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TAP028, 5 Tips for Structuring a Story with the Hero’s Journey (Part 4 of 4)

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TAP004, How to Get Motivated to Write a Novel

TAP004, How to Get Motivated to Write a Novel

So, you know you should be writing, and you intend on writing, but you can’t seem to get your butt in the chair and actually write. If you can identify with that statement, then this blog post is for you. Thanks to the rise of modern technology and we’re living in an instant gratification world. This instant gratification encourages us to allow this habit to flow into other areas of our lives. As writers, this leads us to fall into the trap of writing when you feel inspired and to put it off until next time in those times when you don’t feel like it. So, how do you get motivated to write a novel or continue writing a novel? In this video, I’m going to share with you one quick strategy on how to get motived to write a novel. But, why one strategy? The key to starting and continuing on that trajectory is to start SMALL and build up as you become consistent.

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TAP003, How to Choose The Right Book Idea

TAP003, How to Choose The Right Book Idea

Do you have million different story ideas and are struggling to choose the right book idea? Or, Do you have a pile of manuscripts that you can’t seem to finish? This indecisiveness is the writer equivalent of shiny object syndrome, where you jump from idea to idea, and you can’t seem to choose the right one. You’re essentially stuck in the wonderful land of indecision. I understand how this feels. As a writer, I too have suffered from shiny object syndrome, especially when choosing a story idea or abandoning a writing project to start a new one. Over the course of my writing journey, I’ve gone from shiny object syndrome to reaching a place where I’ve finished two manuscripts that I’m excited to publish in a genre, that I adore. In this blog post and video, I’m doing to share with you, my number one tip on how to choose the right book idea.

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TAP002, How to Come Up With Great Story Ideas

TAP002, How to Come Up With Great Story Ideas

Do you dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start because you believe that you don’t have any great story ideas? If so, then this video is for you. First of all, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Often when you first start out in your writing career you can fall prey to comparison syndrome, where you start comparing yourself to other writers and authors. It’s natural to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others but what you’re doing is comparing your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. What you’re not seeing are those days your favourite author struggles to come up with an idea for their next book. Everyone struggles with this. So, how do you come up with great story ideas?

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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 Suspicion, 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 Body is on the Lawn, and a Killer is on the Loose


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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Excalibur is Missing. A Killer is on the Loose. One Reporter is Determined to Uncover the Truth.


James has a nose for trouble. But that’s nothing new. This time, things are different–his life is on the line. James is the chief editor of a small newspaper. It’s hardly captivating work. He’s bored. But all of that is about to change.


Late one evening, he returns home to discover his long-time girlfriend and journalist, Valentine, has left. Early the next morning, James fails to reallocate her assigned story. To avoid blank space in the culture section and losing his job, he decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on–Excalibur is missing, and a dead body is at the crime scene.


If you love gripping cloak and dagger mysteries with twists and turns, then you’ll love this first instalment in the James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series. Get it now.




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What I’m Writing Now!


Final Draft

86,532 of 85,000 Words


Yesterday, I sent Duplicity off for proofreading. Yay! And I’ve set up preorders for this novel on Kobo, B&N, and Google Play with a release date of the 24th of November 2022. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.


Publishing Updates


First Draft

0 of 60,000 Words

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.



Revised Draft

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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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.
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 into third-person omniscient point-of-view for similar reasons.
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 writes 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 novel.
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.
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.
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 episode, I will discuss how I go from a story idea to a fleshed-out outline. I know this is obvious, but this is my process instead of 'the way to outline a novel.' This process has evolved since my very first novel. As I progressed to writing the next story, more steps were added to my intricate outlining process. After publishing my first novella, in 2020, I added another step to my outlining process, but I will share this in a separate episode because it's a huge step and needs a detailed explanation.
Coming soon to the Authorpreneur Podcast on July 21st, I discuss point-of-view in fiction and things you need to consider when choosing the right perspective for your novel. On top of all of this, I discuss the most common point-of-view mistakes.

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