The Author Burnout Coach

The Author Burnout Coach

Hosted by: Isabel Sterling

Isabel Sterling, multi-published author and certified life coach, is on a mission to dismantle burnout culture, one writer at a time.

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Episodes

25. A Million Micro Decisions

Writing a novel requires you to make a nearly infinite amount of decisions. From big picture decisions like your protagonist's driving desire to micro decisions like word choice and where to break each paragraph,...
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24. Scheduling Self-Care with Shelly Page

To wrap up our Pride Month series, today I'm sharing an interview with Shelly Page, an agented YA writer who is in a not-often-talked-about stage of her career. She has secret news she can't talk about yet and is...
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23. Publishing in a Pandemic with Aiden Thomas

Today I'm joined by NYT best selling author, Aiden Thomas, who launched his debut YA novel, Cemetery Boys, during the first year of the pandemic. His second book, Lost in the Never Woods, came out in 2021, and because...
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22. Writing with Pride with Mara Fitzgerald & Christine Lynn Herman

Mara Fitzgerald and Christine Lynn Herman are back for part 2 of our conversation. In this episode, we talk about how we fit writing into our lives and how being queer affects our relationship with publishing (and...
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21. The Post-Debut Blues w/ Christine Lynn Herman and Mara Fitzgerald

I'm joined today by two fabulous authors Christine Lynn Herman and Mara Fitzgerald to talk all things author burnout - especially post debut!  **INFOSTACK BUNDLE** As I mention in today's episode, there is an...
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20. "I'm not a real writer."

One of the fastest way to kill your creative drive is to tell yourself, "I'm not a real writer." Today I examine where those thoughts come from, why they crush creativity, and what to do about it. *** Giveaway Alert:...
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19. Shame is a Shitty Motivator

Shame is one of the most common--yet least effective--ways we try to convince ourselves to get to work. In today's episode, I explain why shame is such a shitty motivator and what to try instead. Ready to love writing...
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18. Stop Crowdsourcing Approval

We all do it. We have something we want, but we're afraid to just go for it and take the plunge. So instead, we ask everyone we know (and sometimes strangers on the internet, too) what we should do. Except ... we...
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17. Whose Responsibility Is It?

Burnout in publishing is A Thing, but whose responsibility is it to reduce burnout and create a more sustainable publishing ecosystem? The publishing industry? Or individual writers (and editors, agents, etc.)? As far...
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16. How to Choose Your Next Project

Sometimes choosing your next writing project is easy. You have something under contract or one idea that's been calling your name for months. Other times though ... it can be a lot trickier. If you're torn between two...
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15. Be Willing to Have it All

Victoria Schwab once told me at a writing retreat that if you stay in publishing long enough, you'll experience every kind of up and down there is, from cancelled series to best selling books. I love that advice, and...
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14. How to Guarantee Success

You can guarantee your writing success. Yes, even in traditional publishing, where so much is outside of our direct control. We make success inevitable when we commit to Massive Action. This episode will tell you...
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