The Career Author Podcast

2/13/2020

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s Journey

Ep. 112
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.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 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
2/6/2020

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Aristotle

Ep. 111
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.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:James Patterson interview - https://writersinkpodcast.com/the-importance-of-passion-and-perseverance-with-james-patterson/Aristotle’s Poetics - https://amzn.to/36UUCorThe Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
1/30/2020

Receiving Feedback and Criticism

Ep. 110
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.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: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/
1/23/2020

Accounting for Authors

Ep. 109
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.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: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/
1/16/2020

Authors on a Train California 2020

Ep. 108
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.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 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
1/9/2020

Launching an Author Career in 2020

Ep. 107
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.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 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/thecareerauthorThree Story Method - http://threestorymethod.comMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
1/2/2020

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

Ep. 106
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.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 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/
12/26/2019

Reflections on 2019

Ep. 105
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.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: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/
12/19/2019

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 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.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: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/