A podcast on the craft of writing fiction, supporting authors on their writing journey.
How to Develop an Idea into a Great Book with Guest Andrew Hastie
Having a good idea for a novel is the first step, but how do you develop your concept into a great book? Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes This was a wide-ranging discussion, but here are some of the main points: Research genres before you begin, and try to find out where your book would […]
Should You Start an Author Podcast?
Getting started with podcasting as an author Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes The main resource you’ll need is time – figure on two or three hours (or more) to put each episode together – be realistic! Will your podcast be aimed at readers or other writers – decide this early. Does your idea have […]
How Do We Address the Issues of Inclusion, Equality and Diversity in Writing Fiction?
Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes We need to do a lot more to address the issues of inclusion, equality and diversity. Too many voices are under-represented. We need to make sure our characters represent the real world and include people from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want to avoice tokenism, stereotypes and cliches. […]
Episode 38 – How Can We Improve our Amazon Product Descriptions (blurbs)?
Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes Publishing your book – How can we make your book description work? Today we’re looking at the perennial problem of writing product descriptions (sometimes called blurbs) for our books on Amazon and other stores. Let’s take a step back and think in terms of strategies. Product descriptions are sales […]
Publishing your book - Should You Go Wide or into Kindle Unlimited (KU)
Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes Publishing your book – Should You Go Wide or into Kindle Unlimited (KU)? Today we’re looking at the pros and cons of putting your book into KDP select (often referred to as Kindle Unlimited or KU since this is what it’s called for participating readers) and comparing it to […]
Write the first draft of your novel (in lockdown or not)
Here’s the full podcast Episode Notes Write the first draft of your lockdown novel So at long last, we’re digging into your draft and thinking about how you can best get going with it. By now you should have a place for notes and some form of plan, however simple it may be. You should […]