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A self-published author's diary

A self-published author's diary

By Elodie Nowodazkij
The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie's been self-publishing since 2014.
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Ep. 20 - Did I always know I would write for readers? And my super scientific writing process of "ohh" and "yay" and confidence...

A self-published author's diary

Ep. 20 - Did I always know I would write for readers? And my super scientific writing process of "ohh" and "yay" and confidence...

A self-published author's diary

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Ep. 33 - Why the Chemical Engineer was right and the hardest part about writing & self-publishing #TheLefoverBride
Today, I share why the Chemical Engineer was right and how I didn't listen to him but listened to L. Penelope. :-) It's related to the formatting of the #TheLeftoverBride title and how to make it more "searchable". I also answer questions from Sam (on Instagram) who asked: what was the hardest part about writing #TheLeftoverBride? I added the hardest part about self-publishing it... I go more into details about: The revision process (cutting and reworking the beginning) Deepening and adjusting the character arc for Ryan Writing steamy scenes, ensuring lots of emotions. Managing expectations... Next week, I'll talk about book translations/marketing, don't hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question... Grab a copy of #TheLeftoverBride: https://amzn.to/3i3SDXj Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com  Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/
30:16
September 24, 2021
#TheLeftoverBride is out in the world! A recap a few days after publication...
Today, I talk about publication day... #TheLeftoverBride is out in the world. Between celebrating, managing expectations (and sometimes not managing said expectations), a rush of anxiety and knowing readers will be smiling, release day is a roller coaster of emotions. Also mentioned in this episode: this reel from Courtney Summers: "Everything I've done doesn't feel like it happened. Courtney Summers doesn't exist." The next book: https://www.instagram.com/p/CT2cOkfMOsi/ And White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson: https://www.epicreads.com/books/9780063029095/white-smoke/ Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/
21:48
September 17, 2021
Ep. 31 - The jitters before publication and thinking about the next stories...
Today, I go back and forth between being "done-done" and "just one more tiny change". Those are pretty much the jitters before publication as #TheLeftoverBride releases next week...  https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBridePodcast I also discuss my next projects, talking about time management, planning and more. And I added the bonus episode at the end of the episode: the article I've written for the Ulman Foundation entitled: "Because Sometimes You Just Need To Ask About a Dog..." I've decided to read this article out loud in case it can help someone. You can find more information about the Ulman Foundation here: https://ulmanfoundation.org/ Also mentioned in this episode: September is also Blood Cancer Awareness Month and if you'd like to find more information about blood cancers or find support: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has both (https://www.lls.org/)
30:27
September 10, 2021
Because Sometimes You Just Need to Ask About a Dog…(Bonus episode)
Today, in this bonus episode, I share with you the article I've written for the Ulman Foundation entitled: "Because Sometimes You Just Need To Ask About a Dog..." I've decided to read this article out loud in case it can help someone. You can find more information about the Ulman Foundation here: https://ulmanfoundation.org/ Also mentioned in this episode: September is also Blood Cancer Awareness Month and if you'd like to find more information about blood cancers or find support: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has both (https://www.lls.org/) Here's the beginning of the article:  I’m an author. I used to work as a communications officer and as an adjunct professor. Finding words is what I do. Finding words to explain or teach or tell a story. Finding words to clarify information or to show how language works or to create emotions in readers.  And yet, when I got diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2017, words failed me. How do you tell people you have cancer? I had no clue and was worried about what they would say in return—or not say. It took me months to share the diagnosis with people outside of my very close circle. I didn’t have the words.
09:29
September 7, 2021
Ep. 30 - Writing on the couch... Revising and editing in the chair. And finishing my book!
Today, I am very very happy about finishing my book. At the time of recording, I was finalizing it before sending it to my copy editor (cue, happy dance and a very giddy Elodie). I also talk about what I've learned in this process: I tend to write better on the couch and to revise and edit better sitting at the chair in my office.  Also mentioned in this episode: Because Sometimes You Need To Talk About A Dog (the article I wrote for the Ulman Foundation): https://ulmanfoundation.org/elodies-story/ Sign up for my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBridePodcast Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ As always, thank you so much for listening! Elodie
22:40
September 3, 2021
Ep. 29 - Who's talking? Or why I need to change one scene's point-of-view. And how I fall in love with my revised chapters...
