Indie Author Weekly

Indie Author Weekly

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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 mark


072: Excerpt from Her Bad Idea (Polyamorous Passions, Book 7)
Aug 11 • 8 min
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…
071: Book Review A Day Challenge
Aug 4 • 6 min
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…
070: Book launch plan breakdown for Her Bad Idea
Jul 28 • 19 min
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…
069: 3 mistakes I made with the print versions of my books
Jul 21 • 10 min
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…
068: 5 things every author thinks when friends read our books
Jul 14 • 8 min
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…
067: 9 ideas for how to practice writing
Jul 7 • 10 min
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…
066: Favourite polyamory books & relationship books
Jun 30 • 9 min
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…
065: 10 tips for how to beat writer’s block
Jun 23 • 17 min
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…
064: Fun and simple exercise to enhance creativity
Jun 16 • 13 min
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…
063: 3 tips for writing your first draft (and working on rewrites)
Jun 9 • 13 min
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…
062: Author commentary of Polyamorous Passions (Part 2: Books 4 - 6)
Jun 2 • 19 min
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…
061: Author commentary of Polyamorous Passions (Part 1: Books 1 - 3)
May 26 • 22 min
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…
060: How to find time for marketing your books (5 tips)
May 19 • 15 min
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,…
059: Favourite books to improve your writing & editing skills
May 12 • 9 min
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…
058: How to structure your non-fiction book (4 tips)
May 5 • 10 min
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…
057: 5 things that happen when you become an indie author
Apr 28 • 10 min
Hello friends! Sagan here. 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…
056: Why go wide instead of deep as an indie author
Apr 21 • 10 min
This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast explores going wide, vs going deep, as an indie author… and why go wide instead of deep! First of all, what exactly does it mean to “go wide” or “go deep” with your book sales? The concept is that…
055: Creativity as a grounding practice during challenging times
Apr 14 • 10 min
For today’s episode of Indie Author Weekly, I want to talk about using creativity and creative outlets as a grounding practice and as a coping mechanism. The reason why I want to share about this today is because I’m doing a brand-new livestream show…
054: 7 tips for task-switching between writing fiction and doing other things in life & business
Apr 7 • 21 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly answers a listener-submitted question from Alana, who asks: “How do you task-switch between writing fiction and doing other things? For example, I can’t switch from fiction to work emails and back. I can only write…
053: Top 5 episodes from the first year of podcasting on Indie Author Weekly
Mar 31 • 21 min
Indie Author Weekly podcast is 1 year old! This episodes shares backstory to how I started this podcast, plus the top 5 most popular episodes—as well as my personal favourite 5 episodes from over the past year. Since I’m in a celebratory mood, I also…
052: Step-by-step guide for planning & writing “Her Bad Idea” (Polyamorous Passions, Book 7)
Mar 24 • 16 min
Learn my current writing and planning process for the book I’m working on right now, Her Bad Idea. It’s an enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, fake relationship romantic comedy, and it’s Book 7 in my Polyamorous Passions series. I have been dying to…
051: FAQ about the background to my Polyamorous Passions series
Mar 17 • 25 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly follows up on Episode 50, where I shared my polyamorous background. Today, you’ll get more details about my novels: Polyamorous Passions romantic comedy series. FAQ: What is Polyamorous Passions? Why did you decide…
050: What made me start writing the Polyamorous Passions series (my polyamory background)
Mar 10 • 24 min
Find out what made your host Sagan Morrow start writing her Polyamorous Passions series in the first place, and a peek behind the curtain of her polyamory lifestyle, in this episode of Indie Author Weekly. Today is Episode 50! I’m so happy to be…
049: What I do to get in the right mood to write various scenes
Mar 3 • 9 min
Learn a few of the things your host, Sagan, has been doing lately to get into the right mood to write scenes of her upcoming romantic comedy, Her Bad Idea, which is Book 7 in the Polyamorous Passions series… and how you can apply these ideas to your…
048: 3 tips for writing books at the END of a series
Feb 25 • 13 min
Learn 3 tips for how to write books when you are getting to the end of a series in this episode of Indie Author Weekly. … Because that is where I’m at right now! My Polyamorous Passions series will have 9 books in total, and each of the three…
047: How 4 different authors outline their books
Feb 18 • 31 min
Learn how 4 different authors outline their books and get started with writing a new story on this episode of Indie Author Weekly… Today we have a slightly different take on our usual format! One of the most popular episodes here on Indie Author…
046: A handy trick for boosting your word count
Feb 11 • 15 min
Learn a handy—and very simple—trick for boosting your word count in this episode of Indie Author Weekly…
045: 3 tips if you are struggling to get any writing done…
Feb 4 • 7 min
Learn 3 practical tips for dealing with the situation if you are struggling to get any writing done when you tune into this episode of Indie Author Weekly…
044: How to use mind mapping to write a book
Jan 28 • 12 min
Learn how to use mind mapping to write a book in this episode, featuring a real-life example to make it easier for you to visualize and tips for creating your own mind map.
