Diary of an indie writer, by Jas

a blog to share my writing journey, and help others start theirs 👣✍️

A drop in temperature, Christmas music, and the things I’ve been up to in November… 🍂

Well, we’re deep into Autumn over here. September and October were pretty mild months, but the temperature has dropped in the last couple of weeks; I even woke this morning to a dusting of snow on the rooftops of the houses on the street opposite.

It gets pretty dark by 4.30pm, though we’ve mostly had sunny (albeit cold) days here. The big tree in our front yard has lost almost all of its leaves.

Most mornings I’ve been enjoying a walk through the park to a local coffee shop on the high street. It feels like I’m appreciating my neighbourhood properly for the first time. I’ve discovered that once you show up somewhere consistently enough, it begins to feel familiar; from the routine of visiting, the place itself, and the people there. It’s been nice. The switching-on of the Christmas lights was an excuse to wear a Christmas jumper in late-November (yep, I was looking for any excuse), and the Christmas music has started too, as well as those cliched Christmas movies on TV (I’m a sucker for those).

In case you’re wondering, Meli Kalikimaka, or ‘Merry Christmas’ in Hawaiian, is currently my Christmas song of choice; the Bing Crosby version of the song featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which happens to be one of my favourite Christmas movies.

Looking back on what’s happened in November, it turns out it’s been quite a busy month!

The Indie Author 📖

It’s hard to believe it was only a month ago that I released my book. If you purchase before November ends, you can pick up a copy for a discount. If not, I hope you’ll still take a look and consider purchasing a copy if you haven’t already :)

How I went from manuscript to published book 📺

Speaking of my book, I’ve started a video series I’m releasing up until Christmas to share how I went from a Word document to a ready-to-release book. I discovered that releasing a digital book wasn’t quite as simple as ‘putting a giant blog post together and hitting publish’.

There were some steps to take and some decisions to make, and a lot of information out there. I hope this helps anyone thinking of self-publishing a book in the future.

The first 2 videos are now available to watch:

🎥 How I went from manuscript to self-published book [introduction / part 1]

🎥 Adding front and back matter [part 2]

How to start a blog (and enjoy it) 📔

I’ve put together a free 42-page guide for anyone interested in starting a blog, writing to it with some consistency, and wanting to be an indie writer making an income from their blog one day.

If you’re someone who wants to start your very own indie journey (honestly, what are you waiting for?), this guide is full of everything I wish I had known before I started out more than 6 years ago, and a simple and refreshing approach to take when you’re starting out. Here it is.

From the podcast 🎙️

I treat my podcast like my audio diary, where I share my solo reflections as an independent writer, and the conversations I’m having with fellow writers and creators along the way.

Here are this month’s episodes:

🔉 #78: I’m an author! My book is on sale :) [~ 22mins] After more than 2 years, The Indie Author is complete & on sale. Find out all about it in today's episode.

🔉 #79: A conversation with indie maker Sasa Cocic [~ 148 mins] This was recorded in-person over the Sumer whilst I was away in Madeira, shortly before deciding to start ‘Diary of an indie writer’. Sasa is a fellow indie creator, and this is an extended conversation full of so much stuff. Wherever you are on your indie journey, there’s lots in here for those yet to take the ‘leap’ or for those who are already pursuing a blogging or creator business.

LISTEN + SUBSCRIBE: Apple | Spotify | other platforms | RSS

Gosh, Summer in Madeira feels like a lifetime away from nearly-Winter England…

Anyway, that’s it for this month. Here’s to December, hopefully some snow, and starting to reflect a little on how this year has been, and what next might look like for you.

I’m currently waiting for my 2022 planner to arrive, and I’m looking forward to sharing that with you next month 🙂

by,

Jas

📝 Monday 29th November, 2021

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In last week’s post, I shared the first part of a new guide I’ve called How to start a blog (and enjoy it).

Since I started blogging a few years ago, I’ve only experienced more and more benefits over time.

