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Jane Friedman Interview – How Digital Media Empowers Writers

This week, I chatted with Jane Friedman, visiting assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati where she teaches full-time in the e-media department. Previously, Jane worked at F+W Media most recently serving as the publisher of Writer’s Digest.

You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneFriedman, and her blog: There Are No Rules.

My goal is to share conversations with those doing interesting things in the world of publishing and media.

Click ‘play’ below to learn about Jane’s thoughts on how publishing is evolving with the advent of digital media, and how the web is empowering authors.

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  • Faulknerdk

    Interview is great, but HATE the word “empower.” Well over-used. Jane, however, is always great. Huge fan!

    • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

      Good point. We need to create some new words! And yes, Jane is always great.
      Thanks!
      -Dan

  • Faulknerdk

    Interview is great, but HATE the word “empower.” Well over-used. Jane, however, is always great. Huge fan!

  • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

    Good point. We need to create some new words! And yes, Jane is always great.
    Thanks!
    -Dan

  • JenHWeb

    Dan Blank & Jane Friedman

    thank you for your interview. As a publisher that lives on both sides of the coin…I have a publishing contract, and have soft bound and kindle/ebook self – publishing. I'm in this publishing business for 10 years. In 1999, I had an ebook store…crazy…I love the immediate sell of the e-Book/kindle transaction. I'm disappointed with my relationship with a publisher. I enjooy the power of control of adverstising…social media relationship with facebook, blogging, website, linkedin, tweet, etc. I work all day..x6 days a week…yes, trying to define what is the most successful…but each reader has their desire of social media…so I try to be varied in my communication. I also travel 1 month out of the year…connecting with a new global community. I don't use my email…and I close out mentally my work at home…I think this keeps my artistic photography to writing open and free. Enjoy your chatting online…an awesome partnership that I'm in the know. keep connected! jennifer Hope webster, chatwithgod.org

  • JenHWeb

    Dan Blank & Jane Friedman

    thank you for your interview. As a publisher that lives on both sides of the coin…I have a publishing contract, and have soft bound and kindle/ebook self – publishing. I'm in this publishing business for 10 years. In 1999, I had an ebook store…crazy…I love the immediate sell of the e-Book/kindle transaction. I'm disappointed with my relationship with a publisher. I enjooy the power of control of adverstising…social media relationship with facebook, blogging, website, linkedin, tweet, etc. I work all day..x6 days a week…yes, trying to define what is the most successful…but each reader has their desire of social media…so I try to be varied in my communication. I also travel 1 month out of the year…connecting with a new global community. I don't use my email…and I close out mentally my work at home…I think this keeps my artistic photography to writing open and free. Enjoy your chatting online…an awesome partnership that I'm in the know. keep connected! jennifer Hope webster, chatwithgod.org

  • Askjohnaboutcollege

    thoughtful and thought provoking. thanks!

    • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

      Thanks!

  • Askjohnaboutcollege

    thoughtful and thought provoking. thanks!

  • http://www.davemalone.net Dave Malone

    Fabulous and engaging! These are the kinds of conversations writers need to peek into. I'm an admitted Jane Friedman groupie, but I didn't realize that most of the disappointed writers weren't the unpublished–but the one-novel published. It makes complete sense, of course–and I think how difficult it might be for them to make the transition to this emedia-savvy experience, which will define a great number of us writers (who choose it,and I'm one of them!) in the near future.

    • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

      Thanks Dave!

  • http://www.davemalone.net Dave Malone

    Fabulous and engaging! These are the kinds of conversations writers need to peek into. I'm an admitted Jane Friedman groupie, but I didn't realize that most of the disappointed writers weren't the unpublished–but the one-novel published. It makes complete sense, of course–and I think how difficult it might be for them to make the transition to this emedia-savvy experience, which will define a great number of us writers (who choose it,and I'm one of them!) in the near future.

  • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

    Thanks!

  • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

    Thanks Dave!

  • http://takebackthebook.typepad.com Gay Courter

    Jane's talking to writers like me who were well-published by mainstream companies, but there has been a mutual loss of faith in what we can do for each other when the e-book route is available. See http://takebackthebook.typepad.com for another way to reach readers–with backlist and hew works.

    • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

      Thanks!

  • http://takebackthebook.typepad.com Gay Courter

    Jane's talking to writers like me who were well-published by mainstream companies, but there has been a mutual loss of faith in what we can do for each other when the e-book route is available. See http://takebackthebook.typepad.com for another way to reach readers–with backlist and hew works.

  • http://www.danblank.com DanBlank

    Thanks!

  • Ien Nivens

    Thanks again, Dan, for another refreshing and candid interview. Great questions. Great exchanges. Jane’s the best stethoscope we’ve got for listening not just to the pulse of writing and publishing but to the hearts of unicorns, too.

    • http://www.wegrowmedia.com Dan Blank

      I love the way you put that! Thanks.