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Unstoppable Authors

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Indie authors Angeline Trevena, Holly Lyne and Julia Scott discuss their adventures in self publishing and writer life. Episodes every Monday, juggled around their limited child-free time.

206 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

Episode 195: The End

July 3rd, 2023


Hi folks. This is our last episode (for now) as we each move on to other things. We talk about the history of the show, our highlights and struggles …

Episode 194: Author Pet Peeves

June 26th, 2023


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia get it all off their chests! They talk about the things in writing and publishing that really get under their …

Episode 193: AI for Authors

June 19th, 2023


This week, Angeline, Holly, Julia and Shane dig deep into the hot topic of AI and how authors can use this emerging technology effectively and …

Episode 192: Why Creatives Need a New Approach to Productivity with Lisa Zawrotny

June 12th, 2023


This week, Angeline talks to productivity coach Lisa Zawrotny, who works with multi-passionate creatives to develop a different approach to …

Episode 191: Author Branding with A.E. Kincaid

June 5th, 2023


This week, Holly chats with humourous fantasy author, A.E. Kincaid. They discuss getting started in self-publishing and moving on to sign with a …

Episode 190: Motivation to Start and Finish Your Novel with Cassie Newell

May 29th, 2023


This week, Julia interviews Sassy Writing Coach, Cassie Newell and talk about her book 'Writer Fuel' on how to stay motivated to start and finish a …

Episode 189: Writing Romantic Subplots

May 22nd, 2023


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss how to write romantic subplots, whatever your primary genre. They cover the dos and don'ts and share …

Episode 188: Turning Your Passion into a Business with Shelly Zev

May 15th, 2023


This week, Angeline talks to editor, librarian, and all-round literature enthusiast, Shelly Zev. They chat about how to keep your excitement alive when your passion becomes your business, the importance of mindset, and …

Episode 187: How To Map Your World with Angeline Trevena

May 8th, 2023


This week, Julia interviews our worldbuilding warrior, Angeline Trevena about bookish maps and the release of her latest worldbuilding guide 'How to …

Episode 186: London Book Fair and the Rise of AI

May 1st, 2023


This week, Holly reflects on her trip to London Book Fair. She covers:

  • The location
  • Her book research
  • The pros and cons of the convention itself

Episode 185: Science-Fiction Subgenres and Crossovers

April 24th, 2023


This week, Angeline and Julia take a look at a list of science-fiction subgenres. They discuss the definition of each, and explore the tropes, …

Episode 184: Audiobooks with Narrator and Voice Actor Jillian Yetter

April 17th, 2023


This week, Julia chats to audiobook narrator Jillian Yetter. They cover:

  • The importance of audiobooks
  • Steps to take to get your audiobook produced

Episode 183: Tackling Emotions with Angela Ackerman

April 10th, 2023


This week, Holly chats with Angela Ackerman, author of the Emotion Thesaurus and its many sequels. They cover:

  • The foundations of realistic …

Episode 182: How to Write Folk Horror

April 3rd, 2023


This week, Angeline looks at the growing popularity of the folk horror genre, and discusses all the elements required to write a great folk horror …

Episode 181: Killing Characters

March 27th, 2023


This week, Angeline & Holly celebrate 4 years of podcasting together with a special episode all about death.

They discuss why you might want to …

Episode 180: Writing Historical Fiction and Loving It with TL Clark

March 20th, 2023


In this week's episode, Angeline is joined by romance author TL Clark to discuss her latest release; How to Write a Historical Novel and Love It. They talk about the importance of research, and how to do it without …

Episode 179: Women in Self Publishing

March 13th, 2023


This week, Julia chats with five indie author women friends, celebrating International Women's Day and Mother's Day (in the UK). They discuss:

  • Why …

Episode 178: Launching a Pen Name with Sacha Black

March 6th, 2023


This week, Holly chats with Sacha Black about her pen name, Ruby Roe. They discuss:

  • Reasons for launching a pen name
  • What was special about …

Episode 177: Topic Roundup - Organise Your Writing

February 27th, 2023


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the series of interviews on organisational tools for writers. They look back on conversations with …

Episode 176: Elevating Your Story Structure in Fictionary with Kristina Stanley

February 20th, 2023


This week, Julia chats with the creator of Fictionary, Kristina Stanley. They discuss:

  • Elevating your story structure with Fictionary's …

Episode 175: Keeping Track of an Epic World with Evelyn Puerto

February 13th, 2023


This week, Angeline chats with award-winning author Evelyn Puerto about how she keeps track of her vast world and cast of characters for her epic fantasy Outlawed Myth series. Evelyn talks about the various ways in …

Episode 174: Organise Your Books in Plottr with Troy Lambert

February 6th, 2023


This week, Holly chats with Troy Lambert from Plottr. They discuss:

  • Who would benefit from Plottr
  • Some of the cool features of the software
  • What …

Episode 173: Topic Roundup - Debut Authors

January 30th, 2023


This week, Angeline, Holly, and Julia discuss the contents of the previous three episodes speaking to debut authors and share their highlights and …

Episode 172: The Journey Towards Your Debut with Andre Garzia

January 23rd, 2023


In this week's episode, Angeline chats with non-fiction author Andre Garzia about his journey towards the publication of his fiction debut. They …

Episode 171: Fantasy Debut Novels with Danielle Lauren

January 16th, 2023


In this week's episode, Julia chats with high fantasy author Danielle Lauren about writing and publishing her debut novel 'Spiritchild' in 2022. They …

Episode 170: Historical Debut Novel with Stephanie Shields

January 9th, 2023


In this week's episode, Holly chats with author Stephanie Shields about writing and publishing her debut novel in 2020. They discuss doing historical …

Episode 169: Author Goals 2023

January 2nd, 2023


Happy New Year!

