If you want to have a long-term career as an author, it's a good idea to listen to those few writers who have successfully navigated the many changes in the publishing industry over the last 30 years.
Kevin J Anderson sold his first novel in 1988 and with over 140 books under his belt, he is still enthusiastic about learning new ways to reach readers. In today's show, he gives some tips on planting lightning rods as a writer, dictation and multiple streams of income.
In the introduction, sales of audiobooks are set to overtake ebooks in the UK in 2020 [The Independent].
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Kevin J. Anderson is the multi-award-winning and internationally bestselling author of over 140 books selling over 23 million copies in 30 languages. Kevin has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files and Dune universes, as well as his own sci-fi fantasy, thriller, steampunk and horror books. He runs WordFire Press with his wife and fellow author Rebecca Moesta, has ed edited numerous anthologies and written comics, games, song lyrics, and he's also a professor in Publishing at Western Colorado University.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- If you want lightning to strike, then plant lightning rods with your writing
- Why your writing career is like popcorn
- How to get better using dictation for first drafts – check out Kevin's book, On Being a Dictator
- Using dictation for brainstorming and character-building
- Teaching a graduate program that covers both traditional and indie publishing
- Why learning to deal with change is the one constant in publishing
You can find Kevin J. Anderson at Wordfire.com and on Twitter @TheKJA