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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]