The Art & Business of Writing

The Art & Business of Writing

Chris Jones teaches authors to think like publishers and promote like marketers. Each week, he highlights a different facet of the writing and self-publishing business. His goal: to equip authors and writers with the tools they need to get the recognition they deserve. Past guests have included Joanna Penn, John David Mann, Toby Neal, JV Crum III, Nathan Chan, and Mark Minard.

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May 7, 2021

As writers, we're told to silence, ignore, or drown out the voice of our inner critic...but is that the right advice? On today's episode, I share an excerpt from the book "Unleash the Writer Within" by Cec Murphey that could change the way you relate to your inner voice. 

"Unleash the Writer Within" is available on Amazon.

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James Noll is the author of dozens of short stories and a handful of novels. He recently began adapting his stories into films.   In this episode, James discusses:  
  • How he got started as a writer
  • How he chose his genre
  • Pivoting into authorship
  • The evolution of self-publishing (2013 to present)
  • The need for authors to be fearless and to try new ways to expose audiences to their books
  • Turning a story into a short film
  • How he ...
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    When you want to make it easy for bloggers, editors, journalists, show producers, and podcast hosts to give you guest posting/contribution opportunities, write a story about you, or interview you, what’s your best resource for getting their attention? A press kit, of course. In this episode, I show you nine elements of an attention-grabbing press kit to get your book more attention and score you more interviews.

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    My first foray into minimalism started when I read Walden many years ago. Next came Tim Ferriss in the 4-Hour Work Week when he quoted William of Occam, who said, " It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer." Then I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up back in 2017 on a whim. 

    All the pieces came together this year when I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. When he talked about how environment was one key ...

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    Welcome back to the Art & Business of Writing podcast. I am your host Chris Jones, and I am ... BACK! It's been nearly three full years (March 30, 2018) since my last podcast episode so, before we get rocking and rolling and picking up where we left off, let's play some catch up, because my writing life has been an exciting adventure.   Roman poet Ovid once said, "Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful...
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    This week, I'm introducing a 15-week podcast boot camp on how to write your book from start to finish. Here are the topics we will cover.

  • Episode 074: The Writer's Mindset & Daily Habits
  • Episode 075: Who is Your Avatar?
  • Episode 076: Developing Your Book Idea
  • Episode 077: Tools of the Trade
  • Episode 078: Writing Your Book Synopsis
  • Episode 079: Developing Your Book Outline
  • Episode 080: Ways to Get the Writing Done
  • Episode 081: Ho...
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    In this rebroadcast episode, I talk with children's book author Tasha Fuller about how authors can be successful at book festivals. I chose to do this episode as a replay since we are entering spring and many cities and regions are beginning to launch their annual book festivals. If you're planning on attending a book festival this year, you'll want to hear these marketing tips that will help you to sell more books.

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    If you're about to write a book, are writing a book, or about to publish a book, Candy Zulkosky is going to tell you how book launches work and why they need to start from the moment you have a concept for your book. She talks about the timeline for a book launch, from getting a cover to getting testimonials from your audience.

    You'll also learn:

  • Why a book launch starts before the book is completed 
  • How to get your book cov...
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    Today's guest is Hannah Carmack, author of the book "The Seven Sided Spy" (released by NineStar Press in January). Hannah talks about how she went through several rejection letters before a clever 140-character tweet caught the attention of a book publisher who offered her a deal for her book.

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    Chris Jones shares the top 5 lessons that he learned in 2017 that helped him to have a better year of writing and creativity.

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    Zack Miller is the CEO of Hatch where he helps entrepreneurs to start, build, grow, and thrive in their businesses. Zack is also a television show and podcast host, as well as an author. Today he's going to teach you how to get influencers to say, "Yes!" to contribution to and endorsing your books.

    Get the complete show notes at: http://www.readywritelaunch.com/abw067

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    Ajay Prasad is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of GMR Web Team, GMR Transcription and RepuGen.

    A former Fortune 10 executive with years of marketing expertise, Ajay has helped small businesses grow to their fullest potential. He continues to craft a name for himself by building online businesses from the ground-up.

    Today, Ajay discusses:

  • What makes up the digital landscape
  • Creating a system to filter reviews
  • Reputation management f...
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    Today, we’re excited to have prolific fiction author Toby Neal on the show. She’s a writer who made the leap from the corporate world to full-time writing in an inspiring way.   Toby made a name for herself with her 12 book Lei Crime Series, which has now turned into an Amazon Kindle World.    She’s gone on to co-write a 6 book action/romance series with Emily Kimmelman as well her own series of romance novels and a Lei Crime spin...
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    Julie C. Gilbert is a multi-genre writer and a high school chemistry teacher. She writes everything from middle grade fantasy (Awakening) to Christian mystery (Heartfelt Cases) to fast-paced mystery/thrillers (Lei Crime Kindle World Shadow Council Series) to nonfiction (5 Steps to Surviving Chemistry and 5 Steps to Better Blurbs. In other news, you can find her taking walks on lovely days, drinking tea, building Legos, or collectin...

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    Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers.

    In this episode, Joanna discusses:

  • How she got started writing
  • The mindset ne...
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    Eric Rosenberg is a finance, travel, and technology writer in Ventura, California. When away from the keyboard, Eric he enjoys exploring the world, flying small airplanes, discovering new craft beers, and spending time with his wife and little girl.

    On this episode, Eric talks about when and how he started blogging, how it led to him getting bigger writing opportunities, and what he did to to turn up the heat and write himself to a...

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    Gordon Firemark is an expert in matters pertaining to the entertainment industry, particular theatre, film, television and music. Intellectual Property law is his forte'.

    On this episode, Gordon will talk about copyright laws writers and authors need to know, what fair use is when quoting sources in your book, how to protect your intellectual property, how to be book publishing contract savvy, what constitutes a legally binding...

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    Danny is a leading online marketing expert who works with home-based entrepreneurs to help them understand and adopt the most effective ways to build their business using social media and the internet. He is passionate about the freedom that home-business and entrepreneurship provides, and is on a mission to help others understand what is possible if they follow their dreams. Doing exactly that he was able to move away from a high-...

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    Lisa Cherry Beaumont is a life purpose coach, workshop leader, and author of bestselling book Life Purpose Alchemy: Discover What Fulfills You and Do What You Love for a Living. Using her unique 6-step system, Lisa helps people who are stuck doing work they don’t love, and those who find themselves hopping from one frustrating business to the next, to understand what’s meaningful to them and create a business that makes them happy ...

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    This Week We Welcome: Melissa Forziat

    Melissa Forziat is a marketing consultant and event planner and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans. She cares deeply about helping small business owners achieve success.  

    Before starting Melissa Forziat Events & Marketing, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby...

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