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Unstoppable Authors

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Indie authors Angeline Trevena, Holly Lyne and Julia Scott discuss their adventures in self publishing and writer life. Episodes every Monday, juggled around their limited child-free time.
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Episode 113: Working With An Editor
In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss their experiences of working with editors, the different type of edit you might want to consider for your book, what it can cost to hire an editor, how to find a good one, and what to do if you can't afford one. Read the full show notes and get links to resources at
September 27, 2021
Episode 112: Software and Resources for Self Publishing
This week, Julia gives a technical overview of the software and resources available to writers for all parts of the self publishing process. From plotting and drafting to editing and formatting, and even cover and map design, find out what some of your options are and tips to make the most of technology in the process of writing a book. Find the show notes at
September 20, 2021
Episode 111: Maintaining Focus and Managing Shiny New Ideas
In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss how distracted they get by shiny new ideas, what to do with those ideas until you're ready to work on them, and the importance of being okay with not finishing things! Read the full show notes at
September 13, 2021
Episode 110: Creating Future Worlds
This week, Angeline gives her top tips for creating futuristic worlds, whether near or distant future. With advice on brainstorming timelines, designing future tech, and tying the world to the characters and story, this episode will set you on course for writing a future your readers can believe in. Find the show notes at
September 6, 2021
Episode 109: Accountability for Authors
This week Angeline, Holly & Julia are talking about accountability. They check in with the goals they set for August and find out how they all got on. They set intentions for September and have a chat about accountability generally and what kinds are helpful. Get the full show notes at
August 30, 2021
Episode 108: Writing in a Series with Sara Rosett
This week, Holly interviews mystery author, Sara Rosett. They talk about: Who inspires Sara Plotting mystery books How she came to write and podcast for other writers What authors need to consider when writing a series The different types of character arc for a series What sorts of topics to choose when podcasting for readers See the full show notes at
August 23, 2021
Episode 107: All About Anthologies with Lyndsey Hall
In this week’s episode, Julia talks to young adult fantasy author Lyndsey Hall about publishing anthologies and collaborating with other authors. Lyndsey has recently been published in her first anthology, Enchanted Waters, along with seven other authors, and has two more lined up for 2022, so she's got some great insight into the process and tips to help anyone who is considering getting involved in an anthology project. Read the show notes at
August 16, 2021
Episode 106: Imposter Syndrome and How To Overcome It
In this week’s episode, Julia talks about imposter syndrome, what it is and how to overcome it. Get tips on what to do when your inner critic threatens to bring you to a grinding halt with your writing and publishing. Read the show notes at
August 9, 2021
Episode 105: Wellbeing For Writers
In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia run through the must-dos of self-care for writers, particularly in summer. They cover physical, mental and creative wellbeing and share essential tips on maintaining a good balance and overall health. Check out the full show notes at
August 2, 2021
Episode 104: Switching from Traditional to Self Publishing with Children’s Author Dan Metcalf
In this week’s episode, Angeline talks to children’s author Dan Metcalf about his switch from traditional to self publishing. With invaluable insights from the traditional publishing route, Dan talks about what lessons he’s brought over to his self published projects, and gives advice to those pursuing a traditional contract. Read the show notes at
July 26, 2021
Episode 103: Mid-Year Writing Check-In
In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline have a very special announcement and are joined by Julia Scott to review 2021 so far. The trio reflects on highlights and challenges and go on to make plans for the rest of the year. View the full show notes at
July 19, 2021
Episode 102: Coping with Publishing Industry Changes
In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss the coming changes in the publishing industry with the arrival of Kindle Vella and Apple's changes to their email open reporting. Get tips on general coping strategies for this ever-changing business of writing and publishing books. Get the full show notes at 
July 12, 2021
Episode 101: How to Maintain Your Passion for Writing While Running A Business
In this week's episode, Holly digs into the mindset required to maintain a sense of joy and passion for writing when the business tasks threaten to overwhelm the creative side. Get tips on choosing your marketing activities and keeping the writing fresh and flowing. See the full show notes at
July 5, 2021
Episode 100: Sustaining a Writing Career with the Right Mindset
Welcome to this special landmark episode of Unstoppable Authors! Holly & Angeline are joined by a whole host of guests to dissect what it takes to be an unstoppable author. They cover mindset, strategies, and get personal with some big life experiences. Today's guests are: Sacha Black Daniel Willcocks Meg Jolly TL Clark Julia Scott Mark Leslie Lefebvre Nathan Scammell Steve McHugh Find out more about all of our guests in the show notes at
June 28, 2021
Episode 99: Online Content Ideas for Between Book Launches
Today Holly & Angeline are talking about what to share in your newsletter and on social media besides "Buy my book!" It can sometimes be tricky to think of things to share with your audience, so this episode is all about filling your tank with ideas. As ever, there is a big caveat around everything included in this episode: If you're comfortable with it! You should absolutely decide your own boundaries around the content and frequency of posting. But once that's done and the question remains: What do I share? Then hopefully this episode will spark some ideas. Grab a notebook and pen and jot down some of the suggestions to refer back to later!
