Your Words Unleashed

Your Words Unleashed

Your Words Unleashed Podcast, hosted by author and writing coach Dr. Leslie Wang, helps women scholars master their writing habits and publish a book that matters.


September 20, 2022 16 min

Hiring an expert to help you get through the process of writing your manuscript is one of the most surefire ways to make sure your book gets published. 

But how do you know whether you would benefit more from working with a coach or an editor? When should you hire one or the other? Or is it better to hire both?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by potential clients is whether I will do extensive editing of their manuscripts ...

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Hi writers! I bet that things are really starting to ramp up in your work weeks. 


Not that summer is a lazy time for academics, by any means, but at least you have more flexibility with your schedule.


Now that the semester’s up and running again, you need to focus and prioritize your book writing time much, much more.


That is, if you hope to get anything done besides teaching, service, and the writing projects you’ve committed to t...

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August 29, 2022 14 min

Today I’m going to be talking about something that comes up a lot with my coaching clients, and that is ways to manage fears around writing.

My view is that fear arises when your inner critic is trying to protect you and keep you safe. 

As I’ve talked about before, your inner critic has positive intentions even when it’s making you feel anxiety and self-doubt by telling you horrible things about yourself and your writing.

The truth is...

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August 16, 2022 14 min

Today’s episode is meant to help you figure out what to prioritize in your work this semester. 

I want you to keep your own mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being at the forefront, and this means SAYING NO to things that do not serve you.

When I talk about saying no to requests, I’m especially referring to service and committee work that can be extremely tiring and time-consuming, but not necessarily valued much by you...

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July 28, 2022 13 min

On today’s episode I’m going to be talking about how important it is to be part of writing groups and how to run them. 

This is always true, but especially so when you’re working on your first book. 

When you have the support and accountability, you will not only write more, but you’ll feel a lot better while doing it. 

And who doesn’t want that?

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July 12, 2022 13 min

On today's podcast episode I thought I would do something a little bit different. Rather than giving tips or advice about writing, I’d like to help you create a sense of internal calm with a short guided meditation.

When you’re in a calm, curious, and collected space, much more is possible in every realm of life.

In the days ahead, with their many challenges, you can use this technique at any time to still your mind, knowing tha...

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June 25, 2022 15 min
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So in the last episode I talked about some of the reasons why transforming your dissertation into a book is an emotionally complex process. 

It’s possible you’ve outgrown your topic and need to find ways to reconnect to your original sources of inspiration to keep going. 

You also need to bid farewell to your earlier grad student self and move forward into the next stage of your intellectual journey as an expert, and I gave you a lit...

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Recently I was asked by a large research university to put together a workshop for junior faculty about transforming your dissertation into a book. 

It’s made me reflect on the very long and painful process I went through writing my first book, which I started working on soon after I graduated with my PhD in 2010.

In this episode I’m going to focus on WHY revising your dissertation is such an emotionally fraught process. 

I’ll give yo...

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In the last episode I talked about when you should start reaching out to scholarly presses and setting up meetings with acquiring editors to talk about your book project. 

The moral of the story is that there is no one-size-fits-all model to getting your book published. As I’ll tell you about later in this episode, even my own two books had vastly different journeys to publication. 

Therefore, today’s episode builds on the last one, ...

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May 6, 2022 10 min

Publishing a book involves a hidden curriculum of knowledge that some have more access to than others—especially those who went elite institutions or whose advisors are well-known and well-connected.

One of the primary goals of this podcast is to help equalize the playing field for academic authors by creating more transparency about each step of the book writing and publishing process. 

I want to shine a light on areas that are ofte...

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April 27, 2022 12 min

Today I’m going to talk about something that affects nearly all book writers—and let’s be honest, pretty much all people—at one point or another, and that’s overwhelm. 

 I’ll be giving you four tips to help you overcome these feelings when they arise so that you can feel calmer and more confident to move forward with your writing.

 To find the full transcript of this episode, go to

So, onto overwhelm. You def...

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April 19, 2022 11 min

In this episode we're going to dig into a topic that is critical to your success in getting your book published, but it's also something that's really difficult for a lot of first-time authors to achieve--and this is how to develop your own distinct voice and writing style in your manuscript. 

You can find the full transcript for this episode at

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Wouldn’t you agree that these days boundaries have become such a buzzword? All the time, we hear experts talking about how we need to maintain strong personal and professional boundaries if we want to protect our limited time and energy and put it towards the things that matter to us most. But, on the other hand, I’ve noticed that there’s very little good advice or practical strategies on how to actually do this.

On today’s episode ...

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Thanks so much for joining me today! Today I’ll be talking about one of the biggest challenges that first-time scholarly book authors face, which is maintaining the motivation to write, day in and day out. You can find the full transcript of this episode at 

When the semester is going full force, writing is often the first thing to drop off your to-do list. And then when summers and holidays finally arrive,...

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January 16, 2022 12 min

Welcome to the very first episode of Your Words Unleashed Podcast! I’m so excited to be here with you, sharing everything I know as a book author, writing coach, and publishing strategist. Find the full transcript for this episode at

Today I’ll walk you through how your thoughts about writing can either help speed your manuscript along or slow you way down. I’ll also introduce you to some empowering beliefs...

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How do you maintain consistent progress on your book manuscript? What are the best ways to stay motivated to write? What goes into a strong book proposal, and how in the world do you get a book contract? 

Hi! I’m author and writing coach Dr. Leslie Wang, and I’m going to answer these questions and more on my brand-new podcast Your Words Unleashed. 

Focused on the challenges faced by women scholarly book authors, the Your Words Unleas...

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