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Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI have a small favor to ask of you nice people: The Rave Reviews Book Club, which you may remember from my earlier posts, is having its annual Rave Awards.

Anyone can vote (not just members), and I have entered my blog in the best blog category. So, if you like what you’ve been seeing so far here, please consider voting for me. It won’t take more than a minute of your time, and it will be much appreciated (playfully batting eyelashes)! 🙂

While you’re there, you may also want to check out the rest of the categories, including best book trailer and best interview. Oh, right: I have also entered the best interview category, as my interview on the shelf with Nonnie Jules, RRBC President, is one of the contenders.

If you have read this far, thank you. If you’re considering voting, double thank yous. And…

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Guest Post: 4 Quick Reads to Improve Your Book Marketing Strategy

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember Ryan Shepherd from his previous guest post on my blog, “Sell More Books Through Amazon Links“. He’s here today to share some of GeoRiot’s tips on Book Marketing.

 4 Quick Reads to Improve Your Book Marketing Strategy

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksMarketing a book can feel like trying to talk at a death metal concert.

It’s hard to get heard.

Thousands of new books are published every day and each one is vying for the attention of the masses. This makes your interactions with potential readers more precious than ever before. Our previous collaborative post on Nicholas’ blog discusses how to make these precious interactions a positive experience for everyone involved.

In this post we offer up four quick reads from the GeoRiot blog that will help you further refine your book marketing efforts. These tips and tools will help you gain a deeper understanding of your online audience, squeeze every penny out…

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Amazon Is Attracting New Kindle Unlimited Customers This Holiday Season


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When I visited Amazon’s home page today, there was a large advertisement to receive $40 off of a Kindle with a free six-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited.

That’s a compelling offer. It will surely create many new Kindle Unlimited customers.

It’s a temporary promotion, but it seems like a sign that Amazon may be working to bring more readers into Kindle Unlimited.

The readers will go where the authors are and the authors will go where the readers are.

Presently, there are 700,000 titles in Kindle Unlimited. It’s not all from KDP Select: There are about 100,000 books in Kindle Unlimited from smaller traditional publishers (including some popular titles, like Harry Potter).

If you love to read books, you can surely find worthwhile reads among those 100,000 titles from smaller traditional publishers or the 600,000 KDP Select titles.

There may be some indie authors pulling out of…

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Fun Facts for Thanksgiving


You wanna know some fun facts about Thanksgiving? Really? Believe me, some of them aren’t so fun, but I’ll share. You decide how fun these facts are:

• You cook for 72 hours. The meal is scarfed down in 5 minutes. Not so fun.

• You eat so much that you beg for someone to split your stomach open. Not so fun.

• There are so many dirty dishes that need washing that you ‘accidentally’ break them all and throw them away. That one IS fun.

• You get to listen to your cantankerous hostess (me) moan about all her aches and pains. Fun for me—not so much for the rest of the bunch.

• Football games are being televised on every single channel—even cable. Yuck. Fun for guys. Fun for gals who like to watch big husky men act like babies, or who like to dance like they’re on the movie set of Staying Alive.

• After you’ve thrown away all the dirty dishes, there’s a floor to be mopped.

• You ‘accidentally’ loosen the kitchen pipe under the sink and flood the floor. Hubby mops the mess up. Floor is mopped.

• You drag yourself to the nearest sofa, collapse, then tell your guests to, “go home.”

• On their way out, you holler, “Thanks for coming. See you all next year for some more fun.”

How to help Indie Authors – A Primer

P.C. Zick

Help an IndieHow to help Indie Authors – A Primer for family, friends, fans, and other Indie Writers

It’s not easy taking the route of Indie Author or any route as an author. The field is crowded, and it’s hard for readers to sift through it all. So in addition to writing, most of us Indies spend a great deal of time promoting our work. Most of us try not to annoy our friends and family, but it’s inevitable that many of them will see our promotional stuff. So as we move into the holiday season, I’d like to give some advice to anyone associated with an author. Also, there’s a little bit of advice for other authors as well. I wish you peace and relaxation during the coming season. Take the time to read a book, maybe even from an Indie Author in your life.

Besides buying the books of your…

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The Helpfulness and Camaraderie of a Writers Group

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I moved from Rochester, New York, to Syracuse, New York in 2008. I didn’t have any friends in Syracuse, having left many of my friends and a large extended family in Rochester. Now that I’ve lived here for six years, I have many Syracuse friends and go back to Rochester frequently to see my friends and family there. I feel as though I have one foot in Syracuse and one in Rochester, and I’m grateful that the two cities are neighbors.

I’ve made most of the friends I have here through the Central New York Creative Writers Café, a writers group I joined through ( I joined the group in October of 2008, just months after it was founded in April of 2008 by a mysterious man we know only as John. In December of 2008, John told us that he wanted to either close down the…

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Who Wants to Read Your Self-Published Book?


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You may have read an interesting article in the Washington Post recently, entitled, “No, I don’t want to read your self-published book.”

This particular article evolved from a letter from the editor in Horn Book Magazine.

The context of the letter is to explain, essentially, to indie writers why publications that review traditionally published books can’t consider reviewing self-published books.

This is in spite of the big “BUT”—i.e. but there are a few outstanding indie books, yet there are also some bad traditionally published books.


I think it’s great news for self-published authors:

  • In the beginning, traditional publishers and professional book reviewers simply IGNORED self-published books.
  • Self-publishing has grown tremendously. There are many millions of self-published books being sold and read each year, taking up a very significant market share.
  • We’ve finally caught the attention of traditional publishers and, now, even editors who…

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