Friday, July 13, 2012

Fuck this! (aka: The Writer's Problem)

This is actually not the first time I've dipped my feet into the waters of writing. Why have I returned, you ask?


No, in all seriousness, I love writing. Whether it's for me, for other people, fan fiction or original fiction, I get a great big kick out of it. So even if I haven't been writing to get published while I've completed my degree in the last four years, writing itself has not been forgotten. 

It is on that note that I decided to re-post this blog post I wrote almost a year ago. This is when it first came into my mind that I was not just going to write anymore, but I was going to see myself published again. It excites me more than words can express to look at the original date stamp of this post and see what I have managed to achieve in one year.

Fuck this! (aka: The Writer's Problem)

I'm real good at talking to my friends and helping them come to 'epiphany' moments. "Oh, I realise this was what was getting me down," or "Damn, I really didn't think about it like that, but..."
My partner is this really inspiring man who sees what he wants in front of him and immediately starts taking strides towards getting it. This isn't without faults -sometimes he pushes too hard, sometimes he falls too low when someone tells him he's dreaming too high- but he takes this stuff in stride, and keeps going. Always keeps going. I kinda look at him in awe.

A good friend just posted the list of Hugos and associated prizes winners, and I realised, I want to win Best New Writer one day. That friend and I have come up with a harmonious deal between us that we will keep each other posted and then keep out of the way during each others' chosen years.

One friend that I work with has just released a book of short stories on Kindle.


I've had it in my head for so long that I'm not going to be a 'Worthwhile Writer (TM)' unless my work is picked up and recognised by a publishing house and, because of that, have sat there on my thumbs and done very little about it.

This is particularly daft because I have been picked up and e-published over in America several times and, for the last five years, have belittled that achievement because 1/ it was genre writing, and 2/ it was e-published.

Then there's this stigma about self-publishing that this exists even though it seems to become less relevant the more technologically savvy and e-book reader reliant we (even in Australia) become. However, that stigma seems to be mainly to do with the quality of editing that these self-published books have.

It was already so hard to get yourself picked up by a publishing house when I was in high school; it's about a hundred or so times more difficult these days. And then, even if/when you get picked up, there are the internal politics of most publishing houses that will put the books/authors that are more known against the unknown writer of dubious sales. I've even heard of someone's book being accepted and then never published, though the house ended up keeping the option for the rest of the two years of the contract.

Don't get me into the fact that, in this day and age, any aspiring writer -or any writer at all, really- needs to get hip deep into their own marketing/publicity side. Again, unless you are a well known author, the majority of publishing houses just aren't going to do that for you.

I look at all of this and I wonder what, really, is the good of waiting for a publishing house to sit up and discover me? I have these amazing contacts and friends from my e-publishing times, and have since made many more.

I have a workshopping circle I meet with most Tuesdays, and several people who have either established proof reading business or upcoming ones. Hell, the number of people I've had offer just to read my creative thesis as experience for their proof reading business before the end of the year has astounded and flattered me.

I have this wonderful idea for a series of hand bound chapbooks that I've been sitting on for almost a year now (okay, there have been reasons, and perhaps even this close to the end of honours is not the best time for me to be picking this up again but, so, whatever..)

I have this amazing boss who has already told me not to undersell myself if/when I put these chapbooks together and that they will happily sit in our science fiction and fantasy bookshop.
Not to mention the many friends that have come up to me over the years and said that, if I ever do get any of my work published, even self published, that they want to read it because I'm one of the few amateur writers whose work they already enjoy.

So, you know what? I have a goal ahead of me. And that goal is made up of a whole bunch of teeny tiny little steps that may, one day, lead up to that great big goal in the sky: Best New Writer.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

New Title 'Gothic' by Nicole D. Fergusson

Goodness, it's been a while since I posted here, hasn't it? I come to you today, fresh from my first day at a new job, thinking that I will have a couple of weeks away from my writing to recharge and re-energise after the last week of restructuring one novel, editing another and beginning two new ones. Here I am, ready to take the world by storm.


(in a couple of weeks) 

Then today, I get an email from my friendly, neighbourhood publisher. "Erm, ehm, promotion, promotion, promotion." Imagine me headdesking at this moment as I scratch my head and utter, 'I knew I forgot something...' So! Leap of Faith LLC have been kind enough to take a ... leap of faith :D ... with my new novel Gothic, which is in final stages of editing and awaiting cover art.

