After Jeff reveals the details on the anthology project he’s been alluding to over the past few weeks, Will dives into a discussion on story structure, specifically The Set Up phase described in Gwen Hayes’s Romancing the Beat. After reviewing the elements of that phase, they talk about it in action through a couple of stories and Jeff gets into the Set Up he’s working on for his Christmas story.
Jeff & Will reveal their Christmas in July project. It starts in June with creating characters, deciding on tropes and using Gwen Hayes’s Romancing the Beats to outline a Christmas story that they’ll write during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. The guys also have a Q&A session with author Victoria Lee.
After a brief recap of their week, which included The Career Author Summit, Jeff and Will welcome K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix for a Q&A session.
Nora Phoenix joins Jeff and Will to talk about the results of the survey she did of m/m romance readers. We talk about demographics, the huge amount of books readers consume as well as audiobooks, reviews, BookBub and social media platforms.
Jeff does a deep dive on the release of Keeping Kyle, looking at the expenses to create the book and its first month’s earnings. He also compares it to his previous releases. Then Jamie Sands, who also writes under the pen names Jaxon Knight and Drake LaMarque, joins us for a Q& A session.