Authors on a Train 2018 is officially over. The trip started with J. and Zach meeting six other authors in Chicago, jumping on the Amtrak train, and heading down to New Orleans for the week. On their last morning together in New Orleans, Zach and J. sat down with a microphone between them and shared some things they learned during the week. In this special episode of The Career Author Podcast you’ll learn:

  • How live creative events can simultaneously be exhausting and revitalizing + why smaller events often provide better learning environments than larger ones
  • Why the guys focus on building collaborative work into their writing events
  • How to learn from other authors’ processes + the importance of adapting systems to your own process
  • Why you need to repeat your experiments at least twice
  • Some of the logistical factors you should consider before running a writing event of your own

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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