Get Published Episode 36 – John Hemry Talks About “The Writing Life”

John Hemry is the guest on today’s show. John is a retired United States Navy officer and author of military science fiction. He has written the Stark’s War and Paul Sinclair series under his own name and has written six volumes of the Lost Fleet series under the name Jack Campbell. He has also written many short stories and non-fiction works.

I also address a writing question and talk about the tools I use for podcasting.

There’s lots of good information in this episode. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for listening.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 36 – John Hemry Talks About “The Writing Life”

  • Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

0:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 36 – John Hemry Talks About “The Writing Life”

Welcome to the show.

00:48 — Promo: The Drabblecast

02:17— Feedback – Get Published Episode 36 – John Hemry Talks About “The Writing Life” (continued)

  • DanDanTheArtMan leaves a voicemail question and Mike addresses part 2 of listener Tim’s question from last episode. This episode Mike talks about the tools he uses to podcast.
  • Email feedback at getpublishedpodcast dot com with your comments or call the voiceline at (206) 203-2031

08:40 — Promos: GalaxyBillies

10:28 — Get Published Episode 36 – John Hemry Talks About “The Writing Life” (continued)

John Hemry talks about his writing career thus far, both the good and the bad. He tells us how important it is to be polite and easy to work with and why you should always write and persevere.

You can also find John on Facebook as: John Hemry. He also has a Lost Fleet page.

51:04 — Promos: Audio Market List

54:36 — Closing

Thank you for listening. Let me know what you think and definitely use the voicemail line (206.203.2031) to your heart’s content!

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Audio Market List: (audio market listing for writers)

Flying Island Press:

John Hemry’s website:

Mike’s interview with Scott Roche (Flying Island Press):

View from Valhalla – How I Do It:

Writer Beware:

Predators and Editors:

Book Expo America:



One comment

  1. Thanks for answering my question Mike. I’ve always enjoyed hearing how other writers go about writing their stories. Sounds like you have a good one down for different situations. There’s always something for me to learn. I like how you talk about once the story is plotted, you never have to stop to think about what comes next. Take that writers block! I’ve been thinking about coming up with some kind of method such as the one you use with spreadsheets to keep track of everything. I really like what Terry Brooks wrote in his book “Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life.” He explains his method, very similar to yours in a lot of ways, and he points out that since he outlines he only has to write the rough draft, one revision, and then he’s done. He writes a paragraph out for each chapter. I usually write the idea for the whole book in one monstrous paragraph, and then try and plot the story out with bullet points. Then try and break it into three acts and see what’s working from there. Dan Wells of the Writing Excuses podcast and author of the Tor book “I Am Not A Serial Killer” has an awesome 7 Point System I’ve been trying to implement lately. His blog post about it with links to a video of the lecture he gave at “Life, The Universe & Everything” on it is here: He pretty much starts with the ending, and then figures it all out from there. Cool Stuff.

    Thanks again Mike!

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