Bonus Episode – Late-Breaking News

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While in Austin, Jim and Bryan felt compelled to record another jam-packed news show. With so much occurring in the previous few days, there wasn’t enough time to wait until next week. Please enjoy our special bonus episode!

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  • Well-played, you two. You actually had me raising my brows until you mentioned the tattoos. LOL!

    • Bryan

      Thanks :).

  • Happy April, guys. It wasn’t the tattoos for me. It was the mention of those jokers Nielsen. 🙂

    • Bryan

      Haha, right? 🙂

  • Pretty funny! I’d like to hear J Thorn’s response to this one. 🙂

    • Bryan

      He says he and Stephen King are getting their lawyers ready!

  • Craig A. Price Jr.

    You guys are assholes, laugh out loud.

    I’m still catching up, on 55, but had to hear this one.

    • Bryan

      Hehe, we do what we can.

  • Hmmm. Something seems a bit fishy here…

    • Bryan

      Whatever do you mean ;).

  • Connie B. Dowell

    Good one, guys. I feel like you needed an extra sounder today, one that goes “mwa-mwa-mwaaaaa.”

    • Bryan

      Let’s get Jim on it!

  • Scott Nelson

    Since I can’t seem to make your advice work for me, Tell Jim I need a job. Google can afford me.

    • Bryan

      Jim, run this up the flagpole :).

  • Daniel Martone

    Ok, just listened to the 1st news story. I’m upping the price of my 391 best selling books to $7.99. I should see an instant increase. I was making almost $9000 a minute.

    • Daniel Martone

      Ok, I did it. Changed my prices. My plan is to use this new wealth to supply my agents to take over the country, then the world.

      • Daniel Martone

        Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention. Just the second book in the “I’ll Stick My Big Foot Up Your *$#*” series. Who doesn’t like a little “active romance” even if it’s got a BIG FOOT!

        • Daniel Martone

          Ok, I’m a bit worried. The money seems to be drying up… but looks like I’m saved by Author Solutions and Scam Guy… they just gave me a cool $1 million. Can’t take over the country… but maybe I can start with… Key West.

          • Daniel Martone

            Forget that. I just put the million into doing conversions aimed at Google Books… I’m back on track to take over the country… maybe the world.

    • Bryan

      What could go wrong?!

  • Crissy Moss

    You almost got me… it took me a minute, then I realized what day it was. Loved this episode!

    • Bryan

      Haha, thanks, Crissy :).

  • Strangely enough, it wasn’t the Sasquatch porn that made me realize what was up. But as soon as you mentioned those generous guys at Author Solutions and the deep pocketed KDP scammers, the jig was up. Thanks for a good laugh, Bryan and King Kukral.

    • Bryan

      King Kukral! You’re welcome :).

  • Spider McGee

    Prank or no, I’m always open to writing some sweet, sweet Bigfoot porn.

    And Stephen King would totally ruin the endings of all twenty of those trunk novels. SEARCH YOUR FEELINGS. YOU KNOW IT TO BE TRUE.

    • Bryan

      It IS true!

  • I think Jim should rebrand Google Play to Play with Kukral, or Kuky Play and hook it into Kukybub.

    • Bryan

      Kuky Play! Love it!

  • The Sexy Squatch Collection: The Foot Isn’t the Only Thing That’s Big – Is that keyword stuffing? I’m sure it’ll be fine on Kuky Play.

    • Bryan

      Kuky Play is all about keyword stuffing.

  • Are those scholarships available to people outside the USA? That’d be the break I need to get my first novel into audiobook format and push the sequel to the next level.

    • Bryan

      I think the scholarships are only available on April 1st.

  • I was out walking our dog while listening to this. He started looking
    back at me, worried, at all the what?? No way! Impossible! comments I
    was making on story 5. After I twigged, and sat back to enjoy the rest,
    he was able to enjoy his walk… (me too).

    • Bryan

      Hehehe :). Glad you and the dog enjoyed it.

  • Parker Hudson

    The best drug to counteract MDS is Entrepren. But for the toughest cases it has to be taken as a suppository.

    • Bryan

      Oof. I knew I should’ve gotten the MDS vaccine.

  • Nakeesha Seneb

    After every single news story I had to Google the subject matter cause each one was just unbelievable. And then the Google story!!! Gulf clap! Jim, please stop the madness of Google’s crazy price changes and then I’ll reload my books there.

    PS-I can’t imagine that the Nielsen/Earnings report is entirely adequate or representative. I’m a romance writer/reader and with my voracity I can’t imagine paying over $30 every week to feed my addiction.

  • Abigail Dunard

    This episode made my day! I’m amazed you guys were able to keep from laughing.

    • Bryan

      It was SO TOUGH!

  • Abel Ozuna

    The pair of you guys really had me! I was going to congratulate Jim until I read a Tweet from Joanna Penn mentioning April Fools Day..SMH! I knew something was up but I always forget that “holiday” b/c it’s the same day as my brother’s birthday, lol!

    • Bryan

      Hahaha. Glad you liked it :).

  • Nice job guys. I think your senses of humour is one of the reasons I listen in every week. (The other is keeping up with industry news but it you didn’t make it fun that would get old quick).

    You have me a little concerned until about half way through number 5.

    Well played.

    • Bryan

      Thanks, Adam! We had a good time. Glad you’ve stuck with the show!

  • Laura Martone

    When I was a kid, my mom traumatized me one April Fools’ Day by waking me up with a scream. “Laura, your bed’s on fire! Your bed’s on fire!” Needless to say, I bolted off the mattress, bleary-eyed and terrified, while my sweet little mom cackled with laughter. Ever since then, I’ve never been a fan of the first of April. But this hilarious show – brilliantly written and believably delivered – made me appreciate April Fools’ Day again. So, thanks, Bryan and Jim – I owe you one!

    • Bryan

      Yay! That’s awesome, Laura :). Glad to provide the joy of harmless pranking!

      • Laura Martone

        Indeed you did, Bryan. Unlike my evil little mom – who, to this day, still texts me with a “Your bed’s on fire!” message on the morning of April 1st. Sigh. (Apparently, some jokes never die – no matter how traumatizing.)

        • Bryan

          Ah, childhood scars.

          • Laura Martone

            I know, right? Good times…

  • You two are worryingly good at delivering nonsense headlines!

    But you know who should play all the CEO’s, instead of Leonardo DiCaprio?
    Matthew McHogany, co-starring with Ikea Knightly.

    • Bryan

      Hahaha. Thanks, Craig. Oh man, Matthew McHogany. Good work :).

  • Linda Fausnet

    Scary episode.. I’m concerned this is gonna be a Donald Trump thing…..funny at first…then things start coming true and we’re all like, Remember when we thought it was funny? Mahogany Desk Syndrome is no joking matter. I think we need to get one of those ribbons made up and start an Awareness campaign. It’s all fun and games until it happens to someone you love…

    • Bryan

      Haha, ok, we’ll start a foundation :).

      • Linda Fausnet

        Please do. And a We Are the World type of recording benefit would be nice. I’m pretty sure Sting would do it…

  • Honoree Corder

    YAY!!!! I’m so happy for your news, Jim! (How did you keep that under your hat, well done!) I cannot wait to see you work your magic at Google – and I look forward to flourishing on your platform sometime soon. Best wishes for your amazing success.