Emotional Beats Launch

I’ve shared several helpful posts by bestselling author Nicholas C. Rossis, and not without reason. Not only is he an excellent author of both speculative (sci-fi) fiction and children’s books, but he’s also always been magnanimous in sharing what he’s learned about writing and self-publishing with other authors on his website. His latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is another generous endeavour to provide advice for his fellow authors. Not being an author myself, I bought the Kindle edition; however, for serious authors, the paperback edition may be useful for flipping back and forth to useful advice. Read a sample on his site about portraying anger, or check out the preview on Amazon.com.


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Exciting news! My latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is finally available on Amazon. You may remember the book from my poll back when I was cho…

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A Tail (ahem!) Tale of 5 Self-Published Books …

Author Susan M. Toy has won awards for her writing, being a sales representative, and being a publishers’ representative. Her novel Island in the Clouds is definitely a “Connie’s Pick” about which I will be writing, hopefully, in the near future. Suffice it to say, for the time being, that I found it to be an excellent read, in part because it’s so well-written. I found not a single error in the novel. (As a grammar Nazi, that’s a first for me!)

In this blog post, Susan shares her own experience reading five self-published books. What she has to say should be read by every author considering self-publishing. Indeed, you’ll find many great posts on her blog about self-publishing, marketing, good reads, etc. Just yesterday she was announced as a nominee for the “Services to Bloggers Award” in the 2nd Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.(Voting is now open until June 9, 2016!)

I hope you’ll find this piece as useful and informative as I did.

Recently I read 5 self-published eBooks—all good books in their own way—but 4 of these suffered from “problems” that in my estimation could have been easily rectified. As it was, these problems wer…

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Tips for Creating Your First Freelancer (Writing) Site

An excellent resource for bloggers.

Nicholas C. Rossis

First site guide | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksContinuing my paying-it-forward series of posts, I present to you today another one of my new friends, Duke Vukadinovic.

You may or may not be aware that in my day job, I’m a web developer whose company, Istomedia, has developed over 450 websites and blogs since 1995. This, however, is an expense that many authors would rather not make. And yet, they still need to have an online presence. So, what are they to do?

Duke has come up with a great resource, the First Site Guide. Freelancers – and writers in general – will find there all they need to build their first website on their own, along with helpful tips, how-tos, and loads of free advice.

Take it, Duke!

Tips for Creating Your First Freelancer (Writing) Site

First site guide | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

If you’re a freelancer, you need your own website. It doesn’t have to be great or fancy…

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10 Trends in Publishing You Need to Know

Here is an interesting and well worth reading article about publishing trends posted by author Nicholas Rossis:

Chloe of the Written Word Media published recently 10 trends in publishing that are of interest to every author – particularly Indie ones…”

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My Facebook Ads Experience and 3 Marketing Rules

4 full-length fantasy novels plus 20 short science fiction stories available in omnibus bundle for only $7.51 USD at Amazon.com!

Author Nicholas Rossis has once again generously shared an experiment for advertising, this time using Facebook. Note that he’s also created new websites.

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Where Can You Find FREE Photos and Illustrations?

There are some great links here to free sources for images and illustrations. I often use absfreepics.com for personalising birthday messages on Facebook, creating memes, etc.

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Even though I am an avid photographer, taking often several hundred images a month, from time to time the need for a certain motive arises.  The question was, where can I find inexpensive photographs?  A lot of research brought up a handful of online offers that I like to share with you. Maybe you need a certain image for your website, your blog or your book.  Please see some websites below that provide good deals on royalty-free photographs or even free ones.

But what is the difference between free, royalty-free and rights-managed?

Free images can be downloaded without any rules or agreement and are in the public domain. The creator offers his work public and free, there are no legal rights or restrictions for his or her work and it can be duplicated.  Images which have been copyrighted can still be considered as free when they are explicitly announced by…

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Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly.

A good idea…