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The Career Author Podcast

The Career Author Podcast

By J. Thorn
Becoming a full-time writer can be overwhelming. Join J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon as they help you improve your craft and find your audience, so you too can become…a career author. This is The Career Author Podcast.

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The Final Episode: LIVE!
The Final Episode: LIVE!This is it. The final episode. We hope you’ll join us at the Writers, Ink podcast!The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Thanks to all of our listeners--past, present, and future! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:RevolutionFI Podcast - https://revolutionfi.com The Writers, Ink Podcast (our new home) - https://writersinkpodcast.com/ Google Play Books Promo Codes - http://g.co/play/promocode2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57:29
October 29, 2020
Knowing When to Walk Away
Knowing When to Walk AwayAs The Career Author podcast winds down, we’re reminded of how difficult it can be to avoid sunk cost fallacy and remove things that have been a big part of our lives for so long. Whether it's a relationship, business deal, friendship, or podcast, walking away is never easy but sometimes necessary and inevitable.In this candid conversation, J. and Zach discuss reasons why you might want to walk away from a project and suggestions on how to move through what can be an emotional and stressful transition.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Also, J. recommends a little book to help you know when to walk away.Leave us a comment: How do you know when it’s time to walk away from a project?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) - https://amzn.to/3lrvPzT The Horror Writers Podcast Episode #77 - https://thehorrorwriterspodcast.libsyn.com/the-horror-writers-podcast-77-crossroads Join us for the final episode on Oct 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoduuprjMqHtA8OLyzdJMVTDI8lC8nE4Qs   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.New Dialogue Doctor course - https://dialoguedoctor.com/edit-a-book-with-me/ 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59:18
October 22, 2020
ADVANTAGE with Joe Solari
ADVANTAGE with Joe SolariWe’re all looking for an advantage as it gets more challenging to find and retain readers. In a rare interview episode, the guys invite Joe Solari on the show to discuss how you can harness a cumulative advantage in the winner takes all publishing market.From Amazon.com:The top 2.5% of high performing authors……earn 64% of the book profits.How do they do it?We are in the golden age for authors. The gatekeepers are gone. The books and novels that have been buried on your “Bucket List” can be brought to life. Nobody can tell you, “No!”It’s not even that hard.Getting the readers, well, that’s where we all need help.What are the KEY PRINCIPLES?Joe Solari has experience from 20-years as an entrepreneur and in 2016 began to help authors get to six and seven figures. It became his passion. He understands the engine that drives success.Are you willing to learn the power of cumulative advantage?He has shown that not only can cumulative advantage be systematized, but a unique flavor is possible for every author. This professionally researched book contains never before seen data on just how demand works in publishing and how the top authors become best sellers.Are you ready?You’ll love this road map to finding readers, because the world is a vast social place and knowing how it works can make all the difference.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Leave us a comment: What is your question for Joe about cumulative advantage?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J.’s Plot a Novel challenge - http://plotanovel.com  New Dialogue Doctor course - https://dialoguedoctor.com/edit-a-book-with-me/ Join us for the final episode on Oct 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoduuprjMqHtA8OLyzdJMVTDI8lC8nE4Qs   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.ADVANTAGE: Harnessing Cumulative Advantage in the Winner Takes All Publishing Market - https://amzn.to/2GuVA3H 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod&n
39:45
October 15, 2020
The Golden Age of Independent Publishing
The Golden Age of Independent PublishingHas there ever been a better time to be an independent author or publisher? The guys don’t think so. Whether it's the tools available to publish books or the ease of finding readers, there’s never been so many literate people on the planet.J. and Zach discuss the reasons why, despite J.’s pessimistic outlook on AI, this is the golden age of independent publishing. Put on your rosy glasses and a smile as the career authors get happy on your ass.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How technology favors the independent authorWhy it’s easy to learn from the mastersHow diversity in storytelling is making the world a better placeThe difference between micro niche and mass marketsAlso, J. shares an interesting announcement about Kindle Create.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Are we in the golden age of independent publishing? Why or why not?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Kindle Create - https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Create/b?ie=UTF8&node=18292298011 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50:24
October 8, 2020
Publishing on a Budget
Publishing on a BudgetThere’s no way around it. Publishing a book that is presentable enough to ask money for is going to cost some cash of your own. But do you have to break the bank in order to publish a good book?In this conversation, J. and Zach discuss ways you can publish your book on a budget. What are the expenses you can avoid, and which are essential to helping your book succeed? And is it possible to provide a professional product on a shoestring budget?The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What costs to considerHow to determine what to spend money onTools you need and probably don’t needAlso, Zach recommends a method to gain clarity on your creative life.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What is your average budget for publishing a book?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Finding Creative Clarity -  https://wegrowmedia.com/finding-creative-clarity/2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
58:30
October 1, 2020
Relief from Your Writing Rut
Relief from Your Writing RutDo you feel a dip in your enthusiasm for that WIP? Are you procrastinating by working on another project instead? Sometimes it's hard to diagnose the problem, to tell if you’re burnt out or in a writing rut. Spoiler alert: They’re not the same thing.In this conversation, J. and Zach talk about the difference between burn-out and a writing rut by examining questions you can ask yourself. Although it’s good to build habits and routines, it’s also possible to coast along the learning plateau producing average stories that lack enthusiasm.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The difference between a writing rut and being burnt outHow you can determine if you’re in a writing rutWays you can climb out and re-energize your writingAlso, J. recommends a new course (shout to Diann Gunn for sending it along).Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you get relief from your writing rut?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Feed the Obsession Kickstarter by Mark Leslie - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markleslie/feed-the-obsessionYoast Academy - https://academy.yoast.com/ 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:00
September 24, 2020
Technology and Publishing
Technology and PublishingIt’s crazy to think there was a time not too long ago where the only way to read a book was by picking up a physical object and reading real, paper pages. Or when audiobooks were called ‘books on tape’ because you had to pop one cassette at a time into a tape deck in order to hear your favorite book read to you by a narrator.Times have changed fast. Not only with how we consume books, but also with how they are published. With things moving as quickly as they are, what could come next? Tune in to this week’s episode to hear how the guys think technology will continue to change the publishing industry.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What other innovations could come to the eBook and eReadersHow A.I. can change publishingHow software and algorithms could change how you tell storiesWhy technology has created more opportunities for creativesAlso, Zach recommends a new Netflix documentary.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What will be the next big innovation in publishing?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Feed the Obsession Kickstarter by Mark Leslie - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markleslie/feed-the-obsession2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57:50
September 17, 2020
The Dialogue Doctor: Jeff Elkins
The Dialogue Doctor: Jeff ElkinsDo you suffer from mono-mouth? Are you experiencing side effects such as decreased reader engagement, poor sales, and a lack of energy? If so, it might be time for a house call from the Dialogue Doctor, Jeff Elkins.In a rare interview on The Career Author Podcast, J. talks to Jeff about his most recent manuscript, how Jeff helped J. regain the joy of writing, and why every writer needs to pay attention to what characters say and how they say it.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The problem with most dialogueWhy readers will bail on your story without sharp dialogueWhat the Dialogue Doctor does and how he can help writersWhy J. was thrilled when he had to convert a first draft into a screenplayAlso, J. recommends a new service for tracking your book’s rank and reviews.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What book or movie has your favorite lines of dialogue?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Best Sellers Rank - https://bestsellersrank.me/ The Dialogue Doctor - https://dialoguedoctor.com/ 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:05:09
September 10, 2020
Genre Hopping
Genre HoppingMost people don’t enjoy watching only one kind of movie, eating one type of food, or wearing the same clothes every day. Okay, maybe Zach likes that last one, but either way, it’s not uncommon for writers to want to explore writing in different genres. But should you?On this ‘landmark’ episode, the guys discuss the pros and cons of genre hopping. Does it make sense to write in other genres, and if so, when? Genre hopping is one of the most debated topics in the indie publishing community. Join Zach and J. as they discuss and give their opinions on this controversial topic.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The big questions to ask when deciding whether to hop genresHow genre hopping can prevent burnoutWhat you can do to scratch your creative itch without investing too much timeHow switching genres can hurt your pursuit to earning more money as an authorHow to decide whether writing in another genre is right for youAlso, Zach recommends a book from friend of the show, Jim Kukral.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you write in multiple genres or do you aspire to? What has been your experience, or what do you hope to accomplish?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Unskippable® by Jim Kukral - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q4YJ94QThe Career Author Podcast: Episode 85 - Using Pen Names - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-85-using-pen-names/2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for
53:18
September 3, 2020
What is a Career Author (August 2020)?
