Indie authors Angeline and Holly discuss their adventures in self publishing and fantasy worldbuilding. Episodes every Monday, juggled around their limited child-free time. Also hosts of the Indie Fire Writers Conference.
In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss ways to increase efficiency in your author business, identifying burnout, and ways to take care of your physical and mental health.
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In a time when many writers have experienced a shift in their creativity and productivity, whether for the worse, or for the better, Angeline looks at the ways in which we can recharge our creativity levels.
She talks about the major changes in her approach throughout her writing career, and discusses why walking away can sometimes be better than forcing your way through a blockage.
In this week's new episode, Holly & Angeline discuss what it takes to create a cohesive and memorable author brand for your business. They talk about why some authors may feel reluctant to consider themselves as a brand; what author brand is; how and why to keep it consistent; and what goes into their own personal author branding.
The discussion touches on social media, websites, newsletters, the books themselves; and everything else that goes into forming a brand for an author.
You won't want to miss their helpful tips and insights.
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In this episode, Holly interviews "the Kobo guy", Mark Leslie Lefebvre.
Mark talks about his author journey, his background working for Kobo and Draft2Digital, his non-fiction books, including Wide for the Win. He talks about changing his plans when one subject expands to be more than a single chapter.
He also goes into detail about re-branding his fiction, getting indie books into bookstores and libraries, and the importance of having a strong author brand - skulls and dad jokes, for instance!
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Today, Angeline interviews Holly about her new book, Goal Setting for Writers.
They talk about Holly's history with planning and organisation; how her planning fits in with being a discovery writer; and, of course, bullet journaling.
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Any writing career is full of ups and downs, and today, Angeline's tackling the inevitable down moments with her top tips for coping with bad reviews and rejections. She offers up the reasons you might receive a rejection, none of them being that you're a bad writer! Hear her top tips for moving on, regaining your motivation, and getting back to writing, as well as ways in which you can turn bad feedback into a positive learning experience.
In this episode, Holly interviews Angeline about her new non-fiction book, From Sanctity to Sorcery: An Author's guide to building belief structures and magic systems.
Angeline shares some of the juiciest tips for integrating magic and religion into your books; talks about her own spiritual journey; and shares some ideas for ways to approach different aspects of this incredibly diverse and exciting aspect of world-building.
Today, Holly talks with mystery author, Samantha Goodwin. They discuss what it takes to write a compelling crime story, the importance of networking, plus ways that Samantha supports the indie author community.
Our question of the week: Where did you get your love of stories? Let us know in our Facebook group, on Instagram, or email us at email@example.com.
In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline are talking book releases, offering up their top tips, and admitting their biggest mistakes.
With advice about identifying your audience, building your author platform, and how to put together a review team, you'll learn how to ensure your book launches don't disappear into the void.
Hear about the lessons they've learnt the hard way, and find out what you can do to avoid the same mistakes.
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This week, Angeline runs through the main options for publishing, looking at the differences between traditional publishing, small and independent presses, and self publishing. She discusses the benefits of choosing more than one route, and being a 'hybrid author'. Reiterating that this is a decision to be made, not just about your first book, but about every book, she talks about how and why you might decide to make the switch from one publishing route to another.
In this episode, Angeline and Holly discuss why you shouldn't compare your path to anyone else's. Talking about how to sift through all the advice, they dig into the various ways that you can make your author journey unique and workable for you. Hear what advice they've chosen to ignore, and their individual habits that might draw a gasp from the wider writing community!
Today, Holly talks to sci-fi and fantasy author Julia Scott about her writing process and the importance of good formatting. They get into ideas coming to writers as dreams, having multiple streams of income and why readers subconsciously value a well-formatted book.
Julia has a formatting and logo design business as well as writing fiction. Her availability for formatting is limited, but if you'd like to enquire, you can do so at the link below.
Our question of the week: What do you outsource (or want to) in your author business? Let us know in the comments on our show notes, in our Facebook group, on Instagram, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Scott Writes
Evenstar Books - book formatting and logo design.
