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Writing Short Fiction

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 138 – Writing Short Fiction

Writing Short Fiction In the indie community it’s often said that the best way to make money is to write novels, specifically in series of three or more books. But what about writing short fiction? From short stories to novellas, there are several different types of short fiction. Each offers not only a different reader[…]

Sharpening the Saw: Doing the Things We Hate Doing

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 137 – Sharpening the Saw: Doing the Things We Hate Doing

Sharpening the Saw: Doing the Things We Hate Doing As career authors or even part-time writers, we all have to do things we hate. In a perfect world, authors could sit in a cabin in the woods, happily slapping the typewriter without a care or concern. But that’s not reality, and with the exception of[…]

Launching an Amazon Bestselling Fiction Book in 2020

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 136 – Launching an Amazon Bestselling Fiction Book in 2020

Launching an Amazon Bestselling Fiction Book in 2020 Indie authors often talk about the “gold rush” era of self-publishing when a smaller pool of authors and Amazon’s looser algorithms made it easier to sell books on their platform. But with increased competition and the push toward a play-to-play marketplace, is 2020 too late to have[…]

Talking with Tara from Kobo

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 135 – Talking with Tara from Kobo

Talking with Tara from Kobo There’s value in “going wide” and one of the most trusted and thriving marketplaces is Kobo Writing Life. J. and Zach invite Tara Cremin on the show to discuss everything Kobo has to offer the independent author. We all know what Amazon can offer but exclusivity isn’t the only choice.[…]

Nailing Your Amazon Book Page

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 133 – Nailing Your Amazon Book Page

Nailing Your Amazon Book Page Being a Career Author in 2020 requires more than simply writing words and finishing books. You’re running a business. And there’s perhaps no place that demonstrates that more than your book’s Amazon page. This is where readers will likely come to buy your book, and if you want to convert[…]

Authors Services as a Revenue Stream

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 132 – Authors Services as a Revenue Stream

Authors Services as a Revenue Stream Selling only fiction is tough. In fact, only a small percentage of authors (both traditional and indie) make a full-time living solely from fiction. Therefore, you need to think more like a business person if you want to be happily self-employed. In response to a listener question, J. and[…]

Sticking with a Series Until the End

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 131 – Sticking with a Series Until the End

Sticking with a Series Until the End You’ve probably heard it all the time. If you want to make money selling books, you need to write a series. But planning a series isn’t the same as a standalone novel. And how do you prevent yourself from burning out halfway through a series? More than that,[…]

The Publishing Industry Panel

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 130 – The Publishing Industry Panel

The Publishing Industry Panel In our fast-paced digital world, things are always changing. And the publishing industry isn’t immune to these changes. Join publishing experts and leaders from Kobo, Google Play, Draft2Digital, Reedsy, and Vellum as they explore the future of publishing in this unique and enthralling panel discussion. Send us your ways and hacks[…]

An Hour with Draft2Digital

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 129 – An Hour with Draft2Digital

An Hour with Draft2Digital Dan Wood, Kevin Tumlinson, and Mark Lefebvre recently joined J., Zach, and the attendees of The Career Author Summit to answer questions and discuss some of the awesome tools available for authors at Draft2Digital. Please enjoy a replay of this informative and entertaining presentation. The Career Author Podcast is a podcast[…]

An Hour with Google Play Books

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 128 – An Hour with Google Play Books

An Hour with Google Play Books In the week leading up to The Career Author Summit, the awesome folks over at Google Play Books spent an hour with our attendees answering questions and discussing some of the cool new things they are working on with the platform. Please enjoy a replay of this informative presentation[…]

The Career Author Summit Recap

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 127 – The Career Author Summit Recap

The Career Author Summit Recap After a fantastic weekend (and week-long) at The Career Author Summit, the guys are here to share a recap of the event as well as the most pertinent takeaways from all of the presentations. J. and Zach also share some details about the forced pivot to a virtual event and[…]

Peer-to-Peer Feedback

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 126 – Peer-to-Peer Feedback

Peer-to-Peer Feedback Although we value our fellow authors, giving and receiving feedback with them can be fraught with problems. It can be difficult not to respond emotionally when a peer criticizes our creative work. And yet without feedback, we become stagnant and don’t grow. J. and Zach discuss why feedback is important as well as[…]

