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A podcast about the business of writing with hosts J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, and Zach Bohannon. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writersink/support

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A podcast about the business of writing with hosts J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, and Zach Bohannon. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writersink/support

    Question and Answer Episode - July 2021

    Question and Answer Episode - July 2021

    In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions.

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    Join us on Patreon and ask your question LIVE on the podcast!

    https://www.patreon.com/writersinkpodcast

    Questions asked:

    I know J. has tried doing a dialogue only first draft, and I'd love to know what you think now. Will this be part of your normal process going forward? I'm trying it myself now, after a conversation with Jeff Elkins. I can definitely
    Here’s a question that J. gets to ask everyone else, and I’m going to ask you...where do you see the publishing landscape in 5 years?
    I'm struggling to find my voice for my newsletter. Any advice or will it just take practice and trial and error?
    Do you think it's worth the effort to create free stories to offer readers, especially prospective readers, as a marketing strategy? I don't mean just a reader magnet, but stories offered in addition to that.
    What do each of you think are 3 necessary elements of a bestseller (100K+ sales) ignoring author name, sales and marketing. They could be 3 things that stood out for you from a bestseller you have read, or 3 things you suggest one might try to include in a novel.
    What’s the best piece of advice you have received or given in regards to writing?
    What are your recommendations for getting started in ghostwriting fiction?
    If you break it down in a rough estimate: How much of your working time on any day do you spend on writing versus publishing (incl. marketing, preparing the book pages on the platforms and such)? And what's the first thing you'd outsource?
    When do you read? Or an expanded question: How does your typical day look like regarding Writing, Business, Reading?

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    The Serial Fiction Show Podcast - https://www.serialfictionshow.com/

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 39 min
    Simplicity Is Key with NYT Bestseller Riley Sager

    Simplicity Is Key with NYT Bestseller Riley Sager

    A girl, a killer, a car-- the premise for bestseller Riley Sager’s latest novel, Survive the Night, feels dauntingly simple, but by focusing on solid character development and intense dialogue while omitting needless setting changes and extra characters, he allows the simple brilliance of the story’s concept to shine through. Riley, a returning guest on the podcast, is the international bestseller of Final Girls and is known for other bestselling novels like The Last Time I Lied and Lock Every Door. To purchase Survive the Night, follow the link below.

    From Amazon.com:

    Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer. Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller that's been translated into more than 25 languages. His subsequent novels, THE LAST TIME I LIED, LOCK EVERY DOOR and HOME BEFORE DARK, were instant New York Times bestsellers. His newest thriller, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, will be released in June. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:

    The cons of using too much nostalgia
    Why different mediums impact the feel of a story
    How to pace yourself when writing
    How to keep your readers off balance
    The importance of a good title

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    J.’s Vella project - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/product/B0994PXSP1

    Riley Sager - https://www.rileysagerbooks.com/

    Survive the Night - https://mybook.to/SurviveTheNight

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 54 min
    Writing Comedic Horror with NYT Bestseller Grady Hendrix

    Writing Comedic Horror with NYT Bestseller Grady Hendrix

    NYT Bestseller Grady Hendrix is a master of voicing his comedic ideas in an unexpected genre: horror. By focusing on timing and relevancy and making sure to meticulously revise, he’s able to write jokes that are appropriately placed and contribute to the feel of the story instead of subtracting from it. Hendrix is best known for Horrorstör, a thrilling haunted house story which is currently being produced for the big screen. His newest novel, The Final Girl Support Group, releases tomorrow.

    From Amazon.com:

    New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix makes up lies and sells them to people. His novels include HORRORSTÖR about a haunted IKEA, MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, which is basically "Beaches" meets "The Exorcist", WE SOLD OUR SOULS, a heavy metal horror epic, THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES, and THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, coming on July 13, 2021. He's also the author of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, an award-winning history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties. He wrote the screenplay for, MOHAWK, a horror flick about the War of 1812, and SATANIC PANIC about a pizza delivery woman fighting rich Satanists. You can discover more ridiculous facts about him at www.gradyhendrix.com.

