Authors Angeline and Holly discuss their adventures in indie publishing and fantasy worldbuilding. Episodes every Monday, juggled around their limited child-free time. Also hosts of the Indie Fire Writers Conference.
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.)