The Editing Process

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 125 – The Editing Process

The Editing Process Finishing the first draft of a novel is an amazing accomplishment. If you’ve done that, then you’ve done something that most people will never have the discipline or drive to do. But you can’t sit back and relax too long because the real work begins when your draft is complete. Between the[…]

Recording an Audiobook

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 124 – Recording an Audiobook

Recording an Audiobook Audio is hot. We hear this everywhere and all the time. But what does it take to sit down and record an audiobook? Authors can struggle with writing and publishing a book so the thought of now narrating and producing an audiobook for it can seem daunting. J. took on the responsibility[…]

The Mentorship Model for Authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 122 – The Mentorship Model for Authors

The Mentorship Model for Authors Nothing can be more empowering for an author than having the ear of a trusted mentor. Whether you get wisdom and guidance from other writers or from books and podcasts, mentorship can help authors to get beyond learning plateaus. J. has had mentors his entire life and recognizes that the[…]

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Live Q & A!

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 120 – SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Live Q & A!

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Live Q & A! Recorded live on April 5, 2020 with Zoom. 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 Career Author YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/thecareerauthor[…]

A Nonfiction Book Launch Wide: The First 30 Days

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 119 – A Nonfiction Book Launch Wide: The First 30 Days

A Nonfiction Book Launch Wide: The First 30 Days Launching a book wide is a new challenge for J. and Zach, especially a nonfiction book. With differences in strategy, pricing, format, and distribution, it can be difficult to decide what to do and what not to do. After the first 30 days of “Three Story[…]

Work Efficiently From Home

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 118 – How to Efficiently Work From Home

How to Efficiently Work From Home With many people forced to stay indoors as we fight through the COVID-19 pandemic, many writers are finding themselves with more time to write. Some are even getting to write full-time as their day jobs temporarily shut down. Writing full-time and working at home possesses many challenges that people[…]

Digital Minimalism after one year.

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 117 – Digital Minimalism: A Year Later

Digital Minimalism: A Year Later Last year, Zach and J. recorded an episode discussing Digital Minimalism inspired by the bestselling book of the same name by Cal Newport. After reading that book, both Zach and J. greatly reduced the time they spend on devices. Zach even completely left social media, a move controversial to many[…]

International bestselling author J.D. Barker

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 116 – Special Guest J.D. Barker

Special Guest J.D. Barker In this special episode, Zach and J. welcome international bestselling author J.D. Barker! J.D. co-hosts the Writers, Ink Podcast with J. but he does so much more. Barker has cowritten with one of Bram Stoker’s descendants as well as with James Patterson. He is a master of horror and suspense and[…]

The Three Story Method

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 115 – The Three Story Method

The Three Story Method The Three Story Method is available now! Zach and J. go deep on their methodology in this episode, discussing how it evolved and why now is the right time to share it with other authors. In addition, the two career authors discuss the primary objections to using any story framework or[…]

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Story

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 114 – The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Story

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Story In the fourth of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine Story by Robert McKee. They discuss how his ideas changed the way Hollywood approached modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated elements of Story in Three Story Method and the ways they impact[…]

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Virgin’s Promise

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 113 – The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Virgin’s Promise

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Virgin’s Promise In the third of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine the Virgin’s Promise developed by Kim Hudson. They discuss how these ideas will change modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated the Virgin’s Promise in Three Story Method and the ways[…]

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s Journey

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 112 – The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s Journey

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: The Hero’s Journey In the second of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine the Hero’s Journey as created by Joseph Cambpell and recreated by Christopher Vogler. They discuss how these ideas have influenced modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated the Hero’s Journey in[…]

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Aristotle

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 111 – The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Aristotle

The Three Story Method Influencer Series: Aristotle In the first of this special 5-part series, Zach and J. examine Poetics by Aristotle and how those ideas have influenced modern storytelling. In addition, Zach asks J. how he incorporated Aristotle’s ideas in Three Story Method and the ways they apply to novelists. From Wikipedia: Aristotle’s Poetics[…]

Receiving Feedback and Criticism

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 110 – Receiving Feedback and Criticism

Receiving Feedback and Criticism Authors thrive on sharing their creations with the world. But by putting your work out there, you open yourself up to feedback and criticism, whether fair or unfair. It can be difficult to navigate how to handle feedback, especially the negative kind. Your editor thinks that your character’s actions aren’t consistent[…]

