<![CDATA[Coco Nichole - Author\'s Blog]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:19:17 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Writing a Novel: First Steps]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:48:59 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/writing-a-novel-first-steps
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<![CDATA[My Booktube Launch]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:30:04 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/my-booktube-launch
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<![CDATA[Interviews! Interviews! INTERVIEWS!]]>Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:02:10 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/interviews-interviews-interviewsOver the past few months, I have been so fortunate to be hosted by some amazing people. Below are three recent interviews that cover my work, writing diverse lit, and me as an author!

Jade Times: Sister Spotlight

​Twinjas Book Reviews: Annual Diversity Month

​Diverse YA]]>
<![CDATA[The Next Steps]]>Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:54:45 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/the-next-stepsNow that Sun Kissed is officially published in paperback, I do have some goals regarding expanding my reader fan base beyond Wattpad.

1. Create a Youtube channel. 
  • Technically, I already have one of these, but I haven't really posted any videos. In the coming months, I plan to use Youtube to do book reviews for both mainstream and indie YA lit
  • I also want to use Youtube to talk to my readers about my writing process and Sun Kissed's progress.

2. Blog and Tweet more.
  • Twitter has always been a rather alien entity of social media for me, but I'm getting used to it. I try to use Twitter to reach out to other indie writers. 
  • Blogging on the other hand, is going to be a challenge. I've started blogs before only to see them go nowhere (mainly because I suck at journaling). It's especially difficult for self-pub authors to establish a well known presence on the blogosphere, but I'm just going to try to remain consistent and leave links to this blog in my other accounts.

3. Set up some Giveaways!
  • I'm super excited about this step, but first I want to get a following outside of Wattpad before setting up a giveaway.

4. Make a Book Trailer
  • I had a book trailer for Sun Kissed, but I accidentally deleted it when I cleaned out my Youtube channel. Whoops
  • If anyone knows anybody who makes spectacular fantasy book trailers, please feel free to bother me about it.

Okay, that's all I have. Well, I do have other goals, but the ones listed are the important ones related to online marketing.

Let me know if you have any questions or just want to say hi in the comments below.

Later,

- Coco]]>
<![CDATA[Sun Kissed in Paperback ON HOLD!]]>Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:00:22 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/sun-kissed-in-paperback-on-holdWell, I had to temporarily remove Sun Kissed from the paperback option because to be honest, there were still some issues with formatting that I could not ignore. So I went back and fixed several things like the spacing, the cover, as well as a few pesky typos.

Don't worry, Sun Kissed will be back on Amazon in a few weeks. The Kindle/ebook version, however, is still available.

Question for you all: Is anyone participating in NanoWrimo? And if so, how is it going so far? I've got one chapter completed (refuse to keep track of my word count). 

Got any other questions for me about my books, me, or writing in general? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them to me @literallycoco]]>
<![CDATA[Sun Kissed is available for print!]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:04:27 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/sun-kissed-is-available-for-printPicture
After a year of indie publishing, I finally got off my butt and made Sun Kissed (my first novel) available to purchase as a physical copy! The cover is still not where I want it to be, but I can't sit around and wait for an artist to fall into my lap when I literally have people asking for copies of the book. Gotta give the peeps what they want.

So if you are a fan of Sun Kissed, the paperback copy should be up on Amazon in about 3-5 days. I will be making a bigger announcement for that.

As much as I have obsessed over the editing, there will probably still be some issues with it. (Like I literally just found an unwelcome comma immediately after I pressed the "confirm" button). But everything will be alright. It'll get fixed eventually.....

Okay, well anyway, I'm super excited. If you know any artists who do book covers, let me know!

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<![CDATA[Preparing for Printing, NanoWrimo, and the Walter Dean Myers Award]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2015 21:09:50 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/preparing-for-printing-nanowrimo-and-the-walter-dean-myers-awardIt's the first day of November and I can't sit still. This morning I decided that it was about damn time I get Sun Kissed, my debut novel, available for print. So I tortured myself all morning with fine editing, margin minutiae, and whatever else it needed. Dozens of proofs later and it was finally complete. Now all I have to do is wait for its arrival in the mail. (Relieved sigh).

I also decided to be ambitious and submit Sun Kissed to an award contest for the We Need Diverse Books Campaign. The winners are announced in March. If Sun Kissed miraculously gets first place, I get a shiny gold icon on my book. (Fingers crossed.) They also promised to purchase thousands of copies for local schools and libraries.

As for NanoWrimo, I'm not sure if I'm going to take it seriously. What will probably happen is this: me tweeting and posting on wattpad about how stressful Nano is, but in real life I'll write as often as I usually do. If I'm lucky, I might be able to write one chapter this month.

Later,

Coco
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<![CDATA[About Me!]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2015 20:15:43 GMThttp://coconicholestories.weebly.com/authors-blog/about-me]]>