Holly, Julia, Angeline and Shane ring in the new year with a look back at their goals for 2022 and then plans for 2023. The …

Episode 168: Writing Highs and Lows of 2022

December 19th, 2022


This week, Holly, Julia and Shane discuss all the best and worst bits of 2022. They cover:

  • The most important lessons learned
  • Highlights

Episode 167: Holiday Tropes

December 12th, 2022


This week, Holly, Julia and Shane discuss why readers love tropes and why they're important for writers to utilise. The discussion covers:

  • Popular …

Episode 166: Winter Worldbuilding

December 5th, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly, Julia & Shane discuss creating wonderful winters in your writing. They cover:

  • Genre and tone
  • Mining your …

Episode 165: Topic Roundup - Amazon

November 28th, 2022


This week, Holly and Julia are joined by guest host, Shane Millar. They discuss the contents of the previous three episodes and share their …

Episode 164: Amazon 101

November 21st, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly & Julia provide a helpful breakdown of how to publish your books on Amazon. They cover:

  • What you'll need in order …

Episode 163: Killing It On Kindle Vella with Krissi Dallas

November 14th, 2022


This week, Holly chats with YA romance author Krissi Dallas about Kindle Vella. They cover:

  • What the platform is and how to leverage its features

Episode 162: Amazon Keywords with Dave Chesson

November 7th, 2022


This week, Holly talks with returning guest, Dave Chesson. Dave is the founder of Kindlepreneur, a resource for indie authors to level up their …

Episode 161: Topic Roundup - Marketing

October 31st, 2022


In this episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the previous three guests and all the marketing advice they provided. They go into:

  • Mistakes …

Episode 160: Organising, Marketing, and Pitching to Literary Events with Alex Davis

October 24th, 2022


In this week's epsiode, Angeline talks to Alex Davis, a freelance literature professional who has organised everything from online workshops to large-scale literary conventions. He gives top tips for learning how events …

Episode 159: Marketing on Social Media with Jenn Hanson-dePaula

October 17th, 2022


On this week's episode, Julia talks to Jenn Hanson-dePaula of Mixtus Media about marketing on social media. They discuss:

  • Where to start when …

Episode 158: Publish and Market Books Wide with Sarah Painter

October 10th, 2022


This week, Holly talks with bestselling author Sarah Painter about the publishing strategy known as "wide" publishing. They discuss:

  • Making smart …

Episode 157: Topic Roundup - Plotting

October 3rd, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly, and Julia give a roundup of our recent topic: plotting. 

We discuss what we learned about plotting from the …

Episode 156: Brilliant Beginnings and Story Structure with Shane Millar

September 26th, 2022


Angeline is joined by Shane Millar, a Fictionary Certified Story Coach, urban fantasy author, and writer of the Write Better Fiction series of writing craft books. Shane talks about what makes for a brilliant beginning …

Episode 155: Atticus and the Future of Book Management Software with Dave Chesson

September 19th, 2022


In this week's episode, Julia speaks to Dave Chesson, the owner and creator of Kindlepreneur, all about his new software, Atticus.

"If Scrivener, …

Episode 154: Writing A Series with Helen Scheuerer

September 12th, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly speaks to YA fantasy author, Helen Scheuerer about her new non-fiction book, How to Write A Successful Series.

The …

Episode 153: Seasonal Writing Life and Why You Need to Know Your Big Why

September 5th, 2022


Angeline, Holly & Julia are back from the summer break with a brand new episode. In this episode, they talk about what's coming up for the …

Episode 152: Exploring Character and Setting Through Language

July 4th, 2022


This week, Angeline and Holly discuss the ways in which you can deepen your characterization and make more believable settings by using the awesome …

Episode 151: Writing for Children with Matt Beighton

June 27th, 2022


Angeline is joined by children's author Matt Beighton to chat all about writing and marketing children's books. Hear about the unique projects Matt has launched, how he adapts his marketing for his audience, and the …

Episode 150: Celebrating Unstoppable Authors!

June 20th, 2022


In this special, milestone episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia reflect on 150 episodes of the podcast. Questions were submitted by the show's …

Episode 149: Writing Fictionalised Memoir with Jeff Elkins

June 13th, 2022


This week, Holly sits down with Dialogue Doctor, Jeff Elkins to discuss the ups and downs of translating real-life experiences into a fictionalised …

Episode 148: Discovering and Utilising Your Strengths With Holly Lyne

June 6th, 2022


In this week's episode, Julia interviews our very own Holly Lyne to get the lowdown on these 'strengths' she keeps talking about. We discuss what …

Episode 147: Multiple Streams of Income for Authors

May 30th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss how you can create multiple streams of income in your author business.

