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by Amelia D. Hay | The Authorpreneur Podcast - Writing and Self Publishing Advice

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Welcome to The Authorpreneur Podcast™️


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 documents my writing adventure during 2020, and season three is about how to outline and the pre-writing phase.


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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 Mystery Novel 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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Currently editing the next episode of my podcast, and there's so much headroom in the video that I'm starting to hate myself. And don't get me started on my voice—it's breaking. 🤬😭
Got a burning question in relation to writing, revising, and self-publishing your novel that you would love to see me answer in the 100th episode of The Authorpreneur Podcast?
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In February, I finished writing the Locked Room into the Dark, and I'll discuss how I achieved this, along with the response of my favourite beta reader.
Coming soon... I discuss my experiences writing a locked room mystery into the dark using the method taught by Dean Wesley Smith. 👩🏻‍💻📝🔦
In this episode, discuss what I've been doing in February. I also share my frustrations about a tech fail and newfound thoughts on this product and delve into why I've changed my mind.
So, I decided to list Suspicion for free and promote it using various newsletter book promotion services ahead of the release of the second book in the James Lalonde series. The promotions I booked were with AuthorsXP, Fussy Librarian, Kobo, and Free Booksy; altogether, these promotions cost me £176.67 or US$209.96. I used the Google exchange rate from the 19th of November, just in case you're interested. So, in this behind-the-scenes author diary, I will discuss the results of my experiments with Ad stacking on my first-in-series novella or short novel.
Guess who is now using Adobe Audition to edit her podcast? Now, I'm wondering why I didn't make the change sooner.

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