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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
2019-12-5

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

Ep. 102

Creating characters who aren’t like you is key to making your story world feel real and lived in. Our world would be a boring place if every person was exactly the same. As such, so can the worlds in your books if all your characters are. It’s natural for us to write about our own experiences and worldviews but in order to tell an engaging story that resonates, you have to be able to see through the eyes of others in order to build real characters with broader viewpoints.


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 it’s important to create characters who are different than you
  • The different types of characters you should consider writing
  • How to determine what kind of personality you have
  • What kinds of questions to ask real people who possess the traits you want to write


Also, learn about how you can unclutter both your closet and your life with Project 333.


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


Leave us a comment: Who is the most unfamiliar character you’ve written and what made them different from you?


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:


Writers, Ink - https://writersinkpodcast.com/ 


Branding for Fiction Authors by Dianna Gunn - https://gum.co/VECHZ 


Project 333 - https://bemorewithless.com/project-333-challenge/


The December 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/

2019-12-5

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

Ep. 102

Creating characters who aren’t like you is key to making your story world feel real and lived in. Our world would be a boring place if every person was exactly the same. As such, so can the worlds in your books if all your characters are. It’s natural for us to write about our own experiences and worldviews but in order to tell an engaging story that resonates, you have to be able to see through the eyes of others in order to build real characters with broader viewpoints.


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 it’s important to create characters who are different than you
  • The different types of characters you should consider writing
  • How to determine what kind of personality you have
  • What kinds of questions to ask real people who possess the traits you want to write


Also, learn about how you can unclutter both your closet and your life with Project 333.


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


Leave us a comment: Who is the most unfamiliar character you’ve written and what made them different from you?


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:


Writers, Ink - https://writersinkpodcast.com/ 


Branding for Fiction Authors by Dianna Gunn - https://gum.co/VECHZ 


Project 333 - https://bemorewithless.com/project-333-challenge/


The December 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/

2019-11-28

Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

Ep. 101

Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch is a tactic that every author should consider before publishing a title. Overesourcing a launch, using ads, taking advantage of a series can all be optimized to maximize exposure on the sales platforms. On the other hand, lean launch is a single release designed to test a market or demand without committing long-term.


There is no right way to launch and Fat isn’t better than Lean or vice versa. It’s all about deciding what’s best given what you want to accomplish.


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 Fat and Lean launches
  • The advantages of each
  • Examples of each
  • Why projects fail when the launch approach isn’t intentional


Also, discover a cool health tip courtesy of Dr. Gundry on the James Altucher Show.


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


Leave us a comment: Do you plan to lean launch or fat launch your next project? Why?


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:


Branding for Fiction Authors by Dianna Gunn - https://gum.co/VECHZ 


Dr. Steven Gundry on the James Altucher Show - https://jamesaltucher.com/podcast/508-dr-steven-gundry/ 


The November 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/


2019-11-21

100 Episodes!

Ep. 100

100 episodes! Doing anything for 100 consecutive weeks is not easy. We’re excited to take a look back at some highlights.


Zach’s List

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 44 – Money Tips For the Aspiring Career Author - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-44-money-tips-for-the-aspiring-career-author/ 


The Career Author Podcast: Episode 57 – Dealing With Project Burnout - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-57-dealing-with-project-burnout/ 


The Career Author Podcast: Episode 66 – Digital Minimalism for the Career Author - https://thecareerauthor.com/ep066/ 


J.’s List

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 9 – The Importance of Unplugging, Distractions, and Living in the Moment - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-9-unplugging-distractions-and-living-in-the-moment/


The Career Author Podcast: Episode 39 – How to Protect Your Creative Energy - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-39-setting-up-boundaries/


The Career Author Podcast: Episode 86 – The Myth of Work/Life Balance - https://thecareerauthor.com/the-career-author-podcast-episode-86-the-myth-of-work-life-balance/



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:

  • Money tips for the career author
  • How to deal with project burnout
  • Why digital minimalism can make your life better
  • The importance of unplugging and being in the moment
  • How to protect your creative energy
  • Why work-life balance might be a myth


Also, discover a cool text editor. Thanks to Mikey Campling.


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


Leave us a comment: What would you like us to talk about in the next 100 episodes? (And how do you feel about reading box sets on an ereader?)


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:


Camille Champa - hello@camillechampa.com 


Typora - https://typora.io/ 


James Clear “The Downside of Work-Life Balance” - https://jamesclear.com/four-burners-theory 


J.’s mastermind group - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermind


The November 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/


2019-11-14

Making a Living from Your Writing

Ep. 99

Making a living from your writing can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a career author. Whether you’re a new author of if you make six figures a year, a sustainable income is difficult, and yet, there has never been a better time to be an independent creator.


