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You Should Write a Book With Camille Pagán

You Should Write a Book With Camille Pagán

By Even Better Co.

Master certified coach and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author Camille Pagán coaches aspiring to established authors on how to to write books, actually enjoy the process, and create even better writing careers. Want to get coached on this podcast? Visit EvenBetter.co to sign up, and to learn more about how you can become a career author.
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49. How to find your throughline

You Should Write a Book With Camille PagánMay 23, 2023

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64. How to write a book in an hour a day
Dec 05, 202334:29
63. How to be your own benefactor
Nov 28, 202319:32
62. How to choose yourself (rerun and update)

62. How to choose yourself (rerun and update)

Note: Because it’s a holiday week in the United States, this week’s episode is a rerun, with an exciting update. Tune in next week for a new episode and a special announcement. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. 


Camille coaches Debra, a novelist who’s considering self-publishing. We cover:

  • How to tell a better story (about your career)
  • When it makes sense to self-publish
  • A simple but ultra-effective way to brand yourself as an author
  • Why making long-term plans can lead to quick short-term wins
Nov 21, 202322:45
61. How to care less

61. How to care less

Worrying about what other people think often paralyzes writers and prevents us from creating our best work. In this episode, Camille shares how to move past the fear of judgment. She discusses:

  • How to make your own opinion the loudest voice in the room
  • The simple question that often leads to major career breakthroughs
  • Whose feedback to consider—and whose to forget
  • Three questions that can help you get better feedback 
Nov 14, 202315:10
60. How to find flow
Nov 07, 202313:21
59. How to sell yourself—without selling out

59. How to sell yourself—without selling out

Pitching your projects and building an author brand doesn’t have to feel slimy or unaligned. Whether you’re querying your first book or are looking for more efficient ways to market your backlist, there’s an easer—and yes, more authentic—way to sell yourself. In this episode, Camille shares: 

  • The baffling conversation with a fellow author that made her rethink how she was describing her work
  • Why genre isn’t as important as you might think
  • A simple framework for making your writing sound enticing
  • The importance of choosing good comps (and how to do exactly that)
Oct 31, 202317:51
58. How to keep going when life feels hard

58. How to keep going when life feels hard

If you’re struggling right now and it’s impacting your writing, you’re not alone. In this episode, Camille shares: 

  • The time she missed a major deadline—and why she was wrong about it hurting her career
  • The simple question that can help you feel better
  • When to lower the bar—and even take a break from your book
  • How to make writing more of a respite (which is crucial when you’re grappling emotionally)
Oct 24, 202314:04
57. How to be visible

57. How to be visible

Being afraid to be visible can keep you from following through, sharing your work, and reaching your big goals as an author. In today’s episode, Camille shares: 

  • How to tell if visibility issues are holding you back
  • The real reason we fear being canceled
  • The surprising link between procrastination and visibility 
  • Simple ways to be less invested in all feedback (your career will thank you)
Oct 17, 202316:23
56. How to love writing
Oct 10, 202316:09
55. How to finish strong

55. How to finish strong

Want to end 2023 on a high note? In this episode, Camille discusses how to go all in on what’s most important to you in Q4. She shares: 

  • What you can accomplish in just three months (hint: it’s a lot)
  • Why we use negative self-talk to motivate ourselves—and how to stop doing that 
  • Simple ways to make time and energy for your big writing goals 
  • The upside of embracing discomfort  
Oct 03, 202319:39
54. How to get your hopes up
Sep 26, 202327:46
53. How to pitch your novel

53. How to pitch your novel

Yes, there are a million ways to market your work (only a slight exaggeration). But arguably the most important step that any novelist should take is often the one they most struggle with, or simply overlook. In this episode, Camille shares:

  • Why marketing begins and ends with your query or book blurb
  • The importance of honing your pitch—even if you’ve already sold a novel the traditional route
  • The overlap between a query letter and a book blurb (and why, when done well, the two are virtually identical)

For a free training on how to effectively pitch your novel, visit evenbetter.co/pitchpro.

