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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 marketing to outlining chapters to managing perfectionism to finding writing inspiration and more! You’ll learn practical tips and ideas for getting started with your own writer journey. This indie author podcast can be enjoyed by new and aspiring authors who want to learn more about self-publishing (plus tips and tools for writing and editing your own work), as well as curious bookworms who are interested in getting a peek behind the curtain of a writer’s life. Indie Author Weekly is hosted by Sagan Morrow, a Winnipeg-based writer with more than a decade of experience as a small business owner. Sagan has worked as a blogger and freelance copywriter and editor since 2008. In 2016, she began teaching other freelancers how to improve productivity and time management through her online courses. Sagan has published several business books in addition to her work as a romance novelist. She published her first work of fiction in 2018. The first 12 episodes of this podcast were originally published on a “secret” platform only for email subscribers, but you can tune into all of those original episodes right here. Access bonus materials to go along with the Indie Author Weekly podcast (including cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics), plus full episode transcripts, sample chapters of her novels, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Learn more about Sagan’s published works and upcoming novels at SaganMorrow.com/books. Connect with Sagan on Twitter & Instagram: @Saganlives

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 marketing to outlining chapters to managing perfectionism to finding writing inspiration and more! You’ll learn practical tips and ideas for getting started with your own writer journey. This indie author podcast can be enjoyed by new and aspiring authors who want to learn more about self-publishing (plus tips and tools for writing and editing your own work), as well as curious bookworms who are interested in getting a peek behind the curtain of a writer’s life. Indie Author Weekly is hosted by Sagan Morrow, a Winnipeg-based writer with more than a decade of experience as a small business owner. Sagan has worked as a blogger and freelance copywriter and editor since 2008. In 2016, she began teaching other freelancers how to improve productivity and time management through her online courses. Sagan has published several business books in addition to her work as a romance novelist. She published her first work of fiction in 2018. The first 12 episodes of this podcast were originally published on a “secret” platform only for email subscribers, but you can tune into all of those original episodes right here. Access bonus materials to go along with the Indie Author Weekly podcast (including cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics), plus full episode transcripts, sample chapters of her novels, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Learn more about Sagan’s published works and upcoming novels at SaganMorrow.com/books. Connect with Sagan on Twitter & Instagram: @Saganlives
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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 marketing to outlining chapters to managing perfectionism to finding writing inspiration and more! You’ll learn practical tips and ideas for getting started with your own writer journey. This indie author podcast can be enjoyed by new and aspiring authors who want to learn more about self-publishing (plus tips and tools for writing and editing your own work), as well as curious bookworms who are interested in getting a peek behind the curtain of a writer’s life. Indie Author Weekly is hosted by Sagan Morrow, a Winnipeg-based writer with more than a decade of experience as a small business owner. Sagan has worked as a blogger and freelance copywriter and editor since 2008. In 2016, she began teaching other freelancers how to improve productivity and time management through her online courses. Sagan has published several business books in addition to her work as a romance novelist. She published her first work of fiction in 2018. The first 12 episodes of this podcast were originally published on a “secret” platform only for email subscribers, but you can tune into all of those original episodes right here. Access bonus materials to go along with the Indie Author Weekly podcast (including cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics), plus full episode transcripts, sample chapters of her novels, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Learn more about Sagan’s published works and upcoming novels at SaganMorrow.com/books. Connect with Sagan on Twitter & Instagram: @Saganlives

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Episodes

025: How to get back into book writing after taking a break (step-by-step guide)

9/17/2019
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Learn 4 tips for how to get back into book writing after taking a break. This step-by-step guide will help you out if you've taken a break from writing and are ready to return to a book project! After all, who hasn't taken a break from writing their book? Whether you took a week, a month, or a year—or longer!—away from your book project, the tips shared in this author podcast will give you the tips and tools you need to get back into the swing of things with confidence. You'll learn why...

Duration:00:11:50

024: Excerpt from "Being Good" (Polyamorous Passions, Book 5)

9/10/2019
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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! This teaser is from Chapter 3: Helen and her fiance Ben, together with Emma and one of her boyfriends Carlos, just arrived at a bar. They are all here tonight because Scarlett is performing a burlesque show at this bar, so right now they are waiting for the show to begin. ...And they are just about to be interrupted by Grant, who Helen is...

Duration:00:10:04

023: How to create a playlist for your book

9/3/2019
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Learn a step-by-step method for how to create a playlist for the next book you write in this episode of the indie author podcast. Although creating playlists can be time-consuming, it’s also a straightforward process that everyone (author and readers alike) can benefit from! Plus, find out a few of the songs your host Sagan Morrow chose to feature as the “soundtrack” for her books, and why you might want to choose more emotional songs vs. high-energy songs based on the character and mood...

Duration:00:08:43

022: Navigating real or perceived pressures as an author

8/27/2019
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Learn what it’s like to navigate real or perceived pressures as an author, and how your host Sagan Morrow has handled that. Polyamory is a niche topic to write as a romance author—and that means there can be a lot of pressures around it! How do you as an author ensure you are best representing the community? And what can you do to deal with situations when readers want you to write one thing or another? Should authors ever be dictated what to write about… and how can that be balanced with...

