Episode 85: What Indie Authors Can Learn From Traditional Publishers

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. The episode briefly covers what traditional publishing could learn from indie, and then goes [...]

How To Get Reviews and What To Do With Them

It’s no secret that reviews are vital to an author’s success. They provide the much-needed social proof for readers that other people have read the book and reveal a little about what they thought of it.  Consider your own buying behaviour: how likely are you to buy a book that either has no reviews on [...]

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. Sam Frost, photo by Claire GroganLaura KendrickYanni Jade In this panel-style discussion, we dig into what's working during this round of NaNo, the importance of finding your tribe, our [...]

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 [...]

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 the comments here, in our Facebook [...]

Episode 4.8: 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. [...]