In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly are talking about author platforms, and the importance of owning as much as you can.
They define what an author platform is, why you need one, and give examples of the different places that make up your platform.
With lots of information on websites, mailing lists, and direct sales from your site, this episode is packed full of ways to take control of your platform.
Hear their top tips for your author platform, as well as a complete no-brainer of a would you rather question.
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In this week's episode, we're attempting to survive the apocalypse. Along with guest co-host, Twitch streamer Paul, Angeline explores the post-apocalyptic genre, across books, movies, and games. They discuss the enduring tropes, how to create a timeline, and the different ways to bring death and destruction upon your world. With top tips on characterisation, and even a look at post-apocalyptic worlds that are better than what came before. You'd better be prepared!
We've all heard the old adage 'write what you know', but what does that really mean? It certainly doesn't stop you from writing about dragons, or magical quests, or teenage boys (if you've never been one!)
This week, Holly and Angeline look at the things you might know that can help create fictional characters, stories, and worlds that feel authentic, believable, and relatable. They look at the random, specialist knowledge they've picked up over the years, as well as admitting the characters they're not so great at writing about.
And when it comes to writing what you don't know, they've got advice for that too.
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Holly discusses the hows and whys of doing a relaunch. Your back list consists of vital assets that you can leverage to gain long term income. But if you leave a title languishing with an outdated cover and no promotion, it won't sell. Relaunching your earlier books can give them a new spark of life.
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This week, we discuss what it's really like to get started as an author when you're a full time parent. We realise that not all writers are working towards quitting a job. You can never really quit parenthood so a certain set of skills are required to make it all work.
We get into the advantages and disadvantages of this route and cover some tips and tricks to balancing all the plates.
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In today’s episode, Angeline chats to cross-genre romance author, TL Clark. TL Clark has penned romance stories in several sub-genres, from regency romance to contemporary paranormal romance. She's a sucker for a love story, whether it comes with corsets or claws. They talk happy endings, historical research, romance rules, and have a giggle over the saucy bits! TL Clark is a British author who writes about different kinds of love in the hope that she‘ll uncover its mysteries. Her loving husband (and very spoiled cat) have proven to her that true love really does exist. Writing has shown her that coffee may well be the source of life. Find the full show notes at http://www.unstoppableauthors.com
Angeline and Holly get perosnal this week and talk about their experiences of writing through this bizarre time. Get tips and motivation as well as heaps of reassurance in this week's packed episode.
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Today, Holly talks to epic fantasy author Meg Cowley about creating rich fantasy worlds, readers block, cultivating strong relationships with readers and her cover design business.
Meg has a new book launching later this month and is offering the first two books in the Chronicles of Pelenor series for free and heavily discounted. Find out more at viewbook.at/heartofdragons. All of her books are free to read in Kindle Unlimited.
Find out more about Meg at www.megcowley.com
Find her books at author.to/megcowley
And follow her on Instagram @meg_cowley
In this episode, we discuss all things tropes: our favourites and our pet peeves. We clarify the difference between a trope and cliche and talk about how to get the best out of tropes in your writing.
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Today, Holly talks to illustrator and online content creator, Cindy Guentert-Baldo about her amusing floral illustrations, being approached by a publisher to produce a hand lettering book, and how to still get stuff done even when you're a chronic procrastinator.
We have a few colourful words in this episode.
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In this episode, Angeline & Holly discuss what "author voice" means, where it comes from, what influences it, and how we all already have one, whether we realise it or not.
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Having just finished a successful crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming collection of essays, 'My Life in Horror', author Kit Power discusses how he did it. He talks about repurposing content from blog to book, the help he had along the way, and the important lessons he's learnt through the experience. Hear about his moments of self doubt, as well as the moments that surprised him, and the fantastic advice he gives for anyone looking at the crowdfunding model.
In this episode, Angeline and Holly discuss the characters we all secretly wish we could behave like - antiheroes!
There are a lot of things to consider when peppering your stories with these characters: giving them a suitable character arc, challenging their morals, giving them enough redeeming qualities to get the reader to root for them, and whether to give them a happy or tragic ending.
