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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 Episode
2019-10-17

Dedicated Thinking Time

Ep. 95

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 throughout your week. Dedicated thinking time is not “one size fits all.”


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 dedicated thinking time is important.
  • How leaving the screen at home is critical.
  • What successful people do for dedicated thinking time, like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
  • When you can fit in dedicated thinking time.
  • How walking, driving, and journaling can be worked into your dedicated thinking time.
  • What you should consider thinking about.
  • How often you should big think.
  • How long you should spend big thinking.


Also, discover why Zach has returned to journaling.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


Leave us a comment: Do you set aside time for deep thought? Why or why not?


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


Vote on our 2021 world-building event destinations - https://forms.gle/Jz5rHNiiJyLda9Ez5 


Conquering the Boundaries of Friendship: Making and Maintaining Meaningful Male Relationships, by Mark Roman - https://amzn.to/35vOOlG


Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday - https://amzn.to/2INcyrW 


Inside Bill’s Brain - https://www.netflix.com/title/80184771 


The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-10-17

Dedicated Thinking Time

Ep. 95

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 throughout your week. Dedicated thinking time is not “one size fits all.”


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 dedicated thinking time is important.
  • How leaving the screen at home is critical.
  • What successful people do for dedicated thinking time, like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
  • When you can fit in dedicated thinking time.
  • How walking, driving, and journaling can be worked into your dedicated thinking time.
  • What you should consider thinking about.
  • How often you should big think.
  • How long you should spend big thinking.


Also, discover why Zach has returned to journaling.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


Leave us a comment: Do you set aside time for deep thought? Why or why not?


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


Vote on our 2021 world-building event destinations - https://forms.gle/Jz5rHNiiJyLda9Ez5 


Conquering the Boundaries of Friendship: Making and Maintaining Meaningful Male Relationships, by Mark Roman - https://amzn.to/35vOOlG


Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday - https://amzn.to/2INcyrW 


Inside Bill’s Brain - https://www.netflix.com/title/80184771 


The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-10-10

Things to Know When Self-Publishing a Book

Ep. 94

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 publishers who might not have your best interests at heart.


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 you’re a small business owner, whether you like it or not.
  • The reasons behind having separate bank accounts, an accountant, and services like PD Abacus if you co-write.
  • Why you can’t stop piracy.
  • How to register your copyrights, and why you should.
  • What happens when you don’t hire an editor.
  • That your story isn’t unique and you’re not special.
  • Why you’re playing with fire if you haven’t backed up your files in at least 3 places.
  • Why you need an email list.


Also, discover why chasing happiness can make you unhappy.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


What’s one thing you wish you would have known before publishing your first book?


Thanks to all new Patrons Kim Barton, Leftie Aubé, and Mikki Tuohy.


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 Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman - https://amzn.to/2AIUcUj 


Dianna Gunn’s newsletter. Get on it! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors 


How to Lose a Third of a Million Dollars Without Really Trying https://forge.medium.com/how-to-lose-a-third-of-a-million-dollars-without-really-trying-d3c343675aca


The Career Author Podcast: Episode 60 – Nerd Alert! Implementing a Backup System - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-60-nerd-alert-implementing-a-backup-system/ 


The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-10-3

Travel Ignites Creativity

Ep. 93

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 Career Authors discuss why experiencing the world is something every author should do.


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 getting out of your normal environment is refreshing.
  • How travel can make you healthier.
  • The ways in which people give a city it’s identity.
  • The differences between perceptions of folks on the West Coast, the East Coast, the South, and the Midwest.
  • How iconic landmarks can be used in writing fiction.
  • The size and scope of the United States compared to Europe, and the different ethnicities and nationalities that make America great.


Also, discover why exploring your own town can be fun and exciting.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


Do you feel more inspired after traveling? If so, in what ways?


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


J. Thorn on Books and Travel with Jo Frances Penn - https://www.booksandtravel.page/train-travel-usa/


Inspired by New Orleans - https://books2read.com/finalawakebox


Inspired by New Orleans and Chicago - https://books2read.com/u/4AwpXq


Inspired by Seattle - https://books2read.com/stonethecrows1


Inspired by Dauphin Island - https://books2read.com/undeadtales


The October Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-9-26

Collaboration and Coffee in Seattle

Ep. 92

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 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 collaboration works when you’ve never worked with anyone before.
  • Why pushing beyond your comfort zone can be a good thing.
  • What Zach and J. do when trying to decide how to come up with a story idea.
  • Where you can find the best coffee in Seattle.
  • What happens when co-authors disagree on a story idea.
  • How collaboration can develop a skill set that can be used on solo projects.


