In this episode, Nicholas Sansbury Smith (author of Hell Divers, The Extinction Cycle, and Orbs) talks about how he got started in his writing career, how he built his brand, and how to write a thrilling book. As an added bonus, we are the first to see the inside of his new house. I thought we would get to meet the pitbull and the shih tzu, but alas, it was not to be. You will need to watch this one to the end to understand the reference, but I digress.
After listening to Hell Divers on Audible, Josh told me I had to give it a listen, and now I am recommending it to you. The story takes dystopian fiction to a new level. The characters, story and pacing are outstanding and his voice is second to none.
One of the unique things about Keystroke Medium is the openness and enthusiasm of our guests. Nicholas was no exception. He talks, in detail, about development, writing, working with editors and agents, and being a hybrid author (indie published and traditionally published). I started taking notes when he gave examples of how he builds his brand. Spoiler alert, he interacts with his fans and keeps it positive.
If you want entertaining conversation about books, writing, and a marketing, this episode is for you. I came away with a very good outlook on what it takes to be successful in this business or any other.
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Have you ever been part of those intense conversations about books that are, quite honestly, a little awkward for your friends who haven't read a book since high school? Did you think, of course Daenerys Tagaryen will walk through fire and tame a dragon? After years of talking to each other about what make stories great, Scott and Josh wanted to expand their knowledge and share what they learned with the world!