What is a Career Author (August 2020)?What does it mean to be a career author? This is not an easy question to answer and one that involves a deeper discussion on how we define this elusive creature. Every writer with aspirations of making money from their words has a different definition of success. For some, it’s all about the “x-figure author,” but for others lifestyle matters more than revenue. Also, is financial gain the only way to define a career author? The guys answer with a resounding “no” while exploring alternative ways of measuring your own success in the publishing industry.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The ways authors measure financial successWhy independence is hard to quantify but might ultimately be more important than revenueHow some authors define success by their level of skill, experience, or statusWhy it's difficult to arrive at a consensus on what makes a “career author” or “indie writer.”Also, J. recommends a new podcast about technology and culture.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What is your definition of a career author?Thanks to all of our patrons! Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Wild Wild Tech Podcast = https://pod.casts.io/podcasts/wild-wild-tech 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39:52
August 27, 2020
Character Backstory
Character BackstoryWe all have a story. The unique events that each of us experience build us and make us who we are. And the characters in your stories should be no different. Backstory is crucial for helping your character feel relatable to the reader. But what memories should you include in your books? And how do you deliver the information to the reader without it appearing as an info dump?Join J. and Zach as they discuss the importance of backstory and how to properly implement it into your stories.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The big question to ask when determining what backstory to include in your workWhy backstory is importantHow to implement backstory into your writingShowing versus Telling your backstoryHow to work backstory into a series of novelsAlso, Zach recommends one of his favorite YouTube channels for productivity.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What are your tricks or tips for writing your first chapter?Thanks to our new Patron,. Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Matt D’Avella on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ24N4O0bP7LGLBDvye7oCA2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41:07
August 20, 2020
Hooking the Reader with Your First Chapter
Hooking the Reader with Your First ChapterIf you’re walking through the grocery store and an employee offers you a free sample of a new brand of cheese. You’re likely to taste it. If you like the cheese, you might buy some. But if it tastes terrible, you won’t buy the product.Reading behaviors aren’t any different. Hooking the reader with your first chapter is a critical and yet overlooked element of being an independent author or publisher. A snazzy cover and singing blurb only gets you so far. If the story doesn’t deliver, you’ll lose the sale. Lucky for us, we know readers always start the book with chapter one.Join J. and Zach as they discuss the anatomy of a strong first chapter so you’ll know what to do and what to avoid in yours.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The mindset you need for that first chapterWhich logistics to considerElements of characterization that are importantHow form and style can set your writing apartAlso, J. recommends an outline and productivity tool. Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What are your tricks or tips for writing your first chapter?Thanks to our new Patron, Stephanie Bond. Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Workflowy - https://workflowy.com/ 2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Chapter Check service - https://chaptercheck.com/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52:41
August 13, 2020
Writing Short Fiction
Writing Short FictionIn the indie community it’s often said that the best way to make money is to write novels, specifically in series of three or more books. But what about writing short fiction?From short stories to novellas, there are several different types of short fiction. Each offers not only a different reader experience from a full-blown novel, but they are also a different art form to create. Join the guys as they discuss the ups and downs and writing and selling short fiction.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The different types of short fictionHow writing short stories is different than writing a novelWhether you should submit stories to publicationsThe difference in marketing short fiction versus novelsAlso, Zach recommends a book about writing and marketing short fiction. Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you enjoy writing short fiction and how do you use it in your business?Thanks to our new Patrons, Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Taking the Short Tack: Creating Income and Connecting with Readers by Matty Dalrymple and Mark Leslie Lefebvre - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083ZJ9X6Y/2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50:25
August 6, 2020
Sharpening the Saw: Doing the Things We Hate Doing
Sharpening the Saw: Doing the Things We Hate DoingAs career authors or even part-time writers, we all have to do things we hate. In a perfect world, authors could sit in a cabin in the woods, happily slapping the typewriter without a care or concern. But that’s not reality, and with the exception of a few authors, it’s never been how the industry works.“Sharpening the saw” is an important routine in any writer’s life. Or it should be. Like a craftsman, sometimes you have to stop working and maintain the tools that allow you to create whether those are analog or digital. Join the fellas as they discuss some of those pesky tasks that need to be done with suggestions on how to make it just a little less painful.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why you can’t neglect your digital filesThe consequences of ignoring your email listThe less-painful approach to creating book linksWhy you need to keep track of your author bioWhy even social media accounts need a little attention every now and thenAlso, J. recommends Athletic Greens as a replacement for green juices and supplements. Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What’s the thing you hate doing the most?Thanks to our new Patrons, Marianne Hansen Rencher and Jon Svenson!Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Athletic Greens - https://athleticgreens.com Episode 109 - Accounting for Authors - https://thecareerauthor.com/accounting-for-authors/Episode 97 - Optimizing SEO with Dianna Gunn - https://thecareerauthor.com/optimizing-seo-with-dianna-gunn/Episode 69 - Tag! You’re it! Opt-in forms and Tagging Your List - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep069/Episode 60 – Nerd Alert! Implementing a Backup System - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-60-nerd-alert-implementing-a-backup-system/Episode 50 – List Building Fundamentals (List Building Part 1) - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-50-list-building-fundamentals-list-building-part-1/Episode 56 – Content Marketing for Fiction (List Building Part 2) -
51:36
July 30, 2020
Launching an Amazon Bestselling Fiction Book in 2020
Launching an Amazon Bestselling Fiction Book in 2020Indie authors often talk about the “gold rush” era of self-publishing when a smaller pool of authors and Amazon’s looser algorithms made it easier to sell books on their platform. But with increased competition and the push toward a play-to-play marketplace, is 2020 too late to have success selling fiction?The answer is no, it’s not too late. Zach recently launched the first book in a new series to bestseller status on Amazon, and on this episode of the podcast, he breaks down what he did and how he has kept the sales going after the dreaded “30-Day Cliff.”The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How many sales it takes to have an Amazon bestsellerWhy Zach believes in silent pre-ordersWhat strategies work best during a book launchWhy patience and professionalism are crucialZach’s big takeaways from his latest launchAlso, Zach recommends a brand new podcast from one of his favorite productivity authors. Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What strategy has worked best for you when launching a book? If you haven’t published yet, what will you focus on when developing a launch plan?Thanks to all our Patrons!Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Deep Questions with Cal Newport - https://www.calnewport.com/podcast/Kindlepreneur video on Pre-Orders - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugj0gC2OwQs2021 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1:03:25
July 23, 2020
Talking with Tara from Kobo
Talking with Tara from KoboThere’s value in “going wide” and one of the most trusted and thriving marketplaces is Kobo Writing Life. J. and Zach invite Tara Cremin on the show to discuss everything Kobo has to offer the independent author.We all know what Amazon can offer but exclusivity isn’t the only choice. As an indie, we have the ability to test and adapt quickly, reaching readers in different places and in different ways. Kobo can help you take your writing to the next level with exclusive promotions, international reach, and personalized support services.Also, J. and Zach announce their 2021 events!http://thecareerauthor.com/events/  The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The problems with exclusivityWhy it’s important to focus on the international marketWhat Kobo is doing in the audiobook spaceAlso, J. discusses the Kobo promotions tab - https://writinglife.kobo.com/promotions. Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you plan to take advantage of everything KWL has to offer?Thanks to new Patron, Brent Golembiewski!Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobo.com/J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37:41
July 16, 2020
Why You Need a Passion Project
Why You Need a Passion ProjectNo matter how much you love being a career author, you will definitely need a break from the work at one time or another. It’s easy to cram writing and marketing into the few available hours you might have and it’s hard to walk away when you’re the only one managing your time.J. and Zach have an open and honest conversation about the role of passion projects and hobbies in their lives and businesses. J. spent a year developing a new podcast that culminated in a collaboration with his son during the pandemic lockdown as well as reconnecting with an old band mate.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The importance of filling the creative wellWhy it’s important to get back to natureWhat will happen if you ignore your physical healthHow hobbies can improve mental clarity and capacityWhy you have to tend to your relationshipsHow hobbies can possibly be monetizedHow you can apply what you’ve learned on passion projects to your writing or businessAlso, J. discusses a coffee alternative that’ll help clear your head and defeat that caffeine addiction.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What is your passion project or hobby?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Consequences of Rock - https://consequencesofrock.com/ Organic French Chicory - https://amzn.to/2YRcoYIJ.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42:44
