Another goal of the redesign was to introduce you to the web design services offered by my company, Istomedia. Founded in 1995 in Edinburgh, it has since developed some 500 websites throughout the world, including the US and various European countries.
So, when my author friend MM Jaye asked if I’d be interested in publishing her latest book, I agreed. This got me thinking, that here may be others who are looking for a similar service, which means I’m open to discussing it with anyone interested in such a collaboration.
Book Marketing Advice
As you know, I have always made all of my tips and discoveries relating to book marketing available for free on this blog, and I promise to continue doing so. However, some of you need some extra help. For example, you may have your hands full and lack the time to organize an ad campaign. You may be overwhelmed by book marketing in general. Or you may be simply looking for a friendly chat with someone who can help you clear things in your head and organize your next move.
Whichever your need, feel free to contact me to arrange one-to-one consultation via Skype or Facebook chat. Please keep in mind that this will be a paid service priced at $30 per hour, as I sadly lack the time to do this for free (and Mary-Nathalie goes through diapers at an alarming rate).
In other news, I am about to publish two books in the coming days: my fourth collection of short stories titled You’re in for a Ride, and Emotional Beats (which you may remember from this post). If anyone is interested in a free review copy, just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to send you one along your way!
And if you’re looking for a new ISP to handle your hosting, check out this handy guide for best budget hosts and the updated (2020) list of web hosting services here.
Congrats, Nicholas! You have your hands full now, as if you didn’t already. Love the webpage. It;s really clean and easy to read.
Yay! So glad you like it 🙂
I don’t know how I did it, but I missed this post and only saw the gorgeous new look now. I totally love it. It’s much more reader friendly and much less cluttered. Congrats on the author services, too. I’m sure taking advantage of those! 😀
Lol – thanks for the podariko 🙂
Gosh you have been busy! Good luck with all your new ventures… though I doubt you’ll need it, but all the best anyway. ?
You have no idea how badly I need it, so many thank s for that 🙂
Well done for the new design. Crispy and professional-looking. I wish you all the best in your new endeavors – how exciting for you. If I could share a tip: make sure to use the Twitter search function to find prospective customers. Try to think of what they would type looking for YOUR services and, hey presto, you’ll find them. Best of luck!
Great idea, thank you!! 🙂
Me again. I got cut off, precisely what I was trying to say. After your post there is a huge whitespace before we can even get near shares or commenting. I would think that most who aren’t tech savvy would figure there’s nothing after the blog post. Also, my first comment was cut off because there’s a pop up box on the bottom right hand corner that is annoying. It is blocking the typing in the comment box and the post comment box to send the message I’m trying to type here. I’m sure you’ll look into this as if I weren’t concerned as a friend, I’d have given up 5 tries ago. 🙂
Congrats Nicholas on your new adventures and books. I will be most happy to send anyone your way if they are looking for the services you’re offering. And your new blog looks nice and sleek, although there are some issues I’m sure you’re aware of, particularly, after the
I apologize for the trouble and many thanks for sticking with it! I hope the latest fixes have got rid of the bugs you mention 🙂
Great new look … 😀 here’s another quibble though to add to the list. I using a desktop and there’s a huuuuuuuge gap of white space that I had to scroll down through to find the comments. I think it was set by the stuff in your right widgets column. Also the ‘up next’ pop-up covers half the comments text box.
Like you said though, teething troubles only. 🙂
P.S. Maximising my screen helped with the ‘up next’ box, but I have a honking big monitor, so there’s that! … bit white space gap is still there though. 🙂
You’re right. To solve the white space problem, I could either use an alternative comment plugin or clear up the sidebar. I decided on the latter, as everyone’s pretty happy with the current comments.
As for the ‘up next’ popup, I decided to get rid of it. It seemed to cause more problems than it was worth.
Thank you for letting me know!
Good morning Nicholas. This is not strictly speaking a re-blog. However, I have tried to make it more personal, and still supply the necessary information.
Best wishes, Pete.
I’m not sure I should say this bit it’s completely unreadable on the browser on my iPad. The dude bar, at least I suspect it’s the sidebar, is on top of the comments. I can send you a screen shot if you like. I’m typing this, blind, into a box just a full page cover of Perseus.
That’s better, now it’s over the top of the Gelett Burgess centre medal, also full page width size, so At least I can see what auto correct is doing to what I say. The dude bar is Apple auto correct for the side bar. Sorry about that but yes, basically I see a white page with everything that is usually at the sides full page width and stacked over or under the comments section at the bottom. Please fix it if you can as it’s pretty much unusable for me.
Yep, thanks for letting me know 🙂
A friend just messaged me with a screenshot, so I know what you mean. Thanks for letting me know; I’ll see what I can do 🙂
The site looks great, Nicholas – congratulations on the new look, and on all your business ventures! Lots to think about here 🙂 And good luck with the new books as well – I’m snowed under with books at the moment, but will be checking them out soon x
Thank you so much, Helen 🙂
Wow! What a change!
I really liek the new look, so modern and pretty.
And I’m happy to hear about the new activities too 🙂
Yay! Thank you 🙂
Loving the new look Nick! 😀 I know your services will be in high demand, but I’m also grateful that you’re keeping on with the freebies about the joys and drags of being your own publisher as well as doing the actual writing!
