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What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Adapting Wool for TV with NYT Bestseller Hugh Howey

Join returning guest Hugh Howey as he talks about the complex, multifaceted process of having his bestselling sci-fi novel, Wool, adapted for TV and addresses the concerns and realizations he’s had along the way. Hugh is a NYT bestselling author who has published his work in over 40 countries and has won critical acclaim for his three serialized works: Wool, Silo, and Sand. For news on the Wool show, visit Hugh’s website using the link below.


Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review’s 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award — it has been as high as #1 on Amazon — and 40 countries have picked up the work for translation. Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian are adapting the work for 20th Century Fox.

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:

  • How to manage expectations for adaptations
  • The importance of humbling yourself as an author
  • Why we reward pessimistic thinking
  • How to deal with imposter syndrome
  • Why creativity can be mechanical


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great interview today. I’ve added Wool to my reading list.
    I was fascinated when he referred to wannabe writers who don’t read novels but believe reading about writing is enough to learn how to write. I always feel uncomfortable when an Indies’ reference source for writing is a film or TV show. It’s fine on an ethereal level but the missing bits are usually the hardest bits to write, and therefore the bits I want to learn.
    Interesting chat after about serials. Thankfully I never wasted any of my time watching ‘Lost,’ but I did waste 13 hours of my life, which I will never get back, watching Alcatraz, and it was cancelled with no explanation of what was going on. Imagine reading a long novel only to find the last chapter is missing because it was never written.
    OK, OK I’m breathing deeply and slowly my pulse rate is coming down.
    Great show today – you should interview Tim Allen from ‘Home Improvement’ I used to love that series. J D would love that…

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Tim Allen! LOL!

      Yeah, WOOL is a must-read. You’ll love it.

      Thanks for listening.

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