Celebrating Joel Friedlander-Publishing Truth-Teller

Last Friday, my friend, author advocate, publishing truth-teller and award-winning book designer Joel Friedlander died from bladder cancer. A colleague of many years, I wrote for Joel’s website, TheBookDesigner, until he sold it several months ago; had him many times as a guest on the AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast; included him as a speaker at Author Extravaganza and Publishing at Sea events; and someone that I could and would bounce ideas off of. 

I dug into some of the podcasts we did together to share with you. 

1. Blogging is something that Joel and I are strong believers in to add to an author’s success and build your influence. Listen in HERE

2. For block building with metadata and keywords, listen HERE:

3. Strategies and tips to transition from POD author to authorpreneur HERE:

Independent authors don’t just toss their works online anymore. They are increasingly learning to act as publishers when they decide how to design and print their books. And like publishers, they need to make sure their products are the best they can be.

Joel’s The Book Blueprint examines each part of the book, explaining its logic and structure, which in turn influences each part of the book’s design. He brought together all the writing on this subject.

I will miss working with Joel. Having his voice and sage advice a click away through several of my podcasts was sad… and fun… as I listened to several of them on Sunday. I hope you will, too.



Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 37 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences. 

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