The Complete Creative

How Wizards Sell Books with Author Matt Harry

September 21, 2017

Listen to this episode if you want to learn:

  • Why publishers are still important to the book process
  • How Inkshares works
  • What a hybrid publisher can do for you
  • How to get excited for sales
  • Why writing is like dating






Matt Harry and I have been friends since almost the time I moved to Los Angeles. He wrote movies and I wanted to write TV. I watched his career as a writer turn into a career as a professor, and he watched me struggle to make a living as an author.

Then one day I got a message from him that he wanted to publish a book, and I won’t lie I squealed a little. Finally, after years, I could help Matt with something. We sat down and chatted. A few months later he had a publishing deal with Inkshares, which is an alternative to Kickstarter for books.

I wanted to have him on to talk about his experience, publishing, and just shoot the shit. I don’t get to talk with Matt enough, and it was good to catch up. Here’s his bio, straight from Matt.

Matt Harry has been writing since he was 10 years old. He spent his early years writing newspaper articles for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one-act plays, and some very serious short stories before finally discovering filmmaking at Ohio University. He graduated cum laude and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Television Production. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and received an MFA in Film Production. Since graduating from USC, Matt has worked as a reality TV writer, editor, director, and feature film producer. Projects include The Bachelor, Design on a Dime, Seriously Funny Kids, Rock the Reception, and Red Serpent.

As a writer, Matt’s screenplays have been recognized by the Austin Film Festival, the FOX/NYTVF Comedy Script Contest, the PAGE Awards, Script Pipeline, the Launchpad Manuscript Contest, and the Nicholl Fellowships. In 2006, Matt was awarded a screenwriting fellowship by the Writer’s Arc, a non-profit organization that searches for emerging talent. His first produced feature screenplay, Fugue, landed on several top-ten lists, won Best Horror Film at the Mississippi Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by GoDigital. Matt has written also screenplays for the Flynn Picture Co., Primary Wave, Fishbowl Films, Co-op Entertainment, and director Todd Bellanca. His short film Super Kids, which he wrote and co-directed, has over 3.2 million views on YouTube. Recently, his animated TV pilot Monster Cops was awarded Grand Prize in the Second City Original Sitcom Contest, and is currently in development.

His debut novel Sorcery for Beginners has been described as “J.K. Rowling meets V.E. Schwab,” “an immersive and interactive adventure,” “amazing,” and “innovative in its telling.” It’s available for purchase on October 10 from Inkshares and wherever books are sold. The link to the Amazon page is here:

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