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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 ind 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.


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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 ind 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.

30 review for The Business of Being a Writer

  1. 5 out of 5

    da AL

    T.h.e. B.o.o.k. This is the most up-to-date realistic book on self-publishing -- as well as traditional publishing -- that I have yet to find.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Duffy

    I read a lot of self-help and inspirational books, and writing advice (heck, I write some). Most of it is the "Woohoo! You can do this!" type necessary to psyching yourself up to do the difficult business of wrangling words and sharing them. This book is not one of those books. This book is your older, wiser, best friend who loves you, and sits you down to say, Girl, I believe you can do it if you want to--you know I do. But first, let me show you what 'it' really looks like... OK, now are you sure I read a lot of self-help and inspirational books, and writing advice (heck, I write some). Most of it is the "Woohoo! You can do this!" type necessary to psyching yourself up to do the difficult business of wrangling words and sharing them. This book is not one of those books. This book is your older, wiser, best friend who loves you, and sits you down to say, Girl, I believe you can do it if you want to--you know I do. But first, let me show you what 'it' really looks like... OK, now are you sure you still want in? Yes? Well in that case... [Smiles spreads over her face. Eyes light up] Let me tell you how to do this part, then that part and oh! Here's something you might not even have thought about...and if you're going to do that, here's how not to screw it up... That's the kind of book this is. It is thoroughly up-to-date and written by someone who has been in and around the writing business for more than 20 years. (This will seem impossible when you bump into her at a writers' conference, but it's true. I know, because I've been following her career for much of that time.) This is the new, state-of-the-art bible for anyone thinking about writing for a living. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to make fiction a part of that business. (Spoiler Alert: you can, but it probably won't earn you all your money.) There's likely more information in here than you need right now, but dip in, root around, see what excites you and what you might be willing to try. As you build your business you might need to add a new string to your bow. (Content Marketing? Crowdfunding? Creating an author website?) When you do, this book will be waiting for you, full of good advice and an encouraging squeeze.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Welch

    I can't recommend this book enough for anyone who is interested in getting their book or article published, or making a living of any kind from their writing. I've been following Jane Friedman's Blog, and have been on her Electric Speed and (with Porter Anderson) HotSheet newsletters for years. Deeply knowledgeable about the industry, candid and down-to-earth, her perspective and advise earned my trust and confidence early on. Again, highly recommended. I can't recommend this book enough for anyone who is interested in getting their book or article published, or making a living of any kind from their writing. I've been following Jane Friedman's Blog, and have been on her Electric Speed and (with Porter Anderson) HotSheet newsletters for years. Deeply knowledgeable about the industry, candid and down-to-earth, her perspective and advise earned my trust and confidence early on. Again, highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie Christine

    Hands down the best, most comprehensive guide to creating a writing life. Jane Friedman, whose blog is a must-follow for writers, covers the full spectrum of a writing career, from building a platform, to creating a writing life, freelancing, and the publishing industry. I will return to this reference time and again, as a refresher course in marketing and promoting my creative writing, in gaining insights in developing a career as a freelance content writer and editor, and in working with clien Hands down the best, most comprehensive guide to creating a writing life. Jane Friedman, whose blog is a must-follow for writers, covers the full spectrum of a writing career, from building a platform, to creating a writing life, freelancing, and the publishing industry. I will return to this reference time and again, as a refresher course in marketing and promoting my creative writing, in gaining insights in developing a career as a freelance content writer and editor, and in working with clients as a book coach and story editor, and writing teacher. Jane is my hero!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erika Dreifus

    Superb overview. Keep an eye out for the supplemental resources that will be added around publication to the companion website at https://businessofwriting.org/supplem.... Superb overview. Keep an eye out for the supplemental resources that will be added around publication to the companion website at https://businessofwriting.org/supplem....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Reese