Today, I talk about needing to change one scene's point-of-view and the process behind that decision (mainly related to which character needs to have a certain realization). I also discuss falling in love with my revised chapters, when I no longer focus on each page, paragraph, sentence, word and re-read the whole chapter on a different device than my computer... Plus, I share some tidbits about my 40th birthday and our 10-year anniversary getaway. The Chemical Engineer surprised me with a trip to Inn Boonsboro (the inn owned by Nora Roberts) and we had a wonderful time. Yes, he is amazing. And I also open up about feeling overwhelmed with everything happening in the world and wanting to make sure I find ways to help. Mentioned in this episode: The Romancelandia for Afghan Women auction: live now until September 5th. https://www.32auctions.com/romancelandia4afghanistan The Romance for Haiti auction will be live 28 August at 7pm ET. https://www.32auctions.com/RomanceforHaiti Fisher House Helping Military Families: Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. Sign up for my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBridePodcast Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ As always, thank you so much for listening! Elodie
19:57
August 27, 2021
Ep. 28 - The One With The First Three Chapters of the A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER audiobook...
Today is a bit different. As I'm celebrating my 40th birthday as well as my husband and I's 10-year wedding anniversary this week, I am not recording a full episode but instead, I am sharing the first three chapters of the A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER audiobook with you all (narrated by Megan Carter). If you'd like to listen to more chapters: don't hesitate to subscribe to my YouTube Channel (https://youtu.be/b_Fe5HYjmGQ) or you can also head over to my website for all the A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER audiobook buy links. https://elodienowodazkij.com/a-summer-like-no-other-audiobook/ In the introduction of this episode, I mention I have two interviews with Megan already available on this podcast where we talk about audiobooks, writing, theater, acting and more... Ep. 15 - Feature Friday: Talking with Megan Carter on how acting may influence her writing, the similarities between acting and publishing, and roller coasters Ep. 3 - The One With An Interview With Audiobook Narrator Megan Carter Sign up for my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ As always, thank you so much for listening! Elodie
31:07
August 20, 2021
Ep. 27 - Finding my words, writing as a form of catharsis and letting the ending of #TheLeftoverBride simmer...
Today, I'm talking about: being vulnerable and honest about some of my experience with cancer in an article I've written for the Ulman Foundation, reflecting on finding my words again and using writing as a form of catharsis (not only in this article but in my novels as well). I'm also sharing an update on my #TheLeftoverBride revision which includes letting the ending of #TheLeftoverBride simmer a little and more google searches. :-)   Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBridePodcast  Learn more about the Ulman Foundation: https://ulmanfoundation.org/ Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ 
27:33
August 13, 2021
Ep. 26 - Spending hours on one paragraph, pondering the length of chapters and more google searches...
Today, a patchwork of my revision process which includes: : spending hours on one paragraph, thinking about the length of my chapters, making my characters even more endearing, wanting to pull at readers' heartstrings and more google searches. You'll also hear an update on my most recent check-up (blood tests and physical exams and they are all good), the shows we're currently watching and more. Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBridePodcast Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
22:26
August 6, 2021
Ep. 25 - Vermont, food, and why I decided to slightly postpone the release of #TheLeftoverBride
Today, a short recap about our much-needed vacation: we went to Vermont (beautiful!) and ate delicious food including gluten free pancakes that has become our favorite pancake (Will Flour Pancake Mix is available here: https://www.willflour.com/) and I also discuss the reasons why I have decided to slightly postpone the release of #TheLeftoverBride (or should I say extend the pre-order period). And get an update on my revision. :-) Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride  Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/  Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
20:58
July 30, 2021
Ep. 24 - Come revise with me and have you ever wondered what writers google?
