A self-published author's diary, podcast

Five things I’ve learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related) …

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Episode 43

Today, I talk about the release of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and breaking the top 100 in Apple Books (my book was hanging out right next to Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game! :-)).

I share five things I’ve learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related).

I also gush about Cape Cod in December and Isaiah Jones Bed & Breakfast…

Mentioned in this episode:

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

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Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Keeping track of indie author conferences, updating newsletter landing pages and the writing high …

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Episode 40 on Spotify

Today, I talk about keeping track of indie author conferences as I completely missed the Romance Author Mastermind conference. it does require an invitation but I only saw talks about it after it happened (or while it was happening) so making sure I’m adding the link to it to my favorites. I also mention the 20booksto50k conference and Inkers Con. 

During the week, I also updated my author newsletter landing pages to make them less convoluted and I’m currently experiencing the very fun writing high of starting to write a story I’ve been thinking about for several months now.

Links from this episode:

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

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Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Good news, using netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in germany (not sure why)…

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Episode 39 on Spotify

Today, I share some good news: I had a PET scan on Wednesday and then we saw my oncologist. And no signs of malignancy. I’ll see him again in three months but as I’m now two years out of transplant, no more scheduled scans 🙂

I also talk about using Netgalley as an indie author: what my goals are in terms of reviews and reaching more readers and why I decided to put #TheLeftoverBride on Netgalley.

As a self-published author, I use Victory Editing co-op (for one title and one month) and have already received hundreds of request for review.

Also mentioned in this episode: TikTok, Instagram as an author and not knowing why some videos take off as well as IN DIESEM EINEN SOMMER (A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER in German) getting hundreds (now probably at least a thousand) free downloads without me doing anything (I’m not sure why either). 

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

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Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
A self-published author's diary, podcast

Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…

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Episode 38

Today, on the podcast: another lesson learned in my self-publishing career or how I may have slightly panicked on Wednesday when it comes to the French translation (should be fine now but this was stressful) of my next novel and how I’m learning from my mistakes, getting back into a writing routine, putting #TheLeftoverBride on Netgalley, not doing NaNoWriMo… and more.

Also mentioned today:

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
  6. Ep. 40 – Keeping track of indie author conferences, updating newsletter landing pages and the writing high …
  7. Ep – 39: Good news, using Netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in Germany (not sure why)…
  8. Ep. 38 – Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…
  9. REPLAY – Interview with audiobook narrator Megan Carter
  10. Ep. 37 – Not writing for a few days and a SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook preview…

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Learning from other indie authors because success isn’t a pie, right?

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Episode 36

Today, I share with you what I’ve done each day to increase my royalties: one step at a time.

Between updating #TheLeftoverBride epilogue, starting to format another bilingual book, putting one of my books as perma-free and running a free promo on another book who is currently in KDP select, I am making progress. 

Another topic I’m talking about today is dealing with feeling inadequate or not “as successful” as an indie author because those are feelings many of us have at one time or another.

And a reminder that success isn’t a pie and that learning from other indie authors as well as remembering what our goals are is oh so important.

Also mentioned in this episode

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…
  6. Ep. 40 – Keeping track of indie author conferences, updating newsletter landing pages and the writing high …
  7. Ep – 39: Good news, using Netgalley as an indie author (part 1), getting a spike in free ebooks in Germany (not sure why)…
  8. Ep. 38 – Another (hard) lesson learned as indie author, getting back into a writing routine and more…
  9. REPLAY – Interview with audiobook narrator Megan Carter
  10. Ep. 37 – Not writing for a few days and a SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook preview…

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A self-published author's diary, podcast

What has worked with my latest book release as an indie author and what I’ve learned… And I turned two!

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Episode 35

Today, I am doing a “lessons learned” recap for my latest book release as indie author. #TheLeftoverBride has been out for a bit less than a month and while, of course, a lot of readers will read it and smile in the coming weeks, months, years, decades… there are a few things that I will do differently with my next release and things that, I think, have worked very well for me.

So, I’m detailing the top 3 mistakes I’ve made for that release (which turned into the top 5 or so) and then the top 3 things (which turned into the top 4 or 5) I’ve done very well when self-publishing #TheLeftoverBride.

I also talk about what I’m planning to do for the next release and about turning 2 (my stem cell transplant was on October 7th 2019 so I am two for my second birthday).

In this episode I mention:

Don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…

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A self-published author's diary, podcast

The art of translation or why I don’t translate my own books… Setting up my writing goals and daily calendar.

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Episode 34

Today, I am talking about my new process for getting #TheLeftoverBride to the French-speaking market, explaining why I don’t translate my own books. After all, literary translation (and all types of translation) are an art. I dig a bit deeper into why I am “wide” on the French-speaking market. More than 15% of pre-orders are currently on Apple & Kobo. And I’m about to set up my pre-order on Google Play.

I’m also setting up my calendar and my upcoming projects and trying to find one thing to do each day to help my royalties. 🙂

Also mentioned in this episode:

Ddon’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…

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Why the Chemical Engineer was right and the hardest part about writing & self-publishing #TheLefoverBride…

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Episode 33

Today, I share why the Chemical Engineer was right and how I didn’t listen to him but listened to L. Penelope. 🙂 It’s related to the formatting of the #TheLeftoverBride title and how to make it more “searchable”.