Sep 19, 202308:43
52. How to Deal With Naysayers and Negative People

52. How to Deal With Naysayers and Negative People

What do you do when a friend, partner, or even fellow writer doesn’t believe you can reach your big goals? In this episode, Camille discusses: 

  • How other people’s expectations can shape your experience
  • When to be direct about the support you need—and when to change the subject (or even your relationships)
  • Why well-meaning experts may tell you not to get your hopes up
  • The importance of protecting your dreams … and even being “selfish”
Sep 12, 202316:10
51. How to believe you can reach your writing goals
Sep 05, 202318:35
50. How to focus
May 30, 202309:24
49. How to find your throughline
May 23, 202347:27
48. How to avoid a disastrous debut
May 16, 202312:58
47. How to write a first draft

47. How to write a first draft

Camille coaches Saleema, a writer who's confident drafting flash fiction and short stories, but feels less certain about writing her first novel. They cover: 

  • How long a first draft of a novel really needs to be
  • Why we want to be perfect when we know it’s not possible (and how to get over that)
  • The best way to show up on social media before you’re published
  • Easing your way into telling a better story … about yourself
May 09, 202319:13
46. How to collaborate for a better book
May 02, 202333:09
45. How to trust your gut
Apr 25, 202322:53
44. How to find what works (and cut what doesn’t)
Apr 18, 202338:58
43. How to stop overthinking and start writing

43. How to stop overthinking and start writing

Camille coaches Julie Chavez, a memoirist who’s making the leap to writing fiction. They cover:

  • Why our love of books can get in the way of actually writing them
  • A simple exercise to tell if your story’s compelling
  • How to spread success from one area of your life to your fiction career
  • Why fiction is a mood—and how to create it


For more about Julie’s writing and forthcoming memoir, Everyone But Myself, visit: JulieWritesWords.com.

Apr 11, 202329:58
42. How to go from aspiring to author
Apr 04, 202321:45
41. How to go pro
Mar 28, 202313:18
40. How to feel confident talking about your book
Mar 21, 202325:28
39. How to find the writing process that works for you

39. How to find the writing process that works for you

Camille talks to Kelly, an author who is reassessing the way she writes after receiving helpful feedback from her literary agent. We cover:

  • Using comparisonitis—a.k.a. imposter syndrome—to your advantage (yes, it’s possible!)
  • Why it’s so important to write for yourself first
  • How to turn an aha moment into a sustainable habit
  • The perks of scheduling a weekly coaching session with yourself—and the one question to consider reflecting on when you do
Mar 14, 202322:33
38. How to pick the best publishing path for you
Mar 07, 202324:23
37. How to become a career author
Feb 28, 202322:36
36. How to create better writing habits

36. How to create better writing habits

Camille coaches Jessica, a writer who’s trying to stop editing as she drafts so she can finish her novel faster. We cover:

  • The importance of identifying with the habit you’re trying to create
  • The real reason we self-sabotage—and how to stop
  • Creating flow by separating editing and writing time
  • Using your “why” to follow through when you feel stuck
Feb 21, 202325:05
35. How to turn a good idea into a great book

35. How to turn a good idea into a great book

Camille coaches Maggie, a journalist who’s considering writing a book about a topic she recently explored in a set of essays that went viral. They cover:

  • A simple reframe that allows you to speak with expertise when you don’t identify as an expert
  • Why writing a non-fiction book proposal is crucial (even if you plan to self-publish)
  • Simple ideas for building the kind of platform that makes publishers more likely to buy your book
  • How to feel comfortable sharing your successes with decision-makers
Feb 14, 202331:24
34. How to publish your first novel

34. How to publish your first novel

Camille chats with her friend and former coaching client Annie Cathryn (anniecathryn.com), whose debut novel, The Friendship Breakup, is out today. They cover:

  • How to know when you’ve found “the one” (that is, your ideal literary agent)
  • Effective strategies for preparing for your first book launch
  • How to invest in your career—without blowing your budget
  • Authentic ways to connect with readers and authors and create a supportive network
Feb 07, 202328:12
33. How to make the most of a single win