Today, I am sharing a patchwork episode as I recorded every single day, documenting my progress in my revision of #TheLeftoverBride. Come revise with me and also discover what topics I googled on each different day (for this story). :-) Get #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/ Visit my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
25:10
July 16, 2021
Ep. 23 - Revising is a roller coaster of emotions. And do writers get decision fatigue?
Today, I discuss revising #TheLeftoverBride. After feedback from my critique partners, I cut the first five chapters from about 16000 words to a bit over 8000. And it is a roller coaster of emotions full of doubts but also moments of success...Plus do writers get decision fatigue? Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website  Pre-order #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride Follow the "A Self-Published Author's Diary" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJih-rMFJv6IwlV4eeWUUIg Follow the "A Self-Published Author's Diary" on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary/
21:35
July 9, 2021
Ep. 22 - Going wide with my audiobooks (from ACX to Findaway Voices), some market data and the roller coaster of emotions that is sending your book to your critique partners.
Today, I dicuss going wide with my audiobooks: changing their ACX exclusive status to non-exclusive and bringing them to more e-retailers and libraries via Findaway Voices. On ACX you can now do so after 90 days. And Findaway Voices has a template which you can just copy and paste. In addition, I talk about some market data I found in the US and in France about the audiobook market. I also refer and quote from an interview on audiobooks with Nana Malone. She also talks about her writing process and being herself a book cover model (including her own at some point) because there was no/not enough pictures of dark-skinned Black women to represent her characters on covers. And then I go a bit deeper into bringing my French audiobooks to the French-speaking audiobook market. When it comes to struggles and smiles in my writing and self-publishing week: it includes the roller coaster of emotions that is sending the first 1/3 of #TheLeftoverBride to my critique partners. I've been hard at work and am currently polishing the rest of the novel but it is a lot of feelings. :-) And more! Here are the links I mention during this episode: Interview with Nana Malone on Kobo Blog: Nana Malone on solving problems and playing to her strengths (https://www.kobo.com/blog/nana-malone-on-solving-problems-and-playing-to-her-strengths) Findaway Voices: How to convert your book from exclusive to non-exclusive with ACX  (https://support.findawayvoices.com/portal/en/kb/articles/how-to-convert-your-book-from-exclusive-to-nonexclusive-with-acx) ACX - An Update from ACX (https://blog.acx.com/2021/01/20/an-update-from-acx/) Audio Publishers Association Press Release: Audiobooks continue their market rise with 16% growth in sales. (https://www.audiopub.org/uploads/pdf/2020-Consumer-Survey-and-2019-Sales-Survey-Press-Release-FINAL.pdf) Syndicat National de l'Édition: Le livre audio, une nouvelle dimension au plaisir de lire https://www.sne.fr/actu/le-livre-audio-une-nouvelle-dimension-au-plaisir-de-lire/ Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Pre-order #TheLeftoverBride for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride
24:15
July 2, 2021
Preparing for a bestseller or how I'm adapting my self-publishing mindset, exploring my strengths for #TheLeftoverBride and no spoilers...
I don't know if "adapting" is really the correct term. I've been thinking about preparing the launch of #TheLeftoverBride and preparing for it as if it will be a bestseller so taking all the necessary steps so that if it does, my other books (my backlist) are also ready. Following my conversation with Ines Johnson about her use of social media as author and Erin Bowman's Instagram post about her own use of Instagram, I'm exploring my strenghts and putting the focus on my characters, creating social media profiles for #TheLeftoverBride, detaching myself a little from my book in a way.  Oh and I also talk about not reading spoilers anymore, and the struggles and smiles of my self-publishing and writing week. If you want to check out my book's website: www.theleftoverbride.com My author's website: www.elodienowodazkij.com You can pre-order #TheLeftoverBride already for only $0.99: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride And you can sign up for my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website
28:15
June 25, 2021
Ep. 20 - Did I always know I would write for readers? And my super scientific writing process of "ohh" and "yay" and confidence...
