Novelist and Screenwriter Chad Kultgen

James talks to novelist and screenwriter Chad Kultgen – it’s a discussion that should prove fascinating to all writers – about his ideas, work habits, and success in several mediums. Chad has sold as many as twenty TV shows, written four novels, penned several screenplays, and ventured into graphic novels and videogames. Chad’s novels include Men, Women, and Children and The Average American Marriage. Recent film work includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

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In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’


4 Responses to “Novelist and Screenwriter Chad Kultgen”

  1. tsfranta May 12, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Great podcast. I listen to a number of shows on similar themes, and yours is one of my favorites because you cut out the bullshit chatter and get to the point. I really wish you would have asked Mr. Kultgen more business -oriented questions. Like, how do you sell a TV show? How is selling a TV show different than selling a novel?

    I think maybe one of the big changes in the writing / technological world is that now writers have to be both writers and marketers. I need help with the marketing side. Can you help?

    Thanks for all your insights.

    Much love,


    • James May 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      Thanks for compliment. :)

      I want to have Chad on again for sure. And yeah, we can definitely get into the nitty gritty of selling shows and novels. Maybe I’ll get him back on Skype in a week or two. In the meantime, feel free to Facebook fan him and tell him how much you liked the episode. I think you’re the first to give us any feedback on the ep. We appreciate it!

    • James May 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Oh and the marketing side is a huge topic. I need to find some authors that are super good at that and have them on. In the meantime, the books of Seth Godin seem to be full of good advice about building your brand/platform/tribe/etc.

  2. Christy May 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Loved this episode! It seems that Chad is only reachable through Facebook or Twitter and alas, I no longer have either. Please tell him that he is captivating, witty and full of just enough shit to maintain a level of realism. 😉

    Thank you for all of the great Podcats. I’m a fan.

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