Zach and J. have spent most of their time as collaborators working on trilogies, but now they’ve decided to move away from that. On this episode, they discuss what they’ve learned by writing and self publishing trilogies, why they are ready to try a longer series, and more:

  • A fascinating new show J. is watching on Amazon Prime and the power of studying storytelling in other mediums
  • How creating templates can reduce the amount of time you spend on repetitive business tasks and even make aspects of the creative process more efficient
  • Why the guys focused their collaborative process on trilogies for a long time
  • How their experience self publishing trilogies helped them refine both their individual writing skills and their collaborative process
  • Some of the business lessons Zach and J. have learned from their trilogies
  • The power of staying focused on one story world until all of that world’s stories are written vs. spreading your time between multiple series
  • Why all of these lessons have helped prepare the guys for the transition to a longer flagship series
  • How a flagship series can boost your author career to the next level of income
  • The distinction between publishing decisions and storytelling decisions
  • How the guys are going to structure the story arcs within their flagship series
  • Why it’s important to consider the reader experience when you plan your stories
  • The Rapid Release model of self publishing

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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