Today, I am answering two questions I've received from a reader named Amanda: Did I always know I would write for readers? And where does that confidence come from? I go back into my junior high writing of poems and my high school writing of romance and my later years of fanfiction writing to answer the first question. And when it comes to the second question and the confidence aspect, I try to analyze a bit where that confidence comes from. :-) And how fleeting it is throughout the process. I talk about my very scientific writing process of "ooohhh" and "yay" and about my love for romance books. Readers pick up those books knowing what the ending will be and yet we still get so enthralled by them. I think that's really a testimony to the magic and the art of writing romance. I also mention the podcast "My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope"'s latest episode which I recommend for all writers struggling with their manuscript: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/ Don't forget #TheLeftoverBride is available for pre-order for only $0.99.  Choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride As always, thank you for subscribing, rating and reviewing! Follow me on instagram: @aselfpublishedauthorsdiary :-) and don't hesitate to check out my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
32:33
June 18, 2021
Ep. 19 - Getting your self-published books into the French-speaking market: a case study (mine) and finding a translator. And #TheLeftoverBride almost has a cover...
Today, I'm sharing some of what I've learned from my own data and experience when it comes to the French-speaking market for self-published books (in this case, mine): what vendors generate sells and revenue, what price point do I use, recouping investment. Before that, I also add a bit of info shared by the actress portraying Umma in Kim's Convenience in regards her crucial input for the food element to keep the authentacity (follow-up from last week's episode). I mention the following articles: Publishing Perspectives: As France is Fêted at Frankfurt, French Literary Agents Take Stock - https://publishingperspectives.com/2017/10/france-literary-agents-frankfurt-book-fair/ The Creative Penn: Tips For Translation, Self-Publishing, And Marketing In Foreign Languages With Nadine Mutas: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/05/03/translation-and-marketing-in-foreign-languages/ The Creative Penn: How to Find the Right International Markets for Your Book: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/01/23/international-markets/ I'm also explaining how I find translators to translate my books into French and share the job posting and questions that I I posted on Upwork for the translation of #TheLeftoverBride summary and title.  I'm also talking about making progress in my revision and the fact that I almost have a cover for #TheLeftoverBride. I've designed two different covers and I'm asking my readers in my readers' newsletter to help me choose. :-) Instagram for the podcast: www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary YouTube channel for the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJih-rMFJv6IwlV4eeWUUIg  Join my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Don't hesitate to ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message  As always don't hesitate to check my website out: www.elodienowodazkij.com
34:20
June 11, 2021
Ep. 18 - Selling my books directly to readers, my expectations and that happy "I got that one paragraph" feeling from revising #TheLeftoverBride.
Today, it's all about selling my e-books directly to readers, using my backlist, talking about Kim's Convenience (and storytelling), the happy revision feeling, time management and expectations and that happy "I got that one paragraph" feeling from revising #TheLeftoverBride. Some of the links mentioned in this episode: New Instagram for the podcast: www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary New YouTube channel for the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJih-rMFJv6IwlV4eeWUUIg  Starting to sell some of my ebooks directly to readers by using PayHip and Bookfunnel. Got a lot of information from this article & video fromThe Creative Penn: How to sell Ebooks and Audiobooks Direct with Payhip and Bookfunnel https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/02/19/sell-ebooks-and-audiobooks-direct-with-payhip-and-bookfunnel/ In this episode I also mention this BookBub article: 8 Marketing & Sales Takeaways from U.S. Book Show 2021 by Diana Urban (https://insights.bookbub.com/marketing-sales-takeaways-us-book-show-2021/?utm_source=pemail_marketing-sales-takeaways-us-book-show-2021&utm_medium=email)  Mailchimp article about adding polls and surveys: Send a Simple Poll or Survey to Subscribers (https://mailchimp.com/help/send-a-simple-poll-or-survey-to-subscribers/) I also talk about Simu Liu's post about Kim's Convenience not coming back for a 6th season - and this article from The New York Times: Why ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Is ‘Quietly Revolutionary’ by By Priya Krishna. I love watching Kim's Convenience and mostly watch it without thinking about the storytelling part but sometimes it just leaps through to my writer's mind. :-) In the Struggles & Smiles segment, I mention expectations and open up about some feelings that might be related to cancer. I also celebrate progress in my revision of #TheLeftoverBride (available for pre-order for only $0.99)" - choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride Those giveaways are also still ongoing for a book by Ines Johnson and a book by Shanae Johnson: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc28/? & http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc27/? Don't hesitate to ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always don't hesitate to check my website out: www.elodienowodazkij.com
30:28
June 4, 2021
Ep. 17 - Feature Friday: Talking with Ines Johnson about her success in self-publishing, how writing screenplays has influenced her writing, pen names going "wide" and advertising.