There’s a lot of ‘how to start a blog’ advice out there (that search terms brings up more than 10 billion – yes billion – results on google), much of which suggests things like choosing a niche, posting x times a week, and so forth.

In my experience, when you’re starting out, I’ve found a lighter, more casual approach works best. The truth of the matter is writing and sharing things online has deep benefits in and of itself.

So if you’re curious about starting a blog, making friends around the world, and maybe one day making money from your blog… this guide is for you.

How to start a blog (and enjoy it)

After sharing the first part last week, I am pleased to share the full guide with you today. There are 8 chapters in total:

Part 1: an introduction Part 2: my story Part 3: what is blogging? Part 4: why blogging? Part 5: how to start your blog Part 6: a summary Part 7: what’s next? Part 8: special thanks

You can enjoy reading the guide in full on your computer, smartphone, Kindle, or another handheld device.

📔 How to start a blog (and enjoy it) – a 42-page guide

Click the link above to open the guide. Then, to save the PDF, just click on the icon that looks like this:

(If you’re on a smartphone: click on the 3 dots and then on ‘Move’ to choose where to save the file on your phone).

After reading what I’ve shared with you today, I really hope you’ll consider starting a blog, or perhaps go back to blogging, taking the more fun and enjoyable approach I’ve shared.

Blogging has changed – and continues to change – my life. In fact, it has directly led to me starting a podcast and youtube channel, building a business around my blog, and becoming an indie writer.

Like I’ve said already, more than anything, writing and sharing things online has deep benefits in and of itself.

I hope after reading what I’ve shared with you today, you’ll consider starting your own blog, or perhaps go back to blogging if you’ve done it before, this time taking a simpler, lighter approach.

Either way, there’s a whole exciting world of writing and connecting out there for you to experience. I invite you to step into it and see what’s waiting for you.

📔 How to start a blog (and enjoy it) – a 42-page guide

by,

Jas

📝 Friday 26th November, 2021

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I’ve been blogging since 2015, and it’s been rewarding in so many ways. I’ve slowly muddled through and figured out how to ‘do’ blogging, but I remember when I was first researching how to start a blog, I felt overwhelmed by choices like “which platform do I choose?”, “what’s my niche?”, and “how often am I supposed to post?”.

Instead, I want to help you start a blog in a way that feels both simple and enjoyable. Most of all, blogging is meant to feel exciting, and in the early days you don’t need to burden yourself too much. So I’ve put together a guide to help you start a blog with ease, and today I’m sharing the first part of it with you.

I’m going to share:

  • A little introduction
  • Why blogging, rather than journalling?
  • What even is blogging?
  • What are the benefits of blogging?

Enjoy the first part below. Or 📔 read/download the PDF guide in full.

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How to start a blog (and enjoy it), part 1.

📔 A brief guide for anyone interested in writing, making friends, and experiencing the many joys of writing to a blog. ps. be warned, this might change your life.

Since I started blogging more than 6 years ago, my life has changed a great deal.

I went from being lost, unhappy and burned out in a recruitment job in the city to living a life that’s in alignment with who I am.

Blogging has helped me discover who I am, what I care about, and I has given me the confidence to pursue the sort of life I want – one that involves creating things, helping others, and freedom to be who I am, do what I want to do, and be where I want to be.

I woke up after 9am this morning as I write this, had breakfast, and walked through the park to a local coffee shop around mid-morning. This Summer, I spent 2 months living and working from the digital nomad village in Madeira.

Quite simply, blogging has been one of the most consistent and impactful practices in my life.

The short summary is that expressing yourself through writing – and connecting with others online doing the same – will change your life in profound ways.

In the rest of this guide I’m going to share exactly how blogging has changed my life, why you might want to start a blog, and how you can get started – in a way that feels easy, manageable and enjoyable.

It might just change your life. To be honest, there’s a pretty good chance that it will.

BEFORE WE BEGIN… WHO AM I?