June 21, 2021
Episode 98: Finding Stories from your World Map
In this episode, Angeline talks about how to find story ideas from your world map. She discusses why you might want to use your map as inspiration, and then looks at all the different places stories might be hiding. From finding places of conflict, to creating characters from locations, this episode offers a whole host of ways you can discover inspiration in your map. Find the shownotes at
June 14, 2021
Episode 97: Long Term Planning for Your Author Career
In this episode, Angeline & Holly talk about avoiding burnout, keeping an eye on changes in the industry, viewing your books as lifelong assets and choosing what steps to take towards your long term goals. See the full show notes at
June 7, 2021
Episode 96: Why You Need An Author Coach With Daniel Willcocks
In this episode, Holly interviews returning guest, Daniel Willcocks. In the interview, Holly and Dan talk about his journey to become an author coach, what authors can get out of personalised coaching and his new program, the 90 Day Book Camp. Find out more about Daniel and his services at Get the full show notes at
May 31, 2021
Episode 95: How To Write A Series Without Plotting It First
In this week's episode, Holly & Angeline bust some common myths about discovery writing, discuss the pros and cons of this approach, and share some tips on how to write a series without outlining in advance. The conversation highlights how all of us are unique and that what works for one person won't work for everyone. There is no magic bullet solution to any of the pitfalls of being a writer. The solution depends upon how we are each "wired". If you'd like to find out more about using your unique mental wiring to become a better, faster writer, please check out Becca Syme's class, Write Better-Faster at: Check out our website and show notes at
May 24, 2021
Episode 94: Making the Most of Networking and Other Opportunities
In this week's episode, Angeline talks all about how to get the most out of opportunities that come your way. She looks at the benefits of both in-person and online events, giving top tips for networking with other authors as well as meeting readers. Get advice on how to find opportunities, how to create your own opportunities, and how to maintain relationships beyond the event itself. With events starting to open up again, you don't want to miss this episode! Get the show notes at
May 17, 2021
Episode 93: How and Why You Need Comp Titles
In this week's episode, Holly & Angeline get stuck into what comp titles are, how you find them and what to do with them once you know them. If you've ever wondered about what it means to "write to market", or "know your market", this episode should shed some light on the subject. Even if you have no intention of writing to market, it's important to know some books that your ideal reader is likely to enjoy so that you can market your book effectively. Get the show notes at
May 10, 2021
Episode 92: Writing Interconnected Series and Hybrid Publishing with Steve McHugh
In this episode, Holly chats to best selling urban fantasy author, Steve McHugh. They covered his writing journey so far, getting picked up for a book deal with Amazon imprint, 47North, writing interconnected series, being a free agent with an eye on going indie again in future, and how the last year has impacted his writing output. Get the full show notes at
May 3, 2021
Episode 91: Writing For Different Age Groups
This week, Angeline and Holly explore the ins and outs of writing middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction. They cover the difference between age category and genre, story content, and marketing tips. Get the full show notes at
April 26, 2021
Episode 90: Worldbuilding Strategies with Nathan Scammell
Angeline chats to YA fantasy author, Nathan Scammell, about the fictional worlds that fuelled his love of fantasy, and his proudest worldbuilding moments. They talk about how he tackles worldbuilding in his first draft, take an indepth look at the world of his upcoming debut novel, Escape from Arcadia, and he has a go at convincing Angeline to abandon her beloved notebooks! Check out the show notes at
April 19, 2021
Episode 89: When, How and Why to Use a Pen Name
In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly go through the pros, cons, and logistics of setting up a pen name - why you might want one, how to choose one, and how to manage that pen name. Check out the full show notes at
April 12, 2021
Episode 88: Celebrating 2 Years of Unstoppable Authors
Join Angeline and Holly today for an audience Q&A in celebration of the two year anniversary of podcasting together. Audience members submitted their questions in the Facebook group. If you'd like to join and participate in future Q&As, you can do so at You can support the show on Patreon and get access to the video of this episode, as well as all of the other benefits at
March 29, 2021
Episode 87: Freelancing and Making Extra Income from Writing
This week, Angeline explores the pros and cons of freelance writing, including insights from her own freelancing experience. She talks about the benefits of having different income sources, and looks at the various ways you can make extra money from writing. Get the full show notes at
March 22, 2021
Episode 86: Selling Books Directly to Readers
This week, Angeline and Holly are talking about direct sales - why you might want to consider them and how to go about setting it all up. They go over the systems that they use and how you can do it too. Get the full show notes at
March 15, 2021
Episode 85: What Indie Authors Can Learn From Traditional Publishing
