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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What it Takes to be an International Bestselling Author with J.D. Barker

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.


In episode 1 of Writers, Ink, J. interviews J.D. about what it takes to become an international bestselling author. The two writers discuss the pursuit of traditional publishing and how to become an independent author.

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:

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How J.D. can write two different books at the same time
  • When J.D. writes his 3,000 words a day
  • Advice J.D. implemented from Dean Koontz and James Patterson
  • How writing with James Patterson has changed J.D.’s mind on outlines
  • What J.D. says to new writers he mentors
  • The only two books on writing J.D. uses on a regular basis
  • How J.D. helped Dacre Stoker turn the corner on Dracul
  • Why J.D. hired professional cover designers, editors, and proofreaders for his self-published books
  • Why J.D. talks to his agent, Kristin Nelson, as much as his wife
  • What traditional publishers can do that independents can’t
  • How J.D. approaches the business of writing
  • What J.D. still does day-to-day
  • What J.D. thinks is on the near horizon for the publishing industry


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  1. Tracey

    4 years ago  

    Fabulous start, J. and J.D.! Really looking forward to learning more from you and your guests.

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Thanks for listening, Tracey.

  2. Tory Element

    4 years ago  

    Hey J and JD, I really like your new podcast, the style, the format, and I anticipate some great info dumps. Thanks for making this effort.


    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      “Info dumps” in a positive way 😉

  3. Christine Daigle

    4 years ago  

    So excited you’re doing this. Thanks!

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  


  4. Matt

    4 years ago  

    I’ve really enjoyed this. I think you have a winner here!

    1. J. Thorn

      4 years ago  

      Thanks, Matt! Much appreciated.

  5. DK Fynn

    4 years ago  

    Great first episode! As I write this, the release of The Coast-to-Coast Murders is two days away! I’m really excited for it!

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