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Amelia D. Hay is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers and the host of The Authorpeneur Podcast. Every week, on this blog, she will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. In her, Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.

How to Overcome Writer’s Block

How to Overcome Writer’s Block

The blank page can often seem a difficult foe to overcome. This is because of a wonderful thing called resistance. It’s that feeling of tension between taking action and staying where you are. Everyone, no matter what goal they set will have to overcome resistance. The interesting thing about resistance is, the longer you put off taking action, the greater the resistance you will experience. Do you wonder how other authors manage to get words out of their head and onto the page? Do you want to know their secrets? This is exactly what I am going to share with you in this blog post, four ways to overcome writer’s block and banish it for good.

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How to write a non-fiction book

How to write a non-fiction book

Do you dream of writing a non-fiction book? Are you struggling to figure out where to start? If so, then this blog post is for you. This blog post will take you through a step by step process on how to write a non-fiction book. It starts off with helping you to chose an idea or topic, then it launches into giving your idea structure, and finally completing your first draft. The more structure or work you do before you write your first draft the easier the book will be to create and publish.

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Scrivener

My Love-Hate Relationship With Scrivener

There’s more to writing a book than putting words on paper or to digital memory. Regardless of the genre of your book, you will need to go through a similar set of steps before you publish your book. To do this you will need a tool. When I first started writing, I started off using Word. Using a word processing programme was difficult. I had to format the document correctly from the first moment I typed my first word. This lead me to use Scrivener. It got a tonne of rave reviews from other well-respected authors, so I downloaded it to try. Fast forward 18 months, I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with scrivener. I would like to add my relationship is more love than hate. Here is my list of the pros and cons to using scrivener to write your first or next book.

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5 Tips on How to Balance Writing, Work and Your Personal Life

5 Tips on How to Balance Writing, Work and Your Personal Life

One of the biggest challenges new or aspiring authors face is life balance. The act of balancing their personal life, a corporate job, as well as writing books. This balancing act can be overwhelming and can feel like you’re making no progress at all. This leads to many aspiring authors feeling like they don’t have enough time, and wanting to give up.

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How to Create Great Writing Habits

How to Create Great Writing Habits

If you’re anything like me, then you dream of being organised but consistently fail. You’ve read a lot of information on creating great writing habits. But, these blog posts seem to be written by people who don’t get you. This blog post is different. It’s written by someone who is just like you. So, I’d love to invite you on my journey to overcoming writer’s procrastination and create great writing habits. So, let’s get started

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How to Outline a Nonfiction Book

How to Outline a Nonfiction Book

Have you ever started to write a nonfiction book only to give up halfway? Some aspiring authors write a few chapters before running out of steam. While others fail to get started. These aspiring writers all face the same dilemma, the blank page. There are a few writers that manage to keep going and overcome the blank page, but their writing journey is like a never ending battle. You’re reading this blog post because you don’t want to give up half way. You also don’t want to face the nightmare of restructuring a book. You want to set yourself up for success. In this blog post. I will discuss the exact steps you need to take to outline a nonfiction book.

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10 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Write a Non-Fiction Book

10 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Write a Non-Fiction Book

Aspiring writers fall into the trap of starting to write the second a great idea comes to mind. Before you start writing it’s important to evaluate your book idea. Evaluating your idea will help you determine whether your book is worth writing. To help you, I’ve created a list of 10 questions you need to answer before you write a non-fiction book.

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How to Come up With an Idea for Your Non-Fiction Book

How to Come up With an Idea for Your Non-Fiction Book

So, you’re dreaming of writing a non-fiction book for your business, but you have no idea where to start. Almost 82% of adults dream of writing a book. 78% of these aspiring authors want to write a book to inspire others, to position themselves as a thought leader, or to make money. A further 42% of these aspiring authors don’t know where to start. The path to publication is overwhelming and confusing for many aspiring authors. This is why I started this blog, to provide actionable advice and clarity around the publication process. Before you start writing a non-fiction book, you need an idea. So, how do you create an idea for your non-fiction book?

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TAP001, Defining Success: The First Step to Writing A Novel

TAP001, Defining Success: The First Step to Writing A Novel

Congratulations, you’ve decided you want to become an author and publish your first book. Before you start writing your first book or next book, you need to consider what you desire. There’s nothing worse to waking up one morning and realising what you’ve created isn’t what you wanted, it’s the opposite, your worst nightmare. To avoid this not so pleasant event, you need, to begin with, the end in mind. But first, it’s important you define what success or failure means to you. What is your definition of success?

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I’m Amelia. I’m the author of Missing the first book in the James Lalonde Mystery Series, the host of The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ and the The Book Nerd Podcast. I help aspiring authors just like you to write and market their books so that they can, create their dream business, build their author platform, and be creatively independent. Right now, I’m editing book two in the James Lalonde Mystery series.

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A van Gogh is Missing and A Body is on the Lawn

 

When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced.

 

Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon to be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant.

The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up to the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him?

 

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What I’m Writing Now!