Join the conversation about the very best antihero characters and the villain to hero redemption arc storyline.
In this episode, Holly talks about how to overcome the struggle to get back into writing mode after a break. Life can get in the way of writing and getting back into a creative flow can be a real problem for a lot of writers.
Holly shares tips on getting the creative juices flowing efficiently, so as to get you back to writing sooner.
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In this episode, Angeline and Holly talk about what success means to them in this author business and how important it is to make your own definition of success. They get stuck into the items on their author bucket lists and the perils of comparisonitis.
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Angeline chats to freelance editor Dion Winton-Polak. Dion discusses his anthology, This Twisted Earth, which he both edited and conceptualised. He talks about the process of writing in a shared world, and how to pull it all together into a cohesive book. Angeline gets Dion's top tips for finding and working with an editor, and discovers out why you should always argue with them.
This week, Holly and Angeline discuss how to get the best out of social media and how to avoid getting distracted by it.
It's one of our greatest tools for connecting with readers and fellow writers. But it can be all too easy to end up using social media as a means of procrastination.
In this episode, we're sharing our best tips for appropriate management of your social media and some of the ways we use it.
Despite Holly working frantically to meet a deadline, she has taken the time out to chat with Angeline. They discuss the horrors of meeting deadlines, and admit the times that they very nearly didn't. Plus, they fall down a rabbit-hole discussing obsolete tech which reveals their ages! They also give their top tips for dealing with the inevitable stress, including getting a haircut and having trees planted in your honour! They get overly excited about their 'cool things' and, once again, disagree on the 'would you rather' question. Also, find out about the exclusive access on offer when you join their patreon at https://www.patreon.com/unstoppableauthors
Holly chats to Amazon bestselling author and award-nominated podcaster of dark fiction, Daniel Willcocks. He discusses best practices for co-authoring with other writers, the writing community, podcasting, and knowing when to take a step back from things. Angeline and Holly also give updates on their own writing, talk about their 'cool things', and tackle a somewhat cheesy 'would you rather' question.
Angeline talks about the big publishing decisions she made in her career, and how and why she made them. The general estimate is that we each make around 35,000 decisions each day. Most of them are pretty insignificant, or unnoticeable, but some are more important. Some are monumental and life-changing. As a naturally indecisive person, Angeline discusses the decision of publishing wide versus exclusively, the decision to write full-time, and the choices that happened all by themselves. Hear about the big changes she's making this year, and the choice she still can't seem to settle on.
Angeline and Holly discuss the differences between high and low fantasy, how to delve into adding fantasy elements to a real-world setting, and why you should never put a goat on your book cover!
What is the difference between second-world fantasy and intrusion fantasy? And where does portal fantasy fit in?
Find out about the importance of beta readers in placing your book into a genre and see what we disagree on when it comes to fantastical creatures!
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Today, Holly talks to indie author and business owner, Bryan Cohen about his background in improv and how to sell more books. Find out Bryan's number one tip for increasing sales. Hint: Angeline will break out in hives over it!
Today, we're looking back at the highs and lows of 2019. We're also looking forward to 2020, and discussing our goals, or lack of goals! Holly teaches Angeline how to set and measure goals, which she knows she really should do! We're also announcing the podcast's re-brand and name change.
People and animals aside, what would you save from a fire? While one man's trash is another man's gold, we all have things that are precious to us. In this podcast, Angeline explores the idea of value; sentimental, monetary, historical, religious. Whether rare, vital for survival, or a clever bit of marketing, let's discover what makes an object valuable, what changes its value, and how to build them into your fictional worlds.
We've got something to tell you... In today's episode, we're confessing to our crimes to literature. We're reliving painful mistakes, feeling cheated by our schooling, and revealing our deepest, darkest, most shocking secrets as authors. There are many things that authors don't admit to; embarrassing slip-ups, or breaking convention, or doing things that are generally frowned upon, and we're admitting them all! Why confess? Partly so that we can all have a good laugh! But, also, for a serious reason too. So that people can avoid our mistakes, or not feel so alone for already having made them themselves. And there are some things that need to be said. Out loud. Finally.
