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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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Finding Successful Routines and Understanding LLCs with Attorney Jonathan Kirsch

Author and attorney Jonathan Kirsch is a master of many trades. As a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and bestseller of many biographies and historical pieces, he utilizes a disciplined writing routine to create the best stories possible. When he isn’t writing, Jonathan works as an attorney and member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. With over thirty years of experience in the field, he understands the importance of an LLC to an independent author better than anyone else and offers a wealth of meaningful business advice during this episode. To learn more about Kirsch, follow the links below.


Jonathan Kirsch’s latest book is The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris (W. W. Norton/Liveright). “A lively and suspenseful tale,” according to Publishers Weekly. “Kirsch has eloquently provided a dramatic real-life mystery with broad appeal,” writes Mark Levine in Booklist. “It’s a remarkable story Kirsch tells here, deeply researched and compelling drawn,” writes Scott Martelle in the Washington Post. And Michael Berenbaum writes in The Jewish Journal: “Kirsch tells a powerful story with the skill of a novelist and the precision of a historian.”

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 to force yourself to write 200 words a day
  • When to consider making an LLC
  • How an LLC protects personal assets
  • Why you need to keep track of business expenses
  • Why you should license your work to yourself


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Jonathan Kirsch –

Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch –

The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan by Jonathan Kirsch –

Speak Up For Small Business! –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Wow who’d have thought a talk by a lawyer could be so interesting. I have a tax accountant even for the pennies I earn and she told me that I don’t need to set up a plc (Public Limited Company) yet. Problem is when you listen to a layer talk you start to worry about everything. What if a person gets a paper cut from one of my books and dies? Am I liable or is the printer liable?
    Not sure I would write a non-fiction book about a crooked cop I once knew, given there could be some unpleasant criminals still out there. That has been the premise behind the plot of many a murder mystery, even the great Jessica Fletcher has had to solve a similar case.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Ha! I know, right? Jonathan was entertaining as well as knowledgeable.

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