Today, I am very happy to welcome Ines Johnson, who is a self-published author who has published 65 books under 2 pen names.  A couple of weeks ago, I read on BookBub an article Ines wrote entitled: How I Make Six Figures as a Self-Published Author: https://insights.bookbub.com/how-make-six-figures-self-published-author/ Ines not only shares her insights about the work behind her self-publishing success (goals and planning and advertising and brand and choosing to be wide and more), we also chat about her writing process that is influenced by her experience writing screenplays,  why she's not really on social media, how she rewards herself and so much more. Giveaway 1: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc28/?  Giveaway 2: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc27/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website #THELEFTOVERBRIDE is available for pre-order on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3dmlaVV) , Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/theleftoverbride), iTunes (https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1563233571). You can also add it to Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57746923-theleftoverbride) As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
01:03:29
May 28, 2021
Ep. 16 - Re-branding my Gavert City series with new covers...and doubts and making progress (+ answering questions from listeners :-))
Studying cover trends and romantic suspense covers to see if maybe I should re-brand my Gavert City series. I found an article from Creativindie with top fonts used in different genres and I have played around with designing a new cover for the first book in the series, using Depositphoto and Canva. Today, I'm also sharing a snippet from my upcoming novel #TheLeftoverBride, and the doubts about releasing while managing to make progress and being also so very excited about getting back into the story. So. Many. Feelings. And I'm answering questions from listeners. Today: what was the first book I self-published? And where do I write? Do you want to win one of my books narrated by Megan Carter? Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc26/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
25:26
May 25, 2021
Ep. 15 - Feature Friday: Talking with Megan Carter on how acting may influence her writing, the similarities between acting and publishing, and roller coasters ( + Giveaway)
Talking with actor and writer Megan Carter (audiobook narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT - SEE ME, SEE ME NOT - A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and more) on how acting may influence her writing, the similarities between publishing and acting, critique partners. We also talk about roller coasters and Medea... Do you want to win one of my books narrated by Megan? Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc26/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
49:27
May 21, 2021
Ep. 14 - Feature Friday: Talking with Katy Upperman about being vulnerable in our writing, her love for the revision process and her dream projects (+ Giveaway)
Talking with YA author Katy Upperman (author of KISSING MAX HOLDEN, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) about incorporating feedback in her revisions (and how much she loves the revision process), being vulnerable in our writing, her dream projects...We also talk about her life list and true crime (not related). Do you want to win one of Katy's books? Including a signed book if you live in the US. Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc24/? In this episode I also give a short update about my writing and self-publishing (newsletter, German edition and more). Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
44:43
May 14, 2021
Ep. 13 - Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls.
Talking with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff (author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS & THEN THERE WAS YOU) about the time she met Martha Stewart (and almost met Matthew McConaughey), her writing process, receiving the calls from her agent and book deal and how falling in love isn't the solution for all our characters' issues. Do you want to win one of Mona's books? Enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc23/? I also mention the Books for Hope auction: https://www.booksforhope.org/ The KidLit Community is coming together to raise money for the Covid crisis in India!  Bid on Signed Books, Book Swag, Editor and Agent Critiques and more and help raise money for the Unicef USA India Covid Relief Effort! Do you want to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com
45:01
May 7, 2021
Ep. 12 - Before the cover reveal (how to engage readers...maybe) and random thoughts about social media.
