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. [...]

Episode 4.5: How to Relaunch Your Novel

Today, Holly gets into the hows and whys of relaunching a novel. How do you know if you would benefit from a relaunch? Why would you want to relaunch a book? How do you go about it? What kind of relaunch is best for you? If you've been asking yourself these questions, then this episode [...]

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 [...]

Episode 3.13: How to Procrastinate and Still Get Stuff Done with Cindy Guentert-Baldo

In this episode, Holly talks to illustrator and online content creator, Cindy Guentert-Baldo. We get into Cindy's quirky floral illustrations that have a subtle hint of her blunt style (colourful language included!) and discuss how she was approached by a publisher to produce a hand lettering book. Cindy talks about managing a chronic health condition [...]

How To Get Back Into Writing

This article is a transcript of our podcast episode on the topic of overcoming a writing slump. To listen to that episode, please see our show notes here. All of us wear multiple hats. We’re not only writers but also students, parents, carers, employees.  Then within our author life, we might write both fiction and [...]

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, [...]

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 out what dreamy author goals Angeline and Holly have [...]

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 [...]

Episode 3.4: Co-Authoring & the Writing Community with Daniel Willcocks

Holly talks to Daniel Willcocks today about best practices for co-authoring with other writers, the writing community, podcasting and knowing when to take a step back from things. Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and podcaster of dark fiction. He is one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver, co-producer of iTunes-busting 'The [...]

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 [...]