How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part One

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Author and Fast Company Editor Joe Berkowitz stopped by The Writer Files this week. His latest, a humor book titled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You’ve Already Ruined Your Life, lands this October. He took a break from his busy schedule to rap with host Kelton Reid about how he survives the harried life of a big city journalist.

In addition to his work for Fast Company, Joe’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Salon, The Village Voice, Vulture, RollingStone.com, GQ.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many others.

For a writer who works on breakneck deadlines, and almost never gets a break from the writing life, he has some pretty solid advice for keeping the cursor moving.

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How Andy Weir (Bestselling Author of ‘The Martian’) Writes: Part Two

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Martian dropped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process and the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit book, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon (release date October 2, 2015).

The author’s journey to #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list began as a humble series of blog posts that grew enough interest to demand self-publishing to Amazon. When The Martian’s popularity sky-rocketed, traditional publisher Random House called, and the rest is history.

From software engineer to sci-fi phenom, Andy is a down-to-earth writer and self-described “space nerd,” who still answers all of his fan mail.

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How Andy Weir (Bestselling Author of ‘The Martian’) Writes: Part One

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Martian dropped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process and the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit book, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon (release date October 2, 2015).

The author’s journey to #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list began as a humble series of blog posts that grew enough interest to demand self-publishing to Amazon. When The Martian’s popularity sky-rocketed, traditional publisher Random House called, and the rest is history.

From software engineer to sci-fi phenom, Andy is a down-to-earth writer and self-described “space nerd,” who still answers all of his fan mail.

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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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