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The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ is hosted by Indie Author, Amelia D. Hay. The show acts as a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers. Every Thursday, Amelia will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. In each season of the podcast, you will learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. Season one of the podcast is on Plot and Story Structure, season two d ...
 
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A few weeks ago, I received an email from Plottr letting me know they were interested in chatting with me on my podcast about plotting and story organisation techniques and how Plottr can benefit both Plotters and Pantsers. Because Plottr is a story organisation tool, I thought the interview would be great for this season of The Authorpreneur Podca…
 
Are you confused about scenes and chapters? Do you write scenes that aren't working, and you wonder why? In this first instalment of this mini-series on scenes, I will discuss the difference between scenes and chapters. Define what is a scene in the context of novel writing. I will answer the age-old question, what is the perfect length of a scene?…
 
So, things are changing at the Book Nerd Podcast. Why? A few weeks ago, I discovered that another podcast has the exact same name as mine, but they have almost 88 episodes where, as I only have nine. So, I decided to do the right thing and change the name of the podcast to the Mystery Novel Nerd from this episode going forward. So without further a…
 
It's been a while since I filmed or recorded a Behind the Scenes Author Diary Update—so that's what I'm going to do. In this episode, I will discuss what I've been doing since January 2022. And this episode isn't going to be scripted, mainly because if I start scripting these episodes, it will take a long time to produce them. Let's face it, I know…
 
Now that you've chosen the right Point-of-View for your story, you're finally ready to put pen to page and start writing or outlining your novel, right? No, there is a little more to Point-of-View than first, second or third person. And that's what we're going to discuss in this show. When planning out season three of the podcast, I split the episo…
 
In this episode of the Book Nerd Podcast, I'm going to discuss my favourite mystery and thriller novels that I read in 2021. I what you're thinking, "it's been a while since the end of 2021," but hear me out. I wanted to put a bit of distance between the end of 2021 and my reading because I wanted to discuss the books that stood out to me the most.…
 
Before you put pen to page, you need to decide which point-of-view is right for your story. In this show, I will discuss point-of-view in writing fiction and the things to consider when choosing the right point-of-view for your novel. But I will not discuss second-person because I don't understand its mechanics. And I will not be delving too deep i…
 
As you can tell from the title of this episode, I'm going to discuss the Agatha Raisin television show on Acorn TV versus the books in order to avoid spoilers, I'm going to focus on how Agatha is portrayed, not the events in the show and novels. Fingers crossed, I stick to my notes and this show remains as spoiler-free as possible. You get it. I've…
 
In previous podcast episodes, I've mentioned that I want this podcast to be free of interviews unless they are about how an author writes, outlines or writers without an outline. Today, I'm making an exception with this bonus interview because I believe the discussion will benefit you even if you're in the planning stages of writing your first nove…
 
So, you've created an outline for your novel. And, now you're ready to start writing. Diving into writing the first draft seems like the first logical step. However, I recommend you slow down and edit the outline for your novel. I learned this lesson the hard way after publishing my first-in-series novella. To this day, I regret not going back and …
 
Welcome to the third instalment of my mini-series on how I outline a novel. For those of you who are unaware, in the first episode, I discuss how I go from fleshing out a story idea to a basic outline. In episode TAP035, which is the second instalment in this three-part mini-series on outlining, I focused n sharing the steps in my outlining process…
 
Welcome to the second instalment of my three-part mini-series on how I outline a novel. For those of you who are unaware, I discuss how I go from fleshing out a story idea to a basic outline in the first episode. In this show, I share the steps in my outlining process that help me create a structurally sound story with scenes that actively move the…
 
Since 2014, I've written two novellas, one short story, and two full-length novels, three of which I have self-published. One novel is being rewritten because I wanted to change a story device and plot thread. For me, this second storyline was unrealistic and painted the character in an unprofessional light, thus creating a sense of trust with the …
 
Before I dive into discussing how to outline a novel or the planning phase of writing, I thought it would be best to ask an obvious but nonetheless important question. Is outlining a good idea? Depending upon who you listen to, you will hear conflicting advice. Some authors will say in order to write quicker, you need to ditch the outlining phase. …
 
Throughout the preorder and launch period of the release of The Candidate, I experienced a series of frustrating issues with Apple Books. While I was struggling with Apple Books, I decided to redesign the ebook's cover, then I went on to design the paperback based upon this new theme. And, this new design had surprising results on the ARC giveaway …
 
As November flips open on my calendar, so does the launch date for my novella. In amongst the busyness of preparing for my book release, I ran into an alarming issue with Etsy that led me to question whether I will continue recommending them to creative businesses. But back to preparing for my book release, I decided to take the plunge and use Book…
 
