A Merger & Announcement: What Happened to Nicola?

As you probably have guessed, I’ve been extremely quiet over the past year. For those who follow me on social media, I’ve repeatedly acknowledged my continued displeasure with the publishing industry as a whole, and specifically my total disgust with the indie publishing scene. In the past year I’ve written absolutely nothing aside from plotting out the next three books in the Fallen From Grace series and four new books for another spin-off series set in the same Before the Sun Rises world. I’ve completely lost all my writing mojo, and honestly at this point I have no idea what the future holds for me as a writer. I’ve went back to querying larger publishers in hopes that I could find a new home for the entire BTSR world and the books I have already written. Unfortunately, that has been a very slow, grueling process with zero results to date.

That left me with the question I’ve been grappling with for the past five years – do I continue to write, do I continue to publish, or do I walk away from this dream?

You see, this industry is no longer about who is a good writer. These days, thanks to the likes of the Author Masterminds (the large ring of authors who were routinely hiring ghost writers to write novels that were being published in numerous KU “books” aka bundled sets where a single book was “stuffed” with dozens of other titles thus running up the total KU payout on each book and routinely earning them KU All Stars bonuses worth tens of millions of dollars) it’s no longer about good writers and good books. These days, you have to have some serious cash to be able to market and promote a book.

There are a lot of factors at play here, but what it boils down to is this – the days of being able to post about your book on social media and still see some sales are long gone. If you do not have deep pockets to compete with those authors who have that kind of money, then you are doomed. Aside from money, if you can’t get enough readers and supporters together who are willing to routinely share your posts and basically become your cheerleaders who are helping you market and promote your work, then there is literally zero chance of you ever making a sale. I’m living proof of that.

So far in 2020 I have not made a single sale of any book, despite my large back list of titles. The last two books I have published have had zero sales on either one of them, more proof that you have got to have some money to back up your work. The last few years my marketing budget has dwindled from a few thousand a year to virtually zero. I choose to invest all the spare money I have into producing the actual book – proper editing, formatting, and cover art. But, a really great book doesn’t do me any good if I can’t market, promote, and get in front of readers. Thus me going back to querying larger publishers even though I swore I’d never do it again.

This brings me back to the question of whether or not I keep writing and publishing. Well, the answer to that is both yes, and no.

I recently worked out a contract with a private author who has acquired the publishing rights to the four currently completed books in the Fallen From Grace sub-series, plus the three plotted but yet unwritten books that finishes out that series. While I still hold the copyrights and will stay on as a silent partner to ensure the upcoming books stay true to the world I have created, the books will no longer be published in my name. Due to the non-disclosure agreement that was written into the contract, there is little else I can say about the matter other than the author who is taking over is very well known, however, the contract also dictated the books will be written under a completely new pen name. Unfortunately, this means the FFG series will be the first and only series written under this new name. While this creates its own set of challenges, both parties agreed to publish the works under a new name to protect both the new author taking over the series, as well as myself.

With that said, the first two books in the series will be released later this year over the course of six months. We do not currently have a release date past the end of the year, but the 3rd and 4th books will be released sometime in 2021.

Well guys, that’s it. I’m moving on to a new chapter in my life. You will continue to get updates in regards to both my books and the continuing saga of the Before the Sun Rises series and all the spin-off sub-series planned through this current newsletter. For now, we have decided to leave everything as-is as far as the newsletter and websites go. The only thing really changing at this point is the books in the FFG series will be released later this year under a new author name. All announcements of the book launches will still be my responsibility and will be announced through my personal website, newsletter, and social media platforms.

I’m excited for this new chapter. This world is getting so big and while I’m sad to let it go, I’m also super excited to see the world I have crafted over the years will continue on, even if it is with a new author. So wish me luck, guys. These days, luck is about all I have left.

Until next time,

Peace, love, & books y’all!

Nikki’s Gone Crazy $0.99C Sale!

Been waiting to finish out the Before the Sun Rises series? Putting off finishing up the Sweet Seductions series? Well the wait is over. For a very limited time ( I might change these prices back tomorrow, you just never know) every single book in my catalog is just $0.99 So if you’ve been wanting to catch up on anything Nikki related, today is the day to do it! Grab my entire collection for less than the cost of a really nice meal at TGIFriday’s.

Blood Spell Pre-Order is LIVE

The 5th book in the Before the Sun Rises Series, the highly anticipated¬†Blood Spell, is now on pre-order through Amazon! Don’t miss your chance to grab your copy for the pre-order sale price of only $2.99.

New from the underground lair of the Paranormal Princess comes a timeless tale of forbidden love … Two destinies entwined but at what cost to the world?

Thorn has been searching her whole life for The Book of Blood Magic. Now she has found it, and she is thrust into a primeval struggle where the laws of good and evil no longer apply.

Once she speaks the ancient deity’s name, she is bound to him forever. No matter how far she runs, no matter what she does, she will never be able to escape him.

His disciples want him free from his eternal exile to reclaim his throne and bring the earth back into the shadows of the magic realm. There is no way to undo her blood spell, but she is determined to keep their prophecy from becoming a reality.

Can she live with herself if she draws him into her world, a world he has sworn revenge upon at any cost? Will he be content to merely live, or will his desire for blood and war cause him to once again enslave humanity? What will her world become if he is allowed to reign over them? If he cannot control his desire for chaos, will she be able to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Time is running out, and she has a decision to make. No matter her choice, one thing is clear -someone’s world is going to end.

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