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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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Q&A Episode – April 2021

In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions.

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.

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Questions asked:

  • I’ve heard conflicting pieces of advice: to write the books you would like to read but aren’t out there yet, and then on the flip side, if a book isn’t out there, that means no one wants to read it. What are your opinions? If there isn’t any books in a particular genre or sub-genre is it because no one wants them or simply because no one has written the books yet?
  • For fun: if you were stuck on a deserted island and could take the catalog of one musical artist with you, who would it be? 
  • When COVID restrictions lift, what are your personal and professional plans for travel, events, activities, etc?
  • Is there any value in trade reviews or awards?
  • Are any of you going to try kindle vella? I think I calculated it to pay 4 cents per 1000 words read which isn’t horrible. Though ezines and anthologies pay 1000 times that.
  • Do you have a set budget per book or series for advertising?
  • If you wrote a one-off book that you thought was very good; how would you decide whether to go trad or self-publish? Assume immediate earnings was not an issue and you think it might sell well. I’d be interested to hear J D’s view also, as I believe he is a hybrid. How does he make that kind of decision?
  • Are there any popular novels written that mix first person and third person?


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Great show today. I enjoy hearing questions answered.
    I saw Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979. So on my desert island I would also choose Led Zeppelin, for the same reasons as J because of their range including their early folk music. Although a close contender for me would be a Fleetwood Mac album, possibly Rumours. And if I was coming to the end of my tether (no not The End by The Doors brilliant though that is especially whilst watching Apocalypse Now) I would put on Leonard Cohen ‘The Best of Leonard Cohen’ 1975 version, because as lovely wifey Denise says “it’s music to slit your wrists to…”
    Am I the only person in the world who gets annoyed when buying a digital version of a vinyl LP I already have and love, to find they have included a dozen bonus tracks? I buy it because I love the track order on the original, I don’t want the bonus tracks… Maybe I’m getting old.
    Great show.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      It’s hard to beat Led Zep! And yes, The End by The Doors is one of the best rock songs ever written, IMHO.

      Don’t worry, buddy. We’re all getting old except for Zach.

  2. Janet Kitto

    3 years ago  

    Zach! When Doves Cry was played at my wedding!! But I was 19 so I’m not ancient, but damn your comment sure made me take a pause.

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