We cover:

Episode 146: Planning and Running an Author Event

May 23rd, 2022


In today's episode, Angeline shares her experience of organising and hosting local events. She offers up ideas of different types of events, and various approaches you can take. She discusses promotion and how to set up …

Episode 145: Raising Creative Children

May 16th, 2022


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the importance of creativity and how to nurture it in children.

The conversation covers:

  • Why …

Episode 144: Future Planning Your Writing Career

May 9th, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly talks about her absolute favourite thing: making plans!

The discussion covers:

  • Figuring out your Big Why
  • Saying no

Episode 143: Writing Seasons & Weather to Immerse Your Readers

May 2nd, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss including the seasons and weather in your books.

The discussion covers:

  • Why weather is …

Episode 142: Figuring Out Your Front and Back Matter

April 25th, 2022


In todays episode, Julia talks about what added extras need to be in your book, before and after your actual story. She discusses how eBooks and …

Episode 141: Creating A Fantasy Map For Your Book

April 18th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Julia & Holly talk about the ins and outs of creating fantasy maps. They cover:

  • Technical how-to tips
  • Things …

Episode 140: Reflections on London Book Fair

April 11th, 2022


In todays episode, Angeline reflects on her trip to London Book Fair 2022. As a first time visitor, she talks about her first impressions, what she …

Episode 139: Why and How To Start an Author Podcast

April 4th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the ins and outs of creating a podcast. They cover:

  • Why you might want to start a …

Episode 138: Five Common Formatting Mistakes in Self Published Books

March 28th, 2022


This week, Julia talks about the top five formatting mistakes she most commonly sees in self published books, and how to avoid them to make sure you …

Episode 137: Can You Be A Successful Author Without Social Media?

March 21st, 2022


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia dig into the topic of whether or not authors need to be on social media.

The conversation covers:

  • What …

Episode 136: Reader Magnets with Tammi Labrecque

March 14th, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly chats with Newsletter Ninja author, Tammi Labrecque about all things newsletter and reader magnet. Tammi shares tips …

BONUS: Announcing Writers for Ukraine

March 8th, 2022


Unstoppable Authors is supporting the Writers for Ukraine appeal. Learn about the one million word challenge and how you can get involved in this …

Episode 135: Zone Writing

March 7th, 2022


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia talk about zone writing, aka binge writing. They cover the benefits and pitfalls, discuss who would be suited …

Episode 134: Writing GameLit with Seth Overton

February 28th, 2022


This week Angeline chats with keen gamer and debut author Seth Overton about GameLit. He discusses his surprise route into publishing and how skills …

Episode 133: Writing Multiple Works in Progress

February 21st, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the hows and whys of juggling more than one writing project at once. They cover the …

Episode 132: Digital and Social Media Marketing for Authors with Andy Slinger

February 14th, 2022


In this week's episode, Julia talks to children's author and digital marketer Andy Slinger about how to make the most of social media to market your …

Episode 131: The Hows and Whys of Writing Short Fiction

February 7th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia talk about their experiences of writing short fiction and share tips and tricks for doing it well.

Episode 130: Writer Burnout with Becca Syme

January 31st, 2022


In this week's episode, Holly chats with Strengths Coach Becca Syme about the wave of burnout running through the author community, how we can …

Episode 129: An Indie Author's Guide to Book Covers

January 24th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss the dos and don'ts of choosing covers for your books. They talk about how to find a cover …

Episode 128: Public Speaking for Writers

January 17th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline tackles the scary prospect of public speaking. Drawing from her own experiences of performing, she covers tips and tricks to overcome your anxiety and speak with clarity and confidence. …

Episode 127: Writing Science Fiction to Convey Social Commentary

January 10th, 2022


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss sci-fi and its subgenres, particularly dystopian and post-apocalyptic, as vehicles for …

Episode 126: Writing Goals for 2022

January 3rd, 2022


This week, Holly & Julia discuss what goals they set in 2021, what they learned about their process and what they'll be doing differently in …

Episode 125: Writing Highs and Lows of 2021

December 20th, 2021


This week, Angeline, Holly & Julia give a rundown of the year and discuss the best bits, the biggest challenges, lessons learned and dish out …

Episode 124: We Need to Talk About Writer Burnout

December 13th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly opens up about her experience of burnout in 2021. From the slide into the pit, to the slow climb out of it, Holly …

Episode 123: Writing to Market

December 6th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss writing to market. They talk about what that might look like in practice, the value of …

Episode 122: From Pocket Money to Multi-Five-Figure Author

November 29th, 2021


In a very honest episode, Angeline chronicles her author career from its shoestring origin to earning multi-five-figures a year. She talks openly …

Episode 121: The Writing Process from Idea to Publication

November 22nd, 2021


In today's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss their different approaches to nurturing that initial idea and seeing it through to final …

Episode 120: The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media for Writers

November 15th, 2021


In this week's episode, Julia discusses some of the do's and don'ts of navigating social media as a writer. Are you making the most of social media …

Episode 119: Staying Motivated, Boosting Creativity and Maintaining Momentum in Your Writing

November 8th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly & Angeline share tips and strategies for sticking with this writing gig for the long term. They cover ways to stay …

Episode 118: How to Scare Your Readers with Julie Hiner

November 1st, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly got chatting with dark crime and horror author, Julie Hiner about things that go bump in the night.