Accounting for Authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 109 – Accounting for Authors

Accounting for Authors Accounting for authors is something we’re asked about all the time. Special shout out to John Box for suggesting the conversation. “How do self-published authors handle their income? Both part-time and full-timers? Are authors setting up LLC’s or the like? Is this something that we can do on our own? Or is[…]

Authors on a Train California 2020

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 108 – Authors on a Train California 2020

Authors on a Train California 2020 In this special episode coming to you live from J.’s aunt’s kitchen in San Francisco, it’s the Authors on a Train California 2020 round table conversation! After riding the Coastal Starlight train from Los Angeles to Oakland, California, the guys shared a mansion with 12 other amazing writers for[…]

Launching an Author Career in 2020

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 107 – Launching an Author Career in 2020

Launching an Author Career in 2020 The publishing industry went through a wave of unprecedented changes in the last decade with the evolution of self-publishing. The rise of the eReader along with technological advancements in the digital distribution of books knocked down doors previously held closed tight by the major publishers. But with the “golden[…]

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 106 – The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020 It’s time to discuss the state of independent publishing in 2020. In their third annual installment of the “looking ahead” episode, J. and Zach examine the trends that occurred over the past year while trying to determine what they’ll be this year. As the industry continues to evolve[…]

Reflections on 2019

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 105 – Reflections on 2019

Reflections on 2019 It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost upon us. In this reflective episode, Zach and J. look back at 2019 and discuss some of their personal successes and struggles while also talking about what went right—and wrong—with Molten Universe Media. The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn[…]

Value Your Intellectual Property

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 104 – Value Your Intellectual Property

Value Your Intellectual Property Your intellectual property is valuable. How do you exploit it to build true fans and more revenue? Star Wars. Harry Potter. Pokemon. Mickey Mouse. These are some of the most recognizable franchises in the world. But why? What makes Star Wars so much more beloved than any other science fiction and[…]

Beating Resistance

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 103 – Beating Resistance

Beating Resistance is a daily challenge. For most creatives, we must battle doubt and insecurity at every step of the way. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield defines the universal force that tries to keep us from our full potential. Thanks to Kim for sending in a topic suggestion that we’ve turned into “Beating[…]

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 102 – Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

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[…]

Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 101 – Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

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[…]

100 Episodes

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 100 – 100 Episodes!

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[…]

Make a Living from Your Writing

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 99 – Making a Living from Your Writing

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[…]

pursuing-the-traditional-publishing-path

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 98 – Pursuing the Traditional Publishing Path

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[…]

Optimizing SEO

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 97 – Optimizing SEO with Dianna Gunn

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[…]

Pay-Per-Click Advertising

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 96 – Pay-Per-Click Advertising

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,[…]

Dedicated Thinking Time

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 95 – Dedicated Thinking Time

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[…]

Things to Know When Self-Publishing a Book

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 94 – Things to Know When Self-Publishing a Book

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[…]

Travel Ignites Creativity

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 93 – Travel Ignites Creativity

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[…]

Collaboration

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,[…]

Choosing a title

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 91 – How to Choose a Title For Your Novel

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[…]

Getting support

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 89 – How to Get Support From a Partner or Loved One (or My Partner Doesn’t Support My Writing)

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,[…]

opportunity costs for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 88 – Opportunity Costs (and a Story Levels pivot)

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[…]

Writing Better Dialogue

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 87 – Writing Better Dialogue

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[…]

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 86 – The Myth of Work/Life Balance

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. 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[…]

Using Pen Names

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 85 – Using Pen Names

Choosing to use a pen name when publishing can be a difficult decision. Make sure you look at the issue from all angles before deciding. 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[…]

Finding an Audience with Anthologies and Box Sets

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 84 – Finding an Audience with Anthologies and Box Sets

It’s getting hard to find an audience these days so leveraging multi-author box sets and anthologies might be one solution. 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[…]

Analyzing Breaking Bad

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 83 – Breaking Bad

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. SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! Get our analysis of the pilot episode from Breaking[…]

the procrastination episode

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 82 – Finally, a Procrastination Episode

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’ve put it off long enough. Let’s finally talk about procrastination as[…]

Reader engagement

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 81 – Our Reader Engagement Failure

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. You will discover exactly how badly their experiment failed and more: J.’s experience at ThrillerFest and the continued stigma surrounding independent publishing Zach’s close call[…]

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 80 – What’s the Point (of View)?