I’m Jas. I left my corporate job in 2015 and I started writing to express the things on my mind, process what was going on for me at the time, and figure out the exciting but uncertain future that lay ahead as a big question loomed... “What am I going to do with my life?”

So I started writing things down, and I posted them on LinkedIn and on Medium. I then started my own blog (A Happier Introvert), and I've run several blogs since. I started a blog called Introvert Jedi in 2018 (later renamed INF Club) which I ran for 3 years, which in turn became Diary of an Indie Writer.

I'm also a fan of journalling, which is the the writing I keep in my own private notebook and don't share anywhere else. In fact, I often think of my blogging as 'journalling that I publish'.

In November 2021 I published my first book, The Indie Author.

As I've mentioned already, I truly believe that writing can heal, grow and transform your life.

My hope is to help more people start a blog, something I feel is the most powerful writing practice that exists today – and is accessible to all.

WHY BLOGGING?

As a writer, I’ve realised that writing is most powerful when it’s done consistently.

I'm a big advocate of journalling, and I also keep a private journal.

But the magic that blogging holds is that it involves a magical combination of 2 parts:

1) writing writing things you're interested in, or are meaningful to you

2) connecting by putting your writing “out there”, you allow others to read and connect with your writing... and therefore connect with you.

The magic of blogging lies in the WRITING and the CONNECTION... allowing you to connect with yourself and connect meaningfully with others all around the world.

As such, I feel blogging is the perfect way to start a writing practice. Blogging is like turning on a tap which leads to water flow that becomes steadier and cleaner over time. So if you start a blog today, tomorrow you might step into a deeper form of journalling, or into writing a book. The possibilities are endless.

But here's the thing... whatever happens, if you start a blog and keep a blog with some consistency, it will change your life. (I know I keep saying that but, seriously, it will).

SO WHAT *IS* BLOGGING?

I've already described blogging as 'journalling that I choose to publish'.

It might help you to think of a blog as an online journal or diary, where you write and share pieces of your life, things on your mind, stuff you're expeiencing, or topics/themes that you are interested in.

It’s as simple as that.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BLOGGING?

If writing can change your life, blogging is perhaps the single most transformative practice you can adopt in your writing life.

I've already mentioned the magical combination of WRITING and CONNECTING that comes with blogging. More specifically, blogging can help you:

- develop a writing practice - have a creative outlet - bring your brain and body activity to rest (a form of meditation) - bring you closer to who you really are - find your people and make deep connections

Writing and sharing things will not only change you in and of itself, but you'll find people with shared stories and interests.

In other words, blogging will let you find your people.

And blogging is two-way, reciprocal. Reading the blogs of others helped me realise what was possible in my own work and life. Blogs like those of Scott Dinsmore, Corbett Barr & Chris Guillebeau were truly game-changers for me; they represented the ‘indie’ life I wanted to live, and their authenticity and transparency when it came to their journeys helped me realise what was possible.

They inspired me to stay consistent with my blogging and since then… my blogging has helped me make friends all over the world, people I simply wouldn't have gotten to know had it not been for writing and sharing things online. It's quite incredible really. I've literally gotten to know dozens and dozens of people online – that's exchanging online messages, video calls and even IRL meetings.

Like I said, blogging has changed my life.

And those two big benefits of blogging again are writing more and making deep connections.

But it gets better. In my experience, blogging also:

– Leads to other things... My blog has directly led to my starting a podcast, and then a youtube channel (my podcast started when I had such a great time chatting with several 'friends' I'd met online and interviewed for an introvert summit I co-hosted back in 2020)

– Opens up a bunch of opportunities In fact, I've appeared as a guest on several podcasts to share my story, and even been on local radio when a presenter discovered me on twitter and explored my blog and newly-released book.

– Can serve as a precursor to writing a book  Writing a book can feel like a mammoth task. If you can get used to writing and sharing things online, over time writing a book feels more palatable. That's certainly my experiences, as I eventually published The Indie Author, after working on it for 2 years and starting it after I'd been blogging for ~4 years.