In this week's episode, Holly gives a rundown of some of the things that indie authors can learn from their traditionally published counterparts. Both sides of the industry have strengths and weaknesses and have valuable practices for each other to emulate. Writers contemplating a traditional publishing contract would also benefit from looking at what indie authors do to promote themselves. Listen to this episode to get detailed tips and insights. See the full show notes at
March 8, 2021
Episode 84: Foreshadowing and Laying Breadcrumbs
This week, Angeline and Holly discuss what foreshadowing is, why you need it, how to do it, how NOT to do it, and the mystical power of the MacGuffin! CAUTION: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR - Ready Player One, Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption, Signs, Sixth Sense, Avengers: Endgame, Jaws, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, and possibly more. You have been warned! But honestly, most of these films and books are old enough now that spoiler warnings are probably redundant. Get the full show notes at
March 1, 2021
Episode 83: Backwards Engineering Your Worldbuilding
In today's episode, Angeline is taking you backwards, upside-down, inside-out, and every which way! She discusses how to take those super cool, but unconnected ideas, and back them up with reasons and causes to make sure they really fit into your world. She gives her top tips for working backwards, and shows you how you can use those cool ideas to colour your world, make it unique, and even add conflict. Content Warning: Angeline talks about story ideas dealing with death and suffering. Please skip this episode if it might be triggering or distressing. Find the show notes at
February 22, 2021
Episode 82: Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Orders
This week, Holly & Angeline get stuck in to the meaty topic of pre-orders. They cover the pros and cons, the nitty-gritty technical details and share some resources on further information. It's a juicy episode packed with useful information, so grab a notebook and take notes! Or visit the show notes at for a break down of the major points and all those links.
February 15, 2021
Episode 81: How To Get Reviews For Your Book
In this week's episode, Holly digs deep into the subject of book reviews. She walks you through the different types of review, where to find reviewers, whether to read reviews or not, and how to make use of both your good and bad reviews! Read the show notes and full blog article at
February 8, 2021
Episode 80: Outsourcing and Working With Freelancers
In this episode, Angeline and Holly dig into the nitty-gritty of outsourcing tasks in your author business. They talk about what you might want to outsource and why, the things to look for in a freelancer, where to find freelancers, what to do if things turn sour, and how to nurture a positive relationship with your collaborators. Get the full show notes and links to resources at
February 1, 2021
Episode 79: Book Release Strategies
In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly discuss ways to help make your book launch a success. They talk through setting up pre-orders, utilising social media and your mailing list, and running review teams. They also cover some of the pitfalls and mistakes they've made and touch on some tricky things to watch out for. This overview of the topic is sure to be helpful in preparing for your next book launch! See the full show notes at
January 11, 2021
Episode 78: Worldbuilding Festivals and Celebrations
Off the back of her New Year's Day traditions, Angeline talks about creating festivals and celebrations for your books. She talks about how festivals can be used to reveal character, create conflict, and reflect the themes of your story. She talks about the importance of bringing your worldbuilding back to character, and offers up a whole load of things to consider and think about. Check out the show notes at
January 4, 2021
Episode 77: Reviewing Your Progress Helps You Plan Your Author Business Better
In this week's episode, Holly goes in depth on the subject of reviewing your progress in order to make better plans for the future. She talks about the Clifton Strengths test, common traits among writers, and ways to lean into your strengths to make you a more successful goal-setter. Get more help with planning 2021 with Holly's book, Goal Setting for Writers and read the full show notes at
December 28, 2020
Episode 76: 2020 All Wrapped Up
In this episode, Angeline and Holly go over what their plans were this year, celebrate the successes and reflect on the plans that changed and goals that were left behind. Check out Holly's Plan With Me 2020 video here: Get the full show notes at
December 21, 2020
Episode 75: Back to Basics - Self Publishing from Scratch
Welcome to our 75th episode of Unstoppable Authors! What a landmark episode. This week we are delighted to be bringing you some 101 publishing tips in our Back to Basics episode. We're talking about the fundamentals, such as "what is KDP?" and "what files do I need to publish a book?" If you're near the start of this author journey we hope we answer all of the questions you're desperate to ask. If you know a few things already, we welcome you to add your experiences to the discussion in the comments on our social media posts for the benefit of others. One of the things we talk about is publishing through Ingram Spark and the handy hint that you can get the setup fee for your book waived if you are a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. We highly recommend joining ALLi for all of the benefits of membership and we have a handy referral link right here with your name on it: If you join using this link, Holly will make a small commission. We hope you enjoy this episode and find it helpful and informative. If you have anything to add, please do leave us a comment on social media.