We answer some questions that we see being asked a lot online and give constructive advice for writers navigating any of these burning topics, from "How long should my book be?" to "Do I really need a mailing list?"
We also talk about our writers conference, Indie Fire and our special Black Friday offer.
In today's episode, Angeline is joined by Emma Kalson, owner of independent British press, Escaped Ink. We chat about our joint love of short fiction, the useful lessons that writers can learn from it, and the ways that it is becoming more relevant in today's world. Emma chats about her health, her passion for giving a platform to new writers, and announces some exciting upcoming projects.
On today's episode, we talk all things weather and climate, indulging the ultimate British stereotype! Find out how we use the weather in our own writing and get tips on incorporating it into your worlds.
On the final approach to NaNoWriMo, we chat about the projects we'll be working on through November. We talk plotting, discovery writing, and everything in between. We break down our own writing processes, talk drafts, and abandoned stories, and we totally disagree on this week's would-you-rather question.
Angeline explains how to get your dialogue working hard for you and your story. She shares her top tips for writing believable and useful dialogue. And then, she tackles those pesky speech tags, and those even peskier adverbs.
In honour of Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day, we open up about our own mental health struggles, and how writing has helped us. We also discuss writing characters with mental health issues, as well as paranormal abilities, and how to encompass them into your worldbuilding.
Happy International Podcast Day! We’re celebrating with an episode about all the great things we’ve learnt, and a tribute to all the great podcasts we listen to. Hear about how the lessons we’ve learnt via podcasts, online courses, and from our peers have transformed our mindsets, our writing, and our businesses. Angeline reveals her big epiphany moment, and Holly shares her gratitude for the online course through which we met. We also get stumped by the moral dilemma of our ‘would you rather’ question.
Today it's time for Angeline's first solo episode, and I'm talking about building your author platform. It's not just a simple case of getting yourself online, and I discuss all the issues around tackling imposter syndrome, and mindset, as well as delving into what you should be doing to build your platform. Hear about how I got started, and how, and when, you should get started too. Packed full of tips and advice, this is essential listening no matter where you are in your author journey.
In today's episode, we're going back to school, and talking about building education and learning into your world. We discuss the different things you need to think about; from how education fits into your wider world, to the different kinds of education you could include. We chat about tropes, and the problems that can arise, as well as how to overcome them. Hear about our favourite and least favourite school subjects, and a teacher's criticism that Angeline lost no sleep over!
This episode is the first with our new format. From now on, we'll be publishing new episodes every week. Today, Holly is flying solo and interviewing author Sacha Black about villainy, heroes and everything in between.
This episode marks the beginning of our second season, and we have some big changes and big news for you. We look back over the year so far; discussing the podcast and our own writing. We look at the goals we achieved, the goalposts that had to be moved, and discuss how we cope when things go awry. Hear our publishing plans going forward, planned changes to the podcast, and some big news of a fantastic opportunity for you.
On request, we're revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you'll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire's diet to lifelong obsessions with dumplings. Listen to our tips of things to consider when introducing food to your worldbuilding; starting out with nutritional needs and food availability. We also discuss traditions around food, as well as superstitions, and unhealthy relationships with food.
It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you create. Which is actually surprisingly easy. In this episode, find out about the maps we've created, and the big lessons we've learnt along the way. Hear where to start with map making, how to layout your map, and what to include in the landscape. Also check out the various methods for actually creating your fantasy world map in either physical or digital form.
On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone ourselves several times over. Hear our highs and lows, and our biggest takeaways from the day. Holly talks about meeting her hero, and we tackle the hardest 'would you rather' question ever!
Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it really does exist. We’re talking about real life events: literary conventions, book festivals, book signings, and public readings. We share our experiences with events, our thoughts, and, yes, our fears. And hear Angeline's top tips for surviving a writing convention.
This week, we're going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can't live without while worldbuilding, and all the lessons we've learnt along the way. (Apologies for intermittent sound issues on this episode.)