Monday, May 23, 2016

Hello Email Connect & Hats Off Corner Welcomes Nicky Peacock

Hello Email Connect: Goodbye Hats Off Corner: Nicky Peacock is my last Hats Off Corner writer. 

As some of you know who've been hanging with me for a while, I'm "sometimes" scattered. So to help un-scatter my brain, I've put together a plan to keep supporting authors, but to do so in a more organized, and I think a better way. Jury's still out, but it looks like this just might work. 

Sign up on my Special Offers List. Take a look, and if you don't think it's for you, unsubscribe. 

I invade your email once, a month. 

My plan is to choose a Follower to Feature each month. I'm still fine-tuning that, but if you want to see what that involves right now, here's the LINK to the post that explains what I do.

I'm also sharing information that I think might be helpful. 

When I can, I offer free stuff--mostly books. 

End of Commercial. So now on to the last Hats Off Corner and Nicky Peacock!




Hats Off Corner Welcomes Nicky Peacock

Nicky's an Evernight Teen sister. I'm really happy to host her here today. 

Connect with Nicky on her Amazon U. S. Author's Page

ME: So, Nicky,  if you had to tweet about your book what 140 characters would you write? 

NICKY: Battle of the Undead is a vampires VS zombies YA urban fantasy. It’s the Walking Dead meets True Blood for teens and above.

ME: I'll do some Tweets for you using that. It's good. Can you tell us about one of your characters. What would she love to receive as a gift? What would she most likely choose to buy for someone she cared about?

NICKY: Britannia is the heroine in the Battle of the Undead series and she is a stubborn 400+ year old vampire with a dry sense of humor and love for violence (whether its necessary or not!) I think she'd want the gift of a weapon of some kind, something that could do a lot of damage in a small amount of time. She really wants people to like her, so she'd probably buy someone she cared for something really expensive. For a fellow vampires she'd go out of her way to get them an antique, something that reminded them of the 'old days'. 

ME: I always wonder if I'm asking good questions. What questions do you wish interviewers would ask you, but never do?

NICKY: The interviewers that have gotten hold of me have been pretty in-depth so far! I think I've been asked just about every question going. I guess it would be nice to get a 'How are you?' I always try to be really honest in interviews so here's the answer...I'm really tired, the UK just lost an hour to daylight savings time and my body has not adjusted well! It's like having jet lag but not having the holiday. I'll be back to normal soon though - probably just before we get the hour back in Autumn! LOL 

ME: Since almost all authors are expected to promote their books, what has surprised you about the marketing side of this business? What has disappointed you? 

NICKY: I work in sales and marketing for my day job, so nothing has really surprised me. It takes a lot of work and time to get yourself out there and, as a writer, you need to make sure that you balance your time effectively between promotion, social media and actually writing something to promote. It's always lovely when you connect with other authors and help one another, just like the lovely C Lee McKenzie is doing for me right now!

ME: Simlie Face Here. Hosting authors here is always fun. Do you have any advice for authors still seeking publication? If so, what would that be?

NICKY: Start with the anthology market. This is what I did. There are a wealth of publishers out there putting together anthologies in all sorts of genres that are actively seeking short stories. If you give them what they are looking for, you're more likely to get published. Also, short stories are quicker to write and edit than a novel and give you a really good starting point for your writer's CV.

ME: We're about through here, so what are two important things you’d like readers to know about you and/or your books?

NICKY: Well, about me...I'm always honest in interviews and get really excited when readers get in touch with me.

My books...They are action packed and the series has one more book to come, it's called Bad Karma.

ME: That sounds very ominous! Don't want Bad Karma if we can help it.


NICKY: Thank you for having me on your site! 

ME: Great to host you and find out about you and your books. 


You can connect with Nicky a lot of places. Blog, Twitter, Facebook, UK Amazon, Goodreads, Tumbler, Authrograph 



Quote of the Week: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” 
 ― Paulo CoelhoThe Zahir

75 comments:

  1. Anthologies are a good place to start. Also good to continue with!

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    1. I have mixed feelings about these. Guess I need to post about that one of these days.

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  2. Her experience from her day job came in handy.

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  3. Hi Lee - I've signed up already .. but look forward to following along. The Anthology idea is a very sensible one: sales and marketing should be slightly easier with more of you doing it - and everyone helping each other .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Not as lonely a journey, that's for sure! Thanks for signing up. There's more good stuff heading out on June 1.

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  4. Got to love a dry sense of humor! Great to meet you, Nicki. Awesome idea to support fellow authors, C.Lee.

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    1. I'm always glad to do that, but I needed some way to do it more efficiently and to do it more consistently. Thanks, Sheri.

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  5. Nice to meet you, Nicki! I hope you catch up to that lost hour easily! :-D

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  6. Congrats Nicky!!!!! Right now, I'm trying to fit in writing time. So far, not easy at all.

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    1. That's the biggest issue for writers who are published.

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  7. Hello and congrats Nicky! Vampires and zombies are a winning combination!

    Nice interview!

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    1. I didn't have you pegged as a vampire/zombie type of reader. Interesting.

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  8. I enjoyed Nicky's interview. Like her, I'm tired. But while she can blame the time change, we don't do that here, so it's just over-work for me. I wish I was as organized as her. I can't do a little a day, I'm too obsessive. Wishing her the best with her Underworld-ish series!

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    1. I think you're well-organized. You do a lot on your blog and you get new books out! That requires organization.

      Of course, I can relate to your obsessive writer nature. Only the two of us would cancel on a family trip to a lovely beach so we could work on getting that next book out.

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  9. Congrats to Nicky on being the final author featured in the Hats Off Corner.