    I was going to say that I could have used a book like this 30 years ago, but I probably would not have read it then because I had naive and dreamy ideas about art and talent and how much room there was in the marketplace for writers to actually make a good living writing poetry and novels! (deep, heavy sigh here with a trail of sad, rye laughter). This is an important 21st century reference guide for writers. I chose to read it from start to finish only because it was on loan from the library [an I was going to say that I could have used a book like this 30 years ago, but I probably would not have read it then because I had naive and dreamy ideas about art and talent and how much room there was in the marketplace for writers to actually make a good living writing poetry and novels! (deep, heavy sigh here with a trail of sad, rye laughter). This is an important 21st century reference guide for writers. I chose to read it from start to finish only because it was on loan from the library [and I had to keep renewing it]. If I owned it I could pick it up to consult whenever I need to understand things like "The Art of Career Building," "Trade Book Publishing," "Online and Digital Media," ""Book Queries and Synopses," "Turning Attention into Sales," or "Pursuing a Publishing Career." Jane Friedman covers these - as well as 25 more topics of concern that someone who thinks they want to write for a living ought consider.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Wow! Very thorough, well-informed journey through the business of writing. Jane Friedman is incredibly matter-of-fact in her insights and advice to wannabe professional writers and I found myself folding many page corners as a reminder to return later to review. In addition to her clear-eyed approach to “making it” as a writer, Friedman also speaks openly about the tenacity required to pursue this path. I loved her chapters that discussed rejection and highlighted a few passages that I found app Wow! Very thorough, well-informed journey through the business of writing. Jane Friedman is incredibly matter-of-fact in her insights and advice to wannabe professional writers and I found myself folding many page corners as a reminder to return later to review. In addition to her clear-eyed approach to “making it” as a writer, Friedman also speaks openly about the tenacity required to pursue this path. I loved her chapters that discussed rejection and highlighted a few passages that I found applied not just to my writing aspirations, but my current career as well. I would suggest this as a must-read for anyone serious about a writing career.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Louden

    BEST book on the business of writing out there and Jane's website is a national treasure of information for all writers. BEST book on the business of writing out there and Jane's website is a national treasure of information for all writers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Murphy

    I’m using this text in a graduate class I’m teaching on Literary Publishing. Why didn’t I have this book 20 years ago!? Such a great reference.

  10. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Rio

    A little redundant in places for anybody who already has a foot in the industry, but a great resource for anyone who’s truly new to publishing and writing as a job. Friedman does vital work debunking stubborn myths about creative careers and telling unpleasant truths about the way the business works.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ritu

    Worth Every Penny! Get This Book! I learned so much from this book! It really lays down in detail the different paths writers use/can use to make money. It also gives a great foundation for understanding how publishing works nowadays. I didn't know, for example, that Medium isn't making money or how Slate and Salon operate. The book talks in detail about the business of publishing and how it's changing and what it means..... It was sobering to read it. It's very hard for writers to make it all w Worth Every Penny! Get This Book! I learned so much from this book! It really lays down in detail the different paths writers use/can use to make money. It also gives a great foundation for understanding how publishing works nowadays. I didn't know, for example, that Medium isn't making money or how Slate and Salon operate. The book talks in detail about the business of publishing and how it's changing and what it means..... It was sobering to read it. It's very hard for writers to make it all work (most writers don't make money from their books alone) So, there's a realism here that felt disillusioning to me at first. But I think knowing what your chances are at "making it" as a writer, what it takes, and the fact that you need to really think about multiple income streams is, in the end, very helpful. I learned too many things to write down. This is a very helpful guide, and if you want to be a writer (whether you are considering an MFA or have already written your first book or are a high school student thinking about what it means to be a working writer), this is an eye-opening book. It's a pragmatic guide that tells you about ground realities and also suggests ways that you can maneuver around them. Highly recommend to all writers!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brad Needham

