Archive for January, 2014

Have you self-published a book? If so, through which company did you self-publish? I’d like to post some reviews of self-publishing companies on my blog to help everyone out there who is in the process of picking a company for his or her book. Let’s help other writers avoid the scammers and have an enjoyable self-publishing experience! Personally, I’ve only self-published through Mill City Press, so I’m curious what everyone has to say about other companies. Even if you also chose Mill City Press, go ahead and send me a review. Please send any reviews of self-publishing companies (positive or negative) to angela@angelabaconbooks.com. Please also send me the title of your book and your website (if you have a website), and I will post those things along with your review to help you advertise your book! Here’s an example of a review of Mill City Press that I wrote a few months ago if you’d like an idea to get you started: https://thehealthybacon.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/illegally-innocent-ebook-and-a-review-of-mill-city-press/. Please do not include foul language in your review. If I feel that the content of your review is inappropriate, I will not post it.

Writing Challenge Update #1: I completed my five hours of writing the first week of 2014 but have completely failed at the challenge this week. I have all kinds of excuses I could give, but I won’t post them, haha. This next week, which begins today (Wednesday), I am going to try to write ten hours to catch up. We’ll see how this goes. 🙂 If you’re doing your own writing challenge, how has it been going for you? If you haven’t started a writing challenge for this year, start one now!

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I hope you all had a great Christmas and that your new year is off to a fantastic start! If you’re still deciding which New Year’s resolutions to pick for 2014, you should consider joining me in the following challenge: Write new material for five hours per week this year. It could be fiction or nonfiction, but it does not include the time that you spend editing your work. You are producing NEW MATERIAL during this time. You could break it up into one hour five days per week or do it all in one five-hour chunk or whatever works best for your schedule. In 2013, I spent a lot of time marketing Illegally Innocent and editing the eBook version of it, and although I did work on my next book project from time to time, I feel as though I don’t have much material to show for it. This year, in addition to the time I spend marketing and doing the other things that go along with self-publishing, I want to produce as much new work as possible. It’s so easy to get caught up in writing a page or two and then wanting to go back over it and edit it right away (that’s how it is for me at least–is anyone else this way, too?), but I’m learning more and more that not much actual writing is accomplished this way. Yes, editing is certainly important, but spending time writing is important, too. Get a LOT of your ideas onto paper and then go back and edit them. Once you have completed the first draft of your book, it will be much easier to edit because you’ll be more familiar with the overall layout of the book. You’ll have a better grasp of what’s important to include in the book and what’s not.

Maybe you don’t think you can fit in five hours per week, but what if you modify the challenge to something more manageable for your schedule, like one hour per week (if that’s more than you’re writing now)? Consider it, and let me know if you decide to take on this challenge.  🙂 I’ll share my progress on my writing goal from time to time, and I’d love it if you’d share your progress as well.