They talked about …

Episode 117: Halloween - Horror Books, Films, and Urban Legends

October 25th, 2021


Angeline and Holly nerd out about all things horror in this Halloween special. Books, films and tropes are discussed, with homage paid to the things …

Episode 116: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learnt

October 18th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline breaks down the mistakes she made with her last book, and looks at the lessons she's hopefully learnt from the …

Episode 115: Non-Fiction Books for Writers

October 11th, 2021


Today, Angeline, Holly & Julia go through their top book recommendations for writers, their current reads and what's on their TBR piles.

Check …

Episode 114: Banishing the Book Blurb Blues With Jessie Cunniffe

October 4th, 2021


In this week’s episode, Julia talks to Jessie Cunniffe, the brains behind Book Blurb Magic, an online course dedicated to taking the pain out of …

Episode 113: Working With An Editor

September 27th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia discuss their experiences of working with editors, the different type of edit you might want to …

Episode 112: Software and Resources for Self Publishing

September 20th, 2021


This week, Julia gives a technical overview of the software and resources available to writers for all parts of the self publishing process. From …

Episode 111: Maintaining Focus and Managing Shiny New Ideas

September 13th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss how distracted they get by shiny new ideas, what to do with those ideas until you're ready to work …

Episode 110: Creating Future Worlds

September 6th, 2021


This week, Angeline gives her top tips for creating futuristic worlds, whether near or distant future. With advice on brainstorming timelines, designing future tech, and tying the world to the characters and story, this …

Episode 109: Accountability for Authors

August 30th, 2021


This week Angeline, Holly & Julia are talking about accountability. They check in with the goals they set for August and find out how they all …

Episode 108: Writing in a Series with Sara Rosett

August 23rd, 2021


This week, Holly interviews mystery author, Sara Rosett. They talk about:

  • Who inspires Sara
  • Plotting mystery books
  • How she came to write and …

Episode 107: All About Anthologies with Lyndsey Hall

August 16th, 2021


In this week’s episode, Julia talks to young adult fantasy author Lyndsey Hall about publishing anthologies and collaborating with other authors. …

Episode 106: Imposter Syndrome and How To Overcome It

August 9th, 2021


In this week’s episode, Julia talks about imposter syndrome, what it is and how to overcome it. Get tips on what to do when your inner critic …

Episode 105: Wellbeing For Writers

August 2nd, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline, Holly & Julia run through the must-dos of self-care for writers, particularly in summer. They cover physical, …

Episode 104: Switching from Traditional to Self Publishing with Children’s Author Dan Metcalf

July 26th, 2021


In this week’s episode, Angeline talks to children’s author Dan Metcalf about his switch from traditional to self publishing. With invaluable insights from the traditional publishing route, Dan talks about what lessons …

Episode 103: Mid-Year Writing Check-In

July 19th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline have a very special announcement and are joined by Julia Scott to review 2021 so far. The trio reflects on …

Episode 102: Coping with Publishing Industry Changes

July 12th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss the coming changes in the publishing industry with the arrival of Kindle Vella and Apple's changes …

Episode 101: How to Maintain Your Passion for Writing While Running A Business

July 5th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly digs into the mindset required to maintain a sense of joy and passion for writing when the business tasks threaten to …

Episode 100: Sustaining a Writing Career with the Right Mindset

June 28th, 2021


Welcome to this special landmark episode of Unstoppable Authors!

Holly & Angeline are joined by a whole host of guests to dissect what it takes …

Episode 99: Online Content Ideas for Between Book Launches

June 21st, 2021


Today Holly & Angeline are talking about what to share in your newsletter and on social media besides "Buy my book!"

It can sometimes be tricky …

Episode 98: Finding Stories from your World Map

June 14th, 2021


In this episode, Angeline talks about how to find story ideas from your world map. She discusses why you might want to use your map as inspiration, and then looks at all the different places stories might be hiding. …

Episode 97: Long Term Planning for Your Author Career

June 7th, 2021


In this episode, Angeline & Holly talk about avoiding burnout, keeping an eye on changes in the industry, viewing your books as lifelong assets …

Episode 96: Why You Need An Author Coach With Daniel Willcocks

May 31st, 2021


In this episode, Holly interviews returning guest, Daniel Willcocks.

In the interview, Holly and Dan talk about his journey to become an author …

Episode 95: How To Write A Series Without Plotting It First

May 24th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly & Angeline bust some common myths about discovery writing, discuss the pros and cons of this approach, and share …

Episode 94: Making the Most of Networking and Other Opportunities

May 17th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline talks all about how to get the most out of opportunities that come your way. She looks at the benefits of both in-person and online events, giving top tips for networking with other …

Episode 93: How and Why You Need Comp Titles

May 10th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly & Angeline get stuck into what comp titles are, how you find them and what to do with them once you know them.