    This book is chock full of detailed and valuable information about the world of publishing. My one word of warning is that the book seems to lean toward writers who want to make a career of writing literary fiction rather than genre fiction or how-to books, and those who wish to be published by traditional publishers rather than self-publishing. I felt the book constantly portrays self-publishing as a very hard road, to be attempted only by the most sturdy of writers. Yes, self-publishing requir This book is chock full of detailed and valuable information about the world of publishing. My one word of warning is that the book seems to lean toward writers who want to make a career of writing literary fiction rather than genre fiction or how-to books, and those who wish to be published by traditional publishers rather than self-publishing. I felt the book constantly portrays self-publishing as a very hard road, to be attempted only by the most sturdy of writers. Yes, self-publishing requires you to take on a lot of non-writing roles, but so does traditional publishing. In exchange you don't need to convince an agent to convince an editor to sell your book; you need only convince readers to buy and read your book. With that warning out of the way, I recommend this book: much of what it says about pitching to agents or editors can help the self-published writer market their book; certainly all the parts about building your Platform and using social media are highly relevant to those who wish to self-publish. I found almost everything in the book useful, in one way or another. My copy is seriously dog-eared and underlined after just one read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kietzman

    Jane Friedman is a well known and respected authority on all things writing - and her new book is proof. While I borrowed it from the library, I will now order a copy from my favorite independent bookstore and keep it handy for reference. Whether you are a blogger, novelist, freelancer or non-fiction writer, Friedman's book will help you get published, stay published, and grow your business. Writers who refuse to acknowledge and participate in the business side of authorship need to think again Jane Friedman is a well known and respected authority on all things writing - and her new book is proof. While I borrowed it from the library, I will now order a copy from my favorite independent bookstore and keep it handy for reference. Whether you are a blogger, novelist, freelancer or non-fiction writer, Friedman's book will help you get published, stay published, and grow your business. Writers who refuse to acknowledge and participate in the business side of authorship need to think again - and read a copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Great overview of the business side of the occupation of writing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Spiegel

    I never read these type of books. This time, with that old familiar feeling surrounding my recent book--which pretty much TOOK EVERY SINGLE IMPORTANT PART OF ME AND MY INCONSEQUENTIAL LIFE TO WRITE, NEARLY KILLING ME IN THE PROCESS--flatlining in terms of both sales and expectations, I reticently turned to an expert: Jane Friedman. Even I've heard of her! She's this writing/publishing guru with columns in great journals and lectures on getting a life and organizations she's founded and sites for w I never read these type of books. This time, with that old familiar feeling surrounding my recent book--which pretty much TOOK EVERY SINGLE IMPORTANT PART OF ME AND MY INCONSEQUENTIAL LIFE TO WRITE, NEARLY KILLING ME IN THE PROCESS--flatlining in terms of both sales and expectations, I reticently turned to an expert: Jane Friedman. Even I've heard of her! She's this writing/publishing guru with columns in great journals and lectures on getting a life and organizations she's founded and sites for writer-types to visit and books that she's written and savvy to demonstrate . . . you get the picture. True, I only just became aware of this book: The Business of Being A Writer. It's too bad for me that I didn't read this before the publication of my new-ish novel. Her book came out in March 2018, and And So We Die, Having First Slept came out in November 2018. I admit that a very big part of me wonders if I might have avoided my own brutal publishing backstory (found here). What would I have done differently? Actually, this book compelled me to reach back even further. Farther? Further? Oh no. No wonder. How might I have done this writing life differently? You should read it. I listened on audio, and I might "invest" (see how I'm using these words now?) in a hard copy to own and mark up. I think it was valuable in multiple ways, though--I guess I'll admit it--I sorta feel like my career is what it is, and that's all there is to it. I'm 49. I have three books. I've published traditionally and that other way. I go to AWP. I even lived in New York once! I did start an author newsletter using mail chimp, based on her words. Also, I'm trying to hold back on my Facebook blasts promoting myself ad nauseum--which tend to result in absolutely no sales whatsoever and a severe case of self-loathing. That said, we recently got a kitten named Beesly (named after Pam Beesly in "The Office") and I just want to share a million photos of her all over social media. I won't go over everything here. Just some stuff. In the beginning, she spends a lot of time talking about how writers resist business logistics, how often enough they coddle that image of the solitary rogue-of-an-artist, how they proudly declare that they want nothing to do with the mechanics of earning a living. I read it, and all I could say was, Oy. She also speaks about how MFA programs often focus solely on the craft of literary fiction--not really looking at the business end. Again: Oy. (I loved my MFA program, and I loved focusing on craft. But. But. But.) She also says that self-publishing may be problematic for literary fiction writers. Still: Oy. And then there's the adjunct pay thing and the contracts that involve rights and how many words you get to quote without seeking permission. The epigraph to And So We Die, Having First Slept is the entirety of a Sappho poem. I asked no one for permission. For my next book, I'll be talking to Bono. Friedman's book is a crash course on the business. Good book! To sign up for my newsletter (it's in the upper lefthand corner), go here: https://mailchi.mp/798144a5da7e/jenni... To see my website, go here: https://www.jenniferspiegel.com To see my blog, go here: http://www.boscosgoingdown.com So many options: And So We Die, Having First Slept -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/173... What a trip it's been.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Gold

