Author, Promote Thyself

IQuill pen and ink’m the first to admit I’ve been dragged into this blogging thing kicking and screaming (almost literally) and am more than a little late to the party. I’ve been reading for years now that any writer seeking to break into the market or maintain a fan base needs to blog. But up until recently, I never understood why. To me, a blog was just a waste of time I could be using to write. But not anymore.

I’m not exactly sure why my opinion changed. Maybe it’s because with a fully edited manuscript just waiting for an agent, I finally feel like I have something to promote. Maybe I’ve finally started to see myself as an author with a potential fan base rather than a person with a full-time job who writes as a hobby. But the important thing is the light bulb finally went off and I’m here.

So, what can you expect from this blog? Honestly, I have no idea. A little bit of everything would be the easiest answer. Once I get an agent, I hope to blog about the publishing process as each step happens, filling in between with whatever is on my mind. And of course, once a book is published, I’ll blog about it and how it was created (but until then my plots are top-secret). In the meantime, it’s whatever comes to mind, whenever it comes to mind. Maybe a few of my writer friends will even be willing to do guest posts. Three topics you won’t be seeing here: my personal life, politics or my religious views (I’m not ruling out discussion on religion in general, just my private beliefs). I do wish to maintain some privacy. Oh and you won’t see me bashing other writer’s work. If I don’t talk about it, just assume that either a) I haven’t read it or b) I didn’t like it.

Oh, you want to know who the crazy girl is behind the keyboard? I go by my pen name, Nicole Evelina, but you can call me Niki, if you’d like. All my friends do. I write novels that fall somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy (that’s a subject for another blog post). My completed manuscript is the first book in an Arthurian legend trilogy focusing on Guinevere. I’m writing the second book now and the third is in outline form. I also have plans for a fourth book that will overlap the first two, but tell the story of another character from that person’s point-of-view. That’s about all you’re going to get out of me on plot until I have a publisher and feel it’s safe to say more publicly.

I’m on Twitter as @nicoleevelina, if you’d like to follow me. It’s one of the easiest ways to learn about new blog posts, and perhaps a little more about me. Thanks for reading. I hope you stick around; it’s going to be one crazy ride!

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