In addition to explaining my current process about engaging readers even before the cover reveal, I talk about my very complicated feelings about social media and the fact that I am still learning how to use it as an author. I even made my first Instagram reel &enowodazkij) and joined tiktok (@elodienowodazkij). I'm also celebrating Jessica Patrick's new book THIS IS FOR TONIGHT and talking about how much I am enjoying PRETTY LITTLE WIFE by Darby Kane. I share a short excerpt of #TheLeftoverBride and a happy author moment of the week (reader's email). Don't forget I have two giveaways: win one book by L. Penelope and win one book by Mona Shroff (http://bit.ly/GiveawaysLeslyeMona) Leave me a message or ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Find me on social media: @enowodazkij (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) & @elodienowodazkij (TikTok) This episode is also available as blog post: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/05/04/a-self-published-authors-diary-before-the-cover-reveal-and-random-thoughts-about-social-media/
15:40
May 4, 2021
Ep. 11 - Feature Friday: Talking with L. Penelope about writing, publishing, patience and perseverance...(and cheesecake)
I'm so happy to have L. Penelope on the podcast today. Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her book Song of Blood & Stone was selected as one of TIME’s Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time. Visit her website: https://lpenelope.com/ Do you want to win one of L. Penelope's books? Just hop on to my giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc22/? Today, we're talking self-publishing, publishing, patience, perseverance, hybrid, description and writing processes, how hard writing is sometimes and moments that make us smile and so much more!  Follow me on social media (@enowodazkij) Add #TheLeftoverBride on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57746923-theleftoverbride Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Subscribe to my weekly "A Self-Published Author's Diary": https://dl.bookfunnel.com/rptng88nap
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April 30, 2021
Ep. 10 - My top 3 self-publishing mistakes (and keywords...)
Today I share my top 3 self-publishing mistakes...It includes not building my newsletter and so much more. My upcoming romcom is only $0.99. You can pre-order it: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo. You can also add it on Goodreads. Bookbub article by Ines Johnson: How I Make Six Figures as a Self-Published Author by Ines Johnson. Also mentioned in this episode: Publisher Rocket, newsletter for my readers, get my top 5 self-publishing mistakes by signing up for my weekly self-publishing emails. All the links are available here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/27/now-available-on-the-a-self-published-authors-diary-podcast-my-top-3-self-publishing-mistakes/ I'm on social media (@enowodazkij) Don't forget to like and subscribe :-) Thanks!
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April 27, 2021
Ep. 9 - The One With The Flashback Friday (and Q&A)
You can ask me questions about self-publishing, writing and/or my books by sending me an email authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com or you can also send me a message via the anchor.fm website. I'll be answering those questions on the podcast! I'm also announcing Spotlight Friday with amazing writers!  The books I mentioned are: IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY by Tif Marcelo. WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. All links (including to sign up to my newsletters) as well as partial transcript are available on my blog: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/23/the-one-with-the-flashback-friday-and-qa/ Social media: @enowodazkij Add my next book (rom-com) #TheLeftoverBride on Gooddreads.
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April 23, 2021
Ep. 8 - The Little Book That Could...and keeping track of sales.
In this episode, I share how I became a hybrid author with my book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER (it involved an email from a French publisher :-)), the story behind the writing of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and how I track my book sales (TrackerBox & BookReport). I also share the wishlist of The Ulman Foundation. At Ulman House they provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers. For all show notes, make sure to check my blog post: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/20/a-self-published-authors-diary-the-little-book-that-could-and-keeping-track-of-sales/ And to follow me on social media: @enowodazkij  My latest book #TheLeftoverBride is available for pre-order (for only $2.99) and you can also add it to Goodreads. :-) Thank you for listening!
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April 20, 2021
Ep. 7 - Five Questions to The Chemical Engineer...and a new book!
