Jane FriedmanWriting for Love and Money

At every writers conference, we love to share inspiring stories about the writers who made it. We praise the writers who never gave up on their creative vision and eagerly seek similarities between their struggles and our own. But there’s often an untold story about successful writers we don’t share—because it’s not nearly as romantic or glamorous. And that’s the story of their business model.



Jane Friedman has spent nearly 25 years working in the book publishing industry, with a focus on author education and trend reporting. She is the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2023. Her latest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), which received a starred review from Library Journal. In addition to serving on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, she works with organizations such as The Authors Guild to bring transparency to the business of publishing. Learn more at JaneFriedman.com.