BookTrib is proud to present to our readers the Writers, Ink podcast, a show about the business of writing hosted by international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon.

J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. Stephen King penned Carrie on a small desk wedged between a washer and dryer. James Patterson worked in advertising and famously wrote the Toys “R” Us theme song long before becoming an author.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business — editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to use as a reader
  • How to support bookstores across the country
  • When the site will leave beta
  • What Amazon thinks about Bookshop
  • How authors can use Bookshop


Show Credits
Host: J. D. Barker
Host: J. Thorn
Host: Zach Bohannon
Music: Nicorus
Voice Over: Rick Ganley (recorded at Mill Pond Studio)

In This Episode
Elle McKenzie
Story Rubric
Nonfic Rubric
Scene Rubric

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