The Career Author Podcast: Episode 17 – The Pete Rose Effect and Outliers

On this week’s episode, Zach and J. discuss the Pete Rose effect, the danger of basing your expectations on outliers, and more:

  • Zach’s one year anniversary of becoming a full-time writer
  • A fun new approach to choosing bonus episodes on the Patreon
  • Amazon launches Prime Reading in China with over 500 Kindle titles
  • The Indie Author Support Network launches with a goal to unite indie authors and facilitate discussions around problems indies have with companies like Amazon
  • Why Mark avoids large Facebook groups
  • Amazon limits reviews on A Higher Loyalty to verified purchases, continuing a trend of special treatment for controversial political books
  • The Pete Rose effect and confirmation bias
  • Outliers in the publishing industry and the dangers of basing your strategies or expectations on their success
  • Why authors rarely make great screenplay writers
  • How this bias can damage your author career when left unchecked
  • What you can do to overcome your confirmation bias
  • What you should base your strategies and expectations on if you want to build a successful author career

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:

Special Treatment For Controversy

Chinese Readocracy

Come Together, Right Now, Indie Authors

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

Authors on a Train –

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