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The Career Author Podcast

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.
Latest Episode7/9/2020

Why You Need a Passion Project

Ep. 134
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.comGet 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/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
7/2/2020

Nailing Your Amazon Book Page

Ep. 133
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.comGet 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/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
6/25/2020

Authors Services as a Revenue Stream

Ep. 132
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.comGet 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/beyondthegalaxyBeyond the Galaxy book trailer by Chris Yee - https://youtu.be/9ZkrQ6LpvAwYour Kindle Notes - https://read.amazon.com/notebook48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal - https://amzn.to/2BtS1I4How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life - https://amzn.to/2YqBCx8J.’s monthly mastermind membership - https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/join/The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
6/18/2020

Sticking with a Series Until the End

Ep. 131
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.comGet 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/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
5/28/2020

An Hour with Google Play Books

Ep. 128
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.comGet 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.comThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/