According to her bio, Jane Friedman used to be a publishing and media executive (which could mean anything) but is now assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. The good news is that for writers, especially wannabes, she has a blog with more pertinent information than is probably good for a writer to know!Her latest article (28.1.12) covers the thorny question we all get asked so often: "How do I get published?" Her answer is candid, authoritative and thorough - and you would do well to read the advice and inwardly digest it. Go here.
You might also want to read my own thoughts on the subject here.