Nikki Arana is an award-winning author of suspense, women’s fiction, essays, poetry, and magazine articles whose work has been published in the
United States and . She has won several national awards, including The Carol Award - twice, and the Beacon Award. Her book, The Winds of Sonoma was named One of the Top 20 Books of the Year by Christianbook.com. Nikki is also the recipient of the Excellence in Media Silver Angel Award. All of her books deal with social, political, and spiritual issues that confront society today. She is an experienced speaker and has presented numerous, highly successful workshops on the craft of writing. Nikki also serves persecuted Christians who are under the threat of death through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted. Her newest release, The Next Target, was inspired by her ministry. You can visit her website here: www.NikkiArana.com or connect with her on her blog: www.nikkiarana.com/blog or as Nikki Arana, Author on Facebook. Canada
My thanks to Nikki for taking the time to answer my questions on marketing.
TP -- Are you agented? Do you feel it important to have an agent?
NA -- My agent is Natasha Kern. I think it is extremely important to have an agent. And I strongly recommend that when your book is polished you query for an agent rather than a publisher. An agent will let you know if your book meets the standards that publishers are looking for.
TP -- What percentage of your marketing falls to your house and agent?
NA -- I’m not aware of agents who do marketing. Successful agents have enough to do taking care of their clients interests. The amount of marketing that I am required to do depends on the publisher. My current publisher, David C. Cook, has done a fabulous job with the marketing. They have several people working on it. I am kept very busy fulfilling my obligations to the interviews, appearances, etc that they line up for me.
TP -- Thank you Nikki. Appreciate your insight.
Take a look at Nikki's current release -- The Next Target.
Would You Share Your Faith If It Would Cost You Your Life?
It only took one bullet. Austia's friend and student fell dead. And with a glimpse of a newspaper headline, the young and recently widowed Austia knows more about what happened than the police. From that fatal night, Austia’s secret outreach to the U.S. Muslim community—in the guise of English language classes—becomes a target. Local Muslim extremists set their sights on ending her ministry and even her life. And the women she ministers to will be next.
A thick web of deceit closes in around Austia, and her circle of friends becomes smaller by the day, even as she finally opens herself to the idea of falling in love again. But who can she trust? Facing a spiritual battle that proves more treacherous than it at first seemed, Austia’s convictions are tested to their limits and her heart becomes primed for breaking. She must ask herself: how much she will risk to stay true to herself, her faith, and to the lives of the women she serves?