July 9, 2020
Nailing Your Amazon Book Page
Nailing Your Amazon Book PageBeing a Career Author in 2020 requires more than simply writing words and finishing books. You’re running a business. And there’s perhaps no place that demonstrates that more than your book’s Amazon page. This is where readers will likely come to buy your book, and if you want to convert sales, it’s important to know how to maximize the space Amazon has given us and to make your page as professional as possible.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why a professional book cover is crucialWhat makes up a good book titleHow to craft a reader-hooking product descriptionHow readers shop on AmazonWhy keywords are the most important part of your book’s metadataWhen it’s time to make changes to your book’s Amazon pageAlso, Zach explains why it’s okay, and often necessary, to slow down and hit pause in the wake of tragedy.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: When shopping for books online, what most often leads you to click the ‘buy’ button?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
55:28
July 2, 2020
Authors Services as a Revenue Stream
Authors Services as a Revenue StreamSelling only fiction is tough. In fact, only a small percentage of authors (both traditional and indie) make a full-time living solely from fiction. Therefore, you need to think more like a business person if you want to be happily self-employed. In response to a listener question, J. and Zach break down the different ways you can create author services that can function as additional revenue streams and keep you happily self-employed.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The need for your “special sauce” and why niching down is criticalTypes of services you can offer that serve the writing and publishing communityThe channels you can use to build a client baseHow to balance your time between writing and working on your businessAlso, J. explains why Kindle Highlights can change the way you research and learn.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you have author services as a revenue stream? If so, how is it working for you? If you don’t yet, what will be your secret sauce?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Beyond the Galaxy - https://books2read.com/beyondthegalaxy Beyond the Galaxy book trailer by Chris Yee - https://youtu.be/9ZkrQ6LpvAw Your Kindle Notes - https://read.amazon.com/notebook 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal - https://amzn.to/2BtS1I4 How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life - https://amzn.to/2YqBCx8 J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents -
50:28
June 25, 2020
Sticking with a Series Until the End
Sticking with a Series Until the EndYou’ve probably heard it all the time. If you want to make money selling books, you need to write a series. But planning a series isn’t the same as a standalone novel. And how do you prevent yourself from burning out halfway through a series? More than that, how do you keep readers engaged and what do you do if readers aren’t buying?The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The difference between writing a serialized series and a standalone series, and the pros and cons of eachWhy you need to consider how to market your book before you write itWhat questions you need to ask before plotting your seriesWhy knowing the end of your series is crucialHow good characters make sticking with a series easierHow to determine whether or not you should give up on your seriesAlso, Zach shares what made him finally move all his tasks and scheduling to Google Calendar.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you struggle to finish a series? Why or why not?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author Podcast: Episode 68 - What Makes a Good Character Great? - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep068/The Career Author Podcast: Episode 78 - Don’t start a series until you answer these 2 questions - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep078/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51:53
June 18, 2020
The Publishing Industry Panel
The Publishing Industry PanelIn our fast-paced digital world, things are always changing. And the publishing industry isn’t immune to these changes. Join publishing experts and leaders from Kobo, Google Play, Draft2Digital, Reedsy, and Vellum as they explore the future of publishing in this unique and enthralling panel discussion.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Which takeaway most resonated with you?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.com The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:38
June 11, 2020
An Hour with Draft2Digital
An Hour with Draft2DigitalDan Wood, Kevin Tumlinson, and Mark Lefebvre recently joined J., Zach, and the attendees of The Career Author Summit to answer questions and discuss some of the awesome tools available for authors at Draft2Digital. Please enjoy a replay of this informative and entertaining presentation.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Which takeaway most resonated with you?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.com The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56:44
June 4, 2020
An Hour with Google Play Books
An Hour with Google Play BooksIn the week leading up to The Career Author Summit, the awesome folks over at Google Play Books spent an hour with our attendees answering questions and discussing some of the cool new things they are working on with the platform. Please enjoy a replay of this informative presentation led by Sabrina, Amy, and Ryan from Google Play Books.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Which takeaway from this Google Play Books talk most resonated with you?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Publish Your Books on Google Play Books - https://g.co/play/publishSupercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.com The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:19
May 28, 2020
The Career Author Summit Recap
The Career Author Summit RecapAfter a fantastic weekend (and week-long) at The Career Author Summit, the guys are here to share a recap of the event as well as the most pertinent takeaways from all of the presentations.J. and Zach also share some details about the forced pivot to a virtual event and how they’re thinking about the future of live events.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode:Making (More) Money as a Writer! with Honorée CorderCareer Author Alternatives: Unique Ways to Live as a Full Time CreativeThe Future of Publishing: An Industry PanelMyths & Legends of Amazon Advertising with Bryan CohenMastering Amazon's A9 Algorithm and Your Book's Rankings in the Market with Dave ChessonHow Many P's Are There in Publishing Success? with Mark Leslie LefebvreYou Are Not Broken with J. ThornAudio for Authors: Audiobooks, Podcasting and Voice Technologies with Joanna PennFind the Right Mentor to Fast Track Your Author Career with Tim GrahlCan I do this? Revision Made Easy (Okay, Easier) with Rachael HerronHow to Write a Series That Keeps Readers Buying with Lindsay BurokerAlso in this episode, a preliminary look at 2021 events.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Which takeaway most resonated with you?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.com Honorée Corder - http://honoreecorder.com/Bryan Cohen - http://bryancohen.com/Dave Chesson - https://kindlepreneur.com/Mark Leslie Lefebvre - http://markleslie.ca/Joanna Penn - https://www.thecreativepenn.com/Tim Grahl - https://booklaunch.com/Rachael Herron - https://rachaelherron.com/Lindsay Buroker - https://lindsayburoker.com/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method -
53:15
May 21, 2020
Peer-to-Peer Feedback
Peer-to-Peer FeedbackAlthough we value our fellow authors, giving and receiving feedback with them can be fraught with problems. It can be difficult not to respond emotionally when a peer criticizes our creative work. And yet without feedback, we become stagnant and don’t grow.J. and Zach discuss why feedback is important as well as the etiquette involved. After an introduction from a recent episode of the Tim Ferriss Podcast with guest Brian Koppleman, the career authors provide guidance on how to ask for feedback, how to give it, and how to receive it.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why Koppleman decided to give Tim Ferriss feedback on his blogWhy it’s okay to be upset when you get feedback you don’t likeHow Olympians respond to feedback in publicHow to ask for feedback to get what you wantHow to give honest feedback without being cruelHow to gracefully receive feedbackWhen to discard feedbackWhen to ask for it againAlso in this episode, J. shares a relevant blog post from Seth Godin.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you give and/or receive feedback?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.com “A Dirty Little Secret About Book Discounts” - https://www.hollybrady.com/dirty-little-secret-about-book-discounts/  “I tweaked a few things” - https://seths.blog/2020/04/i-tweaked-a-few-things/Brian Koppelman on Making Art, Francis Ford Coppola, Building Momentum, and More (#424) - https://tim.blog/2020/04/23/brian-koppelman/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://
46:56
May 14, 2020
The Editing Process
The Editing ProcessFinishing the first draft of a novel is an amazing accomplishment. If you’ve done that, then you’ve done something that most people will never have the discipline or drive to do. But you can’t sit back and relax too long because the real work begins when your draft is complete.Between the two of them, Zach and J. have published dozens of books. They’ve gone through the process of self-editing and working with professional editors with every project. Listen as they take a deep dive into their individual processes, collaborative process, and working with other authors’ manuscripts.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Whether or not you should edit during your first draftHow much time to wait between your first draft and first revisionWhat things to focus on during each revisionWhat editing software J. and Zach useWhen it’s time to send your book off to an editorHow to know when your book is ‘done’ and ready to publishAlso in this episode, Zach recommends a great book on editing.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you approach editing a manuscript?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JBI2YI/Secret Powers of the Author Mastermind: How to Transform from Struggling Writer to Career Author - https://books2read.com/authormastermindCo-writing a Book Mini Course with Joanna Penn - https://creative-penn-courses.teachable.com/p/co-writing-a-bookWrite Away Podcast with Crys Cain - https://writeawaypodcast.com/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
52:09
May 7, 2020
Recording an Audiobook