If …

Episode 92: Writing Interconnected Series and Hybrid Publishing with Steve McHugh

May 3rd, 2021


In this episode, Holly chats to best selling urban fantasy author, Steve McHugh.

They covered his writing journey so far, getting picked up for a …

Episode 91: Writing For Different Age Groups

April 26th, 2021


This week, Angeline and Holly explore the ins and outs of writing middle grade, young adult and new adult fiction. They cover the difference between …

Episode 90: Worldbuilding Strategies with Nathan Scammell

April 19th, 2021


Angeline chats to YA fantasy author, Nathan Scammell, about the fictional worlds that fuelled his love of fantasy, and his proudest worldbuilding moments. They talk about how he tackles worldbuilding in his first draft, …

Episode 89: When, How and Why to Use a Pen Name

April 12th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly go through the pros, cons, and logistics of setting up a pen name - why you might want one, how to choose …

Episode 88: Celebrating 2 Years of Unstoppable Authors

March 29th, 2021


Join Angeline and Holly today for an audience Q&A in celebration of the two year anniversary of podcasting together.

Audience members submitted …

Episode 87: Freelancing and Making Extra Income from Writing

March 22nd, 2021


This week, Angeline explores the pros and cons of freelance writing, including insights from her own freelancing experience. She talks about the benefits of having different income sources, and looks at the various ways …

Episode 86: Selling Books Directly to Readers

March 15th, 2021


This week, Angeline and Holly are talking about direct sales - why you might want to consider them and how to go about setting it all up. They go …

Episode 85: What Indie Authors Can Learn From Traditional Publishing

March 8th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly gives a rundown of some of the things that indie authors can learn from their traditionally published counterparts. …

Episode 84: Foreshadowing and Laying Breadcrumbs

March 1st, 2021


This week, Angeline and Holly discuss what foreshadowing is, why you need it, how to do it, how NOT to do it, and the mystical power of the MacGuffin!

Episode 83: Backwards Engineering Your Worldbuilding

February 22nd, 2021


In today's episode, Angeline is taking you backwards, upside-down, inside-out, and every which way! She discusses how to take those super cool, but …

Episode 82: Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Orders

February 15th, 2021


This week, Holly & Angeline get stuck in to the meaty topic of pre-orders. They cover the pros and cons, the nitty-gritty technical details and …

Episode 81: How To Get Reviews For Your Book

February 8th, 2021


In this week's episode, Holly digs deep into the subject of book reviews. She walks you through the different types of review, where to find …

Episode 80: Outsourcing and Working With Freelancers

February 1st, 2021


In this episode, Angeline and Holly dig into the nitty-gritty of outsourcing tasks in your author business. They talk about what you might want to …

Episode 79: Book Release Strategies

January 11th, 2021


In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly discuss ways to help make your book launch a success. They talk through setting up pre-orders, utilising …

Episode 78: Worldbuilding Festivals and Celebrations

January 4th, 2021


Off the back of her New Year's Day traditions, Angeline talks about creating festivals and celebrations for your books. She talks about how festivals can be used to reveal character, create conflict, and reflect the …

Episode 77: Reviewing Your Progress Helps You Plan Your Author Business Better

December 28th, 2020


In this week's episode, Holly goes in depth on the subject of reviewing your progress in order to make better plans for the future. She talks about …

Episode 76: 2020 All Wrapped Up

December 21st, 2020


In this episode, Angeline and Holly go over what their plans were this year, celebrate the successes and reflect on the plans that changed and goals …

Episode 75: Back to Basics - Self Publishing from Scratch

December 14th, 2020


Welcome to our 75th episode of Unstoppable Authors! What a landmark episode.

This week we are delighted to be bringing you some 101 publishing tips in our Back to Basics episode. We're talking about the fundamentals, …

Episode 74: Getting Organised and Managing your Time with Anita Davies

December 7th, 2020


This week, Angeline chats with Anita Davies of Freedom From Tedium, talking all about how to get yourself organised and manage your time well. Anita discusses the benefits of time blocking and the Pomodoro method, as …

Episode 73: Live at Indie Fire!

November 30th, 2020


In this special epsiode, Holly and Angeline reflect on the big event and talk about world building, their first love, with guests Marisa Noelle and …

Episode 72: NaNoWriMo From the Trenches - The Value of Your Tribe

November 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Holly interviews her NaNoWriMo writing tribe. Meet first-time novelist, Sam Frost; adult fantasy adventure author Laura Kendrick; …

Episode 71 - Let's Get Sexy! How to Write Sex Scenes

November 16th, 2020


In today's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss the dos and don'ts of writing sex scenes.

They cover:

  • Genre
  • Tropes
  • Audience
  • Degrees of …

Episode 70: Creating Characters with J E Nice

November 9th, 2020


Today, Angeline interviews fellow fantasy author, J E Nice. She chats about how she creates her characters, and whether they could fit into another …

Episode 69: Writing Ghost Stories with Becky Wright

November 2nd, 2020


Today, Holly interviews gothic horror writer, Becky Wright. 

