Jane Steen

About me

I’m a fledgling historical writer, self-publishing my first novel in 2012. I owe my love of historical fiction to my mother; the fact that she named me after Jane Eyre doomed me to love all things 19th century. I’ve had a number of freelance and in-house writing/translating jobs over the years, but went fully freelance in 2009.

From my website

#EthicalAuthor case study 1: Reviewers, be nicer to me

Every few weeks (sometimes, every few days) the internet hands me a reminder of why I started talking about ethics in the first place. Today’s example is pretty typical of a blog post I’ve seen more times than I can count.Update: the author of the original post has taken it…

Asking too much: Is crowdfunding a viable replacement for the publishing advance, and do we even need one?

Photo credit: Yokayo at FreeImages.comThe latest in a seemingly never-ending series of online rows involving fiction writers, bloggers and readers isn’t just about one writer’s expectation that her readers should be prepared to pay her mortgage. Stacey Jay’s Kickstarter disaster—the YA writer attracted a storm of criticism and a huge number…

The one marketing ploy authors need to walk away from*

*Yes, I KNOW the correct grammar for that sentence. But if I used it, I’d sound like a stuffy elitist dinosaur. So if you hopped onto this page to correct me, I hope you’ll read on.All kinds of crazyThere’s all kinds of crazy going on in the book world right…

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