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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

Dedicated Thinking Time

10/17/2019
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Dedicated thinking time can be some of the most important minutes in a career author’s day. Without the ability to create space for big ideas to grow and take shape, we’re left with an unending to-do list, chasing completion of an endless set of meaningless tasks. While it’s important to meet deadlines and attend to the details of your business as a career author, it’s also critical to take time to think. Thinking in this way can be done in many different ways and at various times...

Duration:00:51:28

Things to Know When Self-Publishing a Book

10/10/2019
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Things to know when self-publishing a book can be overwhelming. Zach and J. share some surprising and important pieces of advice for those who want to be independent creators. There are horror stories out there. And not the fun kind we like to read during the month of October. If you don’t understand how business or publishing works, you can lose money, time, and your motivation for writing. It’s important to educate yourself so that you’re not taken advantage of by unscrupulous people or...

Duration:00:55:35

Travel Ignites Creativity

10/3/2019
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Travel ignites creativity, can broaden your perspective, and make your writing rich. Whether you’re traveling around your town or across the globe, the people and experiences you encounter will make you a more tolerant person and a better storyteller. Zach discusses how Seattle feels different than his hometown of Nashville and the ways he experienced the city that was different than other cities, like New Orleans and Chicago. Although a bit worn around the edges after their travel, the...

Duration:00:36:48

Collaboration and Coffee in Seattle

9/26/2019
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Collaboration and coffee fueled an amazing Sci Fi world building event in Seattle this past weekend and the Career Authors were excited to invite the attendees on the podcast for a candid and fascinating conversation. Exhilarated and exhausted from hosting Sci Fi Seattle, the guys reflect on an amazing time in an incredible city, Seattle, Washington. The iconic Space Needle inspired a space opera anthology project that will be published by Molten Universe Media in early 2020. The Career...

Duration:00:33:26

How to Choose a Title For Your Novel

9/19/2019
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Choosing a title for your novel can be incredibly difficult. Although we want our book titles to be unique and clever, this isn’t necessarily the best way to sell books. The title of your book shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s one of the most important aspects of your book if you want to sell copies to the right readers. Today, we’ll talk about what makes a good title, what you should avoid, and offer some tips on how to get there. The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J....

Duration:00:40:16

The Art of the Email Broadcast

9/12/2019
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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...

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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