Bookbird: an Amazing Resource for Writers

Great tips and links from Nicholas for authors and writers. .

Nicholas C. Rossis

Bookbird Amazon KDP guides | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I came across Bookbird when I was hired by Yves Lummer to work on the website’s content. Bookbird is rapidly becoming a top resource for authors looking for help with writing and self-publishing, with tons of excellent advice covering everything from name generators to calculating your KDP royalty.

So far, I have written 4 guides for him, with at least as many scheduled for December.

Bookbird | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Yves has also published a large number of amazing guides that all Indies should check out, such as Amazon KDP: The Definitive Beginner Guide For Authors (2022), How to Price Your Book, and Amazon Book Categories: The Secret Visibility Booster.

Its main offering, though, is its Amazon KDP Book Interior Templates. Perfect for low-content books such as activity, coloring, and even no-content books (think journals, notebooks…

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Spam Would Be Useful If…

Reading through the Spam and Trash folders today to check for genuine comments, something occurred to me.

Spam links could actually be very useful, but only…

*If I lived in America and needed to get my Sprinter repaired.

*If I lived in Orange County (which is in California, apparently) and needed spares for my RV.

*If I owned an RV and needed it to be serviced.

*If I had a forklift truck in need of repair.

*If I wanted to learn how to operate a forklift truck.

*If I wanted to contact willing girls in the Far East.

*If I wanted to stream live pornography for a bargain price.

*If I wanted someone to completely upgrade my website and attract more site traffic.

*If I needed some form of tablet that would act as a sexual stimulant.

*If I wanted to get my website onto the top three of every Google Search.

*If I needed a replacement windscreen for my delivery truck.

*If I lived in Auckland (New Zealand) and wanted to buy a bargain price SUV.

*If I wanted to invest in a new ‘Condo’ in Florida.

Unfortunately, none of those apply to me.

Blogger’s Books: C.E. Robinson

Today I bring you a new book from American blogger and author, Christine Robinson.

About Christine Robinson.
A former nurse practitioner, Christine ventures into the world of fiction to write books. Her debut historical fiction novel, Three Years of Her life, published in May 2022, comes from her love of researching family history. A background as a published poet, experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays, is an advantage in her writing career. Christine lives in Southern California, for the past 33 years with Robert, and their newly acquired, energetic, smarty paws, Border Aussies, Maddie and Max. Available later this year, Literary fiction, A Song for Clare, approaches a woman’s staggering real-life medical and relationship challenges. Music saves her life. Until…the day her music dies.

Three Years of Her Life is a debut, historical fiction novel. Elizabeth Heim and her beloved Dr. Erik Herrmann uncover her famous grandfather, Gustav F. Heim’s hidden secret, in an Erfurt, Germany synagogue. His last words before he dies, No one is to look into my past, that history dies with me, prompts the search. The secret identifies the mystery woman in a photo he carries in a gold pocket watch, for thirty years. It causes a ruckus in Elizabeth’s prejudiced family. And brings to light the circumstances of his birth in 1879, and a strong Ukraine connection during the 1881 pogrom (violence by Russian authorities against Jewish people). A strong secondary story balances the, at times, terrifying history with Elizabeth and Erik’s doctor and nurse romance, and Elizabeth’s entanglement with her guitar teacher. Erik proves his character, and wins Elizabeth’s heart. He risks his life on a dangerous mission, transporting East Berlin hospital patients to the West through the Berlin Wall in August 1961. If he doesn’t make it to safety, he’s set up her future, and he’s dead serious about his plan.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon. Please visit Christine’s blog, and give her some encouragement for her first book from our great community

New Book: Lara Trace Hentz

Lara is a Native American adoptee with some harrowing stories to tell about the treatment of Native Americans in America and Canada.
You can read her bio on this Blogger link.

This is her own website.

And here is a link where you can read her new book.

I suggest checking out those links. Like me, you could learn a lot about something we know so little about.

Free Or Paid Plan on WordPress? Read this!

WordPress is about to change the variety of plans available to bloggers. In their ongoing quest to pander to business users, (and to make more money) only TWO plans will be offered in future.


