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This episode of Indie Author Weekly shares the TRUTH about creativity that every writer needs to hear... are you ready for this?  Consider this your book writing pep talk of the week! Tune into this episode to hear it now...  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romantic comedies, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Back in Episode 79, I shared a few tips and writing prompts for how to start writing your novel… so with that in mind, today I want to share 3 tips for how to finish your book.  TUNE IN to this episode to get practical tips for how to finally finish your novel...  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Get more focused and disciplined with Productivity Powerhouse at SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Learn more about Sagan's upcoming romcom, Small Town Stilettos, on GoodReads .Episode 79 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: ideas for how to start writing your book .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:@Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today's episode of Indie Author Weekly shares 5 possible reasons for why you’re struggling with writing… plus how to fix each of those problems! As we go through these, we’ll see that many of them interconnect together, so you might find that a few of these resonate with you...  TUNE IN to this episode to find out how to solve the problems and reasons for why you're struggling to write your novel. Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Get more focused and disciplined with Productivity Powerhouse at SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Learn more about Sagan's upcoming romcom, Small Town Stilettos, on GoodReads .Episode 79 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: ideas for how to start writing your book .Episode 44 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: how to use mindmapping to outline your book .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today's episode of Indie Author Weekly shares 3 tips, plus a list of ideas and writing prompts, for how to start writing your novel. After all, sometimes one of the hardest things about writing your novel is actually starting it! After you write “Chapter 1”... what comes next? I encourage you to do 3 things when you’re writing the first scene in the first chapter of your book… TUNE IN to this episode of Indie Author Weekly to get the tips, PLUS 10 writing prompts for writing the opening scene of your novel! Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today on Indie Author Weekly, I want to continue with our book launch recap of Her Bad Idea. Last week, I shared with you about the organic book marketing that I did for the book launch, and my experience with the book blogging community and the advance readers who helped me promote this book. You can tune into Episode 77 to get the inside scoop on all of that.  Okay! So today, we’re on to Part 2 of the book launch recap for Her Bad Idea. The release day was August 25, so I consider the book launch to be a two-week period. In this episode, I want to share with you the money side of things with this book launch: which paid promotions were worth it, and which weren’t, plus how many book sales I actually made, and how much money I made from my romcoms during the two-week book launch period for Her Bad Idea. I wanted to experiment with different combinations of promos… I figured that doing a blitz of multiple different promotional methods would give that extra boost and that punch you need to hit the bestseller list. It’s a multipronged approach! So that was my mindset behind buying a bunch of promos. If you want to learn more about strategically planning ahead, then check out my signature program, Productivity Powerhouse, to get my best tips for doing just that. Visit SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse.  TUNE IN to this episode of Indie Author Weekly to learn all about paid advertisements for book marketing and my book launch results...  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/booksGrab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .Episode 77 of Indie Author Weekly: Book launch recap for Her Bad Idea, part 1: organic marketing .Productivity Powerhouse: SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Publisher Rocket .Written Word Media (Red Feather Romance and New In Books) .Awesome Gang book ads .BookBub ads .Bknights book ads .Books Butterfly "pure gold" book ad .Fussy Librarian newsletter promo .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
This episode of Indie Author Weekly is a book launch recap of how things went with my book launch last month, for my latest romcom, Her Bad Idea. This is a 2-part series because I have a LOT of behind-the-scenes info to share with you! This episode is all about the organic marketing and book community side of things, and next week, I’ll talk about paid promotions and ads. Quick overview of the book: Her Bad Idea tells the story of Scarlett, a burlesque dancer with a failing business, who has the opportunity to win a huge cash prize by participating in a dance competition. The only catch is that she needs to have a dance partner in order to join the competition… and she’s stuck with her extremely attractive and super annoying nemesis, Pete Fraser. Her Bad Idea is a slow burn, enemies to lovers, fake relationship romantic comedy. It’s the 7th book in my Polyamorous Passions series, and it can be read as a standalone. It has received rave reviews from readers, and you can grab your copy on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or anywhere else you read books. Topics for this book launch recap: Book community and advance readers (book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and a book launch team) Paid advertisements & book publicity and marketing in email listsBook sales and income earned from this book launchThis episode is all about the book community and organic marketing. TUNE IN to get the inside scoop... Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/booksGrab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .Episode 70 of Indie Author Weekly: Book launch plan breakdown for Her Bad Idea .ConvertKit (email marketing platform) .Citrus Rose blog .Winter Reader 40 .Rae's Reading Lounge .Diary of a Wannabe Writer .Mari Loves Books .Book Addict Reviews .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
For today's episode of Indie Author Weekly, I want to talk about the trouble with writing romcoms, and also 3 things you can do if you’re writing humour; I’ve got 3 tips for you when it comes to writing humour into your stories. When I first started writing romance novels a couple years ago, I didn’t really know what the subgenre was. I referred to them as “contemporary romances” and “new adult romance.” Sometimes it takes a while to hone in on our niche. I didn’t even know that “romantic comedy” was a genre of novels, in fact! About a year ago, I happened to be reading a book by an indie author who calls her stories “romantic comedies,” and I realized that my style could totally be considered romantic comedy. At the same time, I also wasn’t sure if I was funny enough to write romcoms. I mean, I certainly amuse myself, but it’s tricky to know whether your sense of humour is going to be well-received by readers. And that’s what leads to today’s episode topic: the trouble with writing romcoms. Because the most challenging part that I’ve found with writing this particular genre is that there’s a delicate balance between writing jokes that are obvious enough that your reader will understand the humour, and also subtle enough that you’re not over-the-top with them. At least, assuming that you’re going for witty humour, rather than slap-sticky humour. This gets even more difficult to assess, the more rewrites and edits you do on your own book: you KNOW the joke, since you wrote it... so, trying to take a step back and figure out how it will “land” for your reader is a lot trickier. Resources & links mentioned in this episode:Learn more about how to be more productive in Productivity Powerhouse: SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/books . Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today on Indie Author Weekly, I want to share with you the #1 thing YOU can do, today, to make writing easier on yourself.  Because I know how hard it can be to write a novel. To start a novel, to write consistently, to get through the messy middle, to finish your novel, and then to keep working on it… to do rewrites and edits and polish it until you’re ready to publish it. That's a lot of work!  With that in mind, the more that we can do to make writing easier, the better. And what I’ve discovered, after writing several business books and seven romance novels, is there’s actually one thing that can drastically make writing so much easier on yourself. It might come as a surprise to you...  You want to know what the #1 thing is, to make writing easier? TUNE IN to this episode of Indie Author Weekly to find out!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more & join Productivity Powerhouse so you finally have the time to write your book: SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today is BOOK RELEASE DAY for Her Bad Idea! I’m so excited to share this story with the world! For this episode, I want to celebrate the book by sharing why it matters so much, and why you’ll want to read it…  First things first: grab your copy of Her Bad Idea right now on Amazon or Kobo! Her Bad Idea follows the story of Scarlett, a burlesque dancer with financial struggles. Scarlett’s only chance to save her failing burlesque business is to become dance partners with her enemy—who just happens to be outrageously sexy. Things get complicated when she unexpectedly finds herself in an accidental fake relationship with him to garner media ratings… There’s a thin line between love and hate in this dance competition romcom!  Her Bad Idea is an enemies to lovers, fake relationship, forced proximity, slow burn romantic comedy. Visit SaganMorrow.com/books to grab your copy! I’ll wait while you do that :) ...Have you bought the book? Awesome! Let’s continue with this episode. This is the seventh book in the Polyamorous Passions series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Polyamorous Passions will be a nine-book series, and it’s really made up of three “trilogies,” with Books 1 - 3 following Emma’s story, Books 4 - 6 following Helen’s story, and Books 7 - 9 following Scarlett’s story. That means this book, Her Bad Idea, is the beginning of Scarlett’s story… and therefore it’s a great book to start reading, even if you haven’t read the rest of the series yet! You’ll get a peek at the backstory of Emma and Helen in this one, too. Advance readers are already saying that this book is their favourite in the series so far. TUNE IN NOW to find out why this story matters so much...  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/books . Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .See what other readers say about Her Bad Idea on GoodReads . Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today, I want to share about my most recent writing and editing process, and the general experience I had with writing my upcoming romantic comedy, Her Bad Idea. Release day is just ONE WEEK from today! You can pre-order this slow burn, forced proximity, enemies to lovers, fake relationship romcom at your favourite e-bookstore, or visit SaganMorrow.com/books.  I actually started outlining and writing it back in November. You can learn more about the planning process for Her Bad Idea in Episode 52 of this Indie Author Weekly podcast.  I worked on writing the book here and there pretty much every month of this year, but wrote the majority of it in May, and then did a ton of rewrites and edits in July. It took me about 85 hours in total to write and edit this novel, which is the most I’ve spent on any book project to date.  Let me tell you, writing a romance novel during a pandemic is hard. Like, really hard! I was living by myself up until July, and I haven’t been dating anyone since the pandemic. I’m quite certain that there would be some very different scenes in Her Bad Idea if it weren’t for the pandemic, to be honest!  Anyway, that’s a big part of why it took me such a long time to write it. I was also very focused on building up other parts of my business—particularly teaching about productivity to solopreneurs—earlier this year, in order to create a stronger financial foundation for developing the authorpreneur side of my business. I’m happy to share more about that in a future episode if you’re interested; just let me know by reaching out on Twitter or Instagram, @Saganlives.  TUNE IN to this episode to learn about my experience writing and editing each draft of Her Bad Idea...  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/booksGrab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Read sample chapters of the books at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today, I want to share a reading from my upcoming enemies-to-lovers, fake relationship romantic comedy, Her Bad Idea! This is Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series, but it can be read as a standalone.  Release day is Tuesday, August 25, but you can pre-order it today on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, or by visiting SaganMorrow.com/books.  Before we get to the excerpt of the book, I want to share the back-of-book blurb with you. Here it is: Focus on the dance competition. The business opportunity. The prize money, for goodness sake. Anything except… That smarmy attitude. Those mocking eyes. That chiseled jawline.  Staying focused on the task at hand might be harder than Scarlett Mitchell thought, when she’s stuck with sexy, arrogant Pete Fraser as her dance partner for the next six weeks. But she has no choice—he’s her only hope to win the big dance competition. Scarlett needs to win that prize money if she wants to save her burlesque business from bankruptcy.  ...And it’s all the more complicated when she unexpectedly finds herself in a fake relationship with Pete, as an attempt to make her unrequited crush, Westley Prince, jealous…  Her Bad Idea is a forced proximity, slow burn enemies to lovers romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series. There's a thin line between love and hate in this dance competition romance!  There you have it! That’s the blurb for Her Bad Idea. You can pre-order your copy right now on your favourite book platform, including Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. I’ll share the links in the show notes, or you can grab a copy of the book when you visit SaganMorrow.com/books.  Now, let’s get into the excerpt for Her Bad Idea…  TUNE IN to this episode of Indie Author Weekly to access it now!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/books . Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Amazon .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Kobo .Grab your copy of Her Bad Idea on Barnes & Noble .Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share about something I’m doing for the month of August: it’s the Book Review A Day Challenge!  The idea behind this little challenge is to spread the word about awesome authors and books I love, especially other indie authors and romance novelists.  Let’s be clear: Book reviews are for readers. The more that we review books, the more that other readers can decide whether a particular book will be a great fit for them. Frankly, it’s a time commitment to read a book! We’re helping each other out by reviewing books honestly, so that people know right away whether they should read one book or another. Thoughtful book reviews are so important.  Plus, reviews are also incredibly helpful for authors: the more reviews a book has, the more that bookstore algorithms will boost a book, and the more that we are in essence supporting those authors in their livelihood...  TUNE IN to this episode of Indie Author Weekly to learn more about the Book Review A Day Challenge!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Join the book launch team for Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/booklaunch .Episode 12 of Indie Author Weekly: tips and ideas for how to write book reviews .@Saganlives on Instagram . BookBub .GoodReads .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today, I have some exciting news: I’ve finished writing Her Bad Idea, Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series! I’m so excited. This is an enemies-to-lovers, forced-proximity romantic comedy chick lit novel, featuring a fake relationship, age gap romance, and dance competition.  