-I started writing when I was 16 and didn't

Robert Gregory Browne is the guest on this episode of The Author Biz podcast.

Robert Gregory Browne

Robert Gregory Browne

What’s the secret to the success of your author business?

I’ve been asking a version of that question to many of my recent guests and I love the way the answer to that single question sets the direction of the show.

For today’s guest, screenwriter, turned traditionally published author, turned indie author, Robert Gregory Browne the answer was his unwillingness to give up.  To keep persevering when success didn’t fall upon him immediately, the way we all hope it will.

Robert kept at it, taking 19 years to achieve his first real success as a screenwriter and reinventing himself a few times along the way.

Casting the BonesSince becoming an indie author in 2012 Robert has either written or been involved in the writing of a dozen novels. He’s written his own books, he’s co-authored books, and he’s launched a fascinating new project, THE LINGER SERIES, which combines a story idea he had several years ago with an epiphany he had while binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix.

In this 53 minute episode, we get into the value of not giving up, Robert’s willingness to experiment and his thoughts on the craft of writing, which he’s expressed in his new book, CASTING THE BONES, An Indie Authors Guide to the Craft of Fiction.  

Show Notes:

  • Robert began writing when he was 16 and didn’t see his first success as a writer until age 35 when he sold a screenplay to Showtime.
  • He sold his first novel at age 50 and credits never giving up as a chief reason for the success of his author business.
  • Robert explains how and why he transitioned from traditional to indie publishing in 2012.
  • LingerWe discuss the LINGER Series – A fascinating experiment in trying to determine if the binge-watching habits people have developed through watching would transfer to reading.
  • We discuss CASTING THE BONES, Robert’s new book for authors.
  • One of the points Robert makes in the book is that the best way to write is the way that works best for you.
  • A discussion of the “show don’t tell” rule beginning authors try so hard to follow. Robert believes “show AND tell” is a better approach for many of us.
  • The value of getting some distance from your work as a way of helping  authors to determine if a book is ready to be published.
  • The importance of making connections with other authors through conferences, events, and even social media.
  • Robert shares his thoughts on the benefits and pitfalls of using Facebook as an author.
  • Robert began using the “sign up and get a free e-book” technique that many authors are using to increase the size of their email list several months ago. He shares his experience using the technique.
  • Robert shares his thoughts on what’s working now for authors and the value of publishing high-quality books and building your catalog.

Links

Robert’s website, www.robertgregorybrowne.com

Purchase CASTING THE BONES at Amazon

Purchase the LINGER series at Amazon

Braun Haus Media website

Robert’s Facebook page

Barry Eisler’s post on JA Konrath’s blog – Shocking WSJ Discovery: Higher Prices=Lower Volume!

Thanks for Listening!

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Thanks to Robert Gregory Brown for joining us this week.

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