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J. Thorn and Crys Cain talk about the business and craft of writing with questions from The Author Life Community.

The Author Life Podcast J Thorn and Crys Cain

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J. Thorn and Crys Cain talk about the business and craft of writing with questions from The Author Life Community.

    75: Which matters more for you--income or influence?

    75: Which matters more for you--income or influence?

    This week, authors J. Thorn and Crys Cain discuss what drives them, and how that has changed throughout their publishing career.

    Question of the week: Are you focused more on income or influence right now?

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/75-income-or-influence

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 7 min
    74: Why have you chosen Wide or KU?

    74: Why have you chosen Wide or KU?

    This week authors J. Thorn and Crys Cain discuss what why they've chosen to go wide or opt in to KU (Amazon exclusive) for different projects or different phases of their career.

    Question of the week: Are you leaning Wide or KU for your next project?

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/74-wide-or-KU

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 9 min
    73: Subscriptions for Authors

    73: Subscriptions for Authors

    This week authors J. Thorn and Crys Cain discuss the different subscription platforms available, how and when they can be valuable to authors, and what an author will be expected to provide to their subscribers.

    Question of the week: does the subscription model intrigue you?

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/73-subscriptions

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 12 min
    72: How is writing serials different than novels?

    72: How is writing serials different than novels?

    This week author Crys Cain is joined by special guest Christine Daigle. They discuss what goes into writing serials and how it differs from writing novels.

    Question of the week: have ever considered writing a serial?

    References:

    christinedaiglebooks.com

    The Serial Fiction Show

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/72-serials/

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 10 min
    71: What is a Story Hypothesis?

    71: What is a Story Hypothesis?

    This week author Crys Cain is joined by special guest JP Rindfleisch. They discuss what a story hypothesis is and how you can use this tool to improve your writing process.

    Question of the week: have you ever used a story hypothesis or similar method to guide your writing?

    References:

    JPRindfleischix.com

    Write Away Podcast

    The Serial Fiction Show

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/71-hypothesis/

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 12 min
    70: Your Novel's First Chapter: How can you evaluate your story's hook?

    70: Your Novel's First Chapter: How can you evaluate your story's hook?

    This week author Crys Cain is joined by special guest Kathrese McKee. They discuss the process that goes into creating your story's hook and why it is so important in attracting your readers.

    Question of the week: what is the hook for your current book that you're writing?

    References:

    Writing Pursuits

    First Chapter Rubric

    To read the full transcript or comment on the episode: https://theauthorlife.com/70-hook/

    Learn more about The Author Life: https://theauthorlife.com

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Roland Denzel ,

Great advice from veteran authors

The show is short, sweet, to the point, and VERY motivating. Tips for authors, new, seasoned, and even grizzled.

Norvaljoe ,

I love J and Crys.

The podcasters have a natural chemistry. You can tell ther're good friends. They seem to have a lot of experience and wisdom as they tackle the weekly questions. I've given up on a lot of authoring/noveling/publishing podcasts because they seem to go over the same stuff all the time. These two are always fresh and worth the quick listen.

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