This book will be available on Tuesday August 25, but you can pre-order the book today when you visit SaganMorrow.com/books, or search Polyamorous Passions on your favourite e-bookstore.  I have a BIG goal for Her Bad Idea: I want to get on the Romantic Comedy bestseller list on Amazon, during the week of this book release.  This isn’t something I’ve planned for or attempted to do with any of my past romance novels, and quite honestly I have no idea if my particular book marketing plans are going to get me there, but that’s my goal. So I thought it might be helpful for you to learn about the breakdown of my book launch plan, which is what today’s episode is all about. In September, a few weeks after the book launch, I’ll do another podcast episode to share my results!  There are 6 strategies I'm using as part of my book launch plan for Her Bad Idea... TUNE IN to this episode for the details and to get the full book launch plan breakdown! Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Join the book launch team for Her Bad Idea at SaganMorrow.com/booklaunch .Publisher Rocket .BookBub .Written Word Media . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share 3 mistakes I made with the print versions of my books. It’s really easy to make some silly mistakes, so I hope that by me sharing them with you now, you know not to make the same mistakes with your own books!  Luckily, you can correct those mistakes and upload the new file of the printed version to Amazon, for example, if you use Amazon as your book printing service. If you want to grab paperback copies of my books, you can do that by searching Polyamorous Passions in the Amazon bookstore, or you can visit SaganMorrow.com/books.  Okay. Here are 3 mistakes I’ve made with the print versions of my books… TUNE IN to this episode to get the scoop!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 15 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: tips for editing your own work .Episode 14 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: backstory about why I redesigned the cover of "She Wants More" (Polyamorous Passions, Book 4) .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, we’re going to have a little fun—I want to share with you the 5 things that go through every author’s head when a friend says, “I’m reading your book!”  This is legit what I happens every time I find out that someone I know in real life is reading one of my Polyamorous Passions romance novels. By the way, if you’d like to learn more about those books and read them for yourself, you can search Polyamorous Passions on your favourite e-bookstore, or visit SaganMorrow.com/books.  Okay! Here we go. These are the thoughts that run through my head when a friend tells me they’re reading my books (and I think this will sound very familiar to every other author out there, too)... TUNE IN to this episode to find out!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 12 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: how to write a book review .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share a few ideas for how to practice writing.  Writing is a skill we can all, always, get better at. The best way to improve is to keep practicing! If it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in the field, the way Malcolm Gladwell explains in his excellent book Outliers, then it stands to reason that the more writing we can do, the better we’ll get.  With that in mind, here are a few ideas for how to practice writing to improve your skills at it… TUNE IN to this episode to get all 9 ideas!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Outliers by Malcolm GladwellEpisode 47 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: how 4 different authors outline their books .Episode 37 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: how to write a back-of-book blurb .Free business planning retreat workshop: SaganMorrow.com/retreat .Episode 17 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: an exercise for improving character development .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
This episode of Indie Author Weekly features some of my personal favourite books about polyamory and relationships.  As you may already know, my chick lit, new adult, contemporary romance series is called Polyamorous Passions, so basically, I write all about polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, and relationships in general as a fiction author. You can get more info on those books and read them at SaganMorrow.com/books, or by searching “Polyamorous Passions” at your favourite e-bookstore.  Now, polyamory is something a lot of my readers have many questions about, so that’s why I thought for today it would be great to recommend to you a few books that feature polyamory, so you can learn more about the topic!  By the way, I shared several of my favourite books for improving your writing in a previous episode of this Indie Author Weekly, so if that’s something you want to learn, you can tune into Episode 59.  Okay, I have 6 polyamory and relationships books to share with you today… TUNE IN to this episode to hear all about it!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode: Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 59 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Favourite books featuring writing tips .The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton .Opening Up by Tristan Taormino .Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari .Master of None (Aziz Ansari's TV show) .The Offline Dating Method by Camille Virginia .Perv by Jesse Bering .Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode: @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Today, I want to share about writer’s block… and specifically, 10 tips for how to beat writer’s block.  Let’s be honest: we all tend to struggle to get the words on the page at some point or another. There’s no doubt that it can be difficult to figure out how to overcome writer’s block when it crops up.  But luckily, it’s not the end of the world! There are a variety of ways you can overcome writer’s block, regardless of the type of writing that you do.  I’ve had multiple conversations over the years with various people—friends, other freelancers, clients—who have a misconception that because I write for a living (and because I’ve been doing this for the past decade), I personally don’t really have to ever deal with creative blocks.  This couldn’t be further from the truth! I’ve hit walls with clients projects and with pretty much every book in my Polyamorous Passions series, at one point or another. I have those tough writer moments too, just the same as you. But it’s what we do when it happens that matters.  I shared more about this topic in Episode 13 of this Indie Author Weekly podcast, so I recommend you tune into that episode for ways to deal with writer’s block, too.  Writer’s block isn’t the end of the world. It’s all a matter of addressing it when it happens… and then taking action and DOING something about it. Even the most experienced and prolific writers get stuck from time to time. What sets those writers apart from the rest is that they’re willing to plough forward and get over it.  And you can do that, too! You have it within you to overcome writer’s block when it strikes. I believe in you, and you need to start believing in yourself, too… and taking strategic, intentional action to do something about it.  Okay let’s dive in. Here are 10 tips for how to beat writer’s block when it inevitably comes up…  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 13 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Tips for dealing with writer's block .Episode 50 AND 51 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: My personal "why" for writing the Polyamorous Passions romance novel series .Learn how to manage your time and be more productive with Productivity Powerhouse: SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse .Episode 63 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Tips for dealing with issues while writing a first draft .Access the word count goal tracker spreadsheet in the Bonuses section of the "secret" version of this podcast: SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share about a handy, simple exercise you can use to expand your creative abilities. It’s going to help you tap into your inner creativity, make great use of your imagination, and make it easier for you to sit down and work on creative projects at any time. Pretty cool, right?  This is an exercise I use all the time, and it’s something that comes fairly naturally to me. It’s how my brain works, frankly. I think in terms of stories. I live in my imagination a lot. I like playing with ideas and exploring concepts and going down the rabbit hole.  That being said, you can use this as an exercise to actively work to enhance creativity. It’s a neat way to get more inspiration from everyday life. TUNE IN to this episode for the fun and simple exercise to improve your creative abilities, plus real-life examples of how I've used it! Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Get the weekly newsletter featuring productivity lessons at SaganMorrow.com/newsletter .Episode 10 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: How to find ideas & inspiration for writing novels (including the "what if" game) .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. I’m currently working on rewrites and edits for my upcoming romantic comedy, Her Bad Idea, which is Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series. You can learn all about that series and read those books on your favourite e-bookstore, or visit SaganMorrow.com/books.  While I was reviewing Her Bad Idea and starting to do the rewrites, some thoughts came to mind that I wanted to share with you. Consider this a little writing pep talk! These are a few good reminders to think about when you are writing your first draft of a book, and then starting to work on the rewrites.  There are 3 points I want to make today… TUNE IN to this episode for 3 tips for writing your first draft (and working on rewrites).  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 59 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Favourite books to help you improve your writing .Access the cheatsheet (featuring real-life examples for how I restructured sentences between the first and second draft of Her Bad Idea) at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Subscribe, rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books. Today, we’re continuing with the author commentary from last week! As I mentioned last week, I always reread previously-published books in my Polyamorous Passions series when I’m writing a new novel in the series, to ensure everything is consistent with characters and plot etc. And since I’m currently writing Book 7, I figured it’d be fun to share with you my internal thoughts while I was recently rereading the first 6 books in the series.  