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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

Recent Posts

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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7 Psychological Tricks For Book Promotion

Book marketing has come a long way since Medieval scribes advertised their services in the Middle Ages. For one thing, there is an entire branch of psychology that deals specifically with marketing. I recently came across a great post by a marketing student with 7...

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How Do People Read Online?

Most of us are writers, one way or another. We share our thoughts in blogs and ebooks. And you may have noticed that I have been experimenting recently with emphasizing certain parts of my posts, breaking up longer texts in chapters, and playing around with various...

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The Horrific History of St. Albans Bible

You may remember Erik Kwakkel or Leiden University from earlier posts like A Fantasy Tip From History: Medieval Spam. Erik recently shared the incredible history of St. Albans Bible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! A Horror Story In 1964, the New York rare book...

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Online Design Editors Comparison

This is the last post in a 4-part series that explored three online photo editing sites -- websites that can help you create stunning visuals. These were DesignCap, EDIT, and Fotor (click on each of the links for the detailed respective post). I really enjoyed working...

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Celebrating Armistice Day

As you may know, today we celebrate Armistice Day. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World...

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Fotor Design Editor Review

Today's post is the third of a 4-part series that started with DesignCap's review. The series explores three online photo editing sites -- websites that can help you create stunning visuals and offer a free version. How Fotor can help you Fotor is an online...

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EDIT Online Graphics Editor Review

Today's post is the second of a 4-part series that started with DesignCap's review. The series explores three sites that can help you create stunning visuals and offer a free version. As a bonus, some of them will give away free subscriptions to the first five of my...

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DesignCap Review

As indie authors, we not only write but also market our books. This means being active on social media, having a webpage and a blog, sending out newsletters or advertising on Bookbub, etc. As if this wasn't hard enough, we also have to create the visuals to support...

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The Bet: a Halloween Story

Following this blog's tradition, this is this year's Halloween story. Enjoy! The Bet “No way,” I say and lick my lips. The mere thought makes my mouth water. “Yes way,” he says and leans back on his seat, a smirk playing on his handsome face. Does this young man feel...

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How to Create the Perfect Email Opt-in Form

In my last post, I discussed some proven email list-building techniques. I will conclude this 3-part feature on email-based book marketing with some great tips by Mary Fernandez on creating the perfect email opt-in form, found on Persuasion Nation. Lead the way An...

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Proven Email List-Building Techniques

In my last post, I discussed the top 7 email marketing strategies for self-published authors. The very first tip was, "the list is Number 1." But how do you create a mailing list? That's a challenge many authors struggle with. Thankfully, I came across a great post by...

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Emotional Beats Wins Second Award

I was just notified that my emotional thesaurus book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, has been selected as a FINALIST in the TopShelf Book Awards! Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings...

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The Fire That Sunk The Titanic

What's that you say, it was an iceberg which sank the Titanic? Sure, but why did the iceberg cut through the ship's steel like it was hot butter? Senan Molony, Titanic expert and author of Titanic: why she collided, why she sank, why she should never have sailed,...

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5 Foods and Drinks to Help you Boost your Creativity

I've often written about ways to boost your creativity, including even tips on using AI to do so. But can certain foods help get the creative juices flowing? There's research which suggests that yes, there are. So, what should you be eating and drinking to help you...

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Write About Your Passions

As you know, an increasing part of my income has started coming from my freelance writing. What I'm starting to realize is this: making it as a successful freelance writer isn’t easy. You have to be prepared for the reality that something that was once a joyful way to...

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Amazon Kindle Matchbook Is Retiring

This is the third major change announced by Amazon in the last days. After retiring Amazon giveaways, Amazon now is ending its Kindle Matchbook program on October 31. Strangely enough, I heard the news on The Passive Voice and The Digital Reader instead of Amazon....

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