The Writing Sparrow Episode 1 | Introduction

Meet Sarina, indie author of dark epic fantasy, mama to one beautiful cat, and your host for this writing podcast!

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Hello, and welcome to The Writing Sparrow podcast. I’m Sarina Langer and this podcast is all about writing, publishing and marketing your book. You can find transcripts on my website at Let’s get started.

Hello, friends and sparrows, and welcome to my first ever podcast, The Writing Sparrow. Woo! How exciting is this! And very daunting and very terrifying. It’s the 21st of September 2020, and this is podcast number one.

I’m Sarina, and I published my first book just over four years ago in 2016. And at the time of recording this, I have published five books and the box set of my first trilogy. And with this podcast, I’m hoping to make this journey a little bit, or hopefully a lot, less daunting for you and a lot less overwhelming for you so that you can also finish your first book, and get publishing and become an author.

But I want to stress first and foremost that I’m definitely not an expert. I have made many mistakes along the way, which definitely helps, but it also means that I definitely do not know everything. And I don’t think that there is anyone who does. Just because something doesn’t work for me at all doesn’t mean that it can’t work for you. And likewise, for example, just because I like plotting my books doesn’t mean in any way that you can’t pants your book–you totally can.

I’m hoping to bring you a mixture of solo posts like this one, where I will talk about my experience and the things that I have learned over the years. I will be doing interviews, the first one coming up shortly with Platform House Publishing, Becky will be talking to me about formatting, doing book covers, and all that good stuff. And I will also be talking with other authors about their own journeys and their experiences so that you get quite a wide range of journeys and experiences and so that you can see that whatever it is you’re doing, there are lots of other people who totally know what you’re going through, or have been there and definitely know what you’re struggling with, and hopefully it will shed some light on this whole thing for you so that you can figure out what works best for you.

I promise to keep all my episodes short and give you action steps after every solo show so that you can take something away from it, something that you can put to use right away.
So, why am I calling this the sparrow podcast? Well, as you might know, my first thought Rise of the, ahem, Sparrows clearly has it in the name. And I’ve also been using it since then here and there around online. For example, on my reader group on Facebook, it’s called Sarina’s Sparrows. And for me, it’s a reminder that I have published a book and I can totally do anything because I’ve managed that and it wasn’t easy. But I’ve learned a lot from it. And this podcast right now, wow, guys, it’s very far out of my comfort zone, but I’m doing it. And if I can do this, you can 100% finish writing your book this year, or maybe next year, and you can absolutely publish it. And you can also become a self published author, because I managed it and God knows I did not know what I was doing, which does not mean that I know now. I definitely don’t know everything there is to know about this now.

Now, before we begin, every now and again you might hear this sweet little meow in the background, because I am mama to one beautiful baby kitten… well, she’s like six years old, but you know what I mean. She’s very chatty. She likes to say hello. And if you hear a meow in the background, that’s my baby! Say hello. She’ll know with her superior kitty senses.
So, let’s get started. Let’s get you writing and publishing your book. Thank you very much for listening, and let’s dive right in!

If you enjoyed today’s episode, maybe learn something along the way, hit the subscribe button. You can also connect with me on Twitter @sarina_langer, on Instagram and Facebook @sarinalangerwriter, and of course on my website at Until next time! Bye!

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Transcribed by Otter

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Sarina Langer