Guest blogging at Liz Strauss' "Successful Blog" / by J.C. Hutchins

It's fun hosting a rambunctious blue-collar keg party -- heck, I do that every week here at, welcoming listeners to my fictional worlds and UltraCreatives interviews -- but there's something even cooler and more flattering when you're invited to an elegant party, hosted by one of the classiest ladies in town. That's what happened to me this week. The sublime Liz Strauss recently invited me to write a guest post for her blog, This was a tremendous opportunity; Liz is renowned for her practical and thought-provoking advice about blogging and social media, and is an expert at building a dedicated, emotive audience. And so, this overall-wearin' Kentucky boy bought himself a tie, gave his shoes a spit-shine, and got to wordherding.

My contribution tells the tale of 7th Son's adventure from word processor to podcast to print, and why I chose to tune out the "no's" from publishing industry pros and share the trilogy for free. I also offer some brass-tacks advice about pursuing a creative endeavor, evangelizing your work and keeping the faith in yourself and your project.

This was my first-ever guest post for a blog, and Liz's amazing readers have posted some very positive comments about the work. That is flattering beyond measure.

So if you'd like to check out what I "sound" like when I'm a guest at the fancy party (and not the host of this raucous kegger), please subscribe to and give my two posts a gander.

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Many thanks to Liz for allowing me be a part of her remarkable community. It was an honor!