The Writer Files

This series is a celebration of some of the world's most accomplished writers -- writers like Seth Godin, Elizabeth Gilbert, and David Meerman Scott. Find out how (and where) these writers write ... and what inspires them to do so.

How Bestselling Author Hugh Howey Writes

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In this episode of The Writer Files, prolific, bestselling, and multi-genre author Hugh Howey took host Kelton Reid on a walk through the writer’s process.

Mr. Howey is the well-known author of Wool and his self-published dystopian Silo series that has sold more than two-million copies worldwide. His books have been optioned for film and TV by well-known Hollywood director Ridley Scott and Heroes creator Tim Kring, respectively.

He has been a fierce advocate for self-publishing authors and even inked a rare print-only contract with major publishers to retain the electronic rights to his early works. Hugh is a tireless proponent for the pure craft of writing, and he has built an intensely loyal following.

As he prepares to sail around the globe on his catamaran, Hugh took time out from his busy schedule to talk with Kelton on a short walk.

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How Veteran Podcaster and Content Marketer Jerod Morris Writes

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The Showrunner behind multiple top-ranking podcasts and Vice President of Marketing for the Rainmaker.FM podcast network, Jerod Morris, paid The Writer Files host Kelton Reid a visit this week to talk about his beginnings as a writer, podcaster, and digital marketer.

Mr. Morris started out online as a sports blogger and became the editor of a high-traffic blog that was tapped by Fox Sports.

His blogging has led to quite a few opportunities for the writer, including:

  • Co-founding a WordPress hosting company
  • Leading the editorial team for Copyblogger.com
  • Launching and co-hosting multiple top-ranked podcasts
  • Becoming the VP of Marketing for the Rainmaker.FM podcast network — to name only a few

On the eve of the launch of his new Showrunner Podcasting Course, Kelton and Jerod had a chance to talk shop.

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How Bestselling Author Daniel Pink Writes

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Multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink stopped by The Writer Files to chat about his secrets for getting words onto the page.

Mr. Pink is the author of five provocative titles on the subjects of business, work, and human behavior — including To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others — and has written for the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company, and Wired.

In addition to having one of the most viewed TED talks of all time — “The puzzle of motivation” — Dan recently hosted and co-executive produced the TV series “Crowd Control” for the National Geographic Channel.

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How Pamela Wilson (VP of Educational Content for Copyblogger) Writes

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Award-winning designer and marketing consultant Pamela Wilson — who has helped small businesses and large organizations alike create 
”big brands” since 1987 — stopped by The Writer Files to chat about what it’s like to run the blog at Copyblogger.com and her mission to publish impeccable online content.

As head of the editorial team for Copyblogger Media, she helps guide an abundance of educational content for one of the top content marketing and copywriting sites in the world.

Pamela’s unique point of view comes from the marriage of design, branding, content, and conversion — something she has coined “Customer Experience Design.”

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How Novelist and Prolific Podcaster Brad Listi Writes

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Bestselling author and prolific lit interviewer Brad Listi was named “One of LA’s most fascinating people of 2015” by the LA Weekly. He stopped by to chat with Kelton Reid about podcasting and the secrets of successful writers.

On his “in depth and inappropriate” podcast, Otherppl with Brad Listi, he has interviewed more than 350 leading contemporary authors — including George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Tao Lin, Jonathan Lethem, Austin Kleon, and Susan Orlean — and his takeaways for writers are often priceless and pointed.

In addition to his street cred as a bestselling novelist, Brad is a screenwriter, and the founder and publisher of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

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How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part Two

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New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat about creativity and the writing life.

Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation.

In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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