As for Mary Nathalie – you’ll look back on those diapers with some affection I think. Growing girls just keep on needing pretty ‘little’ things with a price ticket that keeps on blossoming like they do! 😉
I’m so glad you like it, Jan – thank you. Special thanks for the diapers tip 😀
Excellent new design. I’m so glad you’ve gone white – I used to find the coffee cream/beige rather depressing!
Oh, right! Thanks for letting me know 🙂
Congrats on the upcoming books! I hope to spare some loose change in the future and go self-hosted with some design. The site looks great!
Thank you so much, Paul 🙂
The site looks great, clean and sharp. Congrats on the move to publishing and marketing services. You have the talent, Nicholas. I don’t know how you fit in writing, blogging and daddying, and now this. You’re amazing and I continue to learn from you 🙂
Aw, you! Thank you 🙂
Something else I just noticed too. I got an email notification of your latest post but it didn’t show up in the wordpress reader :o. I’ve scrolled down to yesterday and your post isn’t there. I even highlighted just your feed on the reader and the posts never loaded. Again is it just me? I’m also being asked to follow you blog by email even tough I did get an email lol. I might try re-subscribing see if that fixes it….like I said it could just be me.
I haven’t made any changes to the nicholasrossis.wordpress.com blog, so it must be a glitch on the reader’s end. Thank you for letting me know 🙂
I seem unable to ‘like’ any comment you make or even see the comments while in wordpress. I really don’t know why :(. As for the reader I dislike it these days, ever since they added recommended blogs posts on the bottom of the one you’re reading I’ve found it slowed down and I’ve taken to email subscribing to blogs so I can jump straight from my email into a blog to comment :).
Regardless of the problems which might just be me your new site looks really great and I really like it 🙂
Btw I would love to review your other books after I’m finished with Honest Fibs 🙂
Yay! Thank you – I’ll be happy to send you the rest of my books.
The comment thing is a puzzler. Like I said, I haven’t done anything to the wordpress blog. Hmm…
oh and by not being able to see the comment I meant that little notification box that appears in the top right on wordpress. Sorry for clogging your comments :(.
Not at all; I appreciate you letting me know of any teething problems!
Your test post looks great now but there was no comments box I hope that was deliberate. Forget my tweet. I hope you manage to get it all fixed, never fun when a great idea is spoilt by technology 🙁
Teething problems, that’s all 🙂
Great new looking site, blog posts are loading faster for me which is great. It loads fast on both my laptop and my phone but my phone has a weird display when it comes to the actual individual blog posts :(. Not sure if it’s just me but half way through the post the widgets menu (categories, posts, facebook link, etc.) appear on top of the rest of the text. I don’t know if I’m the only one with this issue though ? Pages don’t display like that just the actual blog posts.
Huh, that is so weird! Thanks for letting me know 🙂
Nicholas, my iPhone (6S Plus) display has the same weirdness as C thehappymeerkat! However, on my iMac computer the display is perfect. I love the new look and your new direction toward publishing and marketing services! You’ll be my “go to” expert when I’m ready to publish! ? Christine Elizabeth (CE)
Thank you so much for letting me know, CE! A friend also messaged me to let me know he has some trouble with the page on his iPad. It seems to have to do with Divi, which has just released an update. Perhaps that will help – do let me know how it goes, please!
This morning the Test Page message No Results Found, both iPhone & iMac. Also there’s a pop up window with a book advertisement NEXT(not yours). It covers the comment box. Sorry about that! ?Christine
I removed the Test Page, as there was no further need for it. I will reinstate it with new content to make sure there’s no confusion. Thank you, CE 🙂
Reading this post on my iPhone this morning 9/9 and it looks great! All lined up nicely, and no Up Next pop-up! Thanks! Happy the fix worked. I’ll check the iMac computer next. ? Christine Elizabeth
Yay! Thank you, CE 😀
Great new look Nicholas.. happy to promote both books when available if you would like to.
Thank you so much, Sally! I’d love it for you to help me spread the word. You’re a star 🙂
LOVE the new design. Not that I hated the old one, but this is so much sharper, brighter, and damned pretty, Nick. Very exciting to hear about the new ventures too. Will you still talk to me when you’re famous? Or will you just send the butler like last time?
Thank you so much – I’m glad you like it 🙂
Don’t remind me. The man has been missing ever since he followed your directions as to how to get back here. We sent a search party, but they, too, went missing as soon as they left your place.
Nice, clean, and easy to navigate. Interesting about the publishing house. Didn’t realize it could help with taxes.
Thank you, Charles; I’m glad you like it 🙂
Istomedia Ltd is a UK-registered company. Compared to Greece, the UK is a veritable tax haven.
Heavens you have accomplished so much in a relatively short time! I am full of admiration, at the long list of books, awards, etc etc. I have achieved a comparative niente! New resolves might well include the need for a publisher. Meanwhile all congratulations on the new site.
Ah, you *blush*
Thank you! I’d love to help out any way that I can 🙂
Looks great, Nicholas. Clean and attractive, and very professional. I hope that it generates a lot more work for your company. One of these days, I may even consult you to publish something of mine! You would be my first choice, with your wealth of experience and valuable tips.
Good luck, and best wishes as always. Pete.
Also shared on Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin. I will re-blog it soon too.
You’re a star 🙂
Thank you so much, Pete! I’m glad you like the redesign, and I’d be delighted to help out any way that I can 🙂