The Career Author Podcast: Episode 16 – Our Favorite Productivity Tools for Authors

On this week’s episode, Zach and J. flip the script on their Choose Your News segment, putting J. in the driver’s seat and having him read headlines to Zach. They discuss Amazon Internet, productivity tools for authors, and more:

  • The Career Author Podcast hits 50 patrons on Patreon
  • Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is releasing a memoir
  • How authors are using YouTube to fight book piracy
  • A Higher Loyalty gets 850,000 copies printed on the first run – 5X the original run of Fire and Fury
  • Comics retailers are optimistic despite market declines
  • J. and Zach’s favorite productivity tools for authors – find the full list of links at the bottom of this page!

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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News Links:

The Skull and Bones of YouTube

5X the Fire and Fury

AI – Amazon Internet

Amazon vs. Comic Book Man

Interesting but not newsworthy:

Our Favorite Tools:

Slack –

Google Drive –

J.’s free Google Calendar and Gmail guide –

Scrivener –

Bookfunnel –

Vellum –

Draft2Digital Formatting –

Dragon Dictate –

Grammarly –

Zach’s Noise Canceling Headphones –

Zach’s Ergonomic Keyboard –

Zach’s Ergonomic Mouse –

Zach’s iPad Keyboard Case –

Zach’s Laptop Cart –

Other Links:

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield –

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday –

Write to Market: Deliver a Book That Sells by Chris Fox –

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne –

Authors on a Train – Sell More Books Show Summit –

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