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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Facing Your Challenges with NYT Bestseller Andrew Child

Andrew Child never backs down from a challenge. Whether it’s leaving a stable corporate job to pursue a writing career or picking up the reins of his brother’s legendary Jack Reacher series, his willingness to take risks and put himself out there have helped him become the successful writer he is today. Child has been writing full-time since 2008 and is most known for his David Trevellyan and Paul McGrath series. His latest release, Better Off Dead, is available below.


Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a ‘temporary’ solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles including several which were covered by the UK’s Official Secrets Act, Andrew became the victim / beneficiary of a widespread redundancy programme. Freed once again from the straight jacket of corporate life, he took the opportunity to answer the question, what if … ?

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 co-write with your brother
  • When to pursue an agent vs. self-publish
  • Why to market a persona during conferences and events
  • The benefits of a pen name
  • Why remote teamwork can be effective


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today guys. Fascinating to hear about the transition. Not the Jack Reacher Transition but there is a UK rock band called Transition. They’re big in Taiwan.
    I admire Andrew for taking over Reacher; it must be really hard given that Lee is still around.
    Saw Dune last week – definitely something to watch on a huge cinema screen, rather than a TV.
    JD’s stories about his home renovation would make a great story. I read a book called ‘A Year in Provence’ many years ago by a writer called Peter Mayle about his moving to France and renovating an old property to live in. It was made into a great TV series starring John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan. The humour was in the ineptitude of the local workmen so tell JD to make sure his home is finished before he writes it, or use a pen name.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Ha! I’ll bet they’re big in Japan too 😉

      Thanks for listening.

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