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:

    Why it’s ok to have a fluid writing process
    Why to explore writing short stories
    Approaches to writing in stigmatized genres
    How Grady transitioned from journalism to fiction
    The importance of accepting criticism

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    Grady Hendrix - http://www.gradyhendrix.com/

    The Final Girl Support Group - https://mybook.to/FinalGirl

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 55 min
    Overcoming Rejection with Bestseller T.J. Newman

    Overcoming Rejection with Bestseller T.J. Newman

    Bestseller T.J. Newman has proven that you can write in any situation given enough dedication. Not only did she write her debut novel, Falling, on a notepad while working long hours as a flight attendant, but also pushed through over forty rejections before landing a publishing deal. Falling, Newman’s first and only novel about a perilous mid-flight decision, has won critical acclaim from the likes of James Patterson and Lee Child for its suspense and original plot. To order Falling, which hits shelves tomorrow, follow the link below.

    From Amazon.com:

    T.J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:

    What drink J would order on a plane
    How to write during a flight
    The importance of story beats
    How to title your book
    T.J.’s unique pre-writing process

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    T.J. Newman - https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/T-J-Newman/181729548

    Falling - https://mybook.to/FallingBook

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 37 min
    Question and Answer Episode - June 2021

    Question and Answer Episode - June 2021

    In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions.

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    Join us on Patreon and ask your question LIVE on the podcast!

    https://www.patreon.com/writersinkpodcast

    Questions asked:

    I know J. has tried doing a dialogue only first draft, and I'd love to know what you think now. Will this be part of your normal process going forward? I'm trying it myself now, after a conversation with Jeff Elkins. I can definitely see the benefit, but it's taking me a lot longer. Any tips to share? Thank you!
    I will be releasing the final book in a trilogy soon, and I'm thinking about whether to start some paid advertising. I'd start with services like BookBub or The Fussy Librarian to test the waters. Since the trilogy will be complete and I can get read-through, is this a good idea? Or should I wait until I have a few more books out? Thanks!
    What aspect of the writing process have you recently changed or tweaked?
    My question is about chapters/episodes in serialized fiction. I have a space opera trilogy almost ready to go and have decided to release it in a serialized version first as an experiment (on Substack instead of Vella because I'm Canadian). Is a chapter a chapter regardless of how it's released? Or should I reconsider the arc of my chapters for each format?
    What's the best way to get started offering author services?
    Where might you be able to cut corners on editing?
    What writing achievement would you like to be remembered for?

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 29 min
    Finding a Writing Workshop with Bestseller Jasmin Darznik

    Finding a Writing Workshop with Bestseller Jasmin Darznik

    Bestseller Jasmin Darznik knows there are few things more important to an author than finding the right group of people to bounce ideas off of. Especially for newer writers, finding a good writing workshop is one of the quickest and most productive ways to uncover self confidence, improve story structure, and build a strong, supportive writing community. Jasmin has been a published author for over a decade and is well known for her bestselling debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, which explores the life of iconic Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Her latest publication, The Bohemians, is available below.

    From Amazon.com:

    Jasmin Darznik is the author of The Bohemians (April 2021), a novel set in 1920s San Francisco. Her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" book. Darznik is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. Her books have been published in seventeen countries and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:

    What Oprah’s magazine said about The Bohemians
    How to conduct research when writing historical fiction
    Why writers are first-class noticers
    Why to forget about word count
    How to balance writing for yourself with writing for your audience

    Links:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/

    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/

    Zach Bohannon - https://zachbohannon.com/

    Jasmin Darznik - https://jasmindarznik.com/

    The Bohemians: A Novel - https://mybook.to/TheBohemians

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_on_the_Corner_of_Bitter_and_Sweet

    Story Rubric - http://storyrubric.com

    Nonfic Rubric - http://nonficrubric.com

    The Career Author Summit 2021 - https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/

    Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - https://kobowritinglife.com/

    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep

    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com

    *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.


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    • 41 min

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