– Lets you make a part-time income... or a living(!) My blogging has turned into a business from which I've made a 4-figure income so far, and the journey continues :)

And perhaps the biggest one of all for me…

Blogging helps you find your voice Before I started writing and sharing my thoughts online, I felt pretty quiet and withdrawn. I’m still an introvert by nature, but blogging has let me find my voice, not feel afraid to use it, realise I was worthy of doing so and, perhaps most importantly, become more of who I was as I started to use it.

Were if not blogging, I would not have found and connected with Lauren Sapala, someone I look up to and has since become a dear friend.

We would not have co-hosted a summit together, which would not have led to my starting a podcast, becoming more confident on that platform, and then eventually be comfortablt with recording and uploading videos of myself to youtube.

Quite honestly, I don’t recognise myself from the person I was back in 2015.

Blogging has helped me find my voice, which continues to grow and develop. It’s helped me find the confidence to embrace my identity as a writer, a creator, an entrepreneur.

In other words, blogging has helped me find my voice, and find myself in doing so. It’s helped me find the confidence to embrace my identity as a writer, a creator, an entrepreneur. It’s helped me become more of the person I knew I was capable of becoming when I first started reading the blogs of others who were doing what I wanted to do and living how I wanted to live.

In summary

This was a meaty section, so let’s summarise.

Blogging has a bunch of benefits that you’ll experience as your blogging journey progresses.

You might experience some of the things I've mentioned already – and there'll probably be other things that you experience, too.

Everyone has their own experience with blogging. But let me tell you, whatever you experience will be powerful and will see things happen for you, some of them unexpected.

So that’s it for the first part of this guide: How to start a blog (and enjoy it).

Now, 📔 **[read the PDF guide in full](https://drive.google.com/file/d/1viWtf8PlGxLcaIAb2rkgapwZuoXSh9c/view?usp=sharing)**. (or find instructions for downloading the guide, and reading it on your computer/handheld device/Kindle over here)._

by,

Jas

📝 Sunday 21st November, 2021

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Since last weekend, I’ve been ‘recovering’ from my book launch. I feel pleased and also relieved to have finally put The Indie Author out there and be able to gently draw a line underneath this project, and re-orientate myself as I begin to look ahead.

I’ve been trying not to check my sales stats every couple of minutes(!), but it was cool to see that The Indie Author featured in the top three ‘new releases’ in the Journaling, Journal Writing and Business Writing Skills categories on Amazon, and was even the #3 ‘bestseller’ in ‘Journaling’ at one point.

The Indie Author was even the #1 New Release in ‘Journal Writing’, though by the time I went to take a screenshot it had moved back a little to #2 spot. I was chuffed, I wasn’t expecting it :)

I’m seeing the benefit of my Amazon keywords & categories research already, as I’d specifically chosen ones that I was most likely to ‘rank’ for. I’m intending to share more about the launch soon. Now that I’ve given the book the best release out into the world that I can, I sort of just have to let it do its thing now.

I’m also excited to look ahead and be able to really focus now on Diary of an indie author, the name for my new blog (this one!) since August as I now take a new direction.

I’ve been feeling out the sorts of content I want to produce to help fellow writers and aspiring writers, around two particular themes I care about:

1)     Writing freely

and

2)     Making an income from your writing

I firmly believe that these two things are not mutually exclusive, and having been on this road on-and-off since 2015 (and more seriously ‘on’ for the last couple of years), I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned about being an independent writer.

We live in an exciting time where it really is possible to make money around writing things you find meaningful and care about. I know it to be true, because I know folks who are making a sustainable income from their blogging/writing businesses, and I’ve experienced the same as I’ve started to make money from my own blog, too.

Having a blog, producing and sharing content, slowly cultivating an audience, and then serving that audience with content and assets that will help them (whether it’s with an online course like the Mastermind programme I’ve run previously, or a book like the one I’ve just released) is the short version of how it is possible to be a writer with a sustainable, independent business.

