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Author: Elodie Nowodazkij

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The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie's been self-publishing since 2014.
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Today, I am answering two questions I've received from a reader named Amanda: Did I always know I would write for readers? And where does that confidence come from? I go back into my junior high writing of poems and my high school writing of romance and my later years of fanfiction writing to answer the first question. And when it comes to the second question and the confidence aspect, I try to analyze a bit where that confidence comes from. :-) And how fleeting it is throughout the process. I talk about my very scientific writing process of "ooohhh" and "yay" and about my love for romance books. Readers pick up those books knowing what the ending will be and yet we still get so enthralled by them. I think that's really a testimony to the magic and the art of writing romance. I also mention the podcast "My Imaginary Friends with L. Penelope"'s latest episode which I recommend for all writers struggling with their manuscript: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/ Don't forget #TheLeftoverBride is available for pre-order for only $0.99.  Choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride As always, thank you for subscribing, rating and reviewing! Follow me on instagram: @aselfpublishedauthorsdiary :-) and don't hesitate to check out my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Today, I'm sharing some of what I've learned from my own data and experience when it comes to the French-speaking market for self-published books (in this case, mine): what vendors generate sells and revenue, what price point do I use, recouping investment. Before that, I also add a bit of info shared by the actress portraying Umma in Kim's Convenience in regards her crucial input for the food element to keep the authentacity (follow-up from last week's episode). I mention the following articles: Publishing Perspectives: As France is Fêted at Frankfurt, French Literary Agents Take Stock - https://publishingperspectives.com/2017/10/france-literary-agents-frankfurt-book-fair/ The Creative Penn: Tips For Translation, Self-Publishing, And Marketing In Foreign Languages With Nadine Mutas: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/05/03/translation-and-marketing-in-foreign-languages/ The Creative Penn: How to Find the Right International Markets for Your Book: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/01/23/international-markets/ I'm also explaining how I find translators to translate my books into French and share the job posting and questions that I I posted on Upwork for the translation of #TheLeftoverBride summary and title.  I'm also talking about making progress in my revision and the fact that I almost have a cover for #TheLeftoverBride. I've designed two different covers and I'm asking my readers in my readers' newsletter to help me choose. :-) Instagram for the podcast: www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary YouTube channel for the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJih-rMFJv6IwlV4eeWUUIg  Join my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Don't hesitate to ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message  As always don't hesitate to check my website out: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Today, it's all about selling my e-books directly to readers, using my backlist, talking about Kim's Convenience (and storytelling), the happy revision feeling, time management and expectations and that happy "I got that one paragraph" feeling from revising #TheLeftoverBride. Some of the links mentioned in this episode: New Instagram for the podcast: www.instagram.com/aselfpublishedauthorsdiary New YouTube channel for the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJih-rMFJv6IwlV4eeWUUIg  Starting to sell some of my ebooks directly to readers by using PayHip and Bookfunnel. Got a lot of information from this article & video fromThe Creative Penn: How to sell Ebooks and Audiobooks Direct with Payhip and Bookfunnel https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/02/19/sell-ebooks-and-audiobooks-direct-with-payhip-and-bookfunnel/ In this episode I also mention this BookBub article: 8 Marketing & Sales Takeaways from U.S. Book Show 2021 by Diana Urban (https://insights.bookbub.com/marketing-sales-takeaways-us-book-show-2021/?utm_source=pemail_marketing-sales-takeaways-us-book-show-2021&utm_medium=email)  Mailchimp article about adding polls and surveys: Send a Simple Poll or Survey to Subscribers (https://mailchimp.com/help/send-a-simple-poll-or-survey-to-subscribers/) I also talk about Simu Liu's post about Kim's Convenience not coming back for a 6th season - and this article from The New York Times: Why ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Is ‘Quietly Revolutionary’ by By Priya Krishna. I love watching Kim's Convenience and mostly watch it without thinking about the storytelling part but sometimes it just leaps through to my writer's mind. :-) In the Struggles & Smiles segment, I mention expectations and open up about some feelings that might be related to cancer. I also celebrate progress in my revision of #TheLeftoverBride (available for pre-order for only $0.99)" - choose your favorite e-retailer here: https://books2read.com/TheLeftoverBride Those giveaways are also still ongoing for a book by Ines Johnson and a book by Shanae Johnson: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc28/? & http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc27/? Don't hesitate to ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always don't hesitate to check my website out: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Today, I am very happy to welcome Ines Johnson, who is a self-published author who has published 65 books under 2 pen names.  A couple of weeks ago, I read on BookBub an article Ines wrote entitled: How I Make Six Figures as a Self-Published Author: https://insights.bookbub.com/how-make-six-figures-self-published-author/ Ines not only shares her insights about the work behind her self-publishing success (goals and planning and advertising and brand and choosing to be wide and more), we also chat about her writing process that is influenced by her experience writing screenplays,  why she's not really on social media, how she rewards herself and so much more. Giveaway 1: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc28/?  