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~ Riley Westbrook

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Thank you for visiting the Nicholas C. Rossis author blog! Before becoming an author, I had no idea just how much work book marketing entails: it’s never been easier to publish your work, but it’s never been harder to get people to read it. So, my blog is mostly aimed at helping authors with their book marketing efforts and at sharing every trick of the trade I pick along the way.

You may also be interested in my web design services aimed at authors. I also post writing tips and free stories. For some fun reading, visit the Fun Historical Facts and the Entertainment sections. If you like what you see here, check out my books on Amazon. And if you leave a comment or contact me, I’ll keep you up-to-date with my news and send you exclusive short stories as a ‘thank-you’. Oh, and please feel free to reblog and share. I’ll be grateful to you if you do! For an easy way to do so, or for those who have trouble viewing this blog, I have set up a mirror blog on nicholasrossis.wordpress.com.

Recent Posts

How Hard is it to Say Yes?

I recently came across a great thread in Quora about the usage of the word "yes" in various languages. The thread is concerned with explaining why romance languages use almost the same word for "yes" (si [Spanish, Italian] and sim [Portuguese]) when there is no word...

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Does Goodreads Have a Troll Problem?

I've heard from several authors who have stopped using Goodreads over the years. As Camestros Felapton reports, they may have a point, as Goodreads seems to suffer from a chronic troll problem. Matters reached crisis proportions way back in 2012. But recently, it...

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The Top Publishing Trends For 2020

Written Word Media (WMD) recently published a must-read article with the top publishing industry trends for the new year, written by Clayton Noblit. I am sharing here a summary that includes their main points. 1. Audiobooks will continue to gain popularity, and more...

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Shaming Bad Musicians In The Middle Ages

Marillion, a singer in Game of Thrones, had his tongue cut out on the orders of King Joffrey for writing and performing a crude limerick about Joffrey's parents. Thankfully, the real punishment meted out to musicians in the Middle Ages who had offended their audience...

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Greetings From Panagia Skripou

I apologize for disappearing for a few days. I took a few days off and went to stay with friends in a small village at the foot of Mount Parnassus. As part of their wonderful hospitality, they took us to visit a Byzantine church; Panagia Skripou. Readers often comment...

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Social Media Marketing Tips For Writers

Ronita Mohan recently wrote about some of the social media marketing trends for 2020. I kick off the new year posts with another take on the same subject: how to use social media to promote your books. Being a successful writer means not only having the inspiration to...

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Happy New Year 2020

It's tradition to take stock of the past year these days. While we need to avoid our species' innate gloom, for most people I know it has been a seesaw of a year. Politics has rarely seemed more odious. Climate change is becoming a fact we simply have to learn to live...

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Merry Christmas 2019

This year, the wee one is old enough to understand Santa Claus. I explained that people believe that Santa flies through the world on Christmas Eve, comes through the chimneys, and delivers toys to all the children. Being her mom's daughter (Electra's an economist by...

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Pearseus: Tyranny Prologue

I mentioned the other day how the first book in my fantasy science fiction series, Pearseus, is now titled Pearseus: Tyranny. I am sharing today the opening chapter. While some authors advise against using a prologue, my advice is different: if you feel the book needs...

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Number of Active Social Media Users (2019)

I came across the following numbers on Ashley Barnes' marketing blog and thought I'd share here as they may help you choose where to focus your book promotion efforts. Having said that, don't forget my golden social media rule: Don't overextend. Focus on a couple of...

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RIP Perro

You may remember how we recently lost Basta, our cat of 17 years. I'm afraid that Perro, our second cat, has now followed him after a year-long fight with cancer. He's survived by Easy (aka Izzy), our greatly misnamed dog. Perro was never our cat, technically...

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US vs. UK English (Part 2)

In my last post, I shared a video about British English vs. American English by comedian Laura Clery. Here's part 2! https://www.facebook.com/laura.clery/videos/572603983272853/?v=572603983272853 ...

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US vs. UK English (Part 1)

As someone who lived in the UK but is writing for an American audience, I found this hilarious... I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! https://www.facebook.com/laura.clery/videos/2284608438466759/  

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12 Ways to Develop your Child’s Writing Skills

Getting people — and kids, in particular — to read and write has long been a passion of mine. You may remember my post, Reading Tricks for Kids of Any Age, originally written for Mom's Favorite Reads. Well, I recently came across an article by Abigail Elijah of...

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A Gluttonous Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I have a lot of things to be thankful for. First of all, you--my awesome readers. Thanks to you, I have now been blogging for 6 whole years, as WordPress kindly reminded me the other day. With over 1,500 posts and counting, this is definitely...

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How Better Sleep Can Boost Your Writing

I recently posted about the Bizarre Sleeping Habits of Famous People. The subject generated a lot of comments, so here's a followup post on that. How can sleep help boost your writing? Many writers find themselves in a creative slump every now and then. When you’re...

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Why Your Book Isn’t Selling

This is a guest post by Linda Cartwright. You may remember her from her recent post, Self-Publishing Basics. Linda is an author and a freelance writer with a background in education. She lives in Seattle, teaches creative writing classes online and supports e-learning...

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