The Career Author Podcast-logo

The Career Author Podcast

Arts & Culture Podcasts >

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.

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.
More Information

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Art of the Email Broadcast

9/12/2019
More
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...

Duration:00:51:37

How to Get Support From a Partner or Loved One (or My Partner Doesn’t Support My Writing)

9/5/2019
More
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...

Duration:00:52:06

Opportunity Costs (and a Story Levels pivot)

8/29/2019
More
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: Also, learn how success breeds motivation, not the other way...

Duration:00:46:03

Writing Better Dialogue

8/22/2019
More
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: Also,...

Duration:00:42:29

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

8/15/2019
More
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: Also, learn Draft 2 Digital’s...

Duration:00:48:34

Using Pen Names

8/8/2019
More
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: The reasons authors don’t use pen names: Also, 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...

Duration:00:46:17

Finding an Audience with Anthologies and Box Sets

8/1/2019
More
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: Things to consider when going to market: Also, 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...

Duration:00:50:22

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Breaking Bad

7/28/2019
More
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Get our analysis of the pilot episode from Breaking Bad including the worksheet! https://thecareerauthor.com/thecareerauthordownloads/movie019.pdf

Duration:00:47:27

Finally, a Procrastination Episode

7/25/2019
More
We’ve put it off long enough. Let’s finally talk about procrastination as a writer. In this episode, you’ll discover: The most common reasons writers procrastinate. From such things as: How to stop procrastination in its tracks. By doing things like: Also, learn why Zach loves the Streaks app. Thanks to our newest Patrons: Jon Cronshaw, RJ Beam Podcast sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://writinglife.kobobooks.com Get exclusive bonus content by supporting The Career Author Podcast...

Duration:00:48:21

Our Reader Engagement Failure

7/18/2019
More
Zach and J. provide an update from episodes 48 and 56 where they had high hopes for an experiment to tap reader engagement. They’re not so enthusiastic about the results. Thanks to our newest Patron: Marc Graham 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...

Duration:00:42:45

What’s the Point (of View)?

7/11/2019
More
Choosing how you tell a story can be confusing. With help from the Fussy Librarian, Zach and J. explore how to determine the POV and discuss why it’s important to have strong narration. Thanks to our newest Patrons: Gladys Strickland, Brent Young 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...

Duration:00:42:03

The Dark Side of Co-Writing

7/4/2019
More
Collaboration doesn’t always smell like roses. Listen to this candid conversation about ways co-writing can be challenging. 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 Emotion Thesaurus -...

Duration:00:46:50

Don’t start a series until you answer these 2 questions.

6/27/2019
More
Simply by accident, J. and Zach stumbled upon the two most important questions you need to ask when planning your series. Thanks to all of our new Patrons: Tom Holbrook, Glori Medina (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/thecareerauthor Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/ Links: “Backward Design”...

Duration:00:40:27

Nobody Cares

6/20/2019
More
J.’s less tactful and unofficial title for this episode is a nod to Steven Pressfield: “Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit.” While protecting your IP is wise, spending time trying to lock it down is foolish. Zach and J. explain what you can and should do for your creative work. 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...

Duration:00:31:43

What to Focus on When Not Writing

6/13/2019
More
Time management can be tricky for a career author. Prioritizing what you should be doing when you’re not writing is important. Zach and J. make some suggestions on where you should focus. 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...

Duration:00:56:00

Paralysis by Analysis

6/6/2019
More
Trying to figure out where to start can be daunting. Tapping into the wisdom of Seth Godin, Steven Pressfield, and Shawn Coyne, J. and Zach try to explain how to survive paralysis by analysis. Thanks to all of our newest Patrons: Andrew McNamara 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...

Duration:00:44:09

Things Authors Say That You Don’t Have to Believe

5/30/2019
More
There isn’t one process that works for everyone. There isn’t a formula. Zach and J. tackle some of the most commonly heard piece of advice and then take them to task. Thanks to all of our newest Patrons: Chris Wilde 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: 2020 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ The May Giveaway is up...

Duration:00:46:41

Write to Audience

5/23/2019
More
After going through the data from the recent Career Author survey, J. and Zach discuss the difference between “write to market” and “write to audience.” Thanks to all of our newest Patrons: Stephen, John Rindfleisch IX (upped pledge). 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: “Master Personal Finance.” The Ground Up Show with Matt...

Duration:00:40:00

The past, present, and future of publishing (a special panel).

5/16/2019
More
There’s no substitute for spending time with real people. J. and Zach reflect on their recent events plus a panel on publishing from Rock Apocalypse. Thanks to all of our newest Patrons: Valerie Ihsan, Anmarie, Michael Alan Peck. 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: 2020 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ The May...

Duration:00:53:35

LIVE from The Sell More Books Show Summit!

5/9/2019
More
This week, J. and Zach come to you live from The Sell More Books Show Summit in Chicago. A big announcement as well! Thanks to all of our newest Patrons. 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: 2020 Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/ The May Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com The Career Author -...

Duration:00:20:49