    A solid overview of the industry and where writers fit within it. A must-read for writers and those who work with them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Get the Wisdom and Experienced Insights Throughout This Book Jane Friedman is an experienced editor and writer and a keen observer of the business aspects of publishing. She has seen firsthand what is working and what is not. With THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER, Friedman pours her insights into the pages of this well-crafted book. Many writers ignore the business aspects of publishing—to their own detriment. As Friedman writes in the introduction: “Here’s the biggest danger, if there is one: Busi Get the Wisdom and Experienced Insights Throughout This Book Jane Friedman is an experienced editor and writer and a keen observer of the business aspects of publishing. She has seen firsthand what is working and what is not. With THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER, Friedman pours her insights into the pages of this well-crafted book. Many writers ignore the business aspects of publishing—to their own detriment. As Friedman writes in the introduction: “Here’s the biggest danger, if there is one: Business concerns can distract from getting actual writing done and can even become a pleasurable means of avoiding the work altogether. No one avoids writing like writers. Producing the best work possible is hard and focusing on agents, social media marketing or conference-going feels easier. Writers may trick themselves into thinking that developing their business acumen, they improving as writers—but all the business acumen in the world can’t make up for inferior writing.” (Page 10-11) A broad range of topics is tackled in these pages for various aspects of the publishing world. I hope this book will become a favorite reference book for many writers to learn and apply to their craft. As I read this book, I found many aspects to highlight and return for study. Here’s another example from Chapter 21: “To establish a full-time living from your writing, it’s essential to learn basic marketing principles. There is something of a formula, and it looks like this: the right message + the right words + the right audience = success! Typically the biggest missing piece for writers (and publishers too) is the right audience. That’s partly because of the continuing belief that good art means not thinking about audience. While you may tune out market concerns during the creative process, once that process is over and it comes to the business of writing and publishing, there’s no way around the discussion of audience. If you can’t reach an audience, your career will stall. And to reach an audience, you first have to develop some idea of who they are.” (Page 195) THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER is packed with such insights. I highly recommend you get this book, read it—but more importantly apply the information to your writing life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yi_Shun