I also answer questions from Sam (on Instagram) who asked: what was the hardest part about writing #TheLeftoverBride? I added the hardest part about self-publishing it…

I go more into details about:

  • The revision process (cutting and reworking the beginning)
  • Deepening and adjusting the character arc for Ryan
  • Writing steamy scenes, ensuring lots of emotions.
  • Managing expectations…

Next week, I’ll talk about book translations/marketing, don’t hesitate to ask me a question per email or record a question…

How to support this podcast?

Thank you so much for listening!

Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…

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#TheLeftoverBride is out in the world! A recap a few days after publication…

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Episode 32

Today, I talk about publication day… #TheLeftoverBride (Kindle Paperback) is out in the world. Between celebrating, managing expectations (and sometimes not managing said expectations), a rush of anxiety and knowing readers will be smiling, release day is a roller coaster of emotions.

Also mentioned in this episode: this reel from Courtney Summers: “Everything I’ve done doesn’t feel like it happened. Courtney Summers doesn’t exist.” Especially as I’m thinking about the next book. 🙂

And White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson:  https://www.epicreads.com/books/9780063029095/white-smoke/

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

“The creeps come on slowly, then start to build. When the cold shivers ran down my back, I wanted to scream—but I was too busy turning pages. I had to know: Just how frightening will it get?”- R.L. Stine, author Goosebumps and Fear Street

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Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. A self-published author's diary

Before diving right into my yearly review as an indie author: if you're struggling or know someone who is struggling (or maybe even just mention it or post it or share this resource with people in your life): https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. Today, on the podcast, I talk about the highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021. Some of my lows included: Dealing with my own career expectations and the reality, What it means to not be using a pen name, Feeling like I'm letting down some of my collaborators in royalty-share agreements… Some of my highs included: Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride reach the #9 on Apple Books Chart  Having the French version of #TheLeftoverBride sit next to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on the charts… Reading wonderful emails from readers around the globe And more… As always: Ask me a question (per email: authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or by leaving me a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message)    Follow A Self-Published Author's Diary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary      Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep – 45: An indie author yearly review: The highs and lows of my self-publishing career in 2021.
  2. Ep. 44 – Five things I've learned about self-publishing in 2021 and one thing I learned about writing.
  3. Ep. 43 – Five things I've learned about podcasting as an author in 2021 and five things I want to do next year (podcast-related)
  4. Ep. 42 – The feeling when you upload your files for publication, brainstorming story ideas and learning, learning, learning…
  5. Ep. 41 – Gearing up for the publication of #TheLeftoverBride French edition and writing craft building blocks…

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Ready Set Write

Ready. Set. Write! #RSWrite – 10th update!

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Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkKaty Upperman and myself. (For the detailed information about RSW, including  the wonderful buttons created by the lovely Jaime, click here)

Disclaimer: I’m in Europe this week, so I might be slow making my way through the blogs. Sorry about that, but I’ll try to do a bit of cheering each day!

IMPORTANT REMINDER –> The last week of Ready. Set. Write! (8-24 – 8-31) we’ll be holding a fun virtual event called Manuscripts and Manicures. We’ll each be painting our nails in a way that reflects our current WiP, then posting a photo of our manicure creations.

And don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, we check and cheer each other on using #RSWrite

1.  How I did on last week’s goals.

  • Finish drafting this manuscript. –> ALMOST. I wrote about 5000 words last week which isn’t too bad, since we left for Europe on Tuesday.
  • Finalize its blurb for the cover reveal. –> NOPE.
  • Send the feedback on a wonderful manuscript I’m beta reading. So. Good. So so so good! –> YES (and this book is simply AMAZING) I finished reading it on the plane from DC to Frankfurt and I couldn’t put it down. Loved. It.

2.  My goal(s) for this week.

  • Blurb
  • Finish drafting. I’m going to write at least 1000 words each day.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

And he kisses me. Tender and passionate. Desperate and hopeful.
I forget myself into his lips. Into the way he tastes, the way my entire body reacts to his, the way his arms tighten around my waist.
“What do you think you’re doing?” My father’s voice booms.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

I’m currently in Europe and want to enjoy every second of it, but I also need to make sure I finish drafting this manuscript…

5.  Something I love about my WiP.

That a scene unlocked itself.

Are you participating in RSW? 
Don’t forget to link to your  update below!

It’s time for our third giveaway! This lovely package has been assembled by Katy

GIVEAWAY Winner

The winner of Alison’s wonderful giveaway package is Crystal Schubert 🙂 Congrats Crystal!

And it’s giveaway time again!

This time the lovely package has been prepared by the wonderful Katy!

Giveaway
“If You Obey All the Rules You Miss All the Fun” journal, floral mini sticky note pad, lined floral note pad, Jelly Bellies, starry pencil pouch, Honey Pear hand cream, Lavender Lemonade candle, peppermint mints, various washi tapes, Eos Strawberry Sorbet lip balm, writerly quote pencils, Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea, and Twizzlers.

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(giveaway is open internationally – to RSW participants only)