J. Scott Coatsworth: Writing is Hard

Nicholas C. Rossis

Author J. Scott Coatsworth recently shared on his blog a post titled Writing is Hard, which struck a chord with me. I’m sharing here a lightly edited version of his original post (with his permission, of course) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

Writing is Hard

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

Writing is what I love more than almost anything else in the world. But sometimes, being a writer is soul-crushingly hard.

I’m not talking about the writing itself. Writing can make me crazy, sure. There are times when the words just don’t come, and times when you just can’t sit down to write. And times (usually at the three-quarters point of the story) when you decide everything you write is crap.

But that’s par for the course.

What I’m talking about today is getting your work out there, and helping folks actually find it.


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Sweet Holiday Surprise: Kindle Unlimited Clears Half a Penny



The Kindle Unlimited per-page rate has been doing well for most of 2018.

For example, it was $0.00484 for October and $0.00488 for September.

And this was followed by a Sweet November with $0.0052 per KENP page read.

The Kindle Unlimited per-page rate has cleared half a penny per page a few times, but it has been rare.

There have been times where it was on the verge of dropping below $0.004 per page (but in every case it came back up before dropping below that threshold).

So it’s nice to see the Kindle Unlimited rate at a relative high during the Black Friday month of November.

The KDP Select Global Fund is also at a relative high of $23.6 million (compared to $23.5 million for October and $23.4 million for September).

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How to Recover From Painful Negative Feedback in 5 Steps

A Writer's Path

by Daniella Levy

There it is.

That feedback you’ve been so terrified to receive. The one that makes all your self-doubt demons shriek: “YOU SEE?! WE TOLD YOU SO!!!”

You know which one I’m talking about.

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A teen writer publishes against all odds

Myths of the Mirror

For her high school senior project, Kendra Stefan wanted to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s book, and I agreed to mentor her through the project. As writers out there know, a book is a lot of work. For Kendra, the challenge was over the top. She was suffering from heart failure.

We got an early start, working on the book between her other studies, her numerous doctor’s appointments, and rising fatigue. As we got her story down, her condition declined and her position of the waiting list for a donor moved up.

When the story was essentially done, but the illustrations just started, Kendra got the call. In July, she received her new heart.

Kendra’s work on the book continued while she recovered in the hospital – between rehab sessions, medication adjustments, and the hard and painful work of building up her strength.

When she was released for visits…

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New Weekend Book Deals

Christmas! Oh dear! Is it already less than two weeks away? I’m not ready. How about you? Give the gift of reading to some of those on your list. Below are a few ideas and discount books for you to choose from, and I wanted you to be one of the first to see the new book covers I worked up for the complete Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series. I plan to make the change the first of he year.

Last weekend, North Carolina had its first snow of the year and it had to be a storm. It was unusual in that the places that normally get less snow received the more significant inches. The forecast was 10 to 20 inches. Asheville and west of here usually receives more. At my house, we usually get more than the city of Asheville. Not true this time. I only received 6 inches in my yard, whereas south of us, Henderson and Transylvania counties received about a foot or more. Here’s a photo of my front yard last Friday:

I would love to hear what you think of them. Just leave me a comment below.


Before We Wed, Book 2: Style and Profile series –
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Cops crash the wedding and arrest the groom.

Sarah believes him innocent. Setting out to prove it lands her in a life-threatening situation.

Is Jon . . . Guilty? or is he a victim . . . Mistaken Identity? Framed?

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton are about to say their vows the police crash their wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified, and Sarah is heartbroken.

Jon can’t understand what’s happening. One minute he’s getting married, and the next he’s wearing steel bracelets and shoved into a police car. When evidence of John’s guilt is found, he swears he’s innocent. But how can he prove it?

Sarah was supposed to be on her honeymoon, but instead, she searches for evidence to clear Jon.

How could Jon have no idea how damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find the evidence needed to clear him or will she find out he’s fooled them all? Will she eventually give up on him?

If you love to read romantic suspense so engrossing that you can’t put it down, you’ll enjoy Before We Wed.

Books in the Style & Profile Series:
Book 1: All This Time
Book 2: Before We Wed
Book 3: For The Defense – 2019
Book 4: Mending Fences – TBA

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Holiday Cozy Mystery Sale

Return of the Gulls, Book 1: Stacey and Peter Trilogy
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Gull Castle has dark and disturbing legends.

Return of the Gulls, the first novel of the trilogy that introduces paranormal sleuths, Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield.

In Return of the Gulls Stacey Christian unexpectedly runs into her ex-boyfriend, Peter Mansfield, while touring Ireland. They join forces to help solve the puzzles surrounding Lady Katherine O’Flannery, Peter’s formidable great-aunt.

Finding herself implacably installed in Katherine’s eerie castle, referred to by the locals as Faoilenn Màrrach, or Gull Castle, Stacey quickly becomes obsessed with the castle’s disturbing legends – legends of suicide, desertion, embezzlement and revenge culminating in dark mysteries and ghostly hauntings.

Skepticism quickly turns to incredulity and finally terror as Stacey and Peter come face to face with a reality that neither could ever have imagined.

Readers who yearn for more of Mary Stewart’s blend of romance with mystery will love Return of the Gulls.

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Other Books in the Trilogy
Book 2: GHOSTS OF AULD LANG SYNE (Part of the Wandering Spirits I anthology) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JDN2ZZW/  https://amzn.to/2PgXQKb
Book 3: ‘NEATH HALLOWED HALLS AND IVIED WALLS ( Part of the Wandering Spirits II anthology) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0BLBLJ/  https://amzn.to/2rkLQO6


A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #4
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The temperamental star of Marvelous Marley World