20 episodes

Hi, I'm Jas... I'm a independent writer and author. This podcast is my audio diary where I share my solo reflections as my imperfects journey twists and turns, and the conversations I'm having with the fellow writers and creatives 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 independent writer and author. This podcast is my audio diary where I share my solo reflections as my imperfects journey twists and turns, and the conversations I'm having with the fellow writers and creatives I'm meeting along the way. I hope you enjoy listening ✌️

    20 - A year on from The Indie Author ebook release // reflections, ponderings + updates

    20 - A year on from The Indie Author ebook release // reflections, ponderings + updates

    Today marks one year since the release of The Indie Author book. It’s a project that began more than 1,000 days ago now, and it's been a rollercoaster of a ride from the start.

    There’ve been ups n downs, twists n turns, internal and external things to deal with… and a whole lot more.

    In recent days I’ve written a long update to share my reflections on the e-book’s release, the journey I’ve been on with the print version (it’s been pretty wild… there’s something in there for everyone), and the new publishing venture I’ve been putting together.

    I also say a few thankyou’s to some of the amazing people who’ve accompanied me on this journey, including Melissa, Katherine, Anja & Anna-Marie.

    This has been a team effort from the start.

    To everyone who has contributed to the book, or impacted its creation in some small way (there have been so many of you), thank you. I’m so grateful to you.

    I can’t wait to see what this next year brings x

    ps. I mentioned a book by Steven Pressfield, called The War of Art, and here's a link to the blog post series I mentioned: From Word document to book. 

    pps. To celebrate its 1-year anniversary, and National Novel Writing Month, The Indie Author ebook is FREE to purchase direct from Indie Writer Press, or just $0.99 on Amazon, from 1st-30th November 2022 -> via theindieauthor.net 😊📖

    ✉️ jas{at}indiewriter{dot}net

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    narrated by Jas, with music by Porter.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    19: Landing in Valencia // a new season

    19: Landing in Valencia // a new season

    Nearly a month ago, I landed in the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. 🇪🇸

    I share everything that's been going on in recent weeks, why I paused my travel plans earlier in the year, and what has now brought me to the start of a new adventure. 

    Amongst other things, I talk about navigating family life with being independent.

    I hope you enjoy listening to me unpack everything that's been going on. 

    Here's to a new season... ☀️

    ps. send me a note? i'd love to hear from you :) 

    ✉️ jshothi{at}gmail{dot}com 

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    narrated by Jas, with music by Porter.

    • 10 min
    18: The Divided Selfie LP - an interview with Laurence Warner aka Cerulean

    18: The Divided Selfie LP - an interview with Laurence Warner aka Cerulean

    A conversation with my friend and performing artist Laurence Warner, aka Cerulean: https://wa.rner.me 

    We were celebrating the release of his second album, The Divided Selfie LP, out 22nd June 2022. 

    🎶 buy + listen now: Ceru.li/2 or Bandcamp.CeruleanSounds.com

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    narrated by Jas, with music by Porter. 

    • 1 hr 32 min
    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). 

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    a conversation host by Jas, with music by Porter.

    • 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.

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    narrated by Jas + hosted with Lauren, with music by Porter.

    • 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: https://laurensapala.com

    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 

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    narrated by Jas, hosted with Lauren, with music by Porter.

    • 1 hr 27 min

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