If you’re a writer of any kind with aspirations to make an income from your work, I’d love to hear where you’re currently at – you can write to me at jas@indieauthor.net, and I’ll write back.

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My 3 favourite *simple* blogging platforms

Quite simply, if you’re a writer I feel that there are a bunch of benefits to having a blog, wherever you are on your writing journey – even if you’re not thinking about making money right now.

I explained exactly why I feel every writer should have a blog in a recent video, and this week I’m sharing 3 simple blogging platforms I recommend to writers.

I’ve used several platforms since I started out, running my first blogs on Wordpress. Today, I’m not using Wordpress; instead, I have realised that you can set yourself up for success by choosing a simple, minimal platform that just lets you easily write and publish.

So you might be pleasantly surprised by my choices, and I imagine that you’ve not heard of at least one of these platforms. Here’s to simple blogging! 😊

🎥 Starting a blog? my favourite 3 simple platforms

by,

Jas

📝 Friday 12th November, 2021

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I’m so happy to share with you today that The Indie Author book is on sale.

You can now purchase a copy to read on your Kindle, e-reader or smartphone/laptop.

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I wrote this book for my younger self who had quit my corporate job, and was figuring out the path ahead.

I became drawn to writing, and increasingly wanted to know how I could write, release and make money from a book… amongst the overwhelming sea of information on writing and self-publishing “out there”.

Whether you call yourself a writer already, you’re an aspiring writer, or someone who wants to write a book one day, The Indie Author is for you.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This book will surround you with writers who will help you write and release your first book, or your next one.

📖 Buy your discounted copy (just $0.99)

There’s something quite special about a book and putting it out into the world.

I hope this book inspires more of us to write and self-publish, with all the freedom in the world to write and shape our books exactly how we want to, without needing permission from any gatekeepers.

After reading this book, you’ll realise that the only permission you need is your own, as well as picking up on tidbits from the fifty authors who share their authentic writing journey, creative processes and marketing tips – so you can write and release your book, in the way it deserves.

To celebrate its release, and NaNoWriMo, the book is available at the special launch price of just $0.99 for the month of November 2021.

So get your $0.99 copy whilst you can! 🙌

by,

Jas

📝 Tuesday 2nd November, 2021

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I remember how excited I was when I first came across NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, what must have been around a decade ago now. It was at a time when I didn't know any other writers who had the aspiration of writing a book.

With work and life's other responsibilities, on top of the daunting task of actually writing a book, in the first year I took part I was excited to tap into the collective “we're in this together” energy that Nano brings.

If you're not familiar, NaNo is a free initative happening from 1st-30th November every year, where the idea is to write a 50,000 word manuscript in those thirty days.

Each year, thousands of writers across the world take part, and I'll be taking part myself this year for the first time since 2018. That year, at the 4th attempt of trying, I 'completed' NaNo for the first time by reaching that 50k milestone.

But this year, though I'll be taking part in NaNo, I won't be aiming for 50,000 words.

In this video, I look back on my NaNoWriMo journey to date, and share the alternative approach I'll be taking – and one that might help you, especially if (like me) you find yourself starting strong and motivated at the start of November, but then begin to struggle in the second week and beyond.

Instead, I have a different suggestion which might feel better for you and help your writing practice.

🎥 NaNoWriMo 2021: the (unconventional) approach I’m taking this year

And also, yesterday was quite the celebratory moment for me... I got to see the completed version of my book on my Kindle for the first time :)

To celebrate its release – and the month of NaNo – I'll be running a special launch promotion for the duration of November.

I can't wait to share The Indie Author with you next week – and the fifty writer stories it contains.

by,

Jas

📝 Saturday 30th October, 2021

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I got some timely advice this week from a writer friend who has published several books.

I was explaining to her that I was waiting for my e-book to finally be ready to be uploaded and then released on my newsletter and digital platforms (youtube, podcast, etc) to try and give myself the best possible launch.

Her words to me were gold. I’m paraphrasing here, but she said something along the lines of:

“Honestly, in the grand scheme of things the launch is quite small. You’ll find your book gathers momentum over time.”