    "...the Walking Dead meets True Blood..." Now you've got me hooked. ;)

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    1. I hated to stop the Hats Off Corner, but I couldn't do it and the Email Connect. If EC doesn't work I'll think about going back to HOC.

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  10. Nicky's series looks great! :)

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  11. Fun interview, ladies. Nice to meet you, Nicky. Your books look interesting. Congratulations and best of luck.

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    1. I'd like to have other Evernight Teen authors here.

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  12. Congrats, Nicky! What a great tweet! I agree anthologies are a great place to start as a writer searching for publication opportunities.

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    1. There are many anthology opportunities these days. So I'm guess more authors will take advantage of them.

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  13. Thanks for the intro to Nicky. Balance is indeed very important.

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  14. What a lovely, and clever way to feature authors. This weak-willed obsessive reader thanks you.

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  15. Congrats, Nicky. Great interview. I'm sure there are a few curveball questions out there you still haven't got yet lol.

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    1. There's always another of those waiting.

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  16. Love that quote!
    Congrats, Nicky and thanks for the tips on the anthology market. :)

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    1. It's often hard to close those doors and forget.

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  17. Zombies vs. Vampires... wow. I like the Coelho's quote

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  18. Congrats to Nicky! I hate losing an hour. It takes me a while to adjust.

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    1. And I don't care what they say, you never get that hour back.

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  19. Best of sales to Nicky!! I have a story in an anthology being released the end of June -- which stars a character from my just released Steampunk novel -- cross-polination of book forms. :-)

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    1. Oh, I love the cross-polination idea.

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  20. Hi humans, Lee and Nicky,

    What a pawesome interview. I reckon that Nicky has the pawfect daytime job to help inspire her writing. I now have to go figure out what a "Simlie Face Here.", actually means. There you go, human, Lee, I actually, well almost actually, read every word of this pawst. I'm such a good doggy.

    Congrats to Nicky and what the heck, congrats to everybody.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny!

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  21. Hi humans, Lee and Nicky,

    What a pawesome interview. I reckon that Nicky has the pawfect daytime job to help inspire her writing. I now have to go figure out what a "Simlie Face Here.", actually means. There you go, human, Lee, I actually, well almost actually, read every word of this pawst. I'm such a good doggy.

    Congrats to Nicky and what the heck, congrats to everybody.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny!

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    1. Gosh and arf, my comment was so incredibly pawesome that it showed up twice. What is this, "GroundBlog Day?"

      Gosh and arf, my comment was so incredibly pawesome that it showed up twice. What is this, "GroundBlog Day?"

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    2. Two comments in one day? This is a pleasant and very welcome surprise.

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  22. Great advice on the anthologies! We moved when we were doing daylight savings time here in the States a couple years ago. Boy, did that throw me.

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    1. That time change always throws me off!

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  23. There are a few people I know who would love a nice weapon as a gift...

    Anthologies, huh? That's an excellent idea.

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  24. Lee, thanks for the introduction to Nicky and Nicky congrats on your release. Sounds like you have some fascinating characters.

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    1. I still haven't met all the authors at Evernight Teen. There are tons it seems.

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  25. Great interview. Nicky has such an advantage working in marketing in the day. I'm sure that helps her a lot with the challenges of marketing.

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    1. I wish I knew more. I think I know less every day!

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  26. I'm signing up to receive some of your wisdom, Lee :)
    Great interview with Nicky and some useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm not sure about wisdom, but at least you can see where I screw up.

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  27. A sales and marketing background sounds very useful indeed!

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    1. I could use that. All I have is this Linguistic degree, and right now that's not a huge help.

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  28. Great interview, ladies. Nice to meet you, Nicky. I wish you well.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  29. Nice interview, you two! One of my favorite aspects of marketing is connecting with readers, too. These blog interviews are great places to do that.

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  30. Ah, heroines with a dry sense of humor are the best!

    And I love that quote. I need to put that somewhere I can read it often. :)


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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  31. Great interview and it sounds like a great premise, but I may put off reading that one. I hate Zombies, they give me nightmares. Such horrid creatures! :)
    Great advice all the way around though, Nicky, wishing you all the best with your books and especially Battle of the Undead!

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  32. I completely agree about the short story avenue. That's definitely a way to get your foot in the door and build publishing credits.

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  33. Zombies scare me--there are too many of them in the real world without letting them invade my imaginary world. I hope the book does well though.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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  34. That is a great quote that you left us with. Sometimes it is hard to see when something is over in our own lives (always easier to spot it in the lives of others on tv or in movies). :)

    Thanks for sharing the interview!
    ~Jess

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  35. You asked all the right questions, Lee. Love the quote. Congratulations, Nicky. You've written a fascinating story. I can understand why you're tired. The writer's life is a full one. Not enough hours in the day. Sounds like you're holding yours together nicely.

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  36. It's great seeing Nicky here and I enjoyed learning more about her.

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  37. Congrats on book release Nicky. Great interview Lee.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  38. Interesting to learn more about Nicky and her work.

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  39. Interesting interview! The time change always throws me for a loop, too. Congrats to Nicky on her book release and best of luck with it!

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  40. Hi Nicky! I'm tired too, though I can't keep blaming daylight savings time...or can I? I do stay up really late now. It's hard to unwind when it's still light outside.

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  41. Hmmmm... Considering how slow a writer I am, perhaps short stories and anthologies is the way I should go.

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  42. Congrats to Nicky!

    More organized, Lee? What's that? lol Waves to you.

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  43. Wonderful post full of news and remembering Memorial Day. A few years ago I was in Washington DC ON Memeorial Day a great experience.
    Yvonne.

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