*There will also be a monthly limit on views of your blog! So much for expanding your community!

The Free plan will allow ONLY 0.5 GB of storage space. If you use more than that, WP will potentially delete the photos in your media library. The Pro plan allows 50 GB, and retains the features of Premium, with some extras. Bloggers already getting the free 3 GB allowance on the Free plan, or 13 GB on the Premium plan will retain that.

For now.

But the cost of the Pro plan will be $180 a year, paid in advance. This is going to impact millions of WP bloggers around the world, at a time when the cost of living is increasing to levels not seen since WW2.

Read this post from Bookstooge, for a detailed explanation. Then get angry!

Guest Post: The Hungry Hound

I am delighted to feature blogger, poet, and published writer, Kevin Morris. You can read more of Kevin’s blog by following that link.

The Hungry Hound

I am Trigger.
My Stomach is bigger
Than you think.
Your lunch will be gone in the blink
Of an eye.
Then away I fly.
Should you ask, “who stole my lunch?” I reply,
“Not I”
But, dear reader, I lie …!
I have been known to eat plastic.
My reach is elastic.
You think your food safe?
My friend brace
Yourself for a shock
For I will gobble the lot!
Be it ever so hot!

(The above poem was dedicated to my guide dog Trigger, who sadly died
in 2020, but lives on in my heart).

Kevin’s published poems are available online from Amazon.

He is also featured in an anthology, details from this link.

Blogging About Blogging (Again)

Having recently been consumed with my daily serial, I suddenly remembered that it has been a while since I blogged about Blogging.


If you look on the right hand side of any of my main blog pages, you will see that I supposedly have 8,585 followers of this blog. Don’t worry, I am not going to repeat myself about what really constitutes a ‘follower’. (Not on this occasion, anyway.)

However, let’s consider the statistcs.

Given that number of followers, you might imagine my views to be at least 50% of than number. But considering my best ever views barely exceeded 800 in one day, that is not the case. Despite that apparently healthy amount of followers, the best I can manage, on a very good day, is less than a 10% interest on my blog.

As far as I am concerned, that is yet more proof that follower numbers are little more than an illusion.

***Note to new bloggers*** Read that part before you ever concern yourselves about how many followers you have.


The new year of 2021 saw a huge increase in people starting out with blogging. My own unscientific evidence shows that around half of them gave it up quite quickly. Maybe they didn’t get the interaction they had expected, or perhaps there was not the amount of followers they had hoped for. I don’t know the answer to that. But they have stopped commenting on my blog posts, that’s undeniable.

Maybe my stuff just bored them silly? That’s very possible too.


Spam has increased dramatically. Yes, I know that 99% of it is caught by WordPress and put in the Spam Folder. But having 200 Spam comments a day doesn’t help when I am trying to trawl through them to find one from a genuine follower. As you might imagine, I have given up on that.


Emails from people wanting to help me with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) have also increased, to the point of annoyance. For any of you bothering to read this, please stop. I don’t give a stuff about my Google rankings, or my placing on a page searched online. Don’t care, never will. Please stop. I’m asking nicely.


Gravatar links to blog sites. Well this hardly ever changes, despite me posting about it until I am tired of typing the strange word ‘Gravatar’. In the last week alone, I have had at least ten followers with no site links directed from their Gravatar image. I’m not even going to bother to add a link about how to do that. It’s freely available online, so look it up. Or don’t look it up, and then you will never have any followers except your family and friends, as nobody else will be able to ever find your blog.


That’s all for now. No doubt I will be revsiting the subject soon. I usually do.

Gravatars and Site Links: Here I Go Again

In the last month, I have had 33 new followers who had no link to their blog or website attached to their Gravatar image or graphic.

That is 33 people I am unable to thank for following, and 33 blogs or sites I am unable to view, comment on, or perhaps follow.

Regular readers will no doubt yawn, as I try once again to advise you how to do this.

But if you do not take my advice, your blog will remain unknown, impossible to find, and you will be wondering why nobody ever comments, or leaves a ‘Like’.

Please read these posts and links, and connect your Gravatar to your blog or website. It is not difficult, even I managed it.

You can thank me later.

Bloggers and Gravatars: More advice