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The Career Author Podcast: Episode 20 – How We Do Genre Research

On this week’s episode, Zach and J. discuss how they do genre research on both a story and a marketing level, along with some other interesting topics:

  • Why authors should stop worrying so much about the GDPR
  • Amazon closes Kindle Worlds + what it means for the authors involved
  • Some perspective on KU scams and Amazon account closures
  • How one indie author sold 250,000 books and what you can learn from his journey
  • Why you need to focus on improving your craft with every draft
  • How the market is shifting toward higher priced ebooks and the end of the $0.99 launch
  • The importance of a growth mindset for the career author
  • How to balance various aspects of your author career
  • How genre research on a marketing level can help you ensure that your books are commercially viable
  • Why genre research matters on a story level too
  • The types of research J. and Zach use at various stages of their writing process
  • Why you should read lots of books in your chosen genre before you start writing
  • How other mediums of storytelling like TV and movies can inform your work
  • Tips and tools to help you structure the next steps of your research journey

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 thanks to our newest Patron: Angie Green

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News Links:

250,000 and Counting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKs_tGbNT6I

My Worlds Is Falling Apart

https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/05/15/amazon-to-shut-down-kindle-worlds/

PSA: GDPR-pocalypse

https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-117/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/gdpr-an-executive-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know/

Links:

Night of the Writing Dead – http://www.nightofthewritingdead.com

Authors on a Train – http://www.authorsonatrain.com

Findaway Voices – http://www.findawayvoices.com The Petal to the Metal Podcast Episode #70 – http://thepetaltothemetal.com/ep071/

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