    This book puts into one smart package so much you need to know about making writing a business. And it lays out exactly why writing *should* and *can* be a business, if you want it to be that way. Art has the capacity to do so much in such a fractured time, but this importance is only underscored by our current climate. If the artists that we know can heal rifts aren't getting paid for it, then we're doing something wrong. I'm a graduate of a prestigious publishing course. And I wish this were a This book puts into one smart package so much you need to know about making writing a business. And it lays out exactly why writing *should* and *can* be a business, if you want it to be that way. Art has the capacity to do so much in such a fractured time, but this importance is only underscored by our current climate. If the artists that we know can heal rifts aren't getting paid for it, then we're doing something wrong. I'm a graduate of a prestigious publishing course. And I wish this were around as a supplement to the materials we had when we were learning. I liked this book so much that I'm writing a series of blog posts to go along as Friedman's commentary and lessons evokes things I learned in my own publishing career. As a longtime working writer, so much of what she said resonated--and reinforces my desire to continue to encourage folks to try and make a living from this thing people insist on calling an art, a passion, "just a thing I love" over calling it a business. Go get this book, no matter where you are in your writing career. Or if you're just *thinking* about becoming a writer. Go get it. You can make a career out of this thing. Friedman tells you how.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Can't complain; I read the majority and it was majority spot-on. For general purposes, this book is kind of a must. Friedman manages to cover a huge amount of territory. (The vastness of publishing means she doesn't have time for anything more than a cursory wave toward genre fiction. Anything to do with short stories/magazines/journals is almost exclusively to do with litfic, which is a very special place compared to sf/f, for example, so bear that in mind.) Can't complain; I read the majority and it was majority spot-on. For general purposes, this book is kind of a must. Friedman manages to cover a huge amount of territory. (The vastness of publishing means she doesn't have time for anything more than a cursory wave toward genre fiction. Anything to do with short stories/magazines/journals is almost exclusively to do with litfic, which is a very special place compared to sf/f, for example, so bear that in mind.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Hetman

    Never has a book shattered so many of my imaginary futures, dreams, and romantacized fantasies as this one. Jane Friedman cuts to the chase and explains the realities of today's publishing industry and by doing so sets the expectations that all aspiring writers should begin their careers with. Highly recommended as a starting point for all budding writers. Never has a book shattered so many of my imaginary futures, dreams, and romantacized fantasies as this one. Jane Friedman cuts to the chase and explains the realities of today's publishing industry and by doing so sets the expectations that all aspiring writers should begin their careers with. Highly recommended as a starting point for all budding writers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is the most well-articulated and comprehensive guide to the business of the writer’s life that I have ever read. It’s all here. I will be assigning this in classes from now on. A must-read for anyone navigating the business of a life in writing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sims

    Definitely a good guide for both beginning and experienced writers who want to grok the business. The whole publishing world can be so intimidating, but Friedman really de-mystifies things and breaks them down. If you have any anxiety about this stuff, get this book, cuz it'll help. Definitely a good guide for both beginning and experienced writers who want to grok the business. The whole publishing world can be so intimidating, but Friedman really de-mystifies things and breaks them down. If you have any anxiety about this stuff, get this book, cuz it'll help.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vonetta

    Wow, this is comprehensive! I don’t think I’ve encountered a book that’s so clear about the realities of the writing and publishing industry. This is a must-have resource for newbie and veteran writers alike.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theo Pauline Nestor

    Excellent resource for anyone wanting to earn a living as a writer. Rich with current information, wisdom, and solid advice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Lawson

    An exceptional and well put together guide to turning your writing career into a success. This book is packed with so many insights, tips, etc., that it's hard to keep it all in your head, and a good reason mine is dog-eared, full of pencil underlines and covered in sticky tabs! It's basically a textbook for your writing career - a not-to-be-overlooked/underestimated/ignored textbook. I highly recommend this informative and super useful book to anyone who has even thought about the prospect of be An exceptional and well put together guide to turning your writing career into a success. This book is packed with so many insights, tips, etc., that it's hard to keep it all in your head, and a good reason mine is dog-eared, full of pencil underlines and covered in sticky tabs! It's basically a textbook for your writing career - a not-to-be-overlooked/underestimated/ignored textbook. I highly recommend this informative and super useful book to anyone who has even thought about the prospect of being a writer - whether you want to be self published, traditionally published writers/authors, freelance writers, editors or any of the other professions related to writing. There is advice, information and more for all of us. What are you waiting for? Go get this book, now!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Savanna Roberts