043: What do you want to get from writing a book?
Jan 21 • 23 min
Understanding WHAT you want to get from the book writing experience is so important, because it will help you identify the best approach you should take for your unique book project: in other words, you need to know what you want to get out of writing a…
042: The value of vulnerability (plus 9 examples for authors)
Jan 14 • 13 min
Learn why vulnerability matters so much, 9 examples for how you can embrace vulnerability in your own author career, and why every writer needs to get comfortable with the discomfort of being “bad” at their work in the beginning…
041: 5 steps to plan your book projects for the next year
Jan 7 • 18 min
In this episode of Indie Author Weekly, learn how to plan out your book projects for the next year in a simple, straightforward 5-step process.
040: Applying your 2020 “word of the year” to your author life
Dec 31, 2019 • 10 min
In this episode of Indie Author Weekly, learn how to embody your “word of the year” in your writing life as an author!
039: “I have a book in my head… I just need to write it”
Dec 24, 2019 • 16 min
If you’ve ever said “I have a book in my head… I just need to write it,” or if you’ve ever found that you can write the first chapter but then find it difficult to get past that and keep writing the story to actually finish your book, then this episode of…
038: How to apply your learning style to writing books
Dec 17, 2019 • 8 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly shares tips and ideas for how to apply your personal learning style to writing your next book, whether you are a visual learner, auditory learner, verbal learner, kinesthetic (physical) learner, logical (mathematical)…
037: How to write a back-of-book blurb in 5 easy steps
Dec 10, 2019 • 21 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly shares an easy (and fun!) step-by-step guide for how to write a back-of-book blurb
036: What to do after writing a first draft of your manuscript (step-by-step guide)
Dec 3, 2019 • 13 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly shares a step-by-step guide for what to do AFTER writing a first draft of your manuscript…
035: Excerpt from “Out of Control” (Book 6 in Polyamorous Passions)
Nov 26, 2019 • 9 min
This episode of Indie Author Weekly features a reading from Sagan’s upcoming release, “Out of Control” (Book 6 in the Polyamorous Passions series).
034: How to practice self-discipline as a writer (10 tips)
Nov 19, 2019 • 14 min
Learn 10 tips for how to practice self-discipline as a writer… even when you’re not in the mood to write!
033: Why write novellas instead of full-length novels? 7 reasons…
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
Learn 7 reasons why you might want to write a novella instead of a full-length novel for your next book…
032: Writing prompts for NaNoWriMo (20 ideas)
Nov 5, 2019 • 8 min
Get 20 writing prompt ideas to help you out with NaNoWriMo (or to just get the creative juices flowing and meet your word count, any time you’re feeling stuck with writing your book…)
031: 5 tips for how to get through the messy middle
Oct 29, 2019 • 13 min
Learn how to get through the messy middle with these 5 tips, plus an additional 5 questions you need to ask yourself when you’re analyzing the issue of your personal experience of going through the messy middle…
030: How to write setting for your books, plus 4 important questions to ask yourself
Oct 22, 2019 • 20 min
Learn why setting is so important for your book, and 4 important questions to ask yourself when you are making the decision around the setting and backdrop for your book, in this episode of Indie Author Weekly.
029: How to support your author friends (5 ideas)
Oct 15, 2019 • 18 min
Learn how to support your author friends—besides buying and reading their books—with the 5 tips featured in this episode of Indie Author Weekly…
028: NaNoWriMo prep tips (10 ways to prepare in advance for writing your next book)
Oct 8, 2019 • 14 min
Learn the top 10 tips for how to prepare for National Novel Writing Month in this episode of Indie Author Weekly—this writing prep tips can be applied for NaNoWriMo or any time you’re getting ready to start writing a new book!
027: Top 10 tips for how to build a story for your book
Oct 1, 2019 • 18 min
Learn the top 10 tips for how to build a story for your book, whether you write fiction or non-fiction content, in this episode of Indie Author Weekly!
