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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Q&A Episode – July 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 know J. has tried doing a dialogue only first draft, and I’d love to know what you think now. Will this be part of your normal process going forward? I’m trying it myself now, after a conversation with Jeff Elkins. I can definitely
  • Here’s a question that J. gets to ask everyone else, and I’m going to ask you…where do you see the publishing landscape in 5 years?
  • I’m struggling to find my voice for my newsletter. Any advice or will it just take practice and trial and error?
  • Do you think it’s worth the effort to create free stories to offer readers, especially prospective readers, as a marketing strategy? I don’t mean just a reader magnet, but stories offered in addition to that.
  • What do each of you think are 3 necessary elements of a bestseller (100K+ sales) ignoring author name, sales and marketing. They could be 3 things that stood out for you from a bestseller you have read, or 3 things you suggest one might try to include in a novel.
  • What’s the best piece of advice you have received or given in regards to writing?
  • What are your recommendations for getting started in ghostwriting fiction?
  • If you break it down in a rough estimate: How much of your working time on any day do you spend on writing versus publishing (incl. marketing, preparing the book pages on the platforms and such)? And what’s the first thing you’d outsource?
  • When do you read? Or an expanded question: How does your typical day look like regarding Writing, Business, Reading?


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Morning guys. Interesting show.
    Agree with JD on the future. Hybrid – “This is the way”. I have three projects nearing completion; one is aimed at a trad deal, one I will self publish and one I am paying for it to be published in print form because it is NF with a lot of colour images so it will benefit from professional formatting – unlikely it will become an ebook.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks! And always appreciate your great questions.

  2. Deepti Srivatsan

    3 years ago  

    I really love your podcast a lot and wait eagerly every week to listen to the latest episode. Thanks for a great Q&A session. I loved what J said about ‘Writer’s write’. It felt as though he was speaking directly to me 😀

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks for listening!

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