Tune into Episode 61 to get my author commentary of the first 3 books in my Polyamorous Passions series. That episode features Emma’s trilogy. So for this episode, we’re doing a commentary of Helen’s trilogy, Books 4 - 6. This trilogy is dedicated to my spouse, Mr Science.  By the way—if you want to learn more about the background to this series, I answered some FAQs in Episode 51 of this Indie Author Weekly podcast.  Now, there may be a few minor spoilers here and there during this episode. I’m trying to make sure that the commentary provides you with an overview and a few teasers as we go through it chapter by chapter—I don’t want to give away spoilers! But just a head’s up that if you hate spoilers of any kind, then you might want to pause this episode, and listen to it in sections after you read each book. These novellas are all quick reads, so you could finish all three of the books in a single day if you like.  Grab your copies of these books at your favourite e-bookstore, or visit SaganMorrow.com/books. I even have a virtual boxset at SaganMorrow.com/books which will give you access to all future books in the series, as well as the complete series to date.  Okay, let’s get right into today’s author commentary, starting with Book 4: She Wants More... TUNE IN to this episode to get the author commentary!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 61 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Part ONE of the author commentary for Polyamorous Passions (Books 1 - 3) . Episode 51 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: FAQ about the background of the Polyamorous Passions series .Get the Miss Time Management shirt at SaganMorrow.com/shop .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Rate & review this podcast on iTunes .Let's chat about this episode:@Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books. Today we're doing something a little different than usual… I want to share author commentary while rereading my Polyamorous Passions series that I wrote.  I typically reread my previously published works at least twice all the way through, every single time I write a new novel in the series: I skim over the books before I begin writing the new book in the series, so I can have a general gist of the idea of the storyline and characters, and then I do a more thorough reread after writing the first full draft of the latest novel. I usually like to do another skim through each previously-published book before publishing the new book, just to do a final double check. This is a good practice to do if you write a series of connected books, so there's consistency in the plot, characters and storyline from one book to the next.  Given that this Indie Author Weekly podcast is all about the behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the author life, I thought it'd be fun to share with you my internal commentary on my books, during my most recent reread of them!  For context, I'm currently writing Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series, Her Bad Idea. If you haven’t read these stories yet, the first one in the series is free, AND you can get the entire boxset of current books which will also include ALL future books in the series for a steal of a deal, at SaganMorrow.com/books.  This episode features the first 3 books in the series. The series is divided into 3 trilogies: Books 1 - 3 follow Emma’s story, Books 4 - 6 follow Helen’s story, and Books 7 - 9 will follow Scarlett’s story.  Author commentary of the Polyamorous Passions series… starting with Emma’s story in Book 1: A Choice Between Two. This book is about figuring out that polyamory exists & starting the discussion about it in general. TUNE IN for the author commentary!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 48 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: Tips for writing books later on in the series .Episode 51 of the Indie Author Weekly podcast: FAQ about the background of the Polyamorous Passions series .Get the Relationship Rebel shirt at SaganMorrow.com/shop . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Rate & review this podcast on iTunes .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
This episode of Indie Author Weekly features 5 practical tips for how you can find the time to market your books.  After all, writing your books is one thing… but it’s not enough to just publish it. There’s a whole other side to being an indie author, and that is marketing.  Frankly, this is something I’ve noticed come up again and again in my business journey. People often talk about the joy of the craft, but what they don’t tell you is that in the beginning especially, you have to put in a huge proportion of your time and energy into marketing, whether your business relies on services or physical products or digital products.  But you love the craft of it, right? You don’t want to spend all your time marketing your books. You started writing books because you enjoy it. Marketing seems like a scary prospect, or maybe you even think of “selling” as a dirty word.  It doesn’t need to be! In fact, last year, I went through a complete attitude adjustment around marketing in general for my business. Nowadays, I actually look at “marketing” as “just another form of content creation.” And that makes me happy! This simple act of reframing my approach to marketing has made it a much more enjoyable experience, and I’d also argue that I’ve gotten better at marketing as a result.  