The landscape of the publishing is everchanging, especially for indies. On this episode, J. and Zach discuss the state of independent publishing in 2019 and how you can prepare yourself for changes in the year ahead. You will discover:

  • How J. creates phenomenal first lines + why you should rarely accept the first idea you have for any part of the writing process
  • Why the rise of pay-to-play marketing is a sign of independent publishing’s maturity, not a sign of the end times
  • How Amazon has minimized the “Also bought” sections of author pages
  • The increased challenges of discoverability in 2019 and how it’s culling the midlist
  • How the era of binge-watching has changed reader habits
  • The shift from social media to online community building
  • How authors can use these lessons about the state of independent publishing to continue building long-term success 

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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Russell Blake’s State of Publishing Article –

The Career Author –

The Career Author YouTube Channel –

Patreon –

Molten Universe Media –

Rock Apocalypse 2019 –

Sell More Book Show Summit 2019 –