Tips for Creating Your First Freelancer (Writing) Site

An excellent resource for bloggers.

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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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It’s Up To You

When considering how to market your self-published books, it’s worth considering the consumer. In this article, Kristine Kathryn Rusch discusses some creative ways of marketing music in the past and how they can be used by self-publishers to market their books.

From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: “Normally when I have blog with this title, I’m discussing the choices writers make in this new world of publishing. But this blog is different. This blog is about consumer choice…”

Source: It’s Up To You

A First Look at #Advertising with #Amazon–#Results

I previously reblogged a post by Nicholas C. Rossis about using Amazon’s advertising program (Advertise with Amazon: A Step-by-Step Tutorial) as a marketing tool.

Today Nicholas, along with some other authors, shared his experience of advertising on Amazon. This post is an extensive analysis of his experiment, including how changing variables influenced the results in terms of effects on sales and costs for advertising.

Thank you to Nicholas C. Rossis, Tara Sparling, and C.J. Heath for sharing your results of advertising with Amazon.

The consensus: use Amazon’s advertising program with caution.


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I’m sure you remember my step-by-step tutorial on how to advertise with Amazon. Three weeks later, I have some preliminary results, which, as promised, I’m sharing with you, so that you can learn from my mistakes.

In a nutshell: I’ve failed. The experiment has so far been a disappointment, albeit one offering fascinating insights.

You may remember that I had done my math and knew that, to make any profit, I had to bid under the proposed $0.50.

Now, for a peek behind the scenes: whenever Amazon is about to show a product page, a small bidding war will rage for a few nanoseconds. Amazon will check to see if that product is linked to any ads. If more than one ads want to be displayed, they will bid for that space, until they reach their cut-off threshold. So, if I have specified 5c as my maximum, then an ad…

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Conclusions from Smashwords Survey: How to Sell Your Books

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Once again, author and blogger Nicholas C. Rossis has provided some excellent marketing information for self-published authors.

Using information distilled from a 2014 survey by Smashwords, he summarises his original post, New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks, providing a clear explanation of what this means for sales for independently published authors.

Thank you to Nicholas C. Rossis for sharing and interpreting this information, and to Robert Sparkman for sharing this on Google+ and bringing it to my attention.

Read: Conclusions from Smashwords Survey: How to Sell Your Books.

#Authors #Marketing Yourself and Your Work Part ONE

Definitely Worth Reading

What can I say about Susan M. Toy? Apart from being a successful self-published author, her experience in all aspects of the book industry makes her an incredibly valuable source of information about becoming a self-published author. (She’s also an incredibly lovely person.)

I’ve reblogged the first part of her five-part series, Authors Marketing Yourself and Your Work, from her guest spot on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog, and you can follow the other parts from there. It’s a series that all indie authors should read.

Susan was also featured as a guest author on our favourite literate primate’s Website. It’s an amazing story that you won’t want to miss and, as usual, Chris has been kind enough to include an exhaustive list of links to where you can find Susan.

Because I’m lazier than Chris, I’ve just included Susan’s Website, “Island Editions.” There is a great deal of helpful information and fun stuff there.

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The following is an extract from a talk delivered at the Calgary Public Library in Feb. 2011.

Part 1

Before I begin, please watch this video:


I’ve named these two characters Wannabe Author (WA) and Real Author(RA).

How many of you have ever said any of the things Wannabe Author says in this video? Come on, be honest. Okay, then, how many of you have heard other writers say any of these things? And, like Real Author, haven’t you just wanted to put them and everyone else out of their misery by ignoring whatever they say? Obviously, Wannabe Author is the least promotable kind of author. First of all, Wannabe is never likely to be published, so will be of little worry to the publishing industry anyway. WA is not listening to an experienced author, knows nothing about the publishing business, and thinks the path to…

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Advertise with Amazon: a Step-by-Step Tutorial

This is a great guide for those interested in advertising on Amazon! Thank you, Nicolas Rossi, for sharing this experiment with everyone who is still uncertain about investing in such advertising. (Of course, it helps if you’ve written a great book!)

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I was reading Chris McMullen’s excellent (as usual) post on Amazon’s new advertising service, and thought I’d give it a go. My monthly advertising budget is $100, but I hadn’t spent anything in January. So, I had this month’s and the previous one’s budget at my disposal – which allowed me to place two ads. For my first one, I chose the Pearseus bundle. This was done for two reasons: one, it offers great value for money. Second, its higher cost of $3.49 will hopefully allow me to cover the ad’s cost.

The second ad was for Runaway Smile. This allowed me to test two very different ways of targeting my audience, as you will see below.

Oh, and I took lots of screenshots, so as to share with you the process. That way, should any of you decide to advertise with Amazon, you’ll know how to do it. And…

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Do Free Giveaways Promote Sales or Hinder Them?

Nicholas C. Rossis, author of Runaway Smile (see book review and author interview on this site) and Pearseus comments on this.

Write of Passage

If you have a question about writing, the right person to ask is another writer. Once a month I’ll be featuring writers who put the author in authoritative.

book-photo-nr-500 My first author is writer, avid reader, and blogger Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series, and children’s books, all of which have repeatedly reached #1 on Amazon. : )

My sister and I have asked Nicholas for advice many times, so naturally he was the first person I contacted to share advice with my readers.

Nicholas is an author who is always eager to give free advice, encouragement, and books–that’s right books. I noticed Nicholas has a lot of success with giveaways and special offers, so I asked him to share the benefits of giving away books for free.

Just Give it Away: Does Free Work?

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

I keep reading contradictory information on this. One of my blogging friends…

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