Angela McConnell was responsible for the massive improvements to the show notes that happened in January! She and I have been working together since then, and I thought it was about time that I had her onto the show to talk about how her journey into the self-publishing world is going. We talk a lot about setting goals, and one of the best things you can do to achieve what you really want in life!
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Angela’s author page (for books she has published under her own name)
Chris Fox – 5k Words Per Hour
These show notes are written by me, Simon, because I thought it would be weird for Angela to write her own notes :).
Angela primarily writes speculative and short fiction. She decided to write under a pen name to build something out that she could take risks with and wouldn’t mind too much if it failed because then she could just move onto the next thing. She also wanted the pen name to be a money maker so that she could afford to fund the speculative fiction stuff that she is more passionate about.
Currently working on a 5 part novella series.
Taking the Initiative
Angela and I talk about how she initial approached me about working with me as a podcast assistant after I had joked on an episode with Chris Fox about how great it would be to have a “podcast assistant”. Angela wanted to get involved more with the self-publishing industry and thought that volunteering to do that would be a great way to get more involved with the self-publishing industry.
Following Angela’s Journey
I’ve had multiple emails from authors who would like to hear from an author who is going through the journey and is close to the start, following along with them as they take their first steps and start to become successful. I had shelved this idea for a long time, and then thought, why am I not doing this with Angela?! Who is so involved with RSP anyway?
With that in mind, we’ll be doing (about) quarterly follow ups with Angela, talking about how her projects are going, and how her career is developing.
Angela belongs to two groups: A failure club, and a writers group.
A failure club is an idea from Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), where people get together for one year to achieve their greatest dream. They announce their dream to the group, no matter how ridiculous, and from there they meet regularly to discuss what progress they have made (or not) towards it. Angela’s failure club goal is to make $1 million from her writing, she didnt make it in the first year, but decided that she still wanted to do it so had a “Season 2” of failure club.
For the shorter term, as a more immediately reachable goal, Angela has decided that she wants to earn $1000 per month. This is a goal that she has shared with her writers group.
As an aside, I would say that setting these goals, and announcing them to other people is absolutely one of the best ways that you can ensure they will get done (or at least massively increase your chances of achieving the goal).
Angela is currently writing a series under a pen name, which is going to be her focus over the next few months. She doesn’t want to start marketing them until there are several books available for readers, which is common among new authors, especially those who are writing shorter fiction and at a faster pace.
22nd August – the next two books in the new series will be out. After that Angela wants to work on the books under her own name, an ambitious space colony style book.
Angela has an advantage over some writers as she is a court reporter by day, therefore she can write using a stenographic machine which means a typing speed of about 225 words per minute. For reference, the average person types at about 40 word per minute, and the world record on a standard keyboard is 216 words per minute!
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