17 episodes

Hi, I'm Jas... I'm a writer with a blog and little publishing company (Indie Writer Press). This podcast is my audio diary where I share my solo reflections as my journey unfolds, and the conversations I'm having with the fellow bloggers and authors I'm meeting along the way. I hope you enjoy listening :)

Diary of an Indie Writer Jas Hothi

    • Society & Culture

Hi, I'm Jas... I'm a writer with a blog and little publishing company (Indie Writer Press). This podcast is my audio diary where I share my solo reflections as my journey unfolds, and the conversations I'm having with the fellow bloggers and authors I'm meeting along the way. I hope you enjoy listening :)

    17: A conversation with Andy Mort

    17: A conversation with Andy Mort

    In today's diary entry, I’m speaking with Andy Mort.

    In Andy’s own words… he is a songwriter, creativity coach, and founder of The Haven, where he helps gentle rebels (introverted and deeply sensitive souls) move at a pace and rhythm that suits them so they can nurture more creative play in their lives and share their voice with the world.

    During our conversation, we talk about things like: Andy’s experiences as a drummer and singer in a band at school, Andy’s teenage and university life, the jobs Andy has had, and how he ended up spending 6 years as an undertaker, Andy’s first website and how it developed as a music blog and podcast, how Andy’s blog and podcast became about not just one thing (but a blend of things like music, personality type and creativity), how Andy realised that these parts could come together (rather than having to choose a niche), how Andy manages his energy flow and processes his emotions, how Andy has navigated working a day-job alongside working on a creative business, what a day and week in the life of Andy looks like (and why he does things that might seem counter-productive), and the feelings Andy felt before and after delivering his TEDx talk (as well as what he has taken away from that experience).

    📝 You can find the shownotes to this episode, including links to Andy’s blog and TEDx talks, at: indiewriter.net/episode17

    • 1 hr 17 min
    16: The myth of being a "talented" writer

    16: The myth of being a "talented" writer

    In this diary entry, I talk about the unhelpful myth of writers being called "talented", and the book which has helped change my perspective.

    📝 You can find shownotes for this episode, including links for all of the books I mentioned, at: indiewriter.net/episode16

    • 16 min
    15: A conversation with Lauren Sapala, part 2 (self-publishing)

    15: A conversation with Lauren Sapala, part 2 (self-publishing)

    In today's diary entry, I speak again with my friend Lauren Sapala, a writer and writing coach.

    The loose theme for our conversation was "the joys of self-publishing". In particular, we talked about things like:

    - the tips + lessons learned from publishing our books the indie way
    - how silent-writing and self-publishing have changed Lauren’s world as a writer
    - why Lauren chose to self-publish, after years of querying
    - the realities of self-publishing vs traditional publishing
    - my experience as an intern in a big publishing house
    - Lauren’s experience working in a social media startup for famous authors and spending time in San Francisco’s literary scene
    - the power and freedom that comes with self-publishing and the creator economy
    - why Lauren edits her own books, and whether you should do your own editing, or not
    - some of our favourite books, stories and TV shows

    📝 You can find shownotes for this episode, including links to the books and other things we mentioned, at: indiewriter.net/episode15

    • 1 hr 27 min
    14: My story / why I've started this podcast

    14: My story / why I've started this podcast

    In this diary entry, I take the opportunity to formally introduce the Diary of an Indie Writer podcast.

    I share my story + why this podcast exists, how I became a 'writer' and an 'independent writer' (and how I define those two things), and why we are living in the best time there has ever been to make money - or a career - from writing.

    📝 You can find the shownotes for this episode, including the two blogs posts I referenced ('How I became a writer' and 'How I became an independent writer'), at: indiewriter.net/episode14

    • 27 min
    13: A conversation with Jessica Pereira

    13: A conversation with Jessica Pereira

    My conversation partner this time is Jessica Pereira. 

    Jessica is a B2B SaaS and digital marketing writer. But you can also find her on Freelance to Fortune, a blog dedicated to her and other writer’s journeys to six figures. When she’s not helping freelancers scale her business, you can find her reading fiction and planning her next road trip.

    During our conversation, we talked about things like:

    - Jessica’s road-trip travels
    - Identity as writers, online and offline
    - What is a freelance writer?
    - How Jessica became a full-time freelancer in a year
    - Landing her first client
    - Jessica’s advice for discovering your niche
    - Imposter syndrome and confidence
    - Jessica' 'Freelance to Fortune' blog and who it is for
    - Future plans for her blog and newsletter
    - Jessica’s journey to 6-figures, and growing sustainably (without burning out)

    📝 You can find notes for this episode at: indiewriter.net/episode13

    • 1 hr 19 min
    12: A conversation with Anna-Marie O'Brien

    12: A conversation with Anna-Marie O'Brien

    My conversation partner today is Anna-Marie O’Brien.

    Anna-Marie O'Brien grew up in Ohio as a fan of rock music and good books. After working for a record label in the early 1990's, she spent almost 20 years as a public librarian. She now coaches writers through their creative journey, and is currently working on her third book. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

    We talk about things like:

    - Anna-Marie's writing journey with writing
    - Her career transition from librarian to writer
    - Memoir vs other forms of writing
    - "When did you realise you were worthy of being an author?"
    - How Anna-Marie became a writing coach
    - The importance of writing and creativity in our healing 
    - Anna-Marie’s blog to share her journey as she writes her next book
    - Advice for anyone who is feeling blocked and stuck with their writing

    📝 You can find notes for this episode at: indiewriter.net/episode12

    • 1 hr 17 min

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