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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Jennie Nash has a blueprint for any successful book. By focusing on the pure fundamentals of writing and gaining marketing experience through pitching or proposing, she helps both fiction and nonfiction authors tell their best stories while earning a profit. Jennie is the author of eleven books and founder of Author Accelerator book coaching. To preorder her latest book, Blueprint for a Nonfiction Book, follow the link below.


Jennie Nash is an evangelist for book coaching, which gives writers 1:1 support so they can write books worth reading. She is the creator of the Book Coach Certification Program at Author Accelerator and has trained more than 100 book coaches. Visit Jennie at and

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 brevity is key
  • Why writing should be market focused
  • How to write a good proposal
  • Why Jennie stopped writing fiction

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. Wow, turning down a trad deal. Big decisions but sounds like it turned out a good decision. Do I detect a hint of regret? Can you go through life ignoring a dream?
    Love the idea that she coached someone and then hired that person to coach herself – ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’
    Jenny has a good course in the SPF series called ‘How to Revise your Book’. I’m using it at the moment.
    My takeaway today is that I would not have turned down the deal. Agree the money isn’t much but I would have created a website and done my own marketing, which is what Indies have to do. Imagine as an Indie being told you are going to get $25,000 a year for 3 years as you start your Indie career – nothing to stop you writing other stuff at the same time – some Indies write a book a month. One can’t always start a career with a megabucks deal.
    Great interview.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      It’s always interesting to hear how other people make decisions. I have mixed feelings on it, but I never thought about the $25,000 advance to start your indie career idea. That’s fascinating…

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