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The Career Author Podcast

J. Thorn & Zach Bohannon

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J. Thorn & Zach Bohannon

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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.

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Authors on a Train California 2020

EAuthors on a Train California 2020In 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 3 days of living together and geeking out on writing. The attendees gathered around the dining room table to talk about the experience with big takeaways on the value of collaboration and in-person events.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 there isn’t one right way to collaborateHow being fully immersed in an experience can really move the needleWhat happens when strangers come together unde...

28 MIN4 d ago
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Authors on a Train California 2020

Launching an Author Career in 2020

ELaunching an Author Career in 2020The 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 age” of independent publishing long gone, more competition in the market, and the increased difficulty to be discovered by readers, we ask the question: is 2020 too late to become 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:What has changed over the past decade in self-publishingWhy it’s more important than ever to treat your author brand as a professional businessThi...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Launching an Author Career in 2020

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

EThe State of Independent Publishing in 2020It’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 and change, The Career Authors hope to deliver timely and useful advice at the dawn of a new decade.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 emerged in 2019, and what didn’tWhy J. isn’t keen on paid advertisingWhat Zach sees as the revenue model of the futureWho is poised to make a play at the ebook market in 2020How Zach really feels about social mediaWhere there’s growing uncertainty in the mark...

33 MIN2 w ago
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The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

Reflections on 2019

EReflections on 2019It’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 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 J. and Zach’s partnership continues to evolveWhy they are not in a hurry to produce Molten Universe Media booksWhy you don’t have to fear change as long as you’re in honest communication with othersWhy J. is putting more of an emphasis on education and non-fiction in 2020Why you should either say “Hell, yes!” or “no” to everythingHow J. and Zach are avoiding day jobsWhy Zach has realized he can’t juggle multiple proj...

49 MIN3 w ago
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Reflections on 2019

Value Your Intellectual Property

EStar 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 fantasy space property?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 intellectual propertyWhy your intellectual property is importantWhat makes the world’s most popular media properties so timelessHow you can serve your fan base and build community around your world and charactersHow to exploit your intellectual properties to expand your revenue streamsThe 6 phases of intellectual propertyAlso, learn about how the right music can increase productivity.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/...

47 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Value Your Intellectual Property

Beating Resistance

EBeating 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 Resistance.” What is Resistance? How does it show up? What can you do about it? Join the Career Authors in a candid conversation about this pervasive and powerful force.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 Resistance by Steven PressfieldWays Resistance has appeared in J. and Zach’s livesHow Resistance manifestsWhat Resistance says to usWhen Resistance appearsWhat you can do to fight ResistanceAlso...

51 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Beating Resistance

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

ECreating 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 youThe different types of characters you should consider writingHow to determine what kind of personality you haveWhat kinds of questions to ask real people ...

44 MIN2019 DEC 5
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Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

ELean 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 launchesThe advantages of eachExamples of eachWhy projects fail when the launch approach isn’t intentionalAlso, discover a cool health tip courtesy of Dr. Gundry on ...

39 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

100 Episodes!

E100 episodes! Doing anything for 100 consecutive weeks is not easy. We’re excited to take a look back at some highlights.Zach’s ListThe 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 ListThe 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-u...

54 MIN2019 NOV 21
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100 Episodes!

Making a Living from Your Writing

EMaking 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 cate...

50 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Making a Living from Your Writing

Latest Episodes

Authors on a Train California 2020

EAuthors on a Train California 2020In 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 3 days of living together and geeking out on writing. The attendees gathered around the dining room table to talk about the experience with big takeaways on the value of collaboration and in-person events.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 there isn’t one right way to collaborateHow being fully immersed in an experience can really move the needleWhat happens when strangers come together unde...

28 MIN4 d ago
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Authors on a Train California 2020

Launching an Author Career in 2020

ELaunching an Author Career in 2020The 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 age” of independent publishing long gone, more competition in the market, and the increased difficulty to be discovered by readers, we ask the question: is 2020 too late to become 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:What has changed over the past decade in self-publishingWhy it’s more important than ever to treat your author brand as a professional businessThi...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Launching an Author Career in 2020

The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

EThe State of Independent Publishing in 2020It’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 and change, The Career Authors hope to deliver timely and useful advice at the dawn of a new decade.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 emerged in 2019, and what didn’tWhy J. isn’t keen on paid advertisingWhat Zach sees as the revenue model of the futureWho is poised to make a play at the ebook market in 2020How Zach really feels about social mediaWhere there’s growing uncertainty in the mark...

33 MIN2 w ago
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The State of Independent Publishing in 2020

Reflections on 2019

EReflections on 2019It’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 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 J. and Zach’s partnership continues to evolveWhy they are not in a hurry to produce Molten Universe Media booksWhy you don’t have to fear change as long as you’re in honest communication with othersWhy J. is putting more of an emphasis on education and non-fiction in 2020Why you should either say “Hell, yes!” or “no” to everythingHow J. and Zach are avoiding day jobsWhy Zach has realized he can’t juggle multiple proj...

49 MIN3 w ago
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Reflections on 2019

Value Your Intellectual Property

EStar 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 fantasy space property?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 intellectual propertyWhy your intellectual property is importantWhat makes the world’s most popular media properties so timelessHow you can serve your fan base and build community around your world and charactersHow to exploit your intellectual properties to expand your revenue streamsThe 6 phases of intellectual propertyAlso, learn about how the right music can increase productivity.Send us your ways and hacks - https://thecareerauthor.com/waysandhacks/...

47 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Value Your Intellectual Property

Beating Resistance

EBeating 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 Resistance.” What is Resistance? How does it show up? What can you do about it? Join the Career Authors in a candid conversation about this pervasive and powerful force.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 Resistance by Steven PressfieldWays Resistance has appeared in J. and Zach’s livesHow Resistance manifestsWhat Resistance says to usWhen Resistance appearsWhat you can do to fight ResistanceAlso...

51 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Beating Resistance

Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

ECreating 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 youThe different types of characters you should consider writingHow to determine what kind of personality you haveWhat kinds of questions to ask real people ...

44 MIN2019 DEC 5
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Creating Characters Who Aren’t Like You

Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

ELean 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 launchesThe advantages of eachExamples of eachWhy projects fail when the launch approach isn’t intentionalAlso, discover a cool health tip courtesy of Dr. Gundry on ...

39 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Lean Launch vs. Fat Launch

100 Episodes!

E100 episodes! Doing anything for 100 consecutive weeks is not easy. We’re excited to take a look back at some highlights.Zach’s ListThe 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 ListThe 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-u...

54 MIN2019 NOV 21
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100 Episodes!

Making a Living from Your Writing

EMaking 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 cate...

50 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Making a Living from Your Writing
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