Recording an AudiobookAudio is hot. We hear this everywhere and all the time. But what does it take to sit down and record an audiobook? Authors can struggle with writing and publishing a book so the thought of now narrating and producing an audiobook for it can seem daunting.J. took on the responsibility of narrating, editing, and mastering Three Story Method and now he’s going to share the details of what’s involved in a DIY audiobook narration project. Both Zach and J. have had many years of experience in bands which includes time spent in rehearsal spaces and recording studios. Listen in as they discuss the logistics and mindset required to record your own audiobook.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:When it makes sense to consider recording your own audiobookThe pros and cons of the DIY approachWhat gear you’ll needWhere in your home it makes sense to record and rooms to avoidWays to record, edit, and master your audio filesDecisions to ponder when it comes time to distribute your audiobookAlso in this episode, get all the details on audio for authors with Joanna Penn.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Are you planning on recording an audiobook?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Secret Powers of the Author Mastermind: How to Transform from Struggling Writer to Career Author by J. Thorn - https://books2read.com/authormastermind Next Level Authors Podcast with Dan Willcocks and Sacha Black - https://pod.link/1508555372Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn - https://books2read.com/audioauthorspenn VOHeroes - https://voheroes.com/Reaper - http://reaper.fm/Audacity - https://www.audacityteam.org/ACX specifications - https://www.acx.com/help/acx-audio-submission-requirements/201456300Findaway Voices - https://findawayvoices.com/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method -
48:31
April 30, 2020
The Healthy Career Author
The Healthy Career AuthorWriting is a solitary activity. We sit at our desks alone for hours at a time, typing away, often letting our posture slip and forgetting to stand and take breaks. It can be easy to get lost in our fictional worlds and let our health slip away.Both Zach and J. have both made their health a priority over the last several years, and each has a unique story and experience to share. Join them on this episode as they dive into the things they’ve done to do better for their bodies and their minds to improve their overall health.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why making only a single change can make all the difference.The importance of simplicity.How strict dieting can lead to burnout and relapse.How to make better decisions at the grocery store.What types of exercises you should be doing.Why you should never skip warming up and cooling down during your workouts.The importance of recovery and rest.Also in this episode, learn all about J.’s recent standing desk acquisition.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What do you do to stay healthy, or what obstacles are standing in your way from achieving better health?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:FLEXISPOT Stand up Desk Converter -35 inches Standing Desk Riser with Deep Keyboard Tray for Laptop (35", Black, M7MB) - https://amzn.to/3aizsSB “Stuck in This House Here With You” Parody Video by Mark Leslie Lefebvre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFUlLTP1SgE&feature=youtu.beThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57:20
April 23, 2020
The Mentorship Model for Authors
The Mentorship Model for AuthorsNothing can be more empowering for an author than having the ear of a trusted mentor. Whether you get wisdom and guidance from other writers or from books and podcasts, mentorship can help authors to get beyond learning plateaus.J. has had mentors his entire life and recognizes that the most important advances in his career are a direct result of the advice given by his mentors. The guys go on to discuss why mentors are important and how you can begin building the potentially most important relationships in your professional career.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What is a mentorDifferent types of mentorshipWhy authors need mentorsJ.’s mentors, past and presentHow to find a mentorAlso in this episode, learn how you can earn points for necessary business expenses.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Who has mentored you? Who have you mentored?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Save Indie Bookstores - https://www.saveindiebookstores.com/ Chase INK Card - https://www.choosefi.com/chase-ink-business-cards/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:08
April 16, 2020
How Video Games Can Make You a Better Storyteller
How Video Games Can Make You a Better StorytellerIf you’ve been a listener of this podcast for any period of time, then you know it’s no secret that Zach loves video games. He grew up in arcades and with an NES controller in his hands. But are they just a way for him to pass the time, or have they actually helped him improve his craft?In answering one of his most asked questions, Zach brings non-gamer J. Thorn along for an entire episode dedicated to how video games have influenced his storytelling in writing over more than two dozen novels.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why video games get a bad rapHow video games have changed over the yearsHow playing games can help you build better worldsWhat types of games are best for writersWhy video games have some of the best stories and themes in all entertainmentHow you can develop better Choices through gamingAlso in this episode, learn how you can easily jot notes down while brainstorming in the shower.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do video games influence your writing? If not, what medium most inspires your stories?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Aquanotes - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AS5I0ZS/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:25
April 9, 2020
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Live Q & A!
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Live Q & A!Recorded live on April 5, 2020 with Zoom.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39:50
April 6, 2020
A Nonfiction Book Launch Wide: The First 30 Days
A Nonfiction Book Launch Wide: The First 30 DaysLaunching a book wide is a new challenge for J. and Zach, especially a nonfiction book. With differences in strategy, pricing, format, and distribution, it can be difficult to decide what to do and what not to do.After the first 30 days of “Three Story Method,” the guys discuss their plan, results and what they would do differently. They discuss the nuances of ebook, paperback, audio, and workbook as well as the ways in which promotion is different for nonfiction than fiction.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What J. and Zach did during the first 30 days of the book launchHow those actions created (or didn’t) measurable resultsWhat worked in order of impactThe things the guys might do differently next timeAlso in this episode, learn how you can use nostalgia to create memorable characters.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Have you or will you launch wide? If so, what’s one thing you plan on doing that you normally wouldn’t if launching into KU?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ WORKOUT AT HOME!Join Sully for daily body-weight workouts you can do from home or in the yard, at the park or on the trail. Follow Sully on Instagram at @thomasjsullivant or on Twitter @TSullyfitness. Sully is a personal and group fitness trainer, retired Air Force vet, and Sci-fi/Post-apoc author. Donate at http://paypal.me/TSullyFitness #WODpocalypseSPECIAL EPISODE!On Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 8pm EST, join us for a live Q & A episode that we’ll publish as a bonus episode for all. Details here: https://thecareerauthor.com/liveqa/ See acast.com/pr
56:43
April 2, 2020
How to Efficiently Work From Home
How to Efficiently Work From HomeWith many people forced to stay indoors as we fight through the COVID-19 pandemic, many writers are finding themselves with more time to write. Some are even getting to write full-time as their day jobs temporarily shut down.Writing full-time and working at home possesses many challenges that people don’t think about. Today, Zach and J. talk about some of those challenges and give tips on how you can avoid the pitfalls of time mismanagement and distraction.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why a dedicated space is importantWhat rituals Zach and J. find sacred for productivityHow the right music can fuel creativityWhy scheduling tasks is crucialHow to avoid procrastination and distractionWhy communication is keyAlso in this episode, learn a few ways you can work out from home with little to no equipment.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: With the changes in our daily lives due to Coronavirus, how are you handling your writing career?Thanks to our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ SPECIAL EPISODES!Make sure you tune in to our 2 special episodes coming up:On Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8pm EST, join us for a Netflix Watch party for one of our favorite “The Office” episodes - “Dinner Party” (episode 13 of season 4).You’ll need a Netflix account (you can get a free 30-day trial if you don’t have one), as well as the free Netflix Party Chrome extension that you can find here: https://www.netflixparty.com/Install Netflix Party and then visit https://thecareerauthor.com/netflixparty where we will post the join link. Once you click on the link at 8pm EST, you’ll click on the red “NP” icon now on your Chrome browser and you’ll be watching in sync with us PLUS we can talk to
46:28
March 26, 2020
Digital Minimalism: A Year Later
Digital Minimalism: A Year LaterLast year, Zach and J. recorded an episode discussing Digital Minimalism inspired by the bestselling book of the same name by Cal Newport. After reading that book, both Zach and J. greatly reduced the time they spend on devices. Zach even completely left social media, a move controversial to many authors.How have the guys fared over the past year as full-time creatives with little to no social media presence, and how has it impacted their day-to-day lives?The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How being off social media has impacted Zach and J.’s author careersHow a minimal digital life has impacted their personal livesWhy you should consider deleting apps and turning off notificationsHow to live in the moment and be more presentWhy cultivating silence and being bored is crucial for creativityHow you might be delivering or experiencing FOMO without realizing itAlso in this episode, Zach shares a listener tip for those who like to write outside of the house.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Have you considered a break from or even quitting social media?Thanks to our newest Patrons, Matty Dalrymple, Jeannette Bedard, Dean Watts.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport - https://books2read.com/u/ba27x6Panera Coffee Subscription - https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/mypanera/mypanera-coffee-subscription.htmlThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44:48
March 19, 2020
Special Guest J.D. Barker
Special Guest J.D. BarkerIn this special episode, Zach and J. welcome international bestselling author J.D. Barker! J.D. co-hosts the Writers, Ink Podcast with J. but he does so much more. Barker has cowritten with one of Bram Stoker’s descendants as well as with James Patterson. He is a master of horror and suspense and we get to know him better in this conversation.In the opening, the guys discuss the global situation right now including tornados and pandemics.About J.D. Barker:J.D. Barker is the international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His novels have been translated into two dozen languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why podcasting with J. was one of J.D.’s lifelong dreamsWhat’s it like to cowrite with James PattersonHow a pantser (J.D.) and a plotter (James Patterson) can work togetherWhat Dean Koontz taught J.D. about draftingThe definition of a hybrid writerHow J.D. gets his books in front of as many readers as possibleCommon mistakes authors make when pursuing traditional publishingAlso in this episode, J. shares his new Pinterest strategy.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you get your books in front of as many readers as possible?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J.D. Barker - https://jdbarker.com/ She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker - https://amzn.to/2TSQ4dt Writers, Ink Podcast - https://writersinkpodcast.com/ J.’s new Pinterest profile - https://www.pinterest.com/theauthorlife/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/p