In today's episode I not only interview The Chemical Engineer (listen to what he has learned so far from my podcast and so much more), I also share about Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week and talk about the Ulman Foundation and their conversation with Tamika Felder. They talked bout her experience with cervical cancer and what led her to inspire others to share their stories as well. They also talked about racial disparities in healthcare and other factors that impact AYA cancer care and will continue to share part of that discussion on their Instagram throughout the month. The Ulman Foundation means a lot to us as Megan, Director, Service & Care Delivery at the Ulman Foundation, was part of our support system during my treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I also share about my new book: #THELEFTOVERBRIDE: Add it to Goodreads, Pre-order it on Amazon , Kobo, iTunes. All links are available: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/16/guess-who-has-a-podcast-and-a-new-book/ Bookbub -Goodreads - Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Website
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April 16, 2021
Ep. 6 - The One With The Behind-The-Scenes of Launching a Podcast...
In this episode, I'm going behind-the-scenes: explaining the soft and official launch of this episode, the different steps in launching this podcast, my goals, the questions I have been wrestling with and more. All the links mentioned in this podcast are available here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/13/the-one-with-the-behind-the-scenes-of-launching-a-podcast/ As always, don't always to follow me on social media:  Instagram - Twitter - Bookbub - Goodreads - Facebook Subscribe to my readers' newsletter or My weekly A Self-Published Author's Diary emails Become a monthly supporter for A Self-Published Author's Diary.
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April 13, 2021
Ep. 5 - Self-publishing platforms and...cicadas?
A little glimpse into the self-publishing platforms that I use and how much royalties I receive for books priced at $2.99 and $0.99. Plus I mention: the cicadas phenomenom that happens in Maryland every 17 years...the books I just read and am currently reading and more. For the show notes, check out my blog: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/09/a-self-published-authors-diary-lets-take-a-look-at-the-publishing-platforms-i-use-for-ebooks-and-what-it-means-for-royalties/ As always, don't hesitate to subscribe and follow and rate this little podcast of mine. 
16:59
April 9, 2021
Ep. 4 - A little March recap: keeping track in an ocean of to-do lists...
Talking about the series I just finished watching and how they might inform my writing, the Naughty Books Documentary, the marketing classes I've just taken or are taking, the writing lecture I'm reading, the need for more diversity in publishing and the books I've published in March... Most links mentioned in this episode are available in this blog: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/03/a-self-published-authors-diary-a-little-march-recap/ Other links mentioned: My Imaginary Friends Podcast by L. Penelope
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April 5, 2021
Ep. 3 - The One With An Interview With Audiobook Narrator Megan Carter…
Have you ever wondered about getting your books published as audiobooks? Or are you thinking about working as an audiobook narrator? This short interview (which wasn't conducted live. I had sent questions to Megan so she could record the answers whenever possible) goes into her process as audiobook narrator and a bit of behind-the-scenes of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook (which is available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes). She also gives her top 3 tips for audiobook narrators. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/01/27/the-one-with-an-interview-with-audiobook-narrator-megan-carter/ If you'd like to support this podcast, rate and review and share it with your friends. :-) Or you can also support this podcast by becoming a supporter. Find me online: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub and on my website.
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April 3, 2021
Ep. 2 - Let’s start, shall we?
In this episode (episode 2) I go into why I have decided to start this podcast. I mention L. Penelope's podcast "My imaginary Friends" (and books). Her podcast definitely inspired me to start mine. My husband is also mentioned in this episode as he encouraged me to take the first step and record those first few episodes. Bobbie Voltaire the Cat makes his first podcast appearance. An update on what I'm currently working on and strategies I'm looking into. I mention Susan Dennard's Story-A-Month challenge. If you would like to receive my Self-published Author's Diary emails, you can join here (and you'll get a pdf of my top 5 self-publishing mistakes). This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/03/06/a-self-published-authors-diary-lets-start-shall-we/ Find me online: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub and on my website. If you'd like to support this podcast, rate and review and share it with your friends. :-)
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April 2, 2021
Ep. 1 - Do you want to learn more about my adventures in self-publishing?
Welcome to the preview of the "A self-published author's diary" podcast. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/03/05/do-you-want-to-learn-more-about-my-adventures-in-self-publishing/ Follow me on social media (@enowodazkij)
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April 1, 2021
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