episode 9: Jason Gurley and the benefits of a day job

Author Jason Gurley joined us to talk about his job as a software designer, self-publishing compared to traditional publishing, seatbelt clicks, designing books, self-promotion, marketing algorithms, giving away books, reader enthusiasms, maintaining a writing/working/family balance, palate cleansers, e-readers, and eating and reading.

We had a great time talking to Jason. He’s a voracious reader and a gracious coworker. Find him at http://www.jasongurley.com/.

Books we reference

The Dark Tower series – Stephen King
Eleanor – Jason Gurney
The Martian – Andy Weir
My Friend Leonard – James Frey
Tenth of December – George Saunders
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple
Ulysses – James Joyce
Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
Rum Punch – Elmore Leonard
Walt Longmire Mysteries – Craig Johnson
Transmigration of Bodies – Yuri Herrera
So Sad Today – Melissa Broder

Writers we mention

Alice Munro
Margaret Atwood
John Sandford
Gillian Flynn
Erik Larson
Michael Chabon
Edgar Allen Poe
Louise Penny

What we’re reading now

Michelle

White Nights in Split Town City – Annie DeWitt

Jason

Iron Lake – William Kent Krueger
Playing Dead – Elizabeth Greenwood

Isaac

The Only Ones – Carola Dibbell

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