The business education that every writer needs

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 by Jane Friedman, published by The University of Chicago Press, offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term.

Library Journal — starred review: “Friedman’s 20-plus years in the industry ... combine to create an invaluable compendium of practical advice with encouragement for aspiring and seasoned writers alike.”

Publishers Weekly: “A comprehensive and eminently readable guide that should be on every writer’s desk. ... Destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” Read the full review.

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The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman


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“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

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, former CLMP Executive Director

“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