Inside every writer lurks a secret desire to be specially selected and admired for their writing. We yearn to be told: Yes, you are meant to be a writer. We hope such assurances will help quiet anxieties related to age, status, education, relationships, and what our family will think of us. But one of the first steps to becoming a lifelong writer is realizing how we can be our own worst enemy, falling prey to psychological traps—like focusing on “Do I have talent?” Jane helps you learn to spot and avoid writerly self-sabotage.
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Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer's Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020. Her most recent book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), which received a starred review from Library Journal.