Also, discover why orange zest in a latte can change your life.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


Have you ever collaborated? If so, how? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


Sign up for Dianna Gunn’s newsletter! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors


The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/

2019-9-19

How to Choose a Title For Your Novel

Ep. 91

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. 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:

  • That your title should say what your story is about, but also needs to sell your book.
  • That your title shouldn’t be vague and/or artistic.
  • That your title should indicate genre.
  • How to make your title recognizable and unique using Google word cloud searches and Publisher Rocket.
  • How less can be more when it comes to titles.
  • Why word choice matters and how those words can convey genre and tone.
  • The way you can create double-meaning on theme.
  • Why your cover, title, and synopsis are so critical to selling books.


Also, discover why Zach and J. think Ryan Holiday’s book is a must-read.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


How do you come up with your titles? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg 


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/


2019-9-12

The Art of the Email Broadcast

Ep. 90

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 successful career as an author.


In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Options available for sending an email broadcast to your list.
  • How to connect with your specific audience.
  • Why “being yourself” means more than “looking professional.”
  • Examples of authors doing email broadcasts extremely well.


Types of email broadcasts:

  • Sales
  • Recommendations
  • Requests (like surveys)
  • Announcements (like cover reveals)
  • Personal stories
  • Free swag (like sample chapters)
  • Reminders or follow-up emails (sending via re: or fwd:)
  • Contests and giveaways


J.’s actual email

Subject: That's what she said.

Did you immediately hear Michael Scott's voice from The Office? That stupid gag always made me chuckle.


In all seriousness, I've worked with hundreds of authors, and I tend to hear the same thing again and again. There's no shortage of writing advice available on the internet. Good advice. Great advice. But filtering it and then executing on those ideas is insurmountable for many of us.


When I hear a client tell me, "I don't know where to begin," I immediately want to say, "That's what she said." I've heard it so many times.


In the next few months, I want to create and build things that will help you become a career author, to live the author life. But I need your help. I need to know what you need.


No catch, nothing for sale. Just hoping you'll take 5 minutes and fill out this anonymous survey.


[link removed]


Thanks for the help. I can't do this alone.


And...that's what she said.


Later,

J.


Also, discover how to fit more podcast listening into your week. And, don’t miss out on Dianna Gunn’s free newsletter on SEO and digital marketing.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


What was the subject of your best-performing email broadcast and why do you think it resonated with your audience? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.


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 www.patreon.com/thecareerauthor


Want to work with us? Get the details at https://thecareerauthor.com/services/


Links:


Sign up for Dianna Gunn’s newsletter! - “This newsletter offers biweekly business tips based on my years of experience in SEO and digital marketing, with a focus on how these lessons apply to author careers.” - http://www.authordiannagunn.com/for-authors 


Carter Wilson (thriller) - http://carterwilson.com/

Dean Koontz’s ACTUAL newsletter (thriller) - https://deankoontz.com/

Ryan Holiday (non-fiction) - https://dailystoic.com/

Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday (non-fiction) - http://www.timferriss.com/


The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg 


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/

2019-9-5

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

Ep. 89

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 episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to determine what kind of support you need.
  • Options for having the conversation with your significant other or loved one.
  • Ways to be reasonable when you ask for support.
  • Why you should take your ego out of the equation when deciding the kind of support you need.
  • How to barter for time or compromise in ways when everybody wins.
  • How supporting your partner’s passions or hobbies can be beneficial to you.
  • Why it’s important to check in periodically to make sure the arrangement is still working for everyone.
  • Ways to appreciate the people in your life who support your creativity.


Also, discover why writing your first draft quickly is the best approach when working on your novel.


Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/ 


When faced with an opportunity, how do you decide to take it or not? Comment at thecareerauthor.com.


Thanks to new Patrons - Seth Rain, James S. Aaron (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:


The September Giveaway is up now! - http://www.thecareerauthor.com


The Career Author YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmIYVcr1UdWgSvYpb3Ol3xg 


Three Story Method - http://threestorymethod.com


Molten Universe Media - http://www.moltenuniversemedia.com


Events - https://thecareerauthor.com/events/