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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.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

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Wendy Corsi Staub knows how to keep things interesting after writing so many novels. By switching up her writing routine and process, branching out into areas like screenwriting, and reminding herself of why she’s writing in the first place, she maintains her enthusiasm for her work and always looks forward to conquering a new challenge. Wendy is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over 90 novels and is well known for her Lily Dale mystery series. Her upcoming novel, The Other Family (William Morrow Paperbacks) is now available for preorder.


New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than 90 novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Wendy discovered creative writing in third grade
  • How to add a charged object to your story
  • The importance of comic relief characters
  • Why dictation can help with dialogue
  • The differences between screenwriting and novel writing


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 
Wendy Corsi Staub
The Other Family
Story Bundle
Story Rubric
Nonfic Rubric
Scene Rubric

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