Giveaway 2: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc27/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website #THELEFTOVERBRIDE is available for pre-order on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3dmlaVV) , Kobo (https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/theleftoverbride), iTunes (https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1563233571). You can also add it to Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57746923-theleftoverbride) As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Studying cover trends and romantic suspense covers to see if maybe I should re-brand my Gavert City series. I found an article from Creativindie with top fonts used in different genres and I have played around with designing a new cover for the first book in the series, using Depositphoto and Canva. Today, I'm also sharing a snippet from my upcoming novel #TheLeftoverBride, and the doubts about releasing while managing to make progress and being also so very excited about getting back into the story. So. Many. Feelings. And I'm answering questions from listeners. Today: what was the first book I self-published? And where do I write? Do you want to win one of my books narrated by Megan Carter? Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc26/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Talking with actor and writer Megan Carter (audiobook narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT - SEE ME, SEE ME NOT - A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and more) on how acting may influence her writing, the similarities between publishing and acting, critique partners. We also talk about roller coasters and Medea... Do you want to win one of my books narrated by Megan? Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc26/? Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Talking with YA author Katy Upperman (author of KISSING MAX HOLDEN, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) about incorporating feedback in her revisions (and how much she loves the revision process), being vulnerable in our writing, her dream projects...We also talk about her life list and true crime (not related). Do you want to win one of Katy's books? Including a signed book if you live in the US. Enter the giveaway here (open internationally): http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc24/? In this episode I also give a short update about my writing and self-publishing (newsletter, German edition and more). Would you like to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Talking with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff (author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS & THEN THERE WAS YOU) about the time she met Martha Stewart (and almost met Matthew McConaughey), her writing process, receiving the calls from her agent and book deal and how falling in love isn't the solution for all our characters' issues. Do you want to win one of Mona's books? Enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc23/? I also mention the Books for Hope auction: https://www.booksforhope.org/ The KidLit Community is coming together to raise money for the Covid crisis in India!  Bid on Signed Books, Book Swag, Editor and Agent Critiques and more and help raise money for the Unicef USA India Covid Relief Effort! Do you want to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: www.elodienowodazkij.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
In addition to explaining my current process about engaging readers even before the cover reveal, I talk about my very complicated feelings about social media and the fact that I am still learning how to use it as an author. I even made my first Instagram reel &enowodazkij) and joined tiktok (@elodienowodazkij). I'm also celebrating Jessica Patrick's new book THIS IS FOR TONIGHT and talking about how much I am enjoying PRETTY LITTLE WIFE by Darby Kane. I share a short excerpt of #TheLeftoverBride and a happy author moment of the week (reader's email). Don't forget I have two giveaways: win one book by L. Penelope and win one book by Mona Shroff (http://bit.ly/GiveawaysLeslyeMona) Leave me a message or ask me a question: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Find me on social media: @enowodazkij (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) & @elodienowodazkij (TikTok) This episode is also available as blog post: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/05/04/a-self-published-authors-diary-before-the-cover-reveal-and-random-thoughts-about-social-media/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
I'm so happy to have L. Penelope on the podcast today. Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her book Song of Blood & Stone was selected as one of TIME’s Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time. Visit her website: https://lpenelope.com/ Do you want to win one of L. Penelope's books? Just hop on to my giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc22/? Today, we're talking self-publishing, publishing, patience, perseverance, hybrid, description and writing processes, how hard writing is sometimes and moments that make us smile and so much more!  Follow me on social media (@enowodazkij) Add #TheLeftoverBride on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57746923-theleftoverbride Subscribe to my readers' newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/elodienowodazkij/website Subscribe to my weekly "A Self-Published Author's Diary": https://dl.bookfunnel.com/rptng88nap --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Today I share my top 3 self-publishing mistakes...It includes not building my newsletter and so much more. My upcoming romcom is only $0.99. You can pre-order it: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo. You can also add it on Goodreads. Bookbub article by Ines Johnson: How I Make Six Figures as a Self-Published Author by Ines Johnson. Also mentioned in this episode: Publisher Rocket, newsletter for my readers, get my top 5 self-publishing mistakes by signing up for my weekly self-publishing emails. All the links are available here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/27/now-available-on-the-a-self-published-authors-diary-podcast-my-top-3-self-publishing-mistakes/ I'm on social media (@enowodazkij) Don't forget to like and subscribe :-) Thanks! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