Gothic is the first in a new paranormal romance series sketched together in the middle of my Honours year last year (much less stressful than the writing I was actually researching and getting marked on, I tell you! (Anyone who has ever done an Honours year can tell you this is true.)) Of course, then I talked to my partner about this book I had just written and he said, 'So what happens if you did this next...?' and so a series was born.

But Gothic... I have had so much fun writing this story. It's a story of a human girl, Dahlia, who's mother died when she was eight. After her father ran away with grief, she was taken in by her vampire godmother and the rest of the werewolf pack of which her father had been a part. When the story starts, Dahlia has just moved out of home and wants to live the 'normal' life, i.e. a life without quite so much vampire and werewolf influence. In the first few weeks of class, she finds out that her godmother has contacted one of her vampire friends to watch over her. He, Elliott, ends up being one of her confidants. Another student, and human girl, Renee ends up being another close friend.

Hijinx ensue! Time for some more visual assist:

Renee meets our girl Dahlia through her normal university boyfriend. She's super cute and acts about half her age because she wants to get the university experience "just right". Elliott is another supernatural featuring in Dahlia's full supernatural dance card. He is of the mild snark and general hilarity, and claims at times to have brushed elbows with such popular figures as Lord Byron and Bram Stoker.

One of the best parts of this story is that I have clear images for both of these characters. The lovely actors who are acting as muses in my head right now are none other than the lovely Ms Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl and Mr Ian Somerhalder (nicknamed 'Smoulderhalder' with good reason by fellow cast mate AND GIRLFRIEND Nina Dobrev) from The Vampire Diaries. Say what you will about these shows, but these two people are gorgous. Anyone who knows me will know I shamelessly fangirl this TV series that is based on the L. J. Smith series of books from my childhood.

So that's me and mine for in the last little while. More news and excerpts to come next time I get a chance to be on the computer. Nicole.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's crazy author appreciation week! :D Plus, news. Lots of news.

First off, apparently I am up for two awards, one for Best Paranormal Author in the LRC 2010 awards and another for Best Author in the P&E 2010 awards.

Here are the links to vote for the curious:

LRC 2010 Best Paranormal Author:

P&E 2010 Best Author:

Also, some firmer dates of upcoming releases, as I am sure you are all wondering what came of my hiding away in the author cave for most of last year:

Feb 1: Catch the Touch of Blue in the Dreams and Desires vol 4 anthology with Freya's Bower

Feb 14: Pisces in the Sapphic Signs series with Torquere Press

Feb/March: The Oath, Book 4: Anointed with Freya's Bower

July: Love Under Will in the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance with Running Press (Robinson Publishing in the UK)

That's it so far! News will be forthcoming on Blood and Spice, the sequel to Blood and Mint Chocolates, plus book 5 in the Oath series soon!

Love & Magic,

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Join me at Bitten by Books for my release party and enter to win!

Join me at Bitten by Books for my release party for the print edition of Blood of the Dark Moon and enter to win a $15 gift certificate to!

Contest ends Jan 21, 2010 at 11:59pm CST! Rules to enter are on the page. Ask me anything!


Love & Magic,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Blood of the Dark Moon vampire/paranormal erotic romance coming out in PRINT Jan 5th!

Blood of the Dark Moon, book 1 of the vampire/dark urban fantasy/paranormal erotic romance series the Dark Moon, is coming out in PRINT January 5th!

Here are the links to pre-order:

To read more about this award-winning book, go here:

Love & Magic,


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Podcast interview: Life sucking fiction, immortality, and the stone of the wise

Interview of me by Occult Sentinel podcast on "Life sucking fiction, immortality, and the stone of the wise":

I cover everything from enlightenment to whether or not vampires can get it up. :D


Love & Magic,

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Last chance to enter to win a print copy of Immortal Fire with Dawn of the Seraphs!

Here's an interview with me and a chance to win the Immortal Fire anthology in PRINT! This is the last week to enter!

That's right, folks...Dawn of the Seraphs, an m/m paranormal/sci-fi/erotic romance will be made available in print in the Immortal Fire anthology on!

Details on how to enter to win are at the bottom of the interview. Good luck!

More information on Dawn of the Seraphs is in the interview plus here:

Many fabulous, highly talented authors are represented in this anthology and it looks to be a real winner! :D

Love & Magic,