The writing has come to an end. And, the line editing and proofreading phases are underway. In the final hours of editing, I made a story decision that I suspected would cost me more money. While I waited for the next phase of the editing process to begin, I dived into the process of preparing to self publish my novella. This led me to finally make…
 
Up until now, I've wanted the seasons of this podcast to be evergreen and act as a resource on how to write a particular element of a story. My desire to create short evergreen episodes focused on a single topic is the reason this podcast tends to be free of interviews. However, throughout season three, I will share short interviews with other writ…
 
Revision is like pulling teeth. Well, that's how it feels to me, at the moment. I'm so over revising this story. But at the same time, I feel so insecure about this novella. Long gone is that innocent, naive Amelia, who was excited to publish her first piece of fiction. Perhaps, I know better now. Or, more realistically, I'm more cynical. I know wh…
 
Just like the previous episode, I've been saving the books up in piles on the floor in my office from shopping trips between October 2019 and March 2020, when my physical book buying ban began. Since then, I've fallen off the bandwagon and "forgot" about my book buying ban. As the title suggests, all the books in this haul feature female amateur sl…
 
Welcome to the final instalment of this two-part mini-series on how to write a novel with genre expectations in mind. There's nothing worse than reaching the halfway mark as you write your first draft or even as you're starting the revision stage to realise that you're not sure if there's a market for your book. If this is where you are at, then do…
 
Writing to market or writing with genre expectations in mind is often seen as a dirty word. And, I think there are a few misconceptions, largely to do with confusing the strategy with writing to a trend which is very different. For the sake of clarity, writing to trend is all about writing what's popular. An example of that strategy is writing a pa…
 
At the start of season two, I started off with the best of intentions. Just like this episode, I set the expectations for the season. And, that's when everything went pear-shaped. In fact, things aren't back to normal for me either. I don't need to remind you because technically we're still at this place. Now that I’ve said this, I’m going to immed…
 
In the last two weeks in August, I started revising a murder mystery novella. Also, during this period, I created a book marketing plan for the Candidate. As I was revising my murder mystery novella, I began to feel scared to self publish. To be honest, I've been feeling this way for a while. This month, I purchased a few courses, and I share what …
 
As you can tell by the super spoiler-y title of this video, I'll be doing the Book Buying Tag created by Megan Olivier. Even though this is quite an old tag, I loved it so much that I clearly couldn't resist filming it. After much deliberation, I've decided to share this tag with you over on the podcast. For the sake of transparency, I filmed the o…
 
During the first two weeks of August, I focused my time on preparing a murder mystery novel for beta readers, then as I waited for feedback, I focused on the second book in my other series. And, this is what juggling multiple projects at once is like. You spend much of your time jumping between projects, and it does get overwhelming at times. In li…
 
If you listened to the previous episodes of this podcast, you'd know that I've been struggling to finish my next novel. By now, you're probably wondering what drama got in the way of me achieving my writing and publishing goals. In this show, I'll share a momentous writing update. On top of this, I discuss my fears and a surprising update on my Fus…
 
During May and June, I experimented with more low budget book promotions on a 99 cent sale on my first-in-series novella, Missing. Naturally, things didn't go as expected. In this episode, I dive into why I believe my low budget book promotions went horribly wrong. But before I delve into all of that, I discuss what I achieved in terms of writing a…
 
For some reason, I put off sharing this author diary update because I believed I didn't do that much writing, and I was a little embarrassed. Well, I was partly correct. As I look back over my completed tasks on ToDoist and the notes on my daily writing habit spreadsheet, I realised that my assumption was incorrect. And, I did get some writing done…
 
The results of my very first story origin newsletter swap are in, and it's not what I expected. As I cast my mind back, I decide whether I will do another newsletter swap in the future. And, I share my biggest lessons learned. In November, I managed to secure another free mystery and thriller eBook promotion on Kobo. Due to this change in price on …
 
After much deliberation, I come to terms with my struggles with the notion of whether I should continue to write more books in the James Lalonde series. Which leads me to announce that I'm letting myself write another series in a different sub-genre alongside writing the James Lalonde series. I guess the short version of that is I'm writing to mark…
 
Coming up in this episode, I will share with you an embarrassingly long and overdue crime, mystery and thriller book haul. Perhaps on a not so surprising note, I have read some of these novels. As always, I will endeavour to be as spoiler-free as possible. The crime, mystery, and thriller books in this haul were purchased over the last six months o…
 
After months of frustration with the slow speed of my website, I took the plunge and moved web hosts. And in this episode, I discuss the dramas with moving from one WebHost to another. Spoiler alert, I’m happy with my move, and I’m wondering why I didn’t do it earlier. But, the move took some time. In September, I found myself lured in by another m…
 