    A great book with a ton of resources for writers! I’ll definitely be getting my own copy in the near future. Skimmed a lot toward the end of the book just because the information didn’t apply to the business model I want personally, but I feel like a lot of writers will find every aspect of this book resourceful. Highly recommend!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    This book focuses on expectations that you might have for yourself or that others will place on you in your career as a writer. Like most business books it is more interested in helping you navigate the industry as it is, not feed into your doubts about the industry's model. At times this annoyed me. However, since much of what is out there about careers as a writer (or academic) emphasizes the tragedies of the current model, it was refreshing to get more of the details about pitching and contra This book focuses on expectations that you might have for yourself or that others will place on you in your career as a writer. Like most business books it is more interested in helping you navigate the industry as it is, not feed into your doubts about the industry's model. At times this annoyed me. However, since much of what is out there about careers as a writer (or academic) emphasizes the tragedies of the current model, it was refreshing to get more of the details about pitching and contracts etc. At the same time, the book is grown-up enough to let you decide what you don't like or would want to change yourself rather than hectoring you about commercial viability.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen B. Green

    Dry, but a good overview and information packed. A broad coverage of topics for all different kinds of writers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nic Lishko

    Had to check out in two chunks, because i was taking so many notes. I'll need to check it out a third time early next year for...reasons :) Anyway, probably the most valuable book currently on the topic. Thank you Jane!! Had to check out in two chunks, because i was taking so many notes. I'll need to check it out a third time early next year for...reasons :) Anyway, probably the most valuable book currently on the topic. Thank you Jane!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Russell Ricard

    Jane Friedman’s The Business of Being a Writer is an authoritative guide to the ins and outs of the publishing world. The book reads like a volume of essays loaded with a wealth of concrete advice. Tons of business-like how-to strategies coupled with a gracious affect—the tone of someone who genuinely wants to help writers understand the realities of, and to successfully navigate the publishing world. The book covers everything from traditional, self-publishing, and freelance writing. There are Jane Friedman’s The Business of Being a Writer is an authoritative guide to the ins and outs of the publishing world. The book reads like a volume of essays loaded with a wealth of concrete advice. Tons of business-like how-to strategies coupled with a gracious affect—the tone of someone who genuinely wants to help writers understand the realities of, and to successfully navigate the publishing world. The book covers everything from traditional, self-publishing, and freelance writing. There are 5 parts, which can be read in any sequence. Part One: First Steps gets into the “Art of Career Building,” which includes good food for thought about which paths one can follow in order to become a writer in today’s world that, let’s face it, requires us to also be business people. Part Two: Understanding The Publishing Industry offers an expanded overview of all publishing media. Part Three: Getting Published digs deep into the specificity of different markets, including advice on submissions (queries, synopses, proposals, etc.). Part Four: The Writer As Entrepreneur targets insights on author platform, social media, and sales. Part Five: How Writers Make Money guides the reader toward the many other business opportunities available to writers such as freelance writing, grants, and teaching. And to cap off all the wealth of inspiration the book provides, there are appendixes with valuable information about contracts, legal issues, and many additional resources. Aside from the excellent guidance found in this book, two unique elements stand out. 1) I really enjoy the examples of the history of the publishing industry (across markets) that Friedman layers throughout. It’s good business practice, and aids the artistic part of us writers, to know the roots of our industry. And… 2) Friedman is so generous to the reader, not only because of the expert advice she gives but also, as suggested in my opening paragraph, in the tone and style by which she shares knowledge. She does so by offering candid examples of her own path as a writer and publishing professional, including gentle reminders to the writer-as-artist to not take rejection so personally. It’s a business, too. This tone and style serves as a model for the realities of a healthy life in publishing. All said, The Business of Being a Writer should be read by anyone who wants to, and/or already works in publishing. And that includes writers across all experience levels. I’m certain I’ll be returning to it again and again for sage advice and tune-ups throughout my writing career.

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