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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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Emotion is Everything with Scott Steindorff

Producer Scott Steindorff knows that emotion is everything to any good book, show, or movie. By writing characters that are round, relatable, and emotionally involved, he commands the attention of his audience and keeps them coming back for more. Scott is a TV and film producer well known for projects like “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Las Vegas,” and “Station Eleven.” To watch “Station Eleven” now, follow the link below.


Scott is well-known in the industry for acquiring and adapting literary properties and delivering commercially successful and award-winning television series and films. Projects produced include the Netflix Docu-Series Firechasers (2017) with producing partners Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, along with Original Productions. As well as the western Jane Got a Gun (2015), starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Ewan McGregor. He also executive produced John Favreau’s Chef (2014), starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., and Dustin Hoffman.

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:

  • How the pandemic affected Station Eleven’s production
  • Why TV production can take years
  • What power authors have in the production of their books
  • How to create characters that people want to watch
  • Why to be careful of writing too much of yourself in your characters

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Morning guys, loved the interview today. What do I love about Kobo? I love that they sponsor the Writers, Ink podcast and that they appear to be a very user friendly company – the world needs more user friendly companies like Kobo. And… I’ve only just realised that ‘Kobo’ is an anagram of book. It’s only taken me a few years to work that out. 🙂
    I don’t need another e-reader so if my name is pulled please donate to a worthy recipient or redraw.
    Interesting discussion about character, emotion and imagination. I think there is no answer because it’s like a Venn diagram where the three overlapping circles are; writer’s words, director’s input and actor’s portrayal. Reacher is a good example because of the two different versions. I like Tom Cruise as a person (don’t know him but I hear he’s a great guy) and as an actor, but his version of Reacher is Tom Cruise playing Reacher. The Amazon version is some actor who is Reacher – he is as I imagined him from reading the books. Lovely wifey and I binge-watched the Amazon version, 5 episodes one night and 3 the next – it was that good, in our eyes.
    It’s like watching Agatha Christie stories on screen; there are over 40 different actors who have played Poirot, from Charles Laughton to Kenneth Branagh – imagine the differences, imagine the revenue $£$£$£ :).
    Great show.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Just finished Reacher. It took me some time to warm up to the character, but I was loving him by the end. I also enjoyed Lee Child’s cameo 😉

  2. Finn Ambers

    2 years ago  

    What do I love about Kobo.

  3. Finn Ambers

    2 years ago  

    Oops. Pressed send too soon, so now I look like a total idiot! What I meant to say was I love Kobo because on the Kobo writing life podcast I always get the impression from the presenters that they love books and respect authors, and so for me it has a great feelgood factor.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Roland Denzel

    2 years ago  

    Who doesn’t love Kobo. I love them for their international focus and look forward to one day having one of the waterproof models, or even the ones that let you take notes!

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  


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