This was exactly what I needed to hear.

Being my first book, and never having been here before, I feel like this last month has been pretty intense. From getting the book perfected, to getting my launch content prepared, to (fast forward to earlier today), deciding which platforms to distribute my book on.

What are this platform’s fees vs that platform’s fees, how much platforms should I make my book available on? Which platforms do I choose? How many should I pick? 1? 2? 10?! Which Amazon categories and keywords should I use?

And so on and so forth.

Each time I’ve noticed myself feeling a little overwhelmed this week, I’ve tried to remind myself that, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.

Or, at least, the launch isn’t as important as I am perceiving it to be right now.

Yes, my book is really important to me and I’d like to make the best possible choices I can but, actually, the book will make a journey of its own over the coming weeks and months. It’ll find its own way. And if, along the way, I want to try something else or make a particular change (e.g. with where I’m distributing it), guess what… I’ll be able to make a change.

With my writing business, I am seeing myself as someone running experiments and seeing how they turn out. I am being curious. Yes, I am doing some research to help me make informed choices, but I am also just following my gut and embracing the possibilities that unfold, whatever the outcomes.

If you’re a writer heading towards publishing your first book, or your next book, I invite you to do the same.

Why every writer should have a blog

When I started writing things and sharing them on Medium back in 2015, I had no idea where this might lead. Who knew that I’d still be writing, that I’d have made some money as a writer (in the four figures so far), and that I’d be where I am today, building my writing business.

I feel that with blogging, just like with writing books, taking a long-term view helps.

I also feel that every writer, whether you’re writing just for fun or to make money too, should have a blog.

I explain exactly why in 🎥 this week’s short video.

And speaking of cultivating a long-term view, this also happened to be topic that my creator friend Sasa & I mulled over this week on our casual podcast. 🎙️ Listen here.

by,

Jas

📝 Friday 22nd October, 2021

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So after sending my latest (and what should be my last 🤞) set of amendments to my e-book formatter earlier in the week, I gently checked-in for an update this morning and got the following back:

So I’m in eager-waiting mode. I’m hoping this weekend I can get this uploaded (I’ve heard it can take 24-48hrs to display on Amazon), and that The Indie Author will be available to purchase at the start of next week. Needless to say, I’m excited!

In the meantime, I thought I’d do something a little different today and share 5 things that have particularly shaped and inspired me on this journey as a writer and creator.

I feel they remain as relevant now as they did when they were first published, and they are all free resources I have returned to and probably will continue to.

Here they are:

1) An e-book (PDF) 📜 18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures, by Corbett Barr

Probably the first thing I read that helped me realise wow, you can earning a living as a writer?!

2) A TEDx talk 📺 [How to find work you love](https://www.ted.com/talks/scottdinsmorehowtofindworkyoulove), by Scott Dinsmore_

Something that really spoke to me around the time I took ‘the leap’ and left my corporate job back in 2015.

3) A podcast episode 🎙️ Life as an Independent Artist, by Charlotte Erikkson

I (re)discovered this when I was on a flight and searching through my previously-downloaded stuff and it was so good. So good that I got very excited and posted a long twitter thread all about it.

4) A book 📖 The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau

At a time when I was exploring “doing my own thing”, this book resonated with me amongst the sea of startup and entrepreneurship stuff I was reading.

5) A blog piece 📝 1000 True Fans, by Kevin Kelly

This concept underpins the creative business I am building. Charlotte Eriksson also talks about this piece in her podcast episode (see #3).

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. If you’re someone who knows you want to make money from your writing, or you’ve started to do that already, I believe there’ll be at least something valuable in these that you’ll take away with you.

It’s been interesting for me to re-connect with these… I find I take away something different, or perhaps connect with it in a different way now that I have more experience on this path, each time I do.

Oh, and let me know if you have any favourite things about making money as a writer or creative person. I love learning about and diving into this stuff :)

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Jas

📝 Friday, 15th October, 2021

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It's felt like a good week.