Choosing how you tell a story can be confusing. With help from the Fussy Librarian, Zach and J. explore how to determine the best point of view for your work. You will discover the importance of strong narration and more: Zach’s favorite app for keeping track of everything he needs to do + some of[…]

Cowriting problems

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 79 – The Dark Side of Co-Writing

Collaboration doesn’t always smell like roses. Listen to this candid conversation about the potential problems of cowriting, how Zach and J. cope with these problems in their own business, and more: Recent events in the video game industry and what authors can learn from them Some changes happening over at the Patreon + what novelists[…]

How to plan a series

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 78 – Don’t start a series until you answer these 2 questions.

Simply by accident, J. and Zach stumbled upon the two most important questions you need to ask when planning your series. You will discover some of the basics of how to plan a series and more: The launch of How to Self Publish, a brand new and 100% free ebook Why the number of dollars[…]

Protecting your intellectual property

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 77 – Nobody Cares

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 intellectual property is wise, spending time trying to lock it down is foolish. You will discover how you should be protecting your creative work and more: A great book that can[…]

Time management for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 76 – What to Focus on When Not Writing

Time management for authors can be a tricky business. Prioritizing what you should be doing when you’re not writing is important. Zach and J. make some suggestions on where you should focus. You will discover: Some interesting changes in the video game industry + how they relate to what’s happening in the publishing industry right[…]

Analysis paralysis

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 75 – Paralysis by Analysis

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 overcome analysis paralysis in your author career. You will discover: The first official sponsor of The Career Author Podcast How to get access to special[…]

Bad advice from real authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 74 – Things Authors Say That You Don’t Have to Believe

There isn’t one process that works for everyone. There isn’t a formula. Zach and J. tackle some of the most commonly repeated bad advice from real authors and what you should be doing instead. You will discover: How the Library Extension can help you find out if the books you want are available in your[…]

Write to audience

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 73 – Write to Audience

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.” You will discover how the guys are shifting their own approach to the writing process and more: J. hits five years and over five hundred episodes of podcasting Five rules[…]

The past, present, and future of publishing

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 72 – The past, present, and future of publishing (a special panel).

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 featuring Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Jim Kukral, T.W. Piperbrook. You’ll discover their predictions for the future of publishing and more: The power of live author events and genuine networking Why Zach[…]

Live from the Sell More Books Show Summit

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 71 – LIVE from The Sell More Books Show Summit!

This week, J. and Zach come to you live from The Sell More Books Show Summit in Chicago. You will discover: How the guys have changed Authors on a Train for the 2020 event The rebranding of the Sell More Books Show Summit + some of the exciting speakers already booked for next year’s event[…]

Opt-in forms, tagging, and segmentation for your email newsletter

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 69 – Tag! You’re it! Opt-in forms and Tagging Your List

The best way to cultivate your mailing list is to know what your readers and want and where they came from. Zach and J. discuss “tagging” subscribers and how that system can pay dividends later. You will discover how to create effective opt-in forms and more: The release of J. and Zach’s first nonfiction book[…]

How to write a great character

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 68 – What Makes a Good Character Great?

Character is critical and in this episode, Zach and J. go deep on how to take yours from good to great. You will discover how to write great characters and more: How science fiction and fantasy authors can use World Anvil as a marketing tool Why the guys don’t do an enormous amount of worldbuilding[…]

When to sell direct

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 67 – Knowing How and When to Sell Direct

While we’d all love to sell books directly to our readers, there are still some hurdles to overcome with direct sales. Zach and J. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of selling direct. You will discover when to sell direct as an author and more: The newest Molten Universe Media author A powerful system to help[…]

Digital minimalism

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 66 – Digital Minimalism for the Career Author

It’s not easy to turn away from social media in this day age but what’s it costing you? Zach and J. discuss the toll our digital life can take while exploring some ways to stay healthy. You will discover how the guys have approached digital minimalism in their own life and more: Some of the[…]

The pyramid for products and services

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 65 – The Pyramid for Products and Services

