The Career Author Podcast

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/
5/21/2020

The Career Author Summit Recap

Ep. 127
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.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:Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge (free) - http://superchargeyourscene.comHonorée 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 - https://books2read.com/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
5/14/2020

Peer-to-Peer Feedback

Ep. 126
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.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: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/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/
5/7/2020

The Editing Process

Ep. 125
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.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: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/threestorymethodThree Story Method Workbook - https://amzn.to/37SAR1aMolten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.comEvents - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/