The sorts of things which make my week a 'good' one is one where I manage to: - get things done in a focused manner - move my body in some way (walking, gym/stretch, etc) - have nourishing people-time - keep the basics in check (food, sleep)

I've been going back-and-forth with my book formatter in the last week or so. I was relieved for him to have been recommended a while back, which means after my little hiccup a couple of weeks back I was able to get things moving.

I got the first version back, and I quickly realised a bunch of things that needed changing, either because something looked strange in the Kindle previewer, or that I'd missed a couple of things (despite all those times I went through the book and ran a visual check, spell-check, grammar-check, all the checks).

Queue going back-and-forth a couple more times and, as I write this, I have what could be the final version in my inbox just waiting to be looked at.

In the meantime, I've been keeping myself busy this week with learning about Amazon keywords and categories, to help give myself the best possible launch, now for the e-book, and in the not-too-distant future (I'm hoping) for the paperback.

This feels like a whole new exciting world, and I'm treating myself like a scientist in a lab running experiments and just seeing what the outcomes are. I decided to invest in a tool called PublisherRocket which makes research easier and, given that I plan to release more books, the one-off $120ish price seemed a no-brainer.

Aside from that, I've been continuing to migrate INF Club –> Diary of an indie writer, from doing things like re-organising my youtube playlists to thinking about what sort of content schedule I'd like to go with, from this blog to my youtube and podcast stuff.

I've also enjoyed a couple of spontaneous coffee shop conversations this week, meeting a fellow entrepreneur, fellow INFP, and fellow German-speaker (well, I'm not fluent, but I can say a few words...). Whilst I tend to be 'head down' whilst I'm working, I've enjoyed being aware of my surroundings and striking up the odd conversation. If there's anything I enjoy it's a nourishing conversation, and it seems that more folks are working from coffee shops this days making them, perhaps, more interesting environments than they once were.

Away from my creative projects, I've enjoyed a couple of trips into London this last week, documenting one of those trips in this week’s vlog, as well as a cinema outing to see the latest Bond film, and Daniel Craig's last outing as the main man.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was nice to be back in a cinema, and I'm a sucker for a good love story which is what this Bond story very much was – coupled with some dreamy locations, classic cars and a wonderful track by Louis Armstrong.

video & audio diaries

🎥 Sunday vlog // stumbling across the London Marathon

🎙️ A conversation with Lauren Sapala on our sensitivity & how we manage it

by,

Jas

📝 Friday, 8th October, 2021

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In part 9 of our little conversation series, my writer friend Lauren Sapala & I spoke about sensitivity and how me manage it.

We both happen to be introverts, Lauren is an INFJ and I’m an INFP.

This month’s conversation topic was inspired by someone asking me my how I’ve learned to manage my sensitivity, whilst I was in away Madeira over the Summer.

Amongst other things, Lauren & I talk about:

- How we feel in our bodies - Counteracting screentime and computer/phone-scrolling - Managing & responding to emails - Why Lauren says “no” a lot / the books we’re currently reading - Giving ourselves *permission* to have what we need

📺 Watch in full

You can also find our other conversations here.

vlog #2

I also shared my 2nd vlog this week, opening up about why I’ve had to delay the release of my book.

🎥 vlog #2: I tried to self-format my book...

Jas’s journal, September

And finally, my journal entry for last month…

“Goodness, it's been quite the month.

Two big projects have been occupying my time of late. The first being my book, getting it finished and putting a launch process together. And the second being, a new direction and a re-brand.

Firstly, my book... So, I've had to be pretty focused as I've put the launch together and released it over the last couple of weeks, at the same time as getting the book completed and edited.

As this is book number one for me, it all continues to be a learning process. Figuring out the front and back pages that are needed, through to how to get the final version in a format that's presentable.”

📔 Read in full: Jas’s journal – September | or, 🎙️ listen via podcast.

by,

Jas

📝 Friday 1st October, 2021

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