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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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2020-1-16

Authors on a Train California 2020

Ep. 108

Authors on a Train California 2020


In 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 collaborate
  • How being fully immersed in an experience can really move the needle
  • What happens when strangers come together under one roof for a common purpose
  • Why virtual events can never be as meaningful as ones in real life


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2020-1-16

Authors on a Train California 2020

Ep. 108

Authors on a Train California 2020


In 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 collaborate
  • How being fully immersed in an experience can really move the needle
  • What happens when strangers come together under one roof for a common purpose
  • Why virtual events can never be as meaningful as ones in real life


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2020-1-9

Launching an Author Career in 2020

Ep. 107

Launching an Author Career in 2020


The 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-publishing
  • Why it’s more important than ever to treat your author brand as a professional business
  • Things to consider before writing your first book
  • What you should be doing and thinking about while writing your first book
  • How to find the right editor and cover designer
  • How you should be spending your money on your author business
  • Zach and J.’s top tips for new authors in 2020


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want 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.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2020-1-2

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

Ep. 106

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020


It’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’t
  • Why J. isn’t keen on paid advertising
  • What Zach sees as the revenue model of the future
  • Who is poised to make a play at the ebook market in 2020
  • How Zach really feels about social media
  • Where there’s growing uncertainty in the market
  • Why online courses aren’t what they used to be


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


The ONE Thing by Gary Keller - https://books2read.com/u/bO68VQ


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-12-26

Reflections on 2019

Ep. 105

Reflections on 2019


It’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 evolve
  • Why they are not in a hurry to produce Molten Universe Media books
  • Why you don’t have to fear change as long as you’re in honest communication with others
  • Why J. is putting more of an emphasis on education and non-fiction in 2020
  • Why you should either say “Hell, yes!” or “no” to everything
  • How J. and Zach are avoiding day jobs
  • Why Zach has realized he can’t juggle multiple projects
  • How both guys have made travel an important and exciting part of their jobs


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want 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.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ 


Tweet on Thursday:

Reflections on 2019 #author #amwriting @iTunesPodcasts https://thecareerauthor.com/beating-resistance/

2019-12-19

Value Your Intellectual Property

Ep. 104

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 property
  • Why your intellectual property is important
  • What makes the world’s most popular media properties so timeless
  • How you can serve your fan base and build community around your world and characters
  • How to exploit your intellectual properties to expand your revenue streams
  • The 6 phases of intellectual property


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want 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.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-12-12

Beating Resistance

Ep. 103

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 Pressfield
  • Ways Resistance has appeared in J. and Zach’s lives
  • How Resistance manifests
  • What Resistance says to us
  • When Resistance appears
  • What you can do to fight Resistance


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


Acuity Scheduling - https://acuityscheduling.com


J. 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.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-12-5

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

Ep. 102

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 you
  • The different types of characters you should consider writing
  • How to determine what kind of personality you have
  • What kinds of questions to ask real people who possess the traits you want to write


Also, 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/thecareerauthor


Want 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.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/