They discuss Becky's background in storytelling as a child, how she was drawn to writing …

Episode 68: Reanimating Classic Horror Monsters

October 26th, 2020


In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly dissect their favourite classic horror monsters and the books, films and TV shows that put a new twist on …

Episode 67: A Special Announcement

October 19th, 2020


This is a super short episode as Holly hasn't been well this week. But we wanted to make this special announcement.

We are delighted to announce that …

Episode 66: Making the Most of Writing Courses and Workshops

October 12th, 2020


This week, Angeline's talking all about the merits of writing courses and workshops. From online workshops to university degrees, she offers up advice on finding the right learning opportunities, and how to make the …

Episode 65: Author Responsibilities and Reader Expectations

October 5th, 2020


In today's episode, Angeline and Holly talk about the best ways to ensure you're meeting readers' expectations, through the right covers, tropes and …

Episode 64: Writing for Screen with Robert Cano

September 28th, 2020


In this episode, Holly is chatting with poet and dark fantasy author, Robert Cano.

They talk about the value of learning from poetry and other …

Episode #63: Balancing Productivity with Self-Care

September 21st, 2020


In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline discuss ways to increase efficiency in your author business, identifying burnout, and ways to take care of …

Episode #62: Recharging Your Creativity

September 14th, 2020


In a time when many writers have experienced a shift in their creativity and productivity, whether for the worse, or for the better, Angeline looks at the ways in which we can recharge our creativity levels.

She talks …

Episode #61: Your Author Brand

September 7th, 2020


In this week's new episode, Holly & Angeline discuss what it takes to create a cohesive and memorable author brand for your business. They talk …

Episode 4.17: Author Branding and Getting Into Libraries and Bookstores with Mark Leslie Lefebvre

August 10th, 2020


In this episode, Holly interviews "the Kobo guy", Mark Leslie Lefebvre.

Mark talks about his author journey, his background working for Kobo and …

Episode 4.16: Smash Your Goals with Holly Lyne

August 3rd, 2020


Today, Angeline interviews Holly about her new book, Goal Setting for Writers.

They talk about Holly's history with planning and organisation; how …

Episode 4.15: Coping with Bad Reviews and Rejection

July 27th, 2020


Any writing career is full of ups and downs, and today, Angeline's tackling the inevitable down moments with her top tips for coping with bad reviews …

Episode 4.14: Sanctity and Sorcery with Angeline Trevena

July 20th, 2020


In this episode, Holly interviews Angeline about her new non-fiction book, From Sanctity to Sorcery: An Author's guide to building belief structures …

Episode 4.13: Writing Crime with Samantha Goodwin

July 13th, 2020


Today, Holly talks with mystery author, Samantha Goodwin. They discuss what it takes to write a compelling crime story, the importance of networking, …

Episode 4.12: How to Pull-Off a Successful Book Release

July 6th, 2020


In this week's episode, Holly and Angeline are talking book releases, offering up their top tips, and admitting their biggest mistakes.

With advice …

Episode 4.11: You've Written a Book. Now What?

June 29th, 2020


This week, Angeline runs through the main options for publishing, looking at the differences between traditional publishing, small and independent presses, and self publishing. She discusses the benefits of choosing …

Episode 4.10: Your Unique Author Journey

June 22nd, 2020


In this episode, Angeline and Holly discuss why you shouldn't compare your path to anyone else's. Talking about how to sift through all the advice, …

Episode 4.9: Formatting Your Books with Julia Scott

June 15th, 2020


Today, Holly talks to sci-fi and fantasy author Julia Scott about her writing process and the importance of good formatting. They get into ideas …

Episode 4.8: Taking Ownership of Your Author Platform

June 8th, 2020


In this week's episode, Angeline and Holly are talking about author platforms, and the importance of owning as much as you can.

They define what an …

Episode 4.7: How to Write Post-Apocalyptic Worlds

June 1st, 2020


In this week's episode, we're attempting to survive the apocalypse. Along with guest co-host, Twitch streamer Paul, Angeline explores the …

Episode 4.6: How To Write What You Know

May 25th, 2020


We've all heard the old adage 'write what you know', but what does that really mean? It certainly doesn't stop you from writing about dragons, or …

Episode 4.5: How to Relaunch Your Novel

May 18th, 2020


Holly discusses the hows and whys of doing a relaunch. Your back list consists of vital assets that you can leverage to gain long term income. But if …

Episode 4.4 No Job To Quit? Starting Your Author Career as a Full-Time Parent

May 11th, 2020


This week, we discuss what it's really like to get started as an author when you're a full time parent. We realise that not all writers are working …

Episode 4.3: Writing Romance with TL Clark

May 4th, 2020


In today’s episode, Angeline chats to cross-genre romance author, TL Clark. TL Clark has penned romance stories in several sub-genres, from regency romance to contemporary paranormal romance. She's a sucker for a love …