Maslow’s Hierarchy can be used in so many ways, and in this episode, J. and Zach look at a Bain study from the Harvard Business Review and discuss how it can apply to independent authors. You will discover the pyramid for products and services and more: Zach’s latest experiment with dictation using the Dragon Anywhere[…]

The Pixar Rules of Storytelling

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 64 – The Pixar Rules of Storytelling

There’s always something to learn by studying the masters which is what the guys do today as they dive deep into the Pixar rules of storytelling. You will discover: Some exciting things coming up on the Patreon + the newest Molten Universe Media author, Lori Drake Reedsy’s new discoverability tool for authors How Pixar has[…]

Show don't tell

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 63 – Exposition as Ammunition (Show, Don’t Tell)

We’ve all heard “show, don’t tell,” but what does that mean? Join J. and Zach as they discuss the Robert McKee technique of exposition as ammunition along with examples. You will discover: Some of the exciting things the guys are working on + the newest Molten Universe Media author, Cameron Coral! An easy way to[…]

Author services

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 62 – Should I Write For or Offer Services to Authors? (Part 2)

In part 2 of this two-part episode, J. and Zach continue the conversation around whether or not you should offer author services. You will discover: Bookbub’s new service for audiobooks + what this might mean for the future of audiobooks Four powerful questions to help you assess scenes in your manuscript Why change is the[…]

Services for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 61 – Should I Write For or Offer Services to Authors? (Part 1)

In many past episodes, the guys have discussed the importance of income diversification with multiple revenue streams. In today’s episode (part 1 of 2), Zach and J. dive deep into potential ways authors can help other authors while earning money. You will learn how to decide whether or not you should provide services for authors[…]

Implementing a backup system

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 60 – Nerd Alert! Implementing a Backup System

Would you be prepared if your computer crashed tomorrow and your cloud service went down? It’s a doom and gloom subject, but implementing a backup system is something many authors put off until it’s too late. On this episode, J. shares his time and experience as a systems administrator to help you learn how to[…]

How to get more writing done

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 59 – How to Get More Writing Done

Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to write? Is it hard to focus? Do you find yourself procrastinating? Today, J. and Zach share some tips to help stay in the zone. You’ll discover how to get more writing done and more: Some exciting stuff happening on the Patreon Molten Universe Media’s latest[…]

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 58 – StoryLevels, Sci-Fi Seattle, and a Look Behind the Curtain

J. and Zach have two big announcements on today’s show and also take you behind the scenes to discuss some of the big mistakes they’ve made running past author events, and how they’ve fixed them for 2019. You will discover: How to decide what you’re going to include in a specific scene with “scene seeds”[…]

Dealing with project burnout

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 57 – Dealing With Project Burnout

Have you ever worked on a project you just don’t want to do? Of course you have! On this episode, Zach talks about a recent bout with burnout and Resistance he faced and has an open discussion with J. about it. You will discover some powerful strategies for dealing with project burnout and more: Some[…]

Content marketing for fiction authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 56 – Content Marketing for Fiction (List Building Part 2)

The guys have been teasing this episode for a while, and it’s finally here. On this episode, J. and Zach go in-depth about why and how they are publishing a free digital magazine for post-apocalyptic fans and building their own network to engage with those people in. You will learn about the potential of content[…]

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 55 – Paid Advertising in 2019

How effective is BookBub in 2019? Do Facebook ads still work? What about Amazon ads? On this episode, Zach and J. talk about their experience with different paid advertising avenues for books. You will discover the state of paid advertising in 2019 and more: The power of ad stacking + why consistent sales are better[…]

Why New Year's resolutions don't work

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 54 – The Screw Resolutions Episode

If you’ve listened to the podcast for any amount of time, you’re likely to know that J. and Zach aren’t big fans of goals. On the show today, they discuss why New Year’s resolutions don’t work and how they focus on systems to achieve the results they want. You will discover: Some of the exciting[…]

The state of independent publishing in 2019

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 53 – The State of Independent Publishing in 2019

The landscape of the publishing is everchanging, especially for indies. On this episode, J. and Zach discuss the state of independent publishing in 2019 and how you can prepare yourself for changes in the year ahead. You will discover: How J. creates phenomenal first lines + why you should rarely accept the first idea you[…]

How to become a career author

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 52 – How to become a career author