33. How to make the most of a single win

Camille talks to Wendy, a novelist who wants to capitalize on her recent viral success. We cover:

  • The simple way to take the stress out of social media and other marketing initiatives
  • Why “reasonable” goals actually lower your odds of success
  • How to choose yourself (and why that’s especially easy in fiction)
  • The importance of getting specific about what you want
Jan 31, 202319:40
32. How to work with a book coach

32. How to work with a book coach

Camille chats with certified book coach Nicole Meier about how working with a book coach can help you write a better book. (Quick note: On February 16th, Camille and Nicole are offering a free webinar on overcoming common fiction roadblocks so you can write faster. To register, visit evenbetter.co/events) We cover:

  • The best time to start working with a book coach
  • The difference between mindset coaching and book coaching
  • How to pick the right book coach for you
  • Why book coaching can make drafting and editing more enjoyable—and help you create a replicable writing process
Jan 24, 202319:51
31. How to find your next idea

31. How to find your next idea

Camille coaches Leslie, a novelist who isn’t sure what to write next. We cover:

  • A simple trick for easing the pressure of feeling like you have to write
  • Why the dreaded “sophomore slump” can hit at any time (and how to move past it)
  • The importance of filling your creative well with non-writing activities
  • The beauty of writing your first book—and how that process can help you craft a better story at any stage of your career
Jan 17, 202321:39
30. How to expect (and create) success

30. How to expect (and create) success

Camille coaches C., a novelist who’s debating whether to self-publish her third book. We cover:

  • Why our expectation often becomes our experience
  • Routes to having your book turned into a film project
  • When it’s best to drop a deadline (without giving up your project or goal)
  • The number one thing that makes you a career author
Jan 10, 202324:04
29. How to invest in your author career (without going broke)

29. How to invest in your author career (without going broke)

Camille coaches Marta, a writer who wants to sell her novel and ultimately become a career author, but worries about how much she’ll have to spend on marketing. We cover:

  • Why it’s entirely possible to spend little to no money at the beginning of your career—and still be successful
  • Ways to connect with potential readers when you haven’t published a book yet
  • How to stop explaining yourself (and why a simple “yes” or “no” can boost your confidence)
  • The benefit of being laser-focused on your goal, yet open to multiple paths for achieving it
Jan 03, 202317:60
28. How to make a big decision

28. How to make a big decision

Camille coaches Erica, an author who’s deciding whether to accept an offer from her current publisher or keep querying agents and find a different publisher. We cover:

  • How having good options sometimes makes it harder to pick one.
  • Identifying through lines in your work to make your author brand more appealing to potential agents.
  • Why your agent—not your publisher—can be the best partner for creating a long, successful career as an author.
  • The power of asking “why” before making a decision.
Dec 20, 202222:32
27. How to meet reader expectations

27. How to meet reader expectations

Camille coaches Lauren, an author who’s just launched a new series under a new name. We cover:

  • When to use a pen name (and whether to be open about having a new author identity)
  • How to create an early review team
  • Why emulating Oreos and Starbucks can keep your readers happy
  • The power of collaborating with other writers (and how to do it even if you’re an introvert)
Dec 13, 202223:30
26. How to get out of a writing slump

26. How to get out of a writing slump

Camille coaches Barbara, an author who’s working on her second novel and feeling stuck. We cover:

  • How to stop relying on “flow” and show up consistently for your draft
  • The importance of taking a day off (and why your brain will take a break if it doesn’t think it’s going to get one)
  • Using your calendar to supercharge your career
  • Why fiction is basically is a mood—and how to create that mood for readers (and yourself)
Dec 06, 202218:07
25. How to deal with imposter syndrome

25. How to deal with imposter syndrome

Camille coaches Elizabeth, a writer who feels self-doubt creeping up as she queries her novel with agents. We cover:

  • Why being weird is a writer’s superpower
  • The secret reason our brains tell us we’re inadequate
  • How to deal with a "vulnerability hangover"
  • Learning to tell a better story—about yourself

A note about this episode: there were some audio quality issues during recording. We apologize and hope you will tune in, or come back to catch our next episode next week.

