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ALLi Advisor Interview Series – Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest, current Online Media Professor at the University of Cincinnati and esteemed advisor to The Alliance of Independent Authors – is on the move.

Orna caught up with her as she prepares to leave Cincinnati, preparing to take up her new role as Online Editor for the illustrious Virginia Quarterly Review

In this interview, Jane talks about the reasons for her move, changes in publishing and self-publishing and what it means for authors — and passes on her top tip (Hint: it’s to do with your blog).

The interview with Jane Friedman also covered:

  • Marrying business side and artistic side of writing
  • The creative and artistic potential of self-publishing today
  • The dangers of “Irrational exuberance”
  • How to be a more empowered writer
  • The need for self-publishers, and indeed all writers now, to develop their entrepreneurial skills
  • That the major challenge for publishing houses now is to see authors as equals.

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Orna Ross

Irish indie author, Orna Ross is a bestselling and award-winning novelist and poet, blogger and creative community builder. Through her work for the Alliance of Independent Authors and The Creativist Club, she empowers authors and other solo-entrepreneurs to build successful creative businesses around work they love--the creative way. "One of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller). Tweet her: @ornaross.

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