December 14, 2020
Episode 74: Getting Organised and Managing your Time with Anita Davies
This week, Angeline chats with Anita Davies of Freedom From Tedium, talking all about how to get yourself organised and manage your time well. Anita discusses the benefits of time blocking and the Pomodoro method, as well as giving her top tips for dealing with schedule disruptions, and holding yourself to account to hit self-imposed deadlines. With fantastic information, and really helpful time management advice, this is an essential episode for anyone wanting to better organise their time to improve productivity and reduce the risk of burnout. Find out more about Anita at Read the show notes at
December 7, 2020
Episode 73: Live at Indie Fire!
In this special epsiode, Holly and Angeline reflect on the big event and talk about world building, their first love, with guests Marisa Noelle and J.D. Groom. The discussion was live-streamed on Facebook in the Unstoppable Authors group, which you can find at Get the full show notes at
November 30, 2020
Episode 72: NaNoWriMo From the Trenches - The Value of Your Tribe
In this episode, Holly interviews her NaNoWriMo writing tribe. Meet first-time novelist, Sam Frost; adult fantasy adventure author Laura Kendrick; and dark fantasy author Yanni Jade. In this panel-style discussion, we dig into what's working during this round of NaNo, the importance of finding your tribe, our plans for the future, and what challenges we each face to get the words in. Get all the links and show notes at Get your Indie Fire Ticket at And Unstoppable Authors merch at
November 23, 2020
Episode 71 - Let's Get Sexy! How to Write Sex Scenes
In today's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss the dos and don'ts of writing sex scenes. They cover: Genre Tropes Audience Degrees of explicitness and a unique ace perspective Read the full show notes at
November 16, 2020
Episode 70: Creating Characters with J E Nice
Today, Angeline interviews fellow fantasy author, J E Nice. She chats about how she creates her characters, and whether they could fit into another genre. She tells us about her favourite character tropes, and about starting from scratch with a new pen name. Find out more at Read the show notes at
November 9, 2020
Episode 69: Writing Ghost Stories with Becky Wright
Today, Holly interviews gothic horror writer, Becky Wright.  They discuss Becky's background in storytelling as a child, how she was drawn to writing ghost stories and the gothic fiction that she writes today. She talks about writing the taboo, doing historical research, blending the erotic with the period setting, and being a control freak! Becky describes her decision to publish independently and the services that she offers other writers. You can find out more about Becky at Find out about her cover and formatting services at Author Chat with Ally Aldridge Indie Fire tickets
November 2, 2020
Episode 68: Reanimating Classic Horror Monsters
In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly dissect their favourite classic horror monsters and the books, films and TV shows that put a new twist on them. Get ideas for stories in all mediums to consume this spooky season and beyond in this feature length episode. Everything from vampires, to werewolves, to ghosts... there's something to scare everyone.