Duration:00:16:55

021: Which book should you write first? (step-by-step process to figuring it out)

8/20/2019
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Learn a 4-step process for how to figure out which book you should write first. Newbie authors, this podcast episode is for you! Plus, find out why you need to write the book you're excited about, regardless of whether or not you think you're "good enough" to write it yet. 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. If you have a lot of ideas for your next book and...

Duration:00:13:56

020: 3 ways to keep accountable with writer friends

8/13/2019
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Learn about 3 ways to keep accountable with your writer friends in this episode of the indie author podcast! You'll find out the benefits of writing in virtual groups, doing one-on-one writing session hangouts, and participating in global writer challenges. Access sample chapters of Sagan's novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/secretpodcast. Resources & links mentioned in this...

Duration:00:12:30

019: 6 tips for how to improve your writing skills

8/6/2019
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Learn 6 tips for how to improve your writing skills as an author in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! You'll find out why rereading your work matters so much, how even 15 minutes/day can make all the difference for improving writing skills, why you should "read between the lines" with what readers say about your work, and more. This episode of the indie author podcast also includes an important reminder about external validation, writing progress, and self-worth. Plus, your...

Duration:00:18:13

018: How real life and writing affect one another as an author

7/30/2019
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Learn how an author's writing is affected by her real life (and vice versa!) in this episode of Indie Author Weekly. This episode shares a behind-the-scenes peek at author Sagan Morrow's personal life and the integration between books and real-life situations. This episode answers 3 listener-submitted questions: Find out the answers to all of these questions when you tune into this episode of the indie author podcast! Access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode,...

Duration:00:13:46

017: An exercise to improve character development

7/23/2019
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Learn a simple exercise you can use in your novels to improve character development in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! This technique, Situationals, will enable you to get to know your characters better, so whether you want to create a more complex character or whether you need to get past writer's block, you'll find this exercise helpful. Don't forget to grab the freebie! You can access a worksheet featuring writing prompts to help you learn more about your characters at...

Duration:00:09:42

016: How to keep track of everything when you’re writing a book series

7/16/2019
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Learn a simple 3-step system for how to keep track of everything when you're writing a book series in this episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast! Plus, get 5 tips for how to write a book series so that everything stays consistent and cohesive from one book to the next. You'll find out how your podcast host, Sagan Morrow, has organized her 9-book series (4 published to date, with the next one currently in the editing process), what's worked for her and what hasn't, and how you can apply...

Duration:00:16:52

015: 10 tips for editing your own work

7/9/2019
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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. You'll learn about the importance of having a personal style guide and character bible for your books, different types of edits and ways to review your work, and more. This episode provides you with practical tips for editing books regardless of whether you hire an editor as part of your indie author...

Duration:00:12:03

014: How to understand your strengths & weaknesses as an author (plus how to navigate them)

7/2/2019
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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. It can feel scary to analyze our work and figure out our unique strengths and weaknesses, but there is power in it. The more that you know this about yourself, the more you can do something about it. You will be able to create more opportunities for yourself. You will be a better writer, and your readers...

Duration:00:19:39

013: How to deal with writer's block (5 techniques)

6/25/2019
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Learn 5 tips for how to deal with writer's block (or creative blocks) so that you can get past the slump and keep making progress with writing your awesome story. Access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics, and additional resources, at SaganMorrow.com/audio. Resources & links mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Sagan's books at SaganMorrow.com/booksConnect with Sagan (@Saganlives) on Twitter and...

Duration:00:11:38

012: Why book reviews matter... and how to write them

6/18/2019
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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. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets...

Duration:00:16:01

011: Oral storytelling & a reading from "She Wants More"

6/11/2019
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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). This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts of each episode, cheatsheets and spreadsheets relevant to the episode topics, and...

Duration:00:18:26

010: How to find ideas & inspiration for writing books

6/4/2019
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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. These writing inspiration tips and ideas will help you make progress with your next novel. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at...

Duration:00:09:18

009: Book release day for She Wants More (Book 4 in the Polyamorous Passions series)

5/28/2019
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This episode celebrates the book release of She Wants More, Book 4 in the Polyamorous Passions series! 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 of a novel, in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast,...

Duration:00:12:10

008: How many hours go into writing & publishing a book?

5/21/2019
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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 as an indie author, in this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters...

Duration:00:13:18

007: Whether to use a pen name & dealing with the "awkwardness" of writing romance

5/14/2019
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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 about romance and sex, in this episode. Note: this episode discusses being sex-positive. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters of my novels,...

Duration:00:11:00

006: How do you advertise books when you self-publish?

5/7/2019
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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 this episode. This episode of the Indie Author Weekly podcast originally appeared on the “secret” version of this podcast, which you can learn more about at SaganMorrow.com/audio. You can also access sample chapters of my novels, transcripts...

Duration:00:20:49