The Career Author Podcast: Episode 92 – Collaboration and Coffee in Seattle


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.

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6 thoughts on “The Career Author Podcast: Episode 92 – Collaboration and Coffee in Seattle

  • Morning guys. Interesting about that Amazon 4 stars store. I suggest it does 2 things. It ties Amazon to reviews for the near future and it makes gaming reviews even more valuable.
    Also interesting was the part of the conversation where you were discussing genre. I think it reinforces the idea that “Story is King” and suggests that one doesn’t have to be an expert in a genre to write in it.
    “As you know” (never thought I’d use that in my writing) I have collaborated a couple of times on Authors on a Train 2017 and 2018 and I thoroughly enjoyed it because both my collaborators (sounds like an opening to a spy trial) were very easy to get along with and it was only for a short story. I highly recommend it for anyone thinking about it.
    I have the James Patterson Masterclass and a couple of years ago he ran a competition with his students where one could submit a synopsis and the first 3K words and he would choose one of us to collaborate with. I entered but didn’t win. In a way I was glad I didn’t win because it felt a bit like selling my soul. It may be because I am a loner and not ready for that kind of commitment but who knows, if the right person came along… The more I think about it the more I make it sound like marriage. 🙂
    Great show.

  • I’ve mostly collaborated remotely (in the writing realm). Which means that there have been a lot of video calls and regular calls. The one time I collaborated in person was with another writer who only pantsed, so it was more we wrote in our separate corners of the hotel room and occasionally walked to get coffee together.

    I would agree that there is a different energy when you work together in person–one of the number one factors being space/time from the rest of your separate lives to focus–but it is possible to build the skill of creating an IRL experience online. With my two current collaborators, I have trouble imagining an IRL session working much differently from our online ones.

    The one thing you definitely can’t replace is the spontaneity of personal interaction IRL, even when not talking about story. The space between the coffee shops, if you will. And if I was collaborating with more than one other person? IRL would absolutely be my preference. A lot of tech/organizational complexity can be reduced in person.

    • The one thing you definitely can’t replace is the spontaneity of personal interaction IRL, even when not talking about story.

      ^That is so true. And you can’t calculate the value.

  • Collaboration has always felt daunting to me, but it is something I would like to do at some point. I like to be in control of things, so that’s a hurdle I would have to get over, because I do feel like there are unique benefits to collaboration. A fresh perspective is valuable.

    The Seattle event sounds like a fun time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it, but I have a virtual ticket and I’m excited to dig into the recordings of your session. Maybe I’ll make it to one of your events in person some day.

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