New Book: Writing and Publishing a Book Series

A new book on the way that will be a great aid and resource for writers. And it is a bargain price too!

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

Rayne Hall is the successful author of dozens of books in her celebrated Writer’s Craft series. A few months ago, we wrote together a book chock-full of copywriting tips called Copywriting: Get Paid to Write Promotional Texts.

Rayne and I have now finished a new book, Writing and Publishing a Book Series: Success Strategies for Authors. The book contains everything we’ve learned all these years about creating a book series rather than publishing a series of stand-alone novels. If you’ve ever wondered how to turn your book into a series that readers recognize and love or how to boost your books’ potential by creating a series, this is the book for you.

You can now preorderWriting and Publishing a Book Series on Amazon for only $0.99 (0.77 GBP)

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The Evolution of Blogging

I started blogging in 2012, and used to think I knew a lot about the subject. But then I read this! Check out this great history of our blogging world, thanks to Nick Rossis!

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I have been online since 1985. I was one of the first members of the BBS (Bulletin Board) scene in Greece back when we connected to a server using landline modems. I still remember my thrill when I finally got my hands on a 9600 bps modem and could download pictures as well as texts.

In 1995, I developed my first website. Even then, I had identified a need for regularly updated content. While some pages were meant to be static, there were news and events to share. Web developers usually met this need by introducing a News page and placing there any related items. As the new millennium approached, we started placing some of these on the home page, too.

Out of these News pages came blogging. Nowadays, 25 years after I developed my first website, most of my living comes through freelance writing for company blogs.

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GDPR And Authors: What You Need To Know

GDPR Update, reblogged from the estimable Nicholas Rossis.

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I’ve received quite a few inquiries regarding the new European Union privacy legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). GDPR comes into effect on May 25, 2018. This regulation initially impacts European Union member countries and aims to protect people from companies selling personal data. To do this, it regulates the use of people’s personal data online and aims at ensuring that every business storing an individual’s personal information has their prior consent. Furthermore, people have the right to know which data is stored and to ask for their removal.

Does That Affect My Newsletter?

GDPR and authors | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

The first question in most authors’ minds is: how does this affect my newsletter? There are four points to remember here:

First of all, if you’re in the US contacting solely Americans, you’re covered by the CAN-SPAM regulation; not GDPR. However, if you’re also addressing Europeans, you must enforce GDPR. In other words, the…

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Guest post with Nicholas Rossis.

My good blogging friend, published author, and all-round nice guy, Nicholas Rossis, has kindly published a guest post from me on his blog. It is about my experiences as an Amazon reviewer.
If you think this might be of some interest, please follow this link.

Feel free to comment on his blog.

Nicholas Rossis: His new site


Nicholas Rossis is a very nice guy. Good looking too, as you can see from his photo above. He is now based back in his home city of Athens, but spent some time in the UK, so his command of English is second to none. He is a published author, and has won awards too. His science fiction sagas have a legion of fans, and his short story collections make for great reading. As well as writing and blogging, he goes out of his way to promote new work by other authors on the Internet, and provides the readers of his blog with numerous tips about publishing and marketing.

He has now branched out, and has a great new website. As well as all the previously mentioned goodies, he can now professionally publish your work, for a reasonable fee, or help you set up that cool website you have always dreamed of. Other than as a fellow-blogger, and a considerate gentleman, I have no personal connection to Nicholas. But I unreservedly recommend both his writing and his new professional services to anyone remotely interested in getting the best from blogging or publishing.
Here is a taster of his new website, and I have added a link, so that you can view it in all its glory.

New Website, Web Design Services and Other News
Sep 7, 2016 | My Work
It’s alive | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children’s books
I hope you like my blog’s new design, which aims to be more user-friendly and accessible on various devices. Without going into any design details, its main advantage is offering content a wider space. It uses Elegant Theme’s popular Divi theme, which comes with a number of goodies that you and I will discover together in due course.
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 over 450 websites throughout the world, including the US and various European countries. One of our publishing-specific websites is JS Marx, which offers a variety of author services. You can check out Istomedia’s experience on the company website.

Istomedia Publishing

You may also notice another logo there; that of Istomedia Publishing. Istomedia specializes in web development, but I have also formed Istomedia Publishing as a publishing house through which to publish my own works. Although this was done at first primarily for tax reasons, I also enjoy the professionalism of this approach.
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).
Other News

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!

New Website, Web Design Services and Other News