Thanks to the good people at Written Word Media, we have some data that can shed some light on the most likely actions you need to take if you want to make a living as a writer. Whether it has to do with time management or advertising strategies, join Zach and J. in a conversation about Written Word Media’s report and determine how you can take incremental steps closer to becoming 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:

  • How authors can be categorized when it comes to earnings
  • Why you need to write a lot of books
  • Why you need professional editing and professional covers
  • How much time the highest earners are spending on the act of writing
  • Which promotional sites are the most effective marketing channel
  • How to price your books
  • Where to distribute your books


Also, discover how what you put in your stomach directly affects your brain.


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


Leave us a comment: Do you make a living from your writing? If so, how? If not, how do you plan on doing it?


Thanks to all of our newest Patrons - Peter DeHaan, Michele Tracy Berger, Ken Kobylski


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.’s mastermind group - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermind


Membership Academy - https://www.membershipacademy.com/


Death Stranding - https://amzn.to/33GEg1O 


How to End Mental Illness with Dr. Daniel Amen - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/india-kieser/the-doctors-farmacy-with-mark-hyman-md/e/65089965?autoplay=true


Fleabag - https://amzn.to/2X1di2v 


Author Income: How to Make a Living from Your Writing - https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/author-income-how-to-make-a-living-from-your-writing/


The November 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/


2019-11-7

Pursuing the Traditional Publishing Path

Ep. 98

Pursuing the traditional publishing path has been something that independent authors have traditionally avoided for many reasons. Whether it’s lack of control or a smaller share of royalties, many self-published authors have become career authors without playing the game with the Big 5.


But could there be legitimate and worthwhile reasons why indies would pursue traditional publishing now? Join J. and Zach in an honest conversation about that “other side” of publishing that has been historically difficult to cross into.


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 traditional publishing
  • Why authors can’t choose traditional publishing, but only to pursue it
  • When an author should consider the pursuit of a traditional publishing contract
  • What J. is doing with an unpublished manuscript
  • Why Zach might want to pursue traditional publishing


Also, discover the one question you need to ask yourself to avoid plot holes and character inconsistencies.


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


Leave us a comment: Is traditional publishing something you’ve pursued? Why or why not? If so, what has been your experience?


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:


J.’s mastermind group - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermind


The Writer’s Well Episode 145: Should I give up or double down? - https://shows.pippa.io/thewriterswell/episodes/ep145


The November 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/

2019-10-31

Optimizing SEO with Dianna Gunn

Ep. 97

Optimizing SEO can sound intimidating and most authors don’t want to think about it. And yet, if you have a website or blog and want readers to find you, it’s becoming increasingly important. But what if you’re not technical or can’t figure out what to do next? What if you don’t know what SEO stands for?


J. and Zach bring SEO expert Dianna Gunn on to the show for a special and rare interview to discuss what every author can do to gain visibility. Gunn’s techniques work. She talks about what she did for The Career Author website and how to rank higher in search results.


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 SEO
  • Why it matters to authors
  • How to make the most of SEO
  • Which tools are best to optimize it
  • How to keep from getting overwhelmed


Also, discover how to douse your business with rocket fuel and get lift off.


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


Leave us a comment: How is your SEO and what can you do about it? If so, how?


Thanks to our new Patron - Anni Marjoram


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:


Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business - https://amzn.to/2Ndnmkm 


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 or http://businessforauthors.com 


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/


2019-10-24

Pay-Per-Click Advertising

Ep. 96

Pay-Per-Click advertising can bring in a great return on investment or it can be a bottomless pit of frustration. It’s difficult to know if you should be running paid ads, how much you should be spending, and what kind of results to expect.


There’s a ton of information online about paid ads. And that too, is a problem. Who do you listen to? Zach and J. don’t have all the answers because they’re struggling with some of the same questions, but listen in as they share their insights on pay-per-click advertising and what might be next.


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 pay-per-click advertising is
  • How PPC advertising works
  • Why you should (or should not) be doing it
  • What platforms are available to authors
  • Who is having success with it
  • What might be next when the paid ads bubble bursts
  • Whose opinion we trust on pay-per-click advertising (for authors)


Also, discover why J. is now unofficially part of the FI movement.


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


Leave us a comment: Do you use pay-per-click ads? If so, how?


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 


“Lilias’s Bones” - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/breenaelysekerr/liliass-bones-a-witch-podcast 


Choose FI (podcast) - https://www.choosefi.com/ 


Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom? - https://amzn.to/35L6slo 


David Gaughran - BookBub Ads Expert: A Marketing Guide to Author Discovery - https://amzn.to/32HOKh7


Brian Meeks - Mastering Amazon Ads - https://amzn.to/2VZWuIC


Chris Fox - Ads for Authors Who Hate Math - https://amzn.to/33QMT9R


Mark Dawson - https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/


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/