51:30
March 12, 2020
The Three Story Method
The Three Story MethodThe Three Story Method is available now! Zach and J. go deep on their methodology in this episode, discussing how it evolved and why now is the right time to share it with other authors.In addition, the two career authors discuss the primary objections to using any story framework or methodology, the rule of three, the six elements, and the core concept of the Three Story Method.Three Story Method has been published wide, on all major platforms for both ebook and paperback markets. The audiobook version is currently in review at Findaway where it will also be distributed wide to multiple, global platforms.Early feedback on the official Three Story Method Workbook is positive.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why J. and Zach agree with James Patterson in that 99.9% of all writers benefit from planningMyths about the complexity of storytellingThe magic of the number 3Why Aristotle is (still) the manHow the order of pre-production can affect the final storyWhat’s next for Three Story MethodSend us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What questions do you have about Three Story Method?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Writers, Ink interview with Chuck Palahniuk - https://writersinkpodcast.com/tapping-into-your-readers-emotions-with-chuck-palahniuk/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1a Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56:24
March 5, 2020
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Story
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: StoryIn the fourth of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine Story by Robert McKee. They discuss how his ideas changed the way Hollywood approached modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated elements of Story in Three Story Method and the ways they impact novel writing.Although not strictly a methodology like the Hero’s Journey or Virgin’s Promise, McKee’s seminal work explores critical elements of storytelling such as plot vs. character, the importance of choice, and theme.Heavily influenced by many of the ideas in Story, J. and Zach take a deep dive into some of the more abstract concepts and explain how they relate to long-form storytelling.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why the debate over plot-driven vs. character-driven stories is irrelevantHow McKee explains the importance of choice and consequenceWhat makes a solid and compelling themeWhy setting mattersHow J. modeled elements of Three Story Method after concepts in StorySend us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What questions do you have about Story and Three Story Method?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee - https://amzn.to/2T7TgSt The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator by Brian McDonald - https://amzn.to/2SRTE8u Episode 78 (talking high concept) - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep078/ The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:24
February 27, 2020
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Virgin’s Promise
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Virgin’s PromiseIn the third of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine the Virgin’s Promise developed by Kim Hudson. They discuss how these ideas will change modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated the Virgin’s Promise in Three Story Method and the ways they impact novel writing.The Virgin’s Promise provides an alternative to the monomyth, a non-linear story archetype that accentuates the duality of feminine and masculine energy.Being open to new ideas and techniques can yield great results and add tools to the novelists toolbox.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How the Virgin’s Promise is like the Hero’s JourneyHow the Virgin’s Promise is different than the Hero’s JourneyWhy Hudson believes in the duality of existenceHow the 13 Beats of the Virgin’s Promise can be applied to Star Wars: The Force AwakensWhy an internal story arc is so important in modern storytellingHow J. modeled elements of Three Story Method after the Virgin’s PromiseSend us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What questions do you have about the Virgin’s Promise and Three Story Method?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Google Play Publisher Account - http://g.co/play/publishThe Virgin’s Promise - https://amzn.to/2vx3nI4  The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48:04
February 20, 2020
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s Journey
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s JourneyIn the second of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine the Hero’s Journey as created by Joseph Cambpell and recreated by Christopher Vogler. They discuss how these ideas have influenced modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated the Hero’s Journey in Three Story Method and the ways they impact novel writing.While some may believe that we’re transitioning out of the monomyth era, it’s still important to recognize the underlying story architecture that has become second nature for most of us.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The way Campbell approached the Hero’s JourneyHow Vogler refined Campbell’s theoryThe difference between Campbell and VoglerHow the 12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey can be applied to Star Wars: A New HopeWhy the Hero’s Journey story archetype is so prevalent in modern storytellingHow J. modeled elements of Three Story Method after the Hero’s JourneySend us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What questions do you have about the Hero’s Journey and Three Story Method?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45:03
February 13, 2020
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Aristotle
The Three Story Method Influencer Series: AristotleIn the first of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine Poetics by Aristotle and how those ideas have influenced modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated Aristotle’s ideas in Three Story Method and the ways they apply to novelists.From Wikipedia:Aristotle's Poetics (Greek: Περὶ ποιητικῆς; Latin: De Poetica;[1] c. 335 BC[2]) is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and first extant philosophical treatise to focus on literary theory.[3] In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry" (a term that derives from a classical Greek term, ποιητής, that means "poet; author; maker" and in this context includes verse drama – comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play – as well as lyric poetry and epic poetry). They are similar in the fact that they are all imitations but different in the three ways that Aristotle describes:Differences in music rhythm, harmony, meter and melody.Difference of goodness in the characters.Difference in how the narrative is presented: telling a story or acting it out.In examining its "first principles", Aristotle finds two: 1) imitation and 2) genres and other concepts by which that of truth is applied/revealed in the poesis. His analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the discussion.[4] Although Aristotle's Poetics is universally acknowledged in the Western critical tradition, "almost every detail about his seminal work has aroused divergent opinions".[5] The work was lost to the Western world for a long time. It was available in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance only through a Latin translation of an Arabic version written by Averroes.[6]The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How J. rediscovered AristotleWhat elements of Poetics applies to writersThe significance of “three”Why Aristotle was a plotterThe six core elements of Three Story MethodSend us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What questions do you have about Aristotle and Three Story Method?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:James Patterson interview - https://writersinkpodcast.com/the-importance-of-passion-and-perseverance-with-james-patterson/ Aristotle’s Poetics - https://amzn.to/36UUCor The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia
48:52
February 6, 2020
Receiving Feedback and Criticism
Receiving Feedback and CriticismAuthors thrive on sharing their creations with the world. But by putting your work out there, you open yourself up to feedback and criticism, whether fair or unfair.It can be difficult to navigate how to handle feedback, especially the negative kind. Your editor thinks that your character’s actions aren’t consistent with their personality. A beta reader didn’t like the ending of your upcoming novel. Someone left a nasty one-star review on your book. A passionate reader emails you and pleads with you not to kill their favorite character.What feedback do you take to heart, and what do you ignore? And how do you know you aren’t messing up your story? Join us today as we discuss how we handle feedback and criticism.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why an editor’s feedback is importantHow to get the most out of your beta readersWhen it’s valuable to listen to reader feedbackBrian McDonald’s view on receiving feedbackWhy it’s important to know your ending before writing your storyAlso, learn about a free app that tracks how you sleep.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How do you handle feedback and criticism?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Sleep Score App - https://www.sleepscore.com/sleepscore-app/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:15
January 30, 2020
Accounting for Authors
Accounting for AuthorsAccounting for authors is something we’re asked about all the time. Special shout out to John Box for suggesting the conversation.“How do self-published authors handle their income? Both part-time and full-timers? Are authors setting up LLC's or the like? Is this something that we can do on our own? Or is there a respectable service out there that can help us?”These are all great questions. Listen in as we talk about what we do on the financial side of being a career author.DISCLAIMER: We are not accountants or tax attorneys. This is not financial or legal advice. We are not responsible for any decisions you make as a result of listening to this episode.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why credit cards can be good for small business ownersHow to determine whether or not you need an LLCWhy partners should always have written agreementsTools for book keepingWhen you need a tax professionalAlso, learn how to get on the path to financial independence for free.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What is one thing you’ll do in 2020 to improve your financial health as an author?Thanks to all of our newest Patrons, Holly Starkey, Mary Lasher, and Dee DuPuy.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:FI101 - https://academy.choosefifoundation.org/Zach on the Rebel Author Podcast - https://rebelauthorpodcast.podbean.com/e/011-authors-and-money-how-to-quit-your-day-job-and-write-full-time-with-zach-bohannon/You Are a Storyteller Podcast - https://writeinvisibleink.com/episodes/The Writers, Ink Podcast - https://writersinkpodcast.com/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See