Episode 4.2: Writing Through Lockdown

April 27th, 2020


Angeline and Holly get perosnal this week and talk about their experiences of writing through this bizarre time. Get tips and motivation as well as …

Episode 4.1: Fantasy Worlds and Engaging Readers with Meg Cowley

April 20th, 2020


Today, Holly talks to epic fantasy author Meg Cowley about creating rich fantasy worlds, readers block, cultivating strong relationships with readers …

Episode 3.14: Tropes We Love, Cliches We Hate

March 30th, 2020


In this episode, we discuss all things tropes: our favourites and our pet peeves. We clarify the difference between a trope and cliche and talk about …

Episode 3.13: How to Procrastinate and Still Get Stuff Done with Cindy Guentert-Baldo

March 23rd, 2020


Today, Holly talks to illustrator and online content creator, Cindy Guentert-Baldo about her amusing floral illustrations, being approached by a …

Episode 3.12: How To Find and Develop Your Author Voice

March 16th, 2020


In this episode, Angeline & Holly discuss what "author voice" means, where it comes from, what influences it, and how we all already have one, …

Episode 3.11: Crowdfunding for Authors with Kit Power

March 9th, 2020


Having just finished a successful crowdfunding campaign for his upcoming collection of essays, 'My Life in Horror', author Kit Power discusses how he …

Episode 3.10: Writing Morally Grey Characters and Antiheroes

March 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Angeline and Holly discuss the characters we all secretly wish we could behave like - antiheroes!

There are a lot of things to …

Episode 3.9: Getting Back Into Writing After A Break

February 24th, 2020


In this episode, Holly talks about how to overcome the struggle to get back into writing mode after a break. Life can get in the way of writing and …

Episode 3.8: Author Bucket Lists

February 17th, 2020


In this episode, Angeline and Holly talk about what success means to them in this author business and how important it is to make your own definition …

Episode 3.7: Writing in Shared Worlds and Fighting with Editors with Dion Winton-Polak

February 10th, 2020


Angeline chats to freelance editor Dion Winton-Polak. Dion discusses his anthology, This Twisted Earth, which he both edited and conceptualised. He …

Episode 3.6: Social Media for Authors

February 3rd, 2020


This week, Holly and Angeline discuss how to get the best out of social media and how to avoid getting distracted by it.

It's one of our greatest …

Deadlines and Dealing with Stress

January 27th, 2020


Despite Holly working frantically to meet a deadline, she has taken the time out to chat with Angeline. They discuss the horrors of meeting …

Co-Authoring and the Writing Community with Daniel Willcocks

January 20th, 2020


Holly chats to Amazon bestselling author and award-nominated podcaster of dark fiction, Daniel Willcocks. He discusses best practices for …

Making the Big Publishing Decisions

January 13th, 2020


Angeline talks about the big publishing decisions she made in her career, and how and why she made them. The general estimate is that we each make around 35,000 decisions each day. Most of them are pretty insignificant, …

How To Successfully Write Urban Fantasy

January 6th, 2020


Angeline and Holly discuss the differences between high and low fantasy, how to delve into adding fantasy elements to a real-world setting, and why …

3.1 Improv and Publishing with Bryan Cohen

December 30th, 2019


Today, Holly talks to indie author and business owner, Bryan Cohen about his background in improv and how to sell more books. Find out Bryan's number …

Episode 2.17: 2019 Review and Goal Setting for 2020

December 23rd, 2019


Today, we're looking back at the highs and lows of 2019. We're also looking forward to 2020, and discussing our goals, or lack of goals! Holly …

Episode 2.16: Worldbuilding Valuable Items

December 16th, 2019


People and animals aside, what would you save from a fire? While one man's trash is another man's gold, we all have things that are precious to us. …

Episode 2.15: Author Confessional

December 9th, 2019


We've got something to tell you... In today's episode, we're confessing to our crimes to literature. We're reliving painful mistakes, feeling cheated …

2.14: Health, Self-Care & Goals When Life Happens

December 2nd, 2019


Holly talks candidly about her health situation, forgiveness, “losing” NaNoWriMo and much more.

Episode 2.13: Writing FAQs

November 25th, 2019


We answer some questions that we see being asked a lot online and give constructive advice for writers navigating any of these burning topics, from …

Episode 2.12: An Interview with Emma Kalson of Escaped Ink Press

November 18th, 2019


In today's episode, Angeline is joined by Emma Kalson, owner of independent British press, Escaped Ink. We chat about our joint love of short …

Episode 2.11: Worldbuild Climate and Weather

November 11th, 2019


On today's episode, we talk all things weather and climate, indulging the ultimate British stereotype! Find out how we use the weather in our own …

Episode 2.10: A Halloween Reading: The Black Rope by Angeline Trevena

November 4th, 2019


In a break from our usual format, we're bringing you something totally different. Listen to Angeline performing her gothic horror poem, The Black Rope. A Halloween treat!

