NancyKay Shapiro writes to say that her first novel, What Love Means to You People, is being published by St Martin's Press next year. And, as you do, she has started a blog.
Well, you don't get to be published by the Thomas Dunne imprint of St Martin's without impressing some tough judges.
NancyKay's blog provides various links so you can get the flavour of her book very easily. One of the main themes is a love affair between two gay men, and the setting is very definitely New York -- and so, as usual, the book is not going to appeal to everyone. But, once again, we see how the savvy author these days is driving much of the publicity herself.
Another writer who hasn't sold her book but is still working on it is Nienke Hinton. She has a blog called The Writing Life, in which she describes her progress on a novel and the various problems that she encounters.
Well, it is certainly possible to maintain a blog and work on a novel at one and the same time, and it may prove to be beneficial in building up interest. But you certainly need a good deal of time and energy to do it and the blog may prove a distraction. I guess the only way to find out is to try it and see.