May 17

How To Weave Compelling Prose And Make A Living From It with John David Mann


You have just finished writing your book, and you see yourself as the next JK Rowling. Then you realize, what should I do next? Tune in to today’s podcast as our next guest, John David Mann, shares with us how to weave compelling prose and make a living from it.

John has co-authored more than 30 books including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers. His books have been published in 38 languages and have sold more than 3 million copies. His writing has won multiple awards, including the Living Now Book Awards Evergreen Medal for its “contributions to positive global change.” COLD FEAR is the sequel to last year’s STEEL FEAR, which was named “one of the best novels of 2021” by Publishers Weekly and has been nominated for a Barry Award.

Key takeaways:

1. To describe a scene..I build it in my head, like building a stage set…I look at pictures of it, I go read about it, I go do research. (4:03)

2. The number one strategy for creating a readership for your book is developing that core of devoted readers, it could be 50 people, it could be 100, whatever, how it doesn’t matter how small it is. (21:06)

3. Before you finish your book, you got to make sure that your concept is golden and is going to ring like a bell that can be heard for 10 miles around. (23:48)

4. When you first put stuff on paper, don’t worry about whether it’s any good or not because it won’t be I promise you, it won’t be that great… That’s okay. As long as you’re true to yourself, true to your idea true to your intention… you come back to it and take your ideas, the raw ore, and start to refine it into Polish steel (34:41)

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