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The Business of Being a Writer
by Jane Friedman

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    Format: Paperback, 368 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780226393162
    Imprint: University of Chicago Press
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Parent Company: University of Chicago
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    Book Description:

    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.

    Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.

    Table of Contents:
    Introduction
    Part One: First Steps: Making a Life as a Writer
    1 Can You Make a Living as a Writer?
    2 The Art of Career Building
    3 Generating Leads, Gaining Exposure
    4 Pursuing an MFA or Other Graduate Degree
    Part Two: Understanding the Publishing Industry
    5 Trade Book Publishing
    6 Magazine Publishing
    7 Online and Digital Media
    8 Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century
    Part Three: Getting Published
    9 Book Publishing: Figuring Out Where Your Book Fits
    10 Understanding Literary Agents
    11 Researching Agents and Publishers
    12 Book Queries and Synopses
    13 The Nonfiction Book Proposal
    14 Working with Your Publisher
    15 Self-Publishing
    16 Publishing Short Stories, Personal Essays, or Poetry
    17 Traditional Freelance Writing
    18 Online Writing and Blogging
    Part Four: The Writer as Entrepreneur: Laying the Foundation
    19 Author Platform
    20 Your Online Presence: Websites, Social Media, and More
    21 Turning Attention into Sales
    22 The Basics of Book Launches
    Part Five: How Writers Make Money
    23 Starting a Freelance Career
    24 Freelance Editing and Related Services
    25 Teaching and Online Education
    26 Contests, Prizes, Grants, Fellowships
    27 Crowdfunding and Donations
    28 Memberships, Subscriptions, and Paywalls
    29 Advertising and Affiliate Income
    30 Pursuing a Publishing Career
    31 Corporate Media Careers
    Afterword
    Appendix 1: Contracts 101
    Appendix 2: Legal Issues
    Appendix 3: Recommended Resources
    Acknowledgments and Credits
    Notes
    Index



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