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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


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. 


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...


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