October 26, 2020
Episode 67: A Special Announcement
This is a super short episode as Holly hasn't been well this week. But we wanted to make this special announcement. We are delighted to announce that we're taking Indie Fire virtual! This means that wherever you are in the world, you can join us for all of the amazing workshops and panel discussions as well as the live recording of the podcast! We hope you'll grab a ticket and share with your author friends. Tickets are on sale now at
October 19, 2020
Episode 66: Making the Most of Writing Courses and Workshops
This week, Angeline's talking all about the merits of writing courses and workshops. From online workshops to university degrees, she offers up advice on finding the right learning opportunities, and how to make the most of them. Check out the show notes at
October 12, 2020
Episode 65: Author Responsibilities and Reader Expectations
In today's episode, Angeline and Holly talk about the best ways to ensure you're meeting readers' expectations, through the right covers, tropes and endings for your books; and your responsibilities as an author, such as completing series, using sensitivity readers and trigger warnings. Please check out the full show notes at 
October 5, 2020
Episode 64: Writing for Screen with Robert Cano
In this episode, Holly is chatting with poet and dark fantasy author, Robert Cano. They talk about the value of learning from poetry and other mediums, writing for screen and the demands of the film and TV industries. They dig deep into how writing conventions have changed but how we can still learn from older literature. Robert shares his love of Lord of the Rings and talks about working with a small press on his Dark Archer series. You can find out more about Robert at
September 28, 2020
Episode #63: Balancing Productivity with Self-Care
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. Find the full show notes at
September 21, 2020
Episode #62: Recharging Your Creativity
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.
September 14, 2020
Episode #61: Your Author Brand
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. Find the show notes at
September 7, 2020
Episode 4.17: Author Branding and Getting Into Libraries and Bookstores with Mark Leslie Lefebvre
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! Read our full show notes at
August 10, 2020
Episode 4.16: Smash Your Goals with Holly Lyne
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. See the full show notes and links to resources at
August 3, 2020
Episode 4.15: Coping with Bad Reviews and Rejection
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.
July 27, 2020
Episode 4.14: Sanctity and Sorcery with Angeline Trevena
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.
July 20, 2020
Episode 4.13: Writing Crime with Samantha Goodwin
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
July 13, 2020
Episode 4.12: How to Pull-Off a Successful Book Release
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. See the resources with the show notes at
July 6, 2020
Episode 4.11: You've Written a Book. Now What?
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.
June 29, 2020
Episode 4.10: Your Unique Author Journey
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!
June 22, 2020
Episode 4.9: Formatting Your Books with Julia Scott
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 Julia Scott Writes Evenstar Books - book formatting and logo design.
June 15, 2020
Episode 4.8: Taking Ownership of Your Author Platform
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. Get the full show notes and resource list at
June 8, 2020
Episode 4.7: How to Write Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
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!
June 1, 2020
Episode 4.6: How To Write What You Know
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. See the full show notes at
May 25, 2020
Episode 4.5: How to Relaunch Your Novel
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. Get the full show notes at
May 18, 2020
Episode 4.4 No Job To Quit? Starting Your Author Career as a Full-Time Parent
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. Read the full show notes at
May 11, 2020
Episode 4.3: Writing Romance with TL Clark
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
May 4, 2020
Episode 4.2: Writing Through Lockdown
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. Find the full show notes at
April 27, 2020
Episode 4.1: Fantasy Worlds and Engaging Readers with Meg Cowley
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 All of her books are free to read in Kindle Unlimited. Find out more about Meg at Find her books at And follow her on Instagram @meg_cowley
April 20, 2020
Episode 3.14: Tropes We Love, Cliches We Hate
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. Get the full show notes at
March 30, 2020
Episode 3.13: How to Procrastinate and Still Get Stuff Done with Cindy Guentert-Baldo
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. Get all the links on our website at
March 23, 2020
Episode 3.12: How To Find and Develop Your Author Voice
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. Find the full show notes and links to resources on our website:
March 16, 2020
Episode 3.11: Crowdfunding for Authors with Kit Power
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.
March 9, 2020
Episode 3.10: Writing Morally Grey Characters and Antiheroes
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.
March 2, 2020
Episode 3.9: Getting Back Into Writing After A Break
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. Read the full show notes at
February 24, 2020
Episode 3.8: Author Bucket Lists
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. Find the full show notes at Get tickets for our writers' conference, Indie Fire at
February 17, 2020
Episode 3.7: Writing in Shared Worlds and Fighting with Editors with Dion Winton-Polak
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.
February 10, 2020
Episode 3.6: Social Media for Authors
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.
February 3, 2020
Deadlines and Dealing with Stress
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
January 27, 2020
Co-Authoring and the Writing Community with Daniel Willcocks
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.
January 20, 2020
Making the Big Publishing Decisions
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.
January 13, 2020
How To Successfully Write Urban Fantasy
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! Find our full show notes at 
January 6, 2020
3.1 Improv and Publishing with Bryan Cohen
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!
