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5 Reasons To View The Nicholas C. Rossis Author Blog

It's not every day that a writer offers free content and book marketing advice. When I encounter one—especially one that can help writers get past major hurdles in selling their work—it's hard to keep quiet about it. That's why I want to share five reasons to view the Nicholas C. Rossis author blog.

Reason #1: Nicholas C. Rossis is a fascinating author

From the opening lines of his introductionI live to write and do so from my cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece—Nicholas C. Rossis shows his unique brand of epic description. Upon additional perusing through his author blog, his work in both the fiction and nonfiction realms is alive with humor, humility, and imagination.

To get to know him better as an author, listen to one of the many interviews available on his website. These are the best introduction to learn who he is and why he loves writing. For example, there is this interview with Ron Yates for RRBC Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio, along with this one focusing on book marketing tips with Bernard Kelvin Clive.

Reason #2: All of his writing is free to read

Rossis' work includes fiction (of the dark, epic fantasy kind), nonfiction, children's stories and short stories—all of which are available free on Kindle Unlimited or for a small fee on Amazon's free reading apps.

His most recent book, A Heaven For Toasters, is described as a science fiction crime adventure with plenty of humor and romance, set in the near future. The back cover reads:

A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek island of Hydra. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn't bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don't fall for toasters—do they?

Nicholas C. Rossis, A Heaven For Toasters
The cover of A Heaven for Toasters
The cover of Rossis' book, A Heaven for Toasters

If you don't have Kindle Unlimited, you can still purchase his books at low prices. Here are the links to some of the other books he has published:

Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings (Author Tools Book 1)
Summary: This emotional thesaurus includes hundreds of examples that you can use for your inspiration, so that you, too, can harness this technique to easily convert your writing into palpable feelings. Genre fiction authors can use Emotional Beat as a feeling thesaurus and watch their writing take off!

Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile (Mystery Smiles Book 1)
Summary: A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

Pearseus Bundle: The Complete Pearseus Sci-fi/Fantasy Series
Summary: Combining fantasy with science fiction, Pearseus is filled with passion, warfare, and betrayal. Described as 'ancient Greece in space,' it gives readers who want a different kind of fantasy an exciting new series to devour.

Musiville: Let's face the music and conduct (Mystery Smiles Series) (Volume 2)
Summary: The only thing that can save Musiville is a musical symphony. Sounds easy enough. But in a world where everyone believes only their own music to be worth playing, it is the hardest task the village's musical animals have ever faced.

Reason #3: He offers valuable advice about writing and marketing your book

There is an entire section on the Nicholas Rossis blog dedicated to marketing your book. If you are an indie author and in the throes of gaining an audience for your writing, these tips will be absolutely indispensable during the marketing process. Among them, he provides information on marketing your book across various platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.

Here is a sampling of the many tips he offers:

Additionally, on the Author Resources tab, Rossis advertises his work with an online media company, Istomedia. He mentions that for the past 25 years, his "day job" has been working to develop websites. As an author who has built his own website, he works specifically with other authors who want to have their own author website to market their work. He also offers a 30% discount for readers of his blog. Since the blog is so informative, this is certainly a win-win! He will also help you create your book cover for a reasonable price.

Reason #4: Optimism (and entertainment) abounds

In a world where bad news and political scandal fills the media, it's nice to run across a blog that offers optimistic, fun, and useful entertainment. The Nicholas C. Rossis blog is one such blog. While much of the content is focused on writing and the literary world, there are some posts that are written simply for a fun, optimistic read.

For example, the recent post, How the world got better in 2018, he notes multiple ways in which things got better last year, including increasing use of green energy around the world, increasing environmental protection for the world's oceans, 50 animals species that were on the endangered list are now removed, falling global poverty levels, and greater access to electricity around the world, among others. Although these topics have little to do with writing or marketing books, the piece is well-written and informative—two aspects of a blog that make it worth your time to read.

Author Nicholas C. Rossis
Author Nicholas C. Rossis

Reason #5: His writing is superb

Rossis has won numerous awards for his writing. His first children's book, Runaway Smile, was awarded the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award, and was a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children's Fiction category and a 'Children's Fiction' Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

His collection of short stories and flash fiction, entitled Infinite Waters: A Collection of Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Exciting Destinies Book 2), was voted as one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015. Both of these titles, along with the rest of his work, is available for free on Kindle and Amazon.

Here is an excerpt from "Simulation Over," one of the stories in The Power of Six, a collection of seven short stories.

Without waiting for my reply, the elevator started its calm descent again. This time it headed straight for the basement where the heart of the building was located. Or, should I say, its brain. I gazed with longing as the ground floor button lit up, then desperate hope turned into trepidation as it went dark again. The indication changed to a simple red hyphen and the elevator finally stopped with a gentle jolt. The doors slid apart and cool air caressed our faces. After the stifling heat above, the result of the many small fires around the building, this felt like balm on our skin.

Nicholas C. Rossis, "Simulation Over"

My overall impression

There are many author blogs available online that are created and written solely to market the author's work. However, the Nicholas C. Rossis blog seems to go a step beyond that to help other authors market their work, and provide valuable guidance from a fellow author who has learned the ropes. Specifically, I found Rossis' advice on understanding the various marketing platforms—such as Amazon and Facebook—to be extremely valuable, since these two platforms can be confusing for new authors who are first-timers in the realm of book marketing and sales.

Additionally, Rossis' writing is fun, imaginative, and easy to read—particularly for those interested in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Whether you are an author looking for advice, or just an avid reader, be sure to check this one out. You won't be disappointed.

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