Creative Mentor Series

BookCoverImageAs the second book in my Creative Mentor series is about to hit the shelves (and the 3rd in a couple of months!) I thought I would share with you all some highlights from book 1. The book has done fairly well, including nearly 100 audiobooks sold and reaching Top 3 Best Seller in Job Hunting, December 2014.

For more information on the book, see below. And I recommend you check out other audiobooks by the narrator, Thomas Block. 

The Book:

Want to be a writer of video games? A screenwriter? A novelist? This book will guide you as you position yourself for a career as a writer.

Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, “Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books” is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This book presents that wisdom for the reader to do the same.

Includes interviews with the following:

* Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond)

* Jerri Bell (O-Dark-Thirty Managing Editor)

* Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2)

* Kelly Ann Jacobson (Cairo in White)

* Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2)

* Tomiko Breland (Editor with Zharmae)

* Allen Warner (Ninja Boy)

* Joyce Lee (Paper Words)

* Will Wight (the Traveler’s Gate trilogy)

And many more!
(Top 3 Best Seller in Job Hunting, December 2014; Audio book now available)


Select Reviews:
“You are virtually sitting at a round table, drinking a pint of brewski, while picking the brains of a group of hungry writers, directors, authors, publishers, editors and even entities from the comic book and video game industry (or rather Justin is, we just get the benefit of it!) as their careers blossom right before our faces.”
Melvin Smith

“What this book attempts and succeeds at doing is giving practical advice on how to harness a love for writing into a viable, paying career.”

“Justin Sloan’s informative book is a must read for anyone who wants to know how to become a paid working writer.”
J Lee


The Narrator of the Audiobook:

Thomas Block has written a number of aviation-oriented novels, many which have gone on to acquire best-seller status in numerous countries. His novel writing began with the publication of “Mayday” in 1979. That novel was rewritten with novelist Nelson DeMille in 1998 and remains on DeMille’s extensive backlist. “Mayday” became a CBS Movie of the Week in October, 2005.
Several of the other novels by Block include “Orbit” (a top bestseller in Germany, among other nations), “Airship Nine”, “Forced Landing” (also done as a radio serialization drama in Japan), “Skyfall”, “Open Skies” and his latest novel, “Captain”. Thomas Block is still writing both fiction and non-fiction, and his novels are available in ebook, print and audio editions.

In 2013, Block began working with audio books through ACX.  He has set up an appropriate audio studio at his ranch in Florida and has stocked it entirely with professional grade audio equipment, software and accessories.  He began the audio experience by initially recording his own novels, but has since began working with other authors to do the audio versions of their works. As a novelist who has sold multi-millions of books throughout his  career, Thomas Block can approach the audio version of a novel not simply as a performer but also as one who can truly understand and appreciate the nature of the writer’s task in creating a particular work.

In addition to novel writing, Thomas Block began writing for aviation magazines in 1968 and over the next five decades his work has appeared in numerous publications. He worked 20 years at FLYING Magazine as Contributing Editor, and as Contributing Editor to Plane & Pilot Magazine for 11 years. Block became Editor-at-Large for Piper Flyer Magazine and Cessna Flyer Magazine in 2001. During his long career as an aviation writer he has written on a wide array of subjects that range from involvement with government officials to evaluation reports on most everything that flies.

An airline pilot for US Airways for over 36 years before his retirement in April, 2000, Captain Thomas Block has been a pilot since 1959. Since 2002, he has lived on a ranch in Florida with his wife Sharon where they board, compete and train horsesas well as work on audio books. Complete information is available at or through the author’s additional website at For Facebook users, complete information about Thomas Block Novels can also be found at two interlinked Facebook sites:


The second book in the series is available here for pre-order ($2.99 until July 4!):

Military Veterans in Creative Careers - Justin Sloan


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