 

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Right now, I’m preparing Book Two in the James Lalonde series, for a final round of revisions. The next step is to send the story off to my editor. I aim to have this eBook published on all major ebook retailers by the end of September 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24 hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook on all major ebook retailers by the end of mid 2022. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

 

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112,960 of 99,000 Words

Book Four the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be published on all major ebook retailers in early 2023. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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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 writers discussing how they write stories, and in particular, I will try to interview as many writers who "pants" novels. But these interview episodes will be treated as bonus episodes and will not be the focus of the podcast season.
In light of that, in this bonus episode, I chat with Michaelbrent Collings on how he writes his fiction novels. 
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-032 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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 writers discussing how they write stories, and in particular, I will try to interview as many writers who "pants" novels. But these interview episodes will be treated as bonus episodes and will not be the focus of the podcast season. In light of that, in this bonus episode, I chat with Michaelbrent Collings on how he writes his fiction novels. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-032 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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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, then don't panic; it's pretty normal not to know what genre you're writing in as you write or finish your first book. But there's something you can do about it. In this episode, I will share with you five steps to revising your story with genre expectations in mind.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-031 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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, then don't panic; it's pretty normal not to know what genre you're writing in as you write or finish your first book. But there's something you can do about it. In this episode, I will share with you five steps to revising your story with genre expectations in mind. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-031 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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In the next episode of the Authorpreneur Podcast, I will discuss writing in first and third-person POV. If you have questions that you'd like for me to answer in the episode, ask them below. 👇🏻
In the next episode of the Authorpreneur Podcast, I will discuss writing in first and third-person POV. If you have questions that you'd like for me to answer in the episode, ask them below. 👇🏻
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I spotted Pusheen in the background while recording the Authorpreneur Podcast last week, and now she’s in the thumbnail for the YouTube video. 🐈🎙🤦‍♀️
I spotted Pusheen in the background while recording the Authorpreneur Podcast last week, and now she’s in the thumbnail for the YouTube video. 🐈🎙🤦‍♀️
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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 what awaits me if I screw up and publish a book with plot holes, however minor. 
In this behind the scenes author diary episode, I discuss the highs and lows of my revision process, what prompted me to move into the professional editing phase and my struggles with writer's insecurity. Yes, spoiler alert, I'm riddled with it. And, I share an exciting milestone with Le Villain Book Covers.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS044 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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 what awaits me if I screw up and publish a book with plot holes, however minor. In this behind the scenes author diary episode, I discuss the highs and lows of my revision process, what prompted me to move into the professional editing phase and my struggles with writer's insecurity. Yes, spoiler alert, I'm riddled with it. And, I share an exciting milestone with Le Villain Book Covers. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS044 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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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-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 paranormal romance feature vampires because they're hot right now; that's writing to trend. By the way, I have no idea whether that's a hot trend, so don't take that as gospel because it's just an example I plucked from my mind, a few seconds ago. However, writing with genre expectations in mind is all about writing for your audience. I know you want to write what you love, but just hear me out. As a writer, I get it, you need to love what you write, but you also need to write something that others will enjoy and want to stick around for long-term. 
Before we get into the tips, this episode is the first in a two-part series focused on writing with genre expectations in mind. In this first part, I want to focus on writing with genre expectations in mind for writers who haven't written their first draft and merely have a story idea in mind. This episode will be great for you if you have a story idea or outline, and want to write for an existing audience. Part two, which will be in two weeks, will be great for those of you who, have written the first draft or are revising and are concerned there's no market for your book. Don't worry, the episode has already been recorded and edited, and is scheduled on my podcast hosting provider's website.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-030 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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-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 paranormal romance feature vampires because they're hot right now; that's writing to trend. By the way, I have no idea whether that's a hot trend, so don't take that as gospel because it's just an example I plucked from my mind, a few seconds ago. However, writing with genre expectations in mind is all about writing for your audience. I know you want to write what you love, but just hear me out. As a writer, I get it, you need to love what you write, but you also need to write something that others will enjoy and want to stick around for long-term. Before we get into the tips, this episode is the first in a two-part series focused on writing with genre expectations in mind. In this first part, I want to focus on writing with genre expectations in mind for writers who haven't written their first draft and merely have a story idea in mind. This episode will be great for you if you have a story idea or outline, and want to write for an existing audience. Part two, which will be in two weeks, will be great for those of you who, have written the first draft or are revising and are concerned there's no market for your book. Don't worry, the episode has already been recorded and edited, and is scheduled on my podcast hosting provider's website. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/TAP-030 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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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 immediately follow through with this and devote this short episode to what you can expect from season three. And, I'll share a few changes to the podcast that you can expect from season three.
In this episode, I will discuss:
• What you can expect from season three
• The start date of the new season.
• Changes to the podcast in season three onwards.
• My podcasting plans until the end of the year.
As always, I have an important question to ask. Are you writing a novel, short story, or novella? And if so, is there a topic you want me to cover in the upcoming season of The Authorpreneur Podcast. Let me know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. 👇🏻
Thank you for listening, and I’ll see you in the next episode of The Authorpreneur Podcast.
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 immediately follow through with this and devote this short episode to what you can expect from season three. And, I'll share a few changes to the podcast that you can expect from season three. In this episode, I will discuss: • What you can expect from season three • The start date of the new season. • Changes to the podcast in season three onwards. • My podcasting plans until the end of the year. As always, I have an important question to ask. Are you writing a novel, short story, or novella? And if so, is there a topic you want me to cover in the upcoming season of The Authorpreneur Podcast. Let me know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. 👇🏻 Thank you for listening, and I’ll see you in the next episode of The Authorpreneur Podcast.
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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 prompted me to make these purchases.
So stay tuned for all of this and much more.
Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS043 or click the link in my bio.
Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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 prompted me to make these purchases. So stay tuned for all of this and much more. Check out the full episode here ⇢ https://bit.ly/BTS043 or click the link in my bio. Thanks for listening, and happy reading and writing, everybody. 👍🏻
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