Episode 64: Writing for Screen with Robert Cano

In this episode, Holly interviews 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]