Nov 29, 202224:01
24. How to get unstuck

24. How to get unstuck

Camille coaches Katie, a writer who’s struggling to revise her first novel. We cover:

  • The real reason affirmations don’t work
  • Why “I don’t know” is a dream-killer—and how to figure out what you do know
  • Testing and trying new things in order to bring enjoyment back to the writing process
  • Editing more efficiently by ignoring one-off critiques and identifying patterns in feedback
Nov 22, 202225:09
23. How to keep fear from holding you back

23. How to keep fear from holding you back

Camille coaches Kelli, a writer who worries that publishing her story will disappoint her friends and family. We cover:

  • The surprising benefits of going to your worst-case scenario
  • Breaking through writer’s block by identifying the one person you’re writing for
  • The power of not trying to change other people’s feelings about your story
  • How to decide how much of your “true self” to reveal in your work
Nov 15, 202214:50
22. How to trust yourself

22. How to trust yourself

Camille coaches Sarah, who’s writing a novel loosely based on part of her life. We cover:

  • When to steal from your own life—and the distinction that separates fact and fiction
  • Deepening a character’s wound to create a stronger story
  • How to stop mistaking your first draft for your final draft
  • Why keeping your story simple keeps writing fun—and makes your draft more readable
Nov 08, 202216:30
21. How to choose your next move

21. How to choose your next move

Camille coaches Claire, a novelist who’d like to shift from writing romance to women’s fiction. We cover:

  • The paradigm-shifting power of a single sentence
  • The importance of being open to multiple revenue streams (and making sure you’re not missing income that’s already available to you)
  • The sneaky way your brain mistakes thoughts for facts
  • How taking a “testing” approach can help you make better decisions
Nov 01, 202227:45
20. How to make space for writing
Oct 21, 202216:32
19. How to find your readers

19. How to find your readers

Camille coaches Kim, an author who writes haunted historical fiction and wants to learn to love book marketing. 

We cover:

  • How to use a single sentence to attract your ideal readers
  • Why marketing starts with your cover and copy
  • The marketing endeavor every author should focus on
  • The power of consistency and calendaring
Oct 19, 202227:41
18. How to stop waiting for success and start creating it

18. How to stop waiting for success and start creating it

Camille coaches Darci, who’s considering self-publishing a novel that’s on submission with traditional publishers.

We cover:

  • The most important question you can ask when you’re faced with disappointment
  • Why any one book doesn’t make or break your career
  • How to deal with emotions like embarrassment in order move past them faster so you can get back to writing
  • Taking back control after setbacks (hint: it starts with trusting your gut)
Oct 19, 202223:56
17. How to write one book while you’re promoting another

17. How to write one book while you’re promoting another

Camille coaches Liz, an author who’s trying to write one novel while promoting another.

We cover:

  • Why there’s no “wrong” choice when it comes to fiction
  • What’s actually happening when you’re procrastinating
  • How to succeed faster by conquering your calendar
  • Simple ways to get past the trap of “I don’t know”
Oct 18, 202216:12
16. How to get over writer’s block—fast

16. How to get over writer’s block—fast

Camille coaches RaShonne, who’s struggling to finish her memoir.

We cover:

  • How to speak your truth when you’re afraid it may hurt others
  • The real reason you feel stuck
  • Why being creative in one area fuels creativity in other areas
  • Using boredom to write something you’re truly proud of
Oct 18, 202223:34
15. How to believe that you can write a book

15. How to believe that you can write a book

Camille coaches Christina, a coach and entrepreneur who wants to be an author.

We cover:

  • How identifying as a writer right now can help you become an author
  • The power of getting clear on why you want to write a book
  • Ways to write your first book in well under a year
  • Why writing doesn’t have to be hard—even if you’ve never written more than 20 pages before
Oct 17, 202218:57