50:18
January 23, 2020
Authors on a Train California 2020
Authors on a Train California 2020In this special episode coming to you live from J.’s aunt’s kitchen in San Francisco, it’s the Authors on a Train California 2020 round table conversation! After riding the Coastal Starlight train from Los Angeles to Oakland, California, the guys shared a mansion with 12 other amazing writers for 3 days of living together and geeking out on writing. The attendees gathered around the dining room table to talk about the experience with big takeaways on the value of collaboration and in-person events.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why there isn’t one right way to collaborateHow being fully immersed in an experience can really move the needleWhat happens when strangers come together under one roof for a common purposeWhy virtual events can never be as meaningful as ones in real lifeAlso, learn how to get a green card if you’re not a United States citizen (joking).Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How has an in-person event changed you as a writer or a person?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28:17
January 16, 2020
Launching an Author Career in 2020
Launching an Author Career in 2020The publishing industry went through a wave of unprecedented changes in the last decade with the evolution of self-publishing. The rise of the eReader along with technological advancements in the digital distribution of books knocked down doors previously held closed tight by the major publishers. But with the “golden age” of independent publishing long gone, more competition in the market, and the increased difficulty to be discovered by readers, we ask the question: is 2020 too late to become a Career Author?The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What has changed over the past decade in self-publishingWhy it’s more important than ever to treat your author brand as a professional businessThings to consider before writing your first bookWhat you should be doing and thinking about while writing your first bookHow to find the right editor and cover designerHow you should be spending your money on your author businessZach and J.’s top tips for new authors in 2020Also, learn why it’s important to appreciate where you are in your journey while moving towards a better place.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: If you’ve published, what advice would you give to someone just starting? If you’re new, what plans do you have for 2020 to launch your author career?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Career Author Episode 23 - Mailing Lists For Authors - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-23-nurturing-your-audience/The Career Author Episode 33 - How to Find a Book Cover Artist - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-33-finding-the-right-book-cover-artist/The Career Author Episode 40 - Yes, Virginia, You Need an Editor - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-40-yes-virginia-you-need-an-editor/The Career Author Episode 50 - List Building Fundamentals Part 1 - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-50-list-building-fundamentals-list-building-part-1/The Career Author Episode 96 - Pay-Per-Click Advertising - https://thecareerauthor.com/pay-per-click-advertising/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.c
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January 9, 2020
The State of Independent Publishing in 2020
The State of Independent Publishing in 2020It’s time to discuss the state of independent publishing in 2020. In their third annual installment of the “looking ahead” episode, J. and Zach examine the trends that occurred over the past year while trying to determine what they’ll be this year. As the industry continues to evolve and change, The Career Authors hope to deliver timely and useful advice at the dawn of a new decade.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What emerged in 2019, and what didn’tWhy J. isn’t keen on paid advertisingWhat Zach sees as the revenue model of the futureWho is poised to make a play at the ebook market in 2020How Zach really feels about social mediaWhere there’s growing uncertainty in the marketWhy online courses aren’t what they used to beAlso, learn how focusing on the ONE thing can change your life.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What are your predictions for 2020?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The ONE Thing by Gary Keller - https://books2read.com/u/bO68VQThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33:39
January 2, 2020
Reflections on 2019
Reflections on 2019It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost upon us. In this reflective episode, Zach and J. look back at 2019 and discuss some of their personal successes and struggles while also talking about what went right—and wrong—with Molten Universe Media.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How J. and Zach’s partnership continues to evolveWhy they are not in a hurry to produce Molten Universe Media booksWhy you don’t have to fear change as long as you’re in honest communication with othersWhy J. is putting more of an emphasis on education and non-fiction in 2020Why you should either say “Hell, yes!” or “no” to everythingHow J. and Zach are avoiding day jobsWhy Zach has realized he can’t juggle multiple projectsHow both guys have made travel an important and exciting part of their jobsAlso, learn the incredible power of getting 1% better every day.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What was the best part of your 2019?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:1% better daily, 37x better in one year - https://heleo.com/get-1-better-every-day/19161/ The December Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ Tweet on Thursday:Reflections on 2019 #author #amwriting @iTunesPodcasts https://thecareerauthor.com/beating-resistance/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49:40
December 26, 2019
Value Your Intellectual Property
Star Wars. Harry Potter. Pokemon. Mickey Mouse. These are some of the most recognizable franchises in the world. But why? What makes Star Wars so much more beloved than any other science fiction and fantasy space property?The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The definition of intellectual propertyWhy your intellectual property is importantWhat makes the world’s most popular media properties so timelessHow you can serve your fan base and build community around your world and charactersHow to exploit your intellectual properties to expand your revenue streamsThe 6 phases of intellectual propertyAlso, learn about how the right music can increase productivity.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What have you done to serve your audience beyond just writing books?Thanks to new Patrons - Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:25 Most Profitable Media Franchises - https://www.visualcapitalist.com/successful-media-franchises/The December Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47:42
December 19, 2019
Beating Resistance
Beating Resistance is a daily challenge. For most creatives, we must battle doubt and insecurity at every step of the way. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield defines the universal force that tries to keep us from our full potential.Thanks to Kim for sending in a topic suggestion that we’ve turned into “Beating Resistance.” What is Resistance? How does it show up? What can you do about it? Join the Career Authors in a candid conversation about this pervasive and powerful force.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The definition of Resistance by Steven PressfieldWays Resistance has appeared in J. and Zach’s livesHow Resistance manifestsWhat Resistance says to usWhen Resistance appearsWhat you can do to fight ResistanceAlso, learn about how you can simplify scheduling with Acuity.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Who is the most unfamiliar character you’ve written and what made them different from you?Thanks to new Patrons - David Barbur, Kimberly de la Montanya (increased pledge).Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Acuity Scheduling - https://acuityscheduling.comJ. Thorn’s Meeting with Steven Pressfield - https://theauthorlife.com/beating-resistance/The War of Art - https://books2read.com/warofart Atomic Habits - https://books2read.com/atomichabits  The December Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51:38
December 12, 2019
Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You
Creating characters who aren’t like you is key to making your story world feel real and lived in. Our world would be a boring place if every person was exactly the same. As such, so can the worlds in your books if all your characters are. It’s natural for us to write about our own experiences and worldviews but in order to tell an engaging story that resonates, you have to be able to see through the eyes of others in order to build real characters with broader viewpoints.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why it’s important to create characters who are different than youThe different types of characters you should consider writingHow to determine what kind of personality you haveWhat kinds of questions to ask real people who possess the traits you want to writeAlso, learn about how you can unclutter both your closet and your life with Project 333.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Who is the most unfamiliar character you’ve written and what made them different from you?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Writers, Ink - https://writersinkpodcast.com/ Branding for Fiction Authors by Dianna Gunn - https://gum.co/VECHZ Project 333 - https://bemorewithless.com/project-333-challenge/The December Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44:28
December 5, 2019
Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch
Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch is a tactic that every author should consider before publishing a title. Overesourcing a launch, using ads, taking advantage of a series can all be optimized to maximize exposure on the sales platforms. On the other hand, lean launch is a single release designed to test a market or demand without committing long-term.There is no right way to launch and Fat isn’t better than Lean or vice versa. It’s all about deciding what’s best given what you want to accomplish.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The difference between Fat and Lean launchesThe advantages of eachExamples of eachWhy projects fail when the launch approach isn’t intentionalAlso, discover a cool health tip courtesy of Dr. Gundry on the James Altucher Show.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you plan to lean launch or fat launch your next project? Why?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Branding for Fiction Authors by Dianna Gunn - https://gum.co/VECHZ Dr. Steven Gundry on the James Altucher Show - https://jamesaltucher.com/podcast/508-dr-steven-gundry/ The November Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39:25
