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

32. When Your Story Sucks

One of the biggest fears I hear from new writers is that their writing sucks. Here's the thing, friends. It probably does. But that's not actually a problem. In this episode, I tell you why it's actually totally fine...
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31. Reclaiming Your Power in an Uncertain Industry

Traditional publishing is full of all sorts of inequities and strange business practices that leave authors scratching their heads thinking, "WTF is happening? Do they not like making money???"  And while we can't...
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30. Belief vs Detailed Fantasy

Do you believe in your writing goals? Or are they just a pretty fantasy you escape to from time to time? Knowing the difference is vital if you actually want to achieve your dreams. And today, I'm teaching you how to...
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29. Setting Your Revision Mindset

There are two main camps of writers: those who love revision and those who hate it. I fall firmly in the former, and it's part of my mission to help other writers love revision, too. Today, I talk about some of the...
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28. Choose Your Hard

Writing a novel is hard. But so is feeling disappointed year after year that you don't achieve your dream of writing one. In today's episode, I talk about how to choose which version of hard will bring you closer to...
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27. Publishing Burnout w/ Lit Agent & Life Coach Jessica Killingley

Burnout doesn't just affect writers - it's infiltrated all levels of traditional publishing. This week, I chatted with literary agent and certified life coach, Jessica Killingley, about the industry's burnout and what...
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26. If Writing Is So Hard...Why Do We Do It?

Writing a novel is a genuinely challenging thing to do. It brings up all of our self-doubts, plus, it's a process that takes months to YEARS to complete. So why do we put ourselves through all that? In this episode, I...
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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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