Indie Author Weekly

Indie Author Weekly

Indie Author Weekly shares the behind-the-scenes journey of writing and publishing books as a self-published authorpreneur. Each episode includes personal stories of what works—and what doesn’t—as a new author, plus tips on everything from book marketing to outlining chapters to managing perfectionism to finding writing inspiration and more! You’ll learn practical tips and ideas for getting started with your own writer journey. This indie author podcast can be enjoyed by new and aspiring authors who want to learn more about self-publishing (plus tips and tools for writing and editing your own work), as well as curious bookworms who are interested in getting a peek behind the curtain of a writer’s life. Indie Author Weekly is hosted by Sagan Morrow, a Winnipeg-based writer with more than a decade of experience as a small business owner. Sagan has worked as a blogger and freelance copywriter and editor since 2008. In 2016, she began teaching other freelancers how to improve productivity and time management through her online courses. Sagan has published several business books in addition to her work as a romance novelist. She published her first work of fiction in 2018. The first 12 episodes of this podcast were originally published on a “secret” platform only for email subscribers, but you can tune into all of those original episodes right here. Access bonus materials to go along with the Indie Author Weekly podcast (including cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics), plus full episode transcripts, sample chapters of her novels, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Learn more about Sagan’s published works and upcoming novels at SaganMorrow.com/books. Connect with Sagan on Twitter & Instagram: @Saganlives... Show More

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Learn a 4-step process for how to figure out which book you should write first. Newbie authors, this podcast episode is for you! Plus, find out why you need to write the book you're excited about, regardless of whether or not you think you're "good enough" to write it yet. This episode shares some tough love, writing motivation, writing encouragement, and practical tips for choosing which book you should start with for your writing... Read more

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Learn about 3 ways to keep accountable with your writer friends in this episode of the indie author podcast! You'll find out the benefits of writing in virtual groups, doing one-on-one writing session hangouts, and participating in global writer challenges. Access sample chapters of Sagan's novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow... Read more

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Learn 6 tips for how to improve your writing skills as an author in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! You'll find out why rereading your work matters so much, how even 15 minutes/day can make all the difference for improving writing skills, why you should "read between the lines" with what readers say about your work, and more. This episode of the indie author podcast also includes an important reminder about externa... Read more

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Learn how an author's writing is affected by her real life (and vice versa!) in this episode of Indie Author Weekly. This episode shares a behind-the-scenes peek at author Sagan Morrow's personal life and the integration between books and real-life situations. This episode answers 3 listener-submitted questions: For many authors, real life informs their work. Do you incorporate elements or inspiration from real life into your ... Read more

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Learn a simple exercise you can use in your novels to improve character development in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! This technique, Situationals, will enable you to get to know your characters better, so whether you want to create a more complex character or whether you need to get past writer's block, you'll find this exercise helpful. Don't forget to grab the freebie! You can access a worksheet featuring writi... Read more

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Learn a simple 3-step system for how to keep track of everything when you're writing a book series in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! Plus, get 5 tips for how to write a book series so that everything stays consistent and cohesive from one book to the next. You'll find out how your podcast host, Sagan Morrow, has organized her 9-book series (4 published to date, with the next one currently in the editing process), ... Read more

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Learn 10 tips for editing your own work, plus the editing process your host Sagan Morrow (a professional editor) uses when self-editing her own books, in this episode of Indie Author Weekly. You'll learn about the importance of having a personal style guide and character bible for your books, different types of edits and ways to review your work, and more. This episode provides you with practical tips for editing books regardless o... Read more

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7 questions to ask yourself, plus actionable ways for how to understand your unique strengths and weaknesses as a writer—so you can improve your writing skills and become a better author. It can feel scary to analyze our work and figure out our unique strengths and weaknesses, but there is power in it. The more that you know this about yourself, the more you can do something about it. You will be able to create more opportunities f... Read more

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Learn 5 tips for how to deal with writer's block (or creative blocks) so that you can get past the slump and keep making progress with writing your awesome story. Access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about Sagan's books at... Read more

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Learn why book reviews are so important for both readers and authors, the difference between book ratings & reviews, an easy strategy for writing 2-minute book reviews, plus book review prompt ideas to get you started, in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample ch... Read more

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Learn why oral storytelling is so cool, plus listen to a complete reading of Chapter 2 from your host's latest novel, She Wants More (Book 4 in the Polyamorous Passions series). This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets ... Read more

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Learn how to play the "what if" game (your host's favourite strategy for coming up with new ideas), why you shouldn't always force ideas when you're writing a book, and the benefits of getting inspiration from your current/past interests, in this episode. These writing inspiration tips and ideas will help you make progress with your next novel. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” vers... Read more

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This episode celebrates the book release of She Wants More, Book 4 in the Polyamorous Passions series! Learn about some of the fears around book launching, how female friendship plays a huge role in this romance novel, the challenge authors face around trying not being too subtle—or too overt—with themes, and tips for choosing how to categorize the genre of a novel, in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast o... Read more

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Learn the best (free!) time-tracking software, why the amount of time spent on a project does NOT necessarily equate to a higher-quality product, how many hours it's taken your host to write & market each of her books to date, and 4 tips for managing time as an indie author, in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more abou... Read more

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Learn 4 reasons why your host chose not to use a pen name for her novels, the problem with NOT using a pen name as an author, and a few ways to navigate the awkwardness of writing about romance and sex, in this episode. Note: this episode discusses being sex-positive. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. ... Read more

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Learn 8 ways to advertise your books as a self-published author (plus your host's experience with those strategies), 4 other book marketing ideas to try, how to decide whether to invest money in your books, plus a few resources for advertising books in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Yo... Read more

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Learn how your host Sagan Morrow wrote the first draft of a book within the space of 10 days during Camp NaNoWriMo, problems she faced during the novel-writing challenge, and what to do if you're having trouble focusing on your book project. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample ... Read more

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Learn 5 ways you can stay disciplined with writing & publishing books, plus get a pep talk on prioritizing projects you care about in your life and business, in this episode. You'll also find out a handy method for tracking your daily word count and your word count goals. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorro... Read more

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Learn what your host Sagan Morrow did to outline an entire 9-book series, plus a simple way to outline your book before you even start writing the first chapter of it. This episode also shares the benefit of writing shorter novellas instead of full-length novels, and tips for getting past the intimidation factor of writing that first sentence of Chapter 1. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “... Read more

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Learn 4 ways to deal with insecurities and increase confidence as an author, plus why you can't let perfectionism hold you back from writing your awesome book, in this episode. You'll also find out how to figure out when a project reaches the "good enough" threshold (rather than "perfect"), as well as a mistake your host Sagan Morrow made when she wrote and published her first novella... and what you can do to avoid making that sam... Read more

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