions Jane answers in here. All I need to do now is send them to this book.”
-- Richard Nash, CEO, Cursor, and former publisher of Soft Skull Press

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 JaneFriedman.com.

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  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226393162
  • ISBN-10 : 022639316X
  • Dimensions : 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (March 16, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 154 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars The World’s Preeminent Expert in the Writing Business
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