November 28, 2019
100 Episodes!
100 episodes! Doing anything for 100 consecutive weeks is not easy. We’re excited to take a look back at some highlights.Zach’s ListThe Career Author Podcast: Episode 44 – Money Tips For the Aspiring Career Author - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-44-money-tips-for-the-aspiring-career-author/ The Career Author Podcast: Episode 57 – Dealing With Project Burnout - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-57-dealing-with-project-burnout/ The Career Author Podcast: Episode 66 – Digital Minimalism for the Career Author - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep066/ J.’s ListThe Career Author Podcast: Episode 9 – The Importance of Unplugging, Distractions, and Living in the Moment - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-9-unplugging-distractions-and-living-in-the-moment/The Career Author Podcast: Episode 39 – How to Protect Your Creative Energy - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-39-setting-up-boundaries/The Career Author Podcast: Episode 86 – The Myth of Work/Life Balance - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-86-the-myth-of-work-life-balance/The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Money tips for the career authorHow to deal with project burnoutWhy digital minimalism can make your life betterThe importance of unplugging and being in the momentHow to protect your creative energyWhy work-life balance might be a mythAlso, discover a cool text editor. Thanks to Mikey Campling.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: What would you like us to talk about in the next 100 episodes? (And how do you feel about reading box sets on an ereader?)Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Camille Champa - hello@camillechampa.com Typora - https://typora.io/ James Clear “The Downside of Work-Life Balance” - https://jamesclear.com/four-burners-theory 
54:07
November 21, 2019
Making a Living from Your Writing
Making a living from your writing can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a career author. Whether you’re a new author of if you make six figures a year, a sustainable income is difficult, and yet, there has never been a better time to be an independent creator.Thanks to the good people at Written Word Media, we have some data that can shed some light on the most likely actions you need to take if you want to make a living as a writer. Whether it has to do with time management or advertising strategies, join Zach and J. in a conversation about Written Word Media’s report and determine how you can take incremental steps closer to becoming a career author.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How authors can be categorized when it comes to earningsWhy you need to write a lot of booksWhy you need professional editing and professional coversHow much time the highest earners are spending on the act of writingWhich promotional sites are the most effective marketing channelHow to price your booksWhere to distribute your booksAlso, discover how what you put in your stomach directly affects your brain.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you make a living from your writing? If so, how? If not, how do you plan on doing it?Thanks to all of our newest Patrons - Peter DeHaan, Michele Tracy Berger, Ken KobylskiPodcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J.’s mastermind group - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermindMembership Academy - https://www.membershipacademy.com/Death Stranding - https://amzn.to/33GEg1O How to End Mental Illness with Dr. Daniel Amen - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/india-kieser/the-doctors-farmacy-with-mark-hyman-md/e/65089965?autoplay=trueFleabag - https://amzn.to/2X1di2v Author Income: How to Make a Living from Your Writing - https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/author-income-how-to-make-a-living-from-your-writing/The November Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://w
50:30
November 14, 2019
Pursuing the Traditional Publishing Path
Pursuing the traditional publishing path has been something that independent authors have traditionally avoided for many reasons. Whether it’s lack of control or a smaller share of royalties, many self-published authors have become career authors without playing the game with the Big 5.But could there be legitimate and worthwhile reasons why indies would pursue traditional publishing now? Join J. and Zach in an honest conversation about that “other side” of publishing that has been historically difficult to cross into.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The definition of traditional publishingWhy authors can’t choose traditional publishing, but only to pursue itWhen an author should consider the pursuit of a traditional publishing contractWhat J. is doing with an unpublished manuscriptWhy Zach might want to pursue traditional publishingAlso, discover the one question you need to ask yourself to avoid plot holes and character inconsistencies.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Is traditional publishing something you’ve pursued? Why or why not? If so, what has been your experience?Thanks to all of our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J.’s mastermind group - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermindThe Writer’s Well Episode 145: Should I give up or double down? - https://shows.pippa.io/thewriterswell/episodes/ep145The November Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51:30
November 7, 2019
Optimizing SEO with Dianna Gunn
Optimizing SEO can sound intimidating and most authors don’t want to think about it. And yet, if you have a website or blog and want readers to find you, it’s becoming increasingly important. But what if you’re not technical or can’t figure out what to do next? What if you don’t know what SEO stands for?J. and Zach bring SEO expert Dianna Gunn on to the show for a special and rare interview to discuss what every author can do to gain visibility. Gunn’s techniques work. She talks about what she did for The Career Author website and how to rank higher in search results.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:The definition of SEOWhy it matters to authorsHow to make the most of SEOWhich tools are best to optimize itHow to keep from getting overwhelmedAlso, discover how to douse your business with rocket fuel and get lift off.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: How is your SEO and what can you do about it? If so, how?Thanks to our new Patron - Anni MarjoramPodcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business - https://amzn.to/2Ndnmkm Dianna Gunn’s newsletter. Get on it! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors or http://businessforauthors.com The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42:10
October 31, 2019
Pay-Per-Click Advertising
Pay-Per-Click advertising can bring in a great return on investment or it can be a bottomless pit of frustration. It’s difficult to know if you should be running paid ads, how much you should be spending, and what kind of results to expect.There’s a ton of information online about paid ads. And that too, is a problem. Who do you listen to? Zach and J. don’t have all the answers because they’re struggling with some of the same questions, but listen in as they share their insights on pay-per-click advertising and what might be next.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:What pay-per-click advertising isHow PPC advertising worksWhy you should (or should not) be doing itWhat platforms are available to authorsWho is having success with itWhat might be next when the paid ads bubble burstsWhose opinion we trust on pay-per-click advertising (for authors)Also, discover why J. is now unofficially part of the FI movement.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Leave us a comment: Do you use pay-per-click ads? If so, how?Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Vote on our 2021 world-building event destinations - https://forms.gle/Jz5rHNiiJyLda9Ez5 “Lilias’s Bones” - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/breenaelysekerr/liliass-bones-a-witch-podcast Choose FI (podcast) - https://www.choosefi.com/ Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom? - https://amzn.to/35L6slo David Gaughran - BookBub Ads Expert: A Marketing Guide to Author Discovery - https://amzn.to/32HOKh7Brian Meeks - Mastering Amazon Ads - https://amzn.to/2VZWuICChris Fox - Ads for Authors Who Hate Math - https://amzn.to/33QMT9RMark Dawson - https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents -
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October 24, 2019
Things to Know When Self-Publishing a Book
Things to know when self-publishing a book can be overwhelming. Zach and J. share some surprising and important pieces of advice for those who want to be independent creators.There are horror stories out there. And not the fun kind we like to read during the month of October. If you don’t understand how business or publishing works, you can lose money, time, and your motivation for writing. It’s important to educate yourself so that you’re not taken advantage of by unscrupulous people or publishers who might not have your best interests at heart.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why you’re a small business owner, whether you like it or not.The reasons behind having separate bank accounts, an accountant, and services like PD Abacus if you co-write.Why you can’t stop piracy.How to register your copyrights, and why you should.What happens when you don’t hire an editor.That your story isn’t unique and you’re not special.Why you’re playing with fire if you haven’t backed up your files in at least 3 places.Why you need an email list.Also, discover why chasing happiness can make you unhappy.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ What’s one thing you wish you would have known before publishing your first book?Thanks to all new Patrons Kim Barton, Leftie Aubé, and Mikki Tuohy.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman - https://amzn.to/2AIUcUj Dianna Gunn’s newsletter. Get on it! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors How to Lose a Third of a Million Dollars Without Really Trying https://forge.medium.com/how-to-lose-a-third-of-a-million-dollars-without-really-trying-d3c343675acaThe Career Author Podcast: Episode 60 – Nerd Alert! Implementing a Backup System - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-60-nerd-alert-implementing-a-backup-system/ The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media -
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October 10, 2019
Travel Ignites Creativity
Travel ignites creativity, can broaden your perspective, and make your writing rich. Whether you’re traveling around your town or across the globe, the people and experiences you encounter will make you a more tolerant person and a better storyteller.Zach discusses how Seattle feels different than his hometown of Nashville and the ways he experienced the city that was different than other cities, like New Orleans and Chicago. Although a bit worn around the edges after their travel, the Career Authors discuss why experiencing the world is something every author should do.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Why getting out of your normal environment is refreshing.How travel can make you healthier.The ways in which people give a city it’s identity.The differences between perceptions of folks on the West Coast, the East Coast, the South, and the Midwest.How iconic landmarks can be used in writing fiction.The size and scope of the United States compared to Europe, and the different ethnicities and nationalities that make America great.Also, discover why exploring your own town can be fun and exciting.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Do you feel more inspired after traveling? If so, in what ways?Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:J. Thorn on Books and Travel with Jo Frances Penn - https://www.booksandtravel.page/train-travel-usa/Inspired by New Orleans - https://books2read.com/finalawakeboxInspired by New Orleans and Chicago - https://books2read.com/u/4AwpXqInspired by Seattle - https://books2read.com/stonethecrows1Inspired by Dauphin Island - https://books2read.com/undeadtalesThe October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36:49