December 30, 2019
Episode 2.17: 2019 Review and Goal Setting for 2020
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.
December 23, 2019
Episode 2.16: Worldbuilding Valuable Items
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.
December 16, 2019
Episode 2.15: Author Confessional
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.
December 9, 2019
2.14: Health, Self-Care & Goals When Life Happens
Holly talks candidly about her health situation, forgiveness, “losing” NaNoWriMo and much more.
December 2, 2019
Episode 2.13: Writing FAQs
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.
November 25, 2019
Episode 2.12: An Interview with Emma Kalson of Escaped Ink Press
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.
November 18, 2019
Episode 2.11: Worldbuild Climate and Weather
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.
November 11, 2019
Episode 2.10: A Halloween Reading: The Black Rope by Angeline Trevena
In a break from our usual format, we're bringing you something totally different. Listen to Angeline performing her gothic horror poem, The Black Rope. A Halloween treat!
November 4, 2019
Episode 2.9: Approaching NaNoWriMo With or Without a Plot
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.
October 28, 2019
Episode 2.8: Using Dialogue to Reveal Character and Advance the Plot
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.
October 21, 2019
Episode 2.7: Worldbuilding Mental Health and Paranormal Abilities
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.
October 14, 2019
Episode 2.6: World-build With Me
In today's episode, Holly talks about the creation of her writing sandbox; creating the history, mythology and cultures of her dark, urban fantasy world in which all of her books to date are set.
October 7, 2019
Episode 2.5: The Importance of Ongoing Learning
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.
September 30, 2019
Episode 2.4: Building Your Author Platform
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.
September 23, 2019
Episode 2.3: Worldbuilding Education, Training, and Mentoring
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!
September 16, 2019
Episode 2.2: From Villainy to Heroism - Worldbuilding with Sacha Black
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.
September 9, 2019
Episode 2.1: Goal Check and What's Next?
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.
September 2, 2019
Episode 1.11: Worldbuilding with Food
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.
August 19, 2019
Episode 1.10: Making Maps
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.
August 5, 2019
Episode 1.9: Edge-Lit After Party
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!
July 22, 2019
Episode 1.8: Author Events, Networking, and Meeting Readers
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.
July 8, 2019
Episode 1.7: Worldbuilding Essentials
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.)
June 24, 2019
Episode 1.6: Indie Author Week UK
In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we're talking all things indie. We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.
June 10, 2019
Episode 1.5: Living Legends
Today we're talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!
May 27, 2019
Bonus Episode: #WorldbuildingQuest
Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.
May 24, 2019
Episode 1.4: Horror Stories
Join us as we discuss our love of horror, share our tips for scaring your readers, and, most likely, scare ourselves a little bit too!
May 13, 2019
Episode 1.3: Origin Stories
Could this be the truth about how Angeline and Holly got their superpowers? Do they have superpowers? Time to find out...
April 29, 2019
Episode 1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Tips
We may both like our creature comforts, but we do love Camp NaNoWriMo. Listen to our reasons why, and our top survival tips.
April 15, 2019
Episode 1.1: Relaunch Party
Join us for our relaunch party: meet the co-hosts, and find out just how nerdy things are going to get.
April 1, 2019
Episode 10: Holidays and Leisure
Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside... Where do your characters go on holiday, and what do the locals really think of them?
November 22, 2018
Episode 9: Food
One of my favourite subjects, and the thing that kicked off my worldbuilding obsession.
October 12, 2018
Episode 8: Animals
Animals have important roles to play in the lives of humans. Here's some different things to consider when adding them into your world.
September 29, 2018
Episode 7: Introduction to the Environment
A starting point to thinking about the physical environment of your world, and how it affects everything else.
September 11, 2018
Episode 6: Family
How does the society and culture of your world impact on families and mothers living in it? And is there a perfect solution for working mothers?
August 28, 2018
Episode 5: Health and Wellness
Issues surrounding health and wellness in your world reach much further than just a visit to the doctor.
August 1, 2018
Episode 4: Towns and Cities
Let's zoom in and look at the layout of your towns and cities, and the design of your houses.
July 17, 2018
Episode 3: Making Your Map
Different ways to approach worldbuilding, how to layout your map, and what effects the layout.
July 10, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction
An introduction to me, Angeline Trevena, and The Great Western Woods podcast.
July 3, 2018
Episode 2: Writing a Series
Why book series work well, how to approach writing one, and the number one thing you need to make it a success.
July 3, 2018