Are you ready to take your writing from a side gig to your full-time work? If so, are you asking yourself the right questions or making the best moves to prepare for the transition? On this episode, J. and Zach discuss how to become a career author and what you need to consider before you[…]

Book to Film with Bird Box Author Josh Malerman

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 51 – From Book to Film With Bird Box Author Josh Malerman

On this special episode of The Career Author Podcast, J. and Zach sit down with Bird Box author Josh Malerman. Josh talks about the process of getting his book adapted into a Netflix original movie starring Sandra Bullock and more: Zach’s old method for finding the best Amazon keywords + the tool he uses now[…]

List building fundamentals

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 50 – List Building Fundamentals (List Building Part 1)

Every author needs a mailing list. But where do you start on building one? When you should start one? What should you focus on when building a list? How often should you send broadcasts? And of course, what do you send to your list? J. and Zach tackle all those questions and more list building[…]

Morning routines

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 49 – Morning Routines

Morning routines are crucial to productivity and getting your day started off right. It’s scientifically proven, and the most successful people in the world all have morning routines. On this episode, J. and Zach discuss what goes into their morning routines, and their ‘why’ related to each task. Listen to discover: How Zach and J.[…]

Collaborative story building

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 48 – Collaborative Story Building, Rock Apocalypse, and Content Marketing

J. and Zach have been working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes. On this episode, they make some announcements on some of the big things they have planned for authors and listeners of The Career Author, as well as for the readers of their fiction. They also discuss terrible creative advice, the importance[…]

Authors on a Train

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 47 – Reflections From Authors on a Train 2018

Authors on a Train 2018 is officially over. The trip started with J. and Zach meeting six other authors in Chicago, jumping on the Amtrak train, and heading down to New Orleans for the week. On their last morning together in New Orleans, Zach and J. sat down with a microphone between them and shared[…]

Authors on a train

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 46 – Ask Us Anything Live at Authors on a Train

On this very special episode of The Career Author Podcast, Zach and J. answer questions from their Authors on a Train 2018 attendees in an open round table discussion. You will discover: How the guys approach book launches + how their launch strategy differs for a book one vs. later books in the series Why[…]

The role of social media for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 45 – The Role of Social Media for Authors

Do you really need to have a presence on social media to succeed as an author? If so, which platforms should you be on? J. and Zach discuss the role of social media for authors and more: The challenges of staying professional when you’re facing a difficult emotional time The fascinating science around decluttering Some[…]

Money tips for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 44 – Money Tips For the Aspiring Career Author

Zach flies solo on the show today, talks about some of the big things he did to get his personal finances healthy to prepare for the jump to becoming a career author, and offers some powerful money tips for authors. You’ll discover: The special author service Zach is now providing to listeners of The Career Author[…]

The importance of goals

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 43 – The Importance of Goals Over Dreams for Career Authors

A lot of aspiring authors dream about writing as their full-time career. But can you reach that point if it’s only a dream? J. and Zach discuss their different outlooks on the importance of goals and goal setting on this week’s show. You’ll discover: Zach’s exciting new service for authors A simple way to reduce[…]

Podcasting 101 for authors

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 42 – Podcasting 101 For Authors

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Should I have a podcast?” So we tackle that topic today with a candid discussion about podcasting 101 for authors. You will discover: Zach’s recent success with meditation Some practical tips for increasing your visibility and sales on Kobo + why you want to publish[…]

Night of the Writing Dead

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 41 – Dawn of the Night of the Writing Dead

J. and Zach just got back from Pittsburgh and their Night of the Writing Dead writers retreat and worldbuilding summit. Today, they talk about the event, some of the takeaways for authors, and more: J. expands his author services An easy way to get more out of your time The importance of tracking your daily[…]

Why you need a professional editor

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 40 – Yes, Virginia, You Need An Editor

Being professional and treating your product (aka book) the best chance to succeed is a big part of what makes a career author. Today, J. and Zach discuss the importance of why you need a professional editor and more: The danger of using too many saidisms in your work Why repetition is important if you[…]

How to protect your creative energy

The Career Author Podcast: Episode 39 – How to Protect Your Creative Energy

As an author, it’s important to protect your creative energy in order to produce the best book possible. Today, J. and Zach discuss the importance of setting up boundaries and barriers. You’ll discover how to protect your creative energy and more: Why creating a designated workspace for your writing is an essential step for every[…]