Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

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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Behind the Scenes of WOOL with NYT Bestseller Hugh Howey

Bestseller Hugh Howey is fascinated by the behind-the-scenes production of the Wool TV series. With actors reshooting scene after scene, putting themselves on the line for stunts and fight scenes, and whole teams of designers and other specialists working to enhance the show, he’s gotten to see his writing adapted into something just as spectacular. 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.

J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned CARRIE on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author.

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 the entertainment industry is more protective of leaked info
  • What percentage of recorded footage makes it into an episode
  • How production has influenced Hugh’s perspective on TV
  • Hugh’s new screenwriting project
  • How to write for a budget


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great show today.
    Interesting the amount of money gambled in the film industry on later abandoned projects. Who makes the decision to abandon them and on what criteria or data do they base these decisions? If there was a channel of abandoned pilots I would watch it and I bet there would be some real gems in there. It is common in UK to have, say 3 episodes of a new crime series that is excellent, yet never followed up.
    Comforting to hear how many times script writers, like bestselling authors, rewrite and fine tune their work before they allow it to be aired in public – good enough is clearly not good enough for them. Some Indie writers could benefit from giving increased attention to their work, although there is always pressure to get it out and earn rent money. A solution might be to work on the rent money projects, and at the same time, a vanity project. In the old days would-be writers couldn’t easily self-publish so they had to spend years writing their novel 🎵 ‘It took me years to write, will you take a look? It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear…’ 🎶.
    To me it makes long term sense to have a go and try to write a bestseller. Loved the show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Thanks! I’d love to watch that channel too.

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