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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Led Zeppelin: The Biography with NYT Bestseller Bob Spitz

In his latest book, Led Zeppelin: The Biography, legendary biographer and journalist Bob Spitz documents the secret life of one of rock and roll’s biggest bands. Through his excellent use of storytelling combined with credibly sourced information, he’s able to write nonfiction that’s both gripping and true. Bob is a bestselling author well known for retelling the lives of many popular figures, including Ronald Reagan and The Beatles. To order Led Zeppelin: The Biography, follow the link below.


Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of the biographies Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child and The Beatles, both New York Times bestsellers, as well as six other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers.

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:

  • What it’s like touring with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John
  • The importance of drawing your own conclusions
  • The process of writing a biography
  • Why main characters are the most unreliable narrators
  • The importance of correct, transparent sourcing


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. Led Zeppelin have been my favourite band since I did a 24 hour sponsored art class event at school in Cyprus in 1973. The girl beside me brought a record deck and her Led Zep albums and played them back to back for the full 24 hours. Heaven. She wasn’t bad too…
    I saw them at Knebworth in 1979. I had tickets for both dates and elected to go to the first and sold tickets to the second to my brother. I got Todd Rundgren and Utopia as support and my brother got the New Barbarians which was the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, as support…*@$! but Utopia were good.
    Because of Led Zep and Jimmy Page I got briefly interested in Black Magic; I read biographies on Aleister Crowley and similar books for a few years, but being an atheist, and a cynic I soon ditched that interest as drug fuelled garbage. I always found it fascinating that Jimmy Page owned Crowley’s house on the edge of Loch Ness.
    A book for my Christmas list.
    The idea of supporting hobbies for a writer is one I buy into; for me these are; learning the guitar and urban sketching. The latter would be my suggestion for Zach to look at; urban sketching is hot right now and hugely pleasing and doesn’t require art skills, only practice. It can be done alone or in groups and in situ or using photos – useful when it’s cold or raining.
    Loved the interview today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      I couldn’t wait for you to hear this one because I knew Zep was your favorite band! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Stephen Schneider

    3 years ago  

    Haven’t heard the episode yet – but wanted to tell JD that Lowes may not be any better for home improvement. We have been struggling with them for 2 weeks to get the right storm door and get it installed.

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