Angela first came on the podcast 3 months ago (rspcast.com/angela), and in this interview we follow up with her to see how her journey has been going. We talk about what progress she has made in the last three months on the two series that she is writing. We also touch on what she’s been working on for NaNoWriMo.
Word Essential Editing – Angela (and my!) editor, Alida, who is excellent. Great choice for a first time author or someone with experience.
Angela’s website – Check out her NaNoWriMo blog.
Mat Morris – Epic NaNoWriMo efforts, and host of the Author Strong podcast.
DragonDictate – Software for narrating your book!
Busy 3 Months
Since we last talked Angela has made a lot of progress with her writing career. She still has multiple ongoing projects, writing in multiple genres, and with multiple pen names. For her romance series, she had one book out last time we spoke, and since then has added 2 more books to her name.
In order to encourage her to get the books out on time, she set a pre-order date for both books on Amazon, long before they were ready. This really added pressure to her deadlines, because if you don’t get the book out on time, then Amazon do not allow you to set up another pre-order for a year.
This romance series is currently open ended and Angela is not pushing it in terms of marketing yet. She wants to have five books in the series before she begins a serious marketing push.
When the series is ready to market, Angela is going to seek out promotion from some of the smaller sites. Unfortunately her books are probably under the minimum word count for BookBub (although she might be able to bulk out the paperback version to be long enough).
Angela started writing a new series in sci-fiction because she wants to be able to write both at the same time long term. Sci-fi is an obsession of hers and she wanted to be able to write what she wanted without having to completely focus on having to write only one genre.
Angela has been spending a lot of time “behind the scenes” planning out the long series she is writing. While this takes longer to write, she knows that it will make the writing that she is doing now much easier.
Working with an Editor
Angela is working with her editor Alida, at the early stage of her novel, and it is making the writing easier. A lot of authors will view an editor as someone who just comes in afterwards, but the right editor can be there all the way through, making the whole writing process a lot easier.
Angela has recently bought Dragon Naturally Speaking, which she is about to start using to narrate her books.
– What can you do to get accountable? Is there a friend, or a fellow writer, who you can ask to help keep you on track with your goals. Or maybe you can just set a pre-order date on Amazon!
– Have you storyboarded your book’s plan to make sure that you’ll have a great final product?
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