Does it still take time? Yes, absolutely. But because I enjoy it now, it doesn’t exhaust me the same way it used to. And that is extremely powerful, because it means that I can do more effective marketing in less time, while still having the creative capacity and bandwidth leftover to do other things—such as writing books.  If you’re curious to learn more about this entire concept and how to apply it to your own situation, then I recommend you check out my signature program, Productivity Powerhouse, which teaches you exactly how to do all of that. You can learn more at SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse. I’ll drop the link in the show notes.  TUNE IN to this episode for 5 actionable ways you can find the time to market your books! Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Productivity Powerhouse to save time, reframe your approach, increase your creative capacity for writing books, and more: SaganMorrow.com/powerhouse Planoly for planning & scheduling your Instagram "bookstagram" posts: SaganMorrow.com/planoly  The Business of Writing & Editing e-book: SaganMorrow.com/books . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Rate & review this podcast on iTunes .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share just a few of my favourite books that have helped me improve my writing skills over the years. These are great resources if you want to get a deeper understanding of language and how to use it effectively, and also if you want to improve your editing skills.  By the way, we have a whole episode here on Indie Author Weekly featuring 10 practical tips for editing your own work—you can check that out in Episode 15.  Okay, so here are six of my favourite books… I have four main resources (reference texts), plus two honourable mentions (memoirs about the craft of writing) that I want to share with you today... TUNE IN to this episode to find out what these resources are, and why they're so valuable!  Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .Episode 15 of this Indie Author Weekly podcast: 10 tips for how to edit your own work .Chicago Manual of Style . Canadian Oxford Dictionary  GCSE English Grammar: Exam Revision Guide . Webster's Compact Writers Guide . The Word Detective by John Simpson . On Writing by Stephen King . Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Rate & review this podcast on iTunes .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
Welcome back to Indie Author Weekly, where I share my behind-the-scenes journey of writing and self-publishing books.  If you’re new to this podcast, I am a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives at SaganMorrow.com: I help people manage their time and energy effectively, through customized, actionable strategies that work for your unique life and business. When I’m not teaching about productivity to solopreneurs, I spend my time writing romance novels, and occasionally, business books. And that is what this podcast is all about: the adventures of the author life.  Now let’s get into this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast. Today, I want to share a few tips for how to organize the structure of a non-fiction book. I tend to focus much more on the fiction side of things in this podcast, but fun fact, the first book I ever published was a non-fiction book. It’s called The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers. It’s available at your favourite e-bookstore, or you can grab your copy at SaganMorrow.com/books. I’ll drop the link in the show notes.  I thought this was a really important topic to share about because there are so many different ways that you can organize the structure for a non-fiction book. Storytelling isn’t just for fiction. In fact, I would argue that storytelling is extremely important in non-fiction, too.  Writing non-fiction can be an art, just as much as writing fiction. There are many factors to consider when you are writing your non-fiction book, and depending on how you structure it, you will either make it more accessible and empowering to your reader… or it will fall flat. Structure matters! How you organize information and relay it to your reader can be the difference between them getting a ton of value from your book, or leaving them confused and dissatisfied.  With that in mind, here are a few of the things you’ll want to consider when you’re organizing the structure of a non-fiction book—I have 4 tips for you today... TUNE IN to this week's episode to get the tips! Resources & links mentioned in this episode:  Learn more about all of Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/books .The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers .Begin Your Biz in 15 Minutes/Day: Your Freelancing Tips Starter Kit .Episode 44 of this Indie Author Weekly podcast: how to use mind mapping to outline your book .Learn about creating your business plan with the Business Planning Retreat Workshop at SaganMorrow.com/retreat .Tune into Indie Author Weekly on your favourite podcast platform at SaganMorrow.com/podcast .Rate & review this podcast on iTunes .Let's chat about this episode:  @Saganlives on Twitter and Instagram .Hashtag: #IndieAuthorWeekly .Email hello@saganmorrow.com .Share your thoughts (or submit requests for future episode topics) in this survey at SaganMorrow.com/question Support the show (https://saganmorrow.com/secretpodcast)
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Sagan Morrow
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Apr 2nd, 2019
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Oct 13th, 2020
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