Episode 2.9: Approaching NaNoWriMo With or Without a Plot

October 28th, 2019


On the final approach to NaNoWriMo, we chat about the projects we'll be working on through November. We talk plotting, discovery writing, and everything in between. We break down our own writing processes, talk drafts, …

Episode 2.8: Using Dialogue to Reveal Character and Advance the Plot

October 21st, 2019


Angeline explains how to get your dialogue working hard for you and your story. She shares her top tips for writing believable and useful dialogue. …

Episode 2.7: Worldbuilding Mental Health and Paranormal Abilities

October 14th, 2019


In honour of Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day, we open up about our own mental health struggles, and how writing has helped us. We also discuss writing characters with mental health issues, as well as …

Episode 2.6: World-build With Me

October 7th, 2019


In today's episode, Holly talks about the creation of her writing sandbox; creating the history, mythology and cultures of her dark, urban fantasy …

Episode 2.5: The Importance of Ongoing Learning

September 30th, 2019


Happy International Podcast Day! We’re celebrating with an episode about all the great things we’ve learnt, and a tribute to all the great podcasts we listen to. Hear about how the lessons we’ve learnt via podcasts, …

Episode 2.4: Building Your Author Platform

September 23rd, 2019


Today it's time for Angeline's first solo episode, and I'm talking about building your author platform. It's not just a simple case of getting …

Episode 2.3: Worldbuilding Education, Training, and Mentoring

September 16th, 2019


In today's episode, we're going back to school, and talking about building education and learning into your world. We discuss the different things …

Episode 2.2: From Villainy to Heroism - Worldbuilding with Sacha Black

September 9th, 2019


This episode is the first with our new format. From now on, we'll be publishing new episodes every week. Today, Holly is flying solo and interviewing …

Episode 2.1: Goal Check and What's Next?

September 2nd, 2019


This episode marks the beginning of our second season, and we have some big changes and big news for you. We look back over the year so far; discussing the podcast and our own writing. We look at the goals we achieved, …

Episode 1.11: Worldbuilding with Food

August 19th, 2019


On request, we're revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you'll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire's diet to …

Episode 1.10: Making Maps

August 5th, 2019


It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are …

Episode 1.9: Edge-Lit After Party

July 22nd, 2019


On the morning after attending Edge-Lit writing convention, while still suffering from post-con exhaustion, we gathered our thoughts about the event. Discussing workshops and panels, networking, and the need to clone …

Episode 1.8: Author Events, Networking, and Meeting Readers

July 8th, 2019


Today, we’re breaking away from the stereotype of the solitary author hunched over the manuscript, and we’re getting out in the real world. Yes; it …

Episode 1.7: Worldbuilding Essentials

June 24th, 2019


This week, we're going back to basics, and talking about all the essential things you need both before, and just as you start, worldbuilding. We chat about the things we can't live without while worldbuilding, and all …

Episode 1.6: Indie Author Week UK

June 10th, 2019


In celebration of Indie Author Week UK, we're talking all things indie.

We chat about our lives as indies, the highs and lows, and offer our top tips for anyone considering the indie author route.

Episode 1.5: Living Legends

May 27th, 2019


Today we're talking about creating religions, belief structures, rituals, and legends. We discuss the urban legends from our childhoods, and those we might still believe!

Bonus Episode: #WorldbuildingQuest

May 24th, 2019


Bringing you a special episode with an invitation to join us for #WorldbuildingQuest this June.

Episode 1.4: Horror Stories

May 13th, 2019


Join us as we discuss our love of horror, share our tips for scaring your readers, and, most likely, scare ourselves a little bit too!

Episode 1.3: Origin Stories

April 29th, 2019


Could this be the truth about how Angeline and Holly got their superpowers? Do they have superpowers? Time to find out...

Episode 1.2: Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Tips

April 15th, 2019


We may both like our creature comforts, but we do love Camp NaNoWriMo. Listen to our reasons why, and our top survival tips.

Episode 1.1: Relaunch Party

April 1st, 2019


Join us for our relaunch party: meet the co-hosts, and find out just how nerdy things are going to get.

Episode 10: Holidays and Leisure

November 22nd, 2018


Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside... Where do your characters go on holiday, and what do the locals really think of them?

Episode 9: Food

October 12th, 2018


One of my favourite subjects, and the thing that kicked off my worldbuilding obsession.

Episode 8: Animals

September 29th, 2018


Animals have important roles to play in the lives of humans. Here's some different things to consider when adding them into your world.

Episode 7: Introduction to the Environment

September 11th, 2018


A starting point to thinking about the physical environment of your world, and how it affects everything else.

Episode 6: Family

August 28th, 2018


How does the society and culture of your world impact on families and mothers living in it? And is there a perfect solution for working mothers?

Episode 5: Health and Wellness

August 1st, 2018


Issues surrounding health and wellness in your world reach much further than just a visit to the doctor.

Episode 4: Towns and Cities

July 17th, 2018


Let's zoom in and look at the layout of your towns and cities, and the design of your houses.

Episode 3: Making Your Map

July 10th, 2018


Different ways to approach worldbuilding, how to layout your map, and what effects the layout.

Episode 1: Introduction

July 3rd, 2018


An introduction to me, Angeline Trevena, and The Great Western Woods podcast.

Episode 2: Writing a Series

July 3rd, 2018


Why book series work well, how to approach writing one, and the number one thing you need to make it a success.

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