The problem with helpful book marketing suggestions like"get interviewed on podcasts," is no one actually tells you how to create a pitch that will land you an interview. In this bonus episode, I will share three tips and a six step formula that will help you craft a better pitch and hopefully, get you a podcast interview. Obviously, I can't make a…
 
As you can guess by the spoiler-y title I’m going to discuss 13 crime, mystery, thriller and Suspense novels featuring characters who are journalists. I’ve decided to divide this episode up into two parts, the first is "books I want to read" and the second is "books i’ve read.” My love of characters who are journalists stems from two places. The fi…
 
As suggested by the title, I’m going to dive into the depths of my Kindle app and share with you the mystery and thriller novels that are lurking and waiting to be read by me. Don’t worry; I’ve managed to narrow this list down to twelve books. While I’m talking about my Kindle app, I will also get a bit nerdy and discuss my organisational habits wi…
 
Here are all the books I plan on reading. Since I first uploaded my very first book haul, I've been considering whether I should share a video once a month talking about what's on my TBR list; but, I've shied away from this idea because I can't seem to stick to a reading schedule. I always seem to find another book that promises a more exciting rea…
 
As you can probably tell by the super spoiler-y title of this video, I’m a writer and I’m in a reading slump. I find this super embarrassing because, at the moment, all I’m doing is writing, editing, and preparing my books for publication. At the beginning of 2019, I set a reading goal to reach 40 books by the end of the year. My reasoning behind t…
 
I’ve never been the type of reader who will solely read a single genre of fiction. I’m a little eclectic when it comes to reading. How bad am I? Basically, if the cover pulls me into the story, then I’ll read it. I guess you can say I’m a bibliophile. And that’s why I created this podcast. For those of you who are just like me who are bibliophile’s…
 
I’m super excited to announce that I’ve finally developed a writing habit after months of struggling. And in this episode, I share the tips that I believe helped me to achieved this goal. During August, I start chasing reviews for Missing on the Amazon US store. In terms of writing, I started working with an alpha reader and I discuss what I’m doin…
 
July was full of surprises. A well known free ebook platform shared my novella with its audience. And I’m going to share the results of this with you. While we're on the topic of book marketing, I will also discuss the outcome of my free promotion on Kobo. After careful deliberation, I took steps to self-publish my reader magnet on all stores, and …
 
In June, I made the decision to opt-out of Kindle Unlimited, and I don’t regret trying it out. Due to this experience, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons which I will put into practice for another series. While I’m on the topic of lessons learned, I also change my focus from sales to getting more book reviews. And I share the steps I plan on takin…
 
Now that the rewrites of the second edition Missing are finished, during May I prepared the new edition for publication. And in this episode, I’m going to share the exact steps I took to go from revised draft to pressing the publish button. While I’m on the topic of Missing, I’m going to discuss the results of my book blogging tour, that’s everythi…
 
It’s official, I'm rewriting a self-publish novel, only a few months after it’s initial release. And, that book is Missing. In this episode I’m going to share the steps I took to rewrite the novella, and what I plan to do next. While we’re on this topic I also share my experience using a paid beta reader, and how this entire experience has changed …
 
During the first two weeks in March, I made a decision that I never thought that I would make, even after careful consideration. Essentially, I've let go of an ideal and made a decision for business reasons. But, more on that a little later. In terms of pay per click advertising, I share my experiences with Amazon Ads and paying for an ad to promot…
 
During the first two weeks in March, I both struggled and made progress with rewriting book two. At the same time, I also failed to meet an ambitious writing goal that I set for myself. In part one of my March author diary update I discuss the following writing topics: The progress I made with writing book two Changing and choosing the name of a no…
 
I’m back from my hiatus. Due to the pandemic and the lockdown situation in London, and my husband working from home, I paused the podcast. I stopped recording because I was struggling with productivity, writing, and mental health issues that come with being in the same environment for weeks on end. My husband will probably be working from home unti…
 
During the last week in February, I faced the infamous chicken or the egg scenario, that every author faces—book reviews or sales. And, I make progress with growing my fiction email list. By now, you’re probably wondering whether I started rewriting my second book after all of that planning. If you are, then you’ll find the answer to that question …
 
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for the second book in my James Lalonde series. I’ve made a tonne of progress this week on fixing the issues in the story arc. In book marketing news, I started dabbling in Amazon ads for the US store. I’m going to share why I turned off the ads on the UK store On top of all of this, I experienced a few exciti…
 
There’s no polite way to say this, but I’ve realised that I’ve written a pile of garbage and may need to completely rewrite the second book in my James Lalonde series. So, the first lesson you’ve learned is to never rush the initial creative brainstorming and outlining phase of writing a story. Just don’t do that. But, enough of my whinging. My adv…
 
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