I met Jane Friedman at the Columbus Writer's Conference several years ago. She was friendly and approachable, and took the time to review the manuscript for Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less than 1000 Words Long. Even though it wasn't a fit for Writer's Digest Books at the time, she let me know the specific reasons why (flash fiction was still too much of a niche market back in 2004, and the book was just too short). She didn't have to take the time to do this, but she did and I am still grateful for it.
Her Twitter feed and blog is a must read for anyone in the "Word Business." She is one of the most brilliant minds out there on all aspects of writing and publishing. She speaks at writers conferences all over the country and if you get the chance to see her speak, take it. You won't be disappointed.
Here is her link to the 5 Free e-Books that Every Writer Needs. Check it out!