You can ask me questions about self-publishing, writing and/or my books by sending me an email authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com or you can also send me a message via the anchor.fm website. I'll be answering those questions on the podcast! I'm also announcing Spotlight Friday with amazing writers!  The books I mentioned are: IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY by Tif Marcelo. WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. All links (including to sign up to my newsletters) as well as partial transcript are available on my blog: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/23/the-one-with-the-flashback-friday-and-qa/ Social media: @enowodazkij Add my next book (rom-com) #TheLeftoverBride on Gooddreads. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
In this episode, I share how I became a hybrid author with my book A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER (it involved an email from a French publisher :-)), the story behind the writing of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and how I track my book sales (TrackerBox & BookReport). I also share the wishlist of The Ulman Foundation. At Ulman House they provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers. For all show notes, make sure to check my blog post: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/20/a-self-published-authors-diary-the-little-book-that-could-and-keeping-track-of-sales/ And to follow me on social media: @enowodazkij  My latest book #TheLeftoverBride is available for pre-order (for only $2.99) and you can also add it to Goodreads. :-) Thank you for listening! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
In today's episode I not only interview The Chemical Engineer (listen to what he has learned so far from my podcast and so much more), I also share about Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week and talk about the Ulman Foundation and their conversation with Tamika Felder. They talked bout her experience with cervical cancer and what led her to inspire others to share their stories as well. They also talked about racial disparities in healthcare and other factors that impact AYA cancer care and will continue to share part of that discussion on their Instagram throughout the month. The Ulman Foundation means a lot to us as Megan, Director, Service & Care Delivery at the Ulman Foundation, was part of our support system during my treatments for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I also share about my new book: #THELEFTOVERBRIDE: Add it to Goodreads, Pre-order it on Amazon , Kobo, iTunes. All links are available: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/16/guess-who-has-a-podcast-and-a-new-book/ Bookbub -Goodreads - Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Website --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
In this episode, I'm going behind-the-scenes: explaining the soft and official launch of this episode, the different steps in launching this podcast, my goals, the questions I have been wrestling with and more. All the links mentioned in this podcast are available here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/13/the-one-with-the-behind-the-scenes-of-launching-a-podcast/ As always, don't always to follow me on social media:  Instagram - Twitter - Bookbub - Goodreads - Facebook Subscribe to my readers' newsletter or My weekly A Self-Published Author's Diary emails Become a monthly supporter for A Self-Published Author's Diary. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
A little glimpse into the self-publishing platforms that I use and how much royalties I receive for books priced at $2.99 and $0.99. Plus I mention: the cicadas phenomenom that happens in Maryland every 17 years...the books I just read and am currently reading and more. For the show notes, check out my blog: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/09/a-self-published-authors-diary-lets-take-a-look-at-the-publishing-platforms-i-use-for-ebooks-and-what-it-means-for-royalties/ As always, don't hesitate to subscribe and follow and rate this little podcast of mine.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Talking about the series I just finished watching and how they might inform my writing, the Naughty Books Documentary, the marketing classes I've just taken or are taking, the writing lecture I'm reading, the need for more diversity in publishing and the books I've published in March... Most links mentioned in this episode are available in this blog: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/03/a-self-published-authors-diary-a-little-march-recap/ Other links mentioned: My Imaginary Friends Podcast by L. Penelope --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Have you ever wondered about getting your books published as audiobooks? Or are you thinking about working as an audiobook narrator? This short interview (which wasn't conducted live. I had sent questions to Megan so she could record the answers whenever possible) goes into her process as audiobook narrator and a bit of behind-the-scenes of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook (which is available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes). She also gives her top 3 tips for audiobook narrators. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/01/27/the-one-with-an-interview-with-audiobook-narrator-megan-carter/ If you'd like to support this podcast, rate and review and share it with your friends. :-) Or you can also support this podcast by becoming a supporter. Find me online: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub and on my website. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
In this episode (episode 2) I go into why I have decided to start this podcast. I mention L. Penelope's podcast "My imaginary Friends" (and books). Her podcast definitely inspired me to start mine. My husband is also mentioned in this episode as he encouraged me to take the first step and record those first few episodes. Bobbie Voltaire the Cat makes his first podcast appearance. An update on what I'm currently working on and strategies I'm looking into. I mention Susan Dennard's Story-A-Month challenge. If you would like to receive my Self-published Author's Diary emails, you can join here (and you'll get a pdf of my top 5 self-publishing mistakes). This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/03/06/a-self-published-authors-diary-lets-start-shall-we/ Find me online: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Bookbub and on my website. If you'd like to support this podcast, rate and review and share it with your friends. :-) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
Welcome to the preview of the "A self-published author's diary" podcast. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/03/05/do-you-want-to-learn-more-about-my-adventures-in-self-publishing/ Follow me on social media (@enowodazkij) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
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