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James P. Nettles

Author, Speaker, Consultant

James Nettles is a University of South Carolina graduate and has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author.

In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology.

He is also the founder for Author Essentials and Author Essentials Workshops, the Business Track Dean for the Speculative Fiction Academy, and a founder of and the technical director for The ConTinual Convention.

Business Essentials for Writers - Second Edition

Are you a writer looking to get to the next level in your career? Are you trying to make your living as a writer and struggling? What started as a few side conversations, articles and blog posts grew into a website, and eventually into Author Essentials. With the support of the writer community, I’m privileged to bring what’s been called a great reference guide whether you are looking to publish your first work, or learning how to best build your career into a business.

What you will learn… the 5 Pillars Of Business:

  • Meet all of the people and jobs in the publishing industry, how they fit together, and what you can expect.
  • Building the foundation of your business and career, including paths to publication (New York publishing, small and mid-tier presses, and self-publishing), answering the burning question, what is an author platform and how to build it, and how to develop your plan.
  • Understanding sales and marketing in the publishing industry, how and where to sell books, and developing your personal author brand. 
  • Establishing the operational side of any business from contracts and intellectual property, working with different tools and technologies (including social media), and how to design and build your website.
  • Learning how money works as an author, basic accounting, and how to monetize your work for your maximum benefit. 

The second edition includes a new chapter on Generative AI, the ethical impacts and considerations, how these tools work, and ways authors and creators can consider using the tools!

Plus we are going to dive into:

  • Beating Resistance
  • Busting the Starving Artist Myth 
  • Wrestling with Imposter Syndrome
  • Dealing with Trolls
  • And so much more...

Available on Amazon

Fairy Films - Wee Folk on the Big Screen

Since their inception, motion pictures have brought fantastic imagery to life, mining mythology and folklore to entertain audiences worldwide. As a staple of fantasy, fairies almost immediately received attention and their influence on the artform of film has never truly waned. Even into the modern era, filmmakers draw upon the themes of fairy lore, perhaps unknowingly.​ Quaint children's tales of whimsical, benevolent sprites belie a rich tradition of complex, magical beings sharing our reality, entities whose very existence may have some root in fact. In this groundbreaking collection of essays, editor Joshua Cutchin reveals how this ancient body of folklore infuses multiple genres of contemporary cinema.

Featuring essays by Wren Collier, Joshua Cutchin, Susan Demeter, Patrick Dugan, David Floyd, Jack Hunter, Allison Jornlin, James P. Nettles, Neil Rushton, Mark Anthony Wyatt, and Simon Young​.

Edited by Joshua Cutchin

Available on Amazon

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