026: 5 questions to ask yourself when your writing plans change
Sep 24, 2019 • 19 min
Learn 5 questions to ask yourself when your book writing and publishing plans change in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast
025: How to get back into book writing after taking a break (step-by-step guide)
Sep 17, 2019 • 11 min
Learn 4 tips for how to get back into a book writing project after you’ve taken a break (no matter how long that break was!) in this step-by-step guide…
024: Excerpt from “Being Good” (Polyamorous Passions, Book 5)
Sep 10, 2019 • 10 min
Get a sneak peek of the next installment in the Polyamorous Passions series, “Being Good” (Book 5), in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast!
023: How to create a playlist for your book
Sep 3, 2019 • 8 min
Learn a step-by-step process for how to create a playlist for the next book you write (plus what you need to think about when creating soundtracks for your books) in this episode of the indie author podcast.
022: Navigating real or perceived pressures as an author
Aug 27, 2019 • 16 min
Learn how to handle real (or perceived) pressures as an author, why it’s so challenging, why it’s important for authors to use their platforms in meaningful ways, and more in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast.
021: Which book should you write first? (step-by-step process to figuring it out)
Aug 20, 2019 • 13 min
Learn a 4-step process for how to figure out which book you should write first—this episode shares some tough love, writing motivation, writing encouragement, and practical tips for choosing which book you should start with for your writing career.
020: 3 ways to keep accountable with writer friends
Aug 13, 2019 • 12 min
Learn about 3 ways to keep accountable with your writer friends in this episode of the indie author podcast
019: 6 tips for how to improve your writing skills
Aug 6, 2019 • 18 min
Learn 6 tips for how to improve your writing skills as an author (plus an important note about the relationship between external validation and your own writing progress and self-worth) in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast.
018: How real life and writing affect one another as an author
Jul 30, 2019 • 13 min
Learn how an author’s writing is affected by her real life (and vice versa!) in this episode, plus find out how writing novels can be life-changing and how writing about polyamory has affected this author’s real-life relationships.
017: An exercise to improve character development
Jul 23, 2019 • 9 min
Learn a simple exercise to improve character development and get to know your characters better (plus grab the writing prompts worksheet!)
016: How to keep track of everything when you’re writing a book series
Jul 16, 2019 • 16 min
Learn a 3-step system for keeping track of everything when writing a book series, plus 5 tips for how to write a book series, in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast.
015: 10 tips for editing your own work
Jul 9, 2019 • 12 min
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.
014: How to understand your strengths & weaknesses as an author (plus how to navigate them)
Jul 2, 2019 • 19 min
Learn 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.
013: How to deal with writer’s block (5 techniques)
Jun 25, 2019 • 11 min
Learn 5 tips for how to deal with writer’s block so that you can get past the slump and keep making progress with writing your awesome story.
012: Why book reviews matter… and how to write them
Jun 18, 2019 • 16 min
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.
011: Oral storytelling & a reading from “She Wants More”
Jun 11, 2019 • 18 min
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).
010: How to find ideas & inspiration for writing books
Jun 4, 2019 • 9 min
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.
009: Book release day for She Wants More (Book 4 in the Polyamorous Passions series)
May 28, 2019 • 12 min
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…
008: How many hours go into writing & publishing a book?
May 21, 2019 • 13 min
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…
007: Whether to use a pen name & dealing with the “awkwardness” of writing romance
May 14, 2019 • 11 min
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 romance (both online & offline) in this episode.
006: How do you advertise books when you self-publish?
May 7, 2019 • 20 min
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…
005: Writing a book in 10 days with Camp NaNoWriMo
Apr 30, 2019 • 16 min
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.
004: How to stay disciplined to write & publish books
Apr 23, 2019 • 9 min
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.
003: How to get started with outlining & writing a new book
Apr 16, 2019 • 12 min
Learn a simple way to outline your book before you even start writing the first chapter, plus how to get past the intimidation of writing that first sentence of Chapter 1.
002: How to improve confidence & manage perfectionism as an author
Apr 9, 2019 • 9 min
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… and how to handle perfectionist tendencies.
001: Why self-publish books?
Apr 2, 2019 • 7 min
Learn why self-publishing might be right for you, your host’s experience attempting to go the traditional publishing route, 3 reasons why she started writing her 9-book romance novel series, and a few of the advantages of being an indie author.
000: Introduction to the Indie Author Weekly podcast
Apr 2, 2019 • 11 min
Welcome to the Indie Author Weekly podcast! Find out what this podcast is all about and what you can expect in future episodes in this special introductory episode.