October 3, 2019
Collaboration and Coffee in Seattle
Collaboration and coffee fueled an amazing Sci Fi world building event in Seattle this past weekend and the Career Authors were excited to invite the attendees on the podcast for a candid and fascinating conversation.Exhilarated and exhausted from hosting Sci Fi Seattle, the guys reflect on an amazing time in an incredible city, Seattle, Washington. The iconic Space Needle inspired a space opera anthology project that will be published by Molten Universe Media in early 2020.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How collaboration works when you’ve never worked with anyone before.Why pushing beyond your comfort zone can be a good thing.What Zach and J. do when trying to decide how to come up with a story idea.Where you can find the best coffee in Seattle.What happens when co-authors disagree on a story idea.How collaboration can develop a skill set that can be used on solo projects.Also, discover why orange zest in a latte can change your life.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ Have you ever collaborated? If so, how? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Sign up for Dianna Gunn’s newsletter! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authorsThe September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33:26
September 26, 2019
How to Choose a Title For Your Novel
Choosing a title for your novel can be incredibly difficult. Although we want our book titles to be unique and clever, this isn’t necessarily the best way to sell books. The title of your book shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s one of the most important aspects of your book if you want to sell copies to the right readers. Today, we’ll talk about what makes a good title, what you should avoid, and offer some tips on how to get there.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:That your title should say what your story is about, but also needs to sell your book.That your title shouldn’t be vague and/or artistic.That your title should indicate genre.How to make your title recognizable and unique using Google word cloud searches and Publisher Rocket.How less can be more when it comes to titles.Why word choice matters and how those words can convey genre and tone.The way you can create double-meaning on theme.Why your cover, title, and synopsis are so critical to selling books.Also, discover why Zach and J. think Ryan Holiday’s book is a must-read.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ How do you come up with your titles? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40:16
September 19, 2019
The Art of the Email Broadcast
What should I put in my email broadcast? This question is one we all face on a regular basis. You have an email list, but what do you do with it? This week, J. breaks down a recent email broadcast and explains why it was one of the most effective he’s ever sent.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:Options available for sending an email broadcast to your list.How to connect with your specific audience.Why “being yourself” means more than “looking professional.”Examples of authors doing email broadcasts extremely well.Types of email broadcasts:SalesRecommendationsRequests (like surveys)Announcements (like cover reveals)Personal storiesFree swag (like sample chapters)Reminders or follow-up emails (sending via re: or fwd:)Contests and giveawaysJ.’s actual emailSubject: That's what she said.Did you immediately hear Michael Scott's voice from The Office? That stupid gag always made me chuckle.In all seriousness, I've worked with hundreds of authors, and I tend to hear the same thing again and again. There's no shortage of writing advice available on the internet. Good advice. Great advice. But filtering it and then executing on those ideas is insurmountable for many of us.When I hear a client tell me, "I don't know where to begin," I immediately want to say, "That's what she said." I've heard it so many times.In the next few months, I want to create and build things that will help you become a career author, to live the author life. But I need your help. I need to know what you need.No catch, nothing for sale. Just hoping you'll take 5 minutes and fill out this anonymous survey.[link removed]Thanks for the help. I can't do this alone.And...that's what she said.Later,J.Also, discover how to fit more podcast listening into your week. And, don’t miss out on Dianna Gunn’s free newsletter on SEO and digital marketing.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ What was the subject of your best-performing email broadcast and why do you think it resonated with your audience? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Sign up for Dianna Gunn’s newsletter! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors Carter Wilson (thriller) - http://carterwilson.com/Dean Koontz’s ACTUAL newsletter (thriller) - https://deankoontz.com/Ryan Holiday (non-fiction) - https://dailystoic.com/
51:38
September 12, 2019
How to Get Support From a Partner or Loved One (or My Partner Doesn’t Support My Writing)
Getting the support of your spouse or significant other can make the difference between success and failure when becoming a career author. Discover how to set expectations and boundaries while honoring the relationship.The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.In this episode, you’ll discover:How to determine what kind of support you need.Options for having the conversation with your significant other or loved one.Ways to be reasonable when you ask for support.Why you should take your ego out of the equation when deciding the kind of support you need.How to barter for time or compromise in ways when everybody wins.How supporting your partner’s passions or hobbies can be beneficial to you.Why it’s important to check in periodically to make sure the arrangement is still working for everyone.Ways to appreciate the people in your life who support your creativity.Also, discover why writing your first draft quickly is the best approach when working on your novel.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ When faced with an opportunity, how do you decide to take it or not? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to new Patrons - Seth Rain, James S. Aaron (upped pledge)Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52:07
September 5, 2019
Opportunity Costs (and a Story Levels pivot)
The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.Every opportunity comes with a cost. We must decide what’s critical to our business and what isn’t, and then what to do about it.In this episode, you’ll discover:What it means to pay an “opportunity cost.”How to decide what is worth it and what isn’t.Why Zach and J. are pivoting with Story Levels, including a new approach with ancient roots.Also, learn how success breeds motivation, not the other way around in The Motivation Myth.When faced with an opportunity, how do you decide to take it or not? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our Patrons.Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Stolen Things by R.H. Herron - https://amzn.to/2KVrXaN The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden - https://amzn.to/2ZoVg9JThe August Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:03
August 29, 2019
Writing Better Dialogue
The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.“We all want to write better dialogue,” Zach screamed irritably. Ugh. Clunky dialogue can be the first thing that turns a reader off. Listen in as the guys discuss ways to improve yours.In this episode, you’ll discover:How to use names in a realistic way.Why perfect grammar doesn’t always result in perfect dialogue.How to use your dialogue as a tool to drive the narrative.Also, learn how a documentary film and podcast can help you declutter your life.How do you write and/or revise your dialogue? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our new Patrons: Ricky Robbins and Dianna GunnPodcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Minimalism - https://minimalismfilm.com/Minimalism (the podcast) - https://www.theminimalists.com/podcast/Zach’s new 1-on-1 mentoring service - http://zachbohannon.com/mentoringThe August Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Story Levels - http://www.storylevels.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42:29
August 22, 2019
The Myth of Work/Life Balance
The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.We’re all striving for work/life balance. Or are we? Discover how you can have it all as J. and Zach discuss how a career can intersect a fulfilling home life.In this episode, you’ll discover:How to define work in a day job or as an entrepreneur/freelancer.Ways to integrate different aspects of your life.How to become a blender.Also, learn Draft 2 Digital’s Universal Book Links can save you time and make things easier for your readers.How do you balance or blend work/life? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.Thanks to all our new Patrons: Chad Boyer (upped pledge), Åse Ulriksen RørmarkPodcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Zach Banana - http://thecareerauthor.com/zachbanana.jpgUniversal Book Links - https://books2read.comFree Agent Nation by Daniel Pink - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0446678791Zach’s new 1-on-1 mentoring service - http://zachbohannon.com/mentoringThe August Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Story Levels - http://www.storylevels.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48:34
August 15, 2019
Using Pen Names
Choosing to use a pen name can be a difficult decision. Make sure you look at the issue from all angles before deciding.In this episode, you’ll discover:The reasons authors use pen names:PrivacyName too similar to another celebrityYou’re writing in multiple genresThe reasons authors don’t use pen names:No validation or recognitionMultiple website maintenanceMultiple personalities on social mediaAlso, learn how a timer can make you more productive.Thanks to all our Patrons!Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Desktop timer - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XS5L73J/Zach’s new 1-on-1 mentoring service - http://zachbohannon.com/mentoringThe August Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Story Levels - http://www.storylevels.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46:17
August 8, 2019
Finding an Audience with Anthologies and Box Sets
It’s getting hard to find an audience these days so leveraging multi-author box sets and anthologies might be one solution.In this episode, you’ll discover:The ways you can reach new audiences with:Multi-author box setsAnthologiesThings to consider when going to market:DistributionMarketingPromotionRevenue ManagementPricingAlso, learn how you can use text-to-speech software to improve your revisions.Thanks to all our Patrons!Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thecareerauthorWant to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/Links:Zach’s new 1-on-1 mentoring service - http://zachbohannon.com/mentoringGreat Writers Share (new podcast from Dan Willcocks)iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/great-writers-share-with-daniel-willcocks/id1473869415 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1wEc74LNYVauDG3v02tUPH?si=x2vs-mCMTmS_cw9NL6-WGQ Acast: https://play.acast.com/s/greatwritersshare RSS: https://rss.acast.com/greatwritersshare Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/greatwritersshare The August Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg Story Levels - http://www.storylevels.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50:22
August 1, 2019