Episode 23: #FirstWords, or How to Start the Day which Jess and KJ discuss various strategies for picking up the thread of the previous day’s writing, and KJ has some tips on building your audience with carrots.

(#AmWriting with Jess & KJ is available on iTunes and AudioBoom and you should subscribe. Really.)



John Irving



Suzuki Music

The Virgin Blog, Richard Branson

Your Teen Magazine

Carol Blymire Blog

Dorie Clark



Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, Dorie Clark

The Regulars: A Novel, Georgia Clark

Design Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Neil Stevenson







You always can find K.J. here and Jess here

Episode 21: #BuildingAnAudience (Pretty Much What It Sounds Like) which Jess and KJ answer a listener’s question about “Capturing the Wild Idea,” and KJ explains the finer points of “permission marketing.”

(available on iTunes and AudioBoom)


#Ow,ItHurts & #BestPractices
The Art of the Book Proposal: From Focused Idea to Finished Proposal, Eric Maisel
Light Up Pen for Night Writers


Tim Grahl
Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your eBook, Tim Grahl
Constant Contact


Ugly, Robert Hoge (note from Jess, now that I've finished the book: this was a HUGE hit with a middle grade reading level student and I adored it too!)
Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, Angela J. Hanscom
Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
Harmony, Carolyn Parkhurst

You always can find K.J. here and Jess here