Working With Beta Readers

As an author, you will have a range of people read your books before and after they're published. Your Alpha reader, the first person who reads it, might be a spouse or critique partner. Someone you trust and who you feel comfortable sharing your writing with quite early in the process, perhaps as you write [...]

Episode 3.1: Improv and Publishing with Bryan Cohen

Holly talks to Bryan Cohen about his background in improv and what he's learned about publishing and advertising along the way to being a successful indie author and business owner. Find out the most important thing you need to know in order to grow your author business. Hint - it'll bring Angeline out in hives! [...]

Episode 2.14: Health, Self-Care and Goals When Life Happens

Holly gets personal in this episode with her NaNoWriMo experience this year and what happened to her writing when she was struck down with appendicitis. She shares tips for goalsetting in the face of interruptions from real life and talks through finding the story through world-building. Listen on your favourite platform HERE. Resources Indie Fire [...]

Episode 2.11: Worldbuilding 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. Listen on your favourite platform HERE. Resources Embarrassing 80s - Michael Fish Gets It Horribly Wrong!Episode 1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival [...]

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. Listen on your favourite platform here. Holly's books are predominantly set in the fictional city of Caerton. In today's episode, she [...]

Episode 2.2: From Villainy to Heroism – Worldbuilding with Sacha Black

In today's episode, Holly talks to author Sacha Black about her fiction and non-fiction books, her new podcast, Rebel Author and her worldbuilding highs and lows. Listen on your favourite platform here. Sacha Black is a bestselling and competition winning author, developmental editor and writing coach. She also has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, [...]

Worldbuilding Challenge

If you follow us on Instagram then it's likely you've seen our Worldbuilding Quest challenges in the past and hopefully seen something about our latest iteration of it. But I wanted to take a minute to give a bit more detail about what's happening with it. Next week, beginning on Monday 26th August 2019, we'll [...]

Guest Blogging at ALLi

Holly has been blogging over on the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) website, Self Publishing Advice. You can see the article all about starting an author podcast here: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-create-an-author-podcast/ ALLi members receive a number of benefits, not least being the amazing community online as well as opportunities to contribute to the blog and to their [...]

Use Your Fear

Happy Monday, folks! Holly here with my top tip for this week: Use your fear. We’re all afraid of something and it’s so easy to get lost in it and become paralysed. But what if you could ride your fear like a surfer rides a wave? Rather than being crushed by it, you can use [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]