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Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Hosts J.D. Barker, J. Thorn, and Zach Bohannon pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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The Importance of Passion and Perseverance

The Importance of Passion and Perseverance with James Patterson

James Patterson knows the importance of passion and perseverance when it comes to a career as a writer. He is the bestselling author with 147 published novels, 114 of which made the New York Times bestsellers list, and he holds the Guinness World Record for most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His classic thriller, Along Came a Spider, inspired twenty-five sequels and a film adaptation starring Morgan Freeman. James also runs The Patterson Family Foundation and the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships.

From Amazon.com:

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over a million books to schoolkids and over forty million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers.  He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family. Learn more at jamespatterson.com.

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 powerhouse, J. Thorn, 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 James Patterson structures his stories
  • Why every story needs an outline
  • Why successful authors are innovators
  • Why a great book is its own best ad
  • How to be more aware of your readers’ needs
  • The amazing work of The Patterson Family Foundation

Links:

James Patterson – https://www.jamespatterson.com/

James Patterson Masterclass –  https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=963720&u=2285884&m=62509&urllink=&afftrack=

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson – https://books2read.com/AlongCameASpider

The Patterson Family Foundation – https://www.thepattersonfoundation.org/

J. D. Barker – http://jdbarker.com/

J. Thorn – https://theauthorlife.com/

Music by Nicorus – https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – http://www.millpondstudio.com

Contact – https://writersinkpodcast.com/dev/contact/ 

*Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links.

19 Comments

  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Great show today guys. The 7 P’s of book success:
    Passion
    Perseverance
    Plan with
    Purpose and
    Partner and
    Publish with
    Patterson.
    Great guy; I have his Writing Masterclass. Wisdom with laconicism. Well worth the money.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks! He’s truly a master.

  2. DK Fynn

    3 years ago  

    I just shared this on two James Patterson Masterclass FB groups, so hopefully, you’ll get some new, passionate and persistent listeners!

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thank you! We really appreciate it 😉

  3. Jen Moore

    3 years ago  

    Great interview! Thought provoking as a writer, and as a parent. Has me seriously considering sharing my kindle with my 9 year old for the first time.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks! And yes, you should share your Kindle with your 9 year old.

  4. Mark Leslie Lefebvre

    3 years ago  

    Awesome interview! And I’m loving the whole podcast too. Great job! Will be sharing this.

    LOL at Christopher’s comment. I missed “Patterson” when I wrote a book on the 7 P’s of publishing success……HOW could I miss “Patterson” 😉

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks for sharing, Mark.

  5. Eve Paludan

    3 years ago  

    Great show! Shared on Twitter and Facebook!

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks, Eve!

  6. Anne-Maree Gray

    3 years ago  

    the next time Joanna teases you about having too many podcasts, you can just say two words: James Patterson.
    weird – the sound file glitched out on me and kept repeating the same couple of minutes. I assume it is me… or my tech.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Hmmm. It must be on your end because I haven’t heard that from anyone else 🙁

      1. Anne-Maree Gray

        3 years ago  

        My family constantly tells me how I break tech in new and unexpected ways… I’ll add this to the list.

  7. Anne Lown

    3 years ago  

    Excellent podcast. I knew Dolly Parton was doing her best to help children get into reading, lovely to hear James is doing the same.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks! Yes, Patterson is really invested in children’s literacy. So admirable.

  8. Jenni Clarke

    3 years ago  

    Enjoyed this podcast. Thanks to you all. i was shocked when James said about phonics being removed from the reading education- it’s a huge part of the Uk pre reading teaching and it can be such fun too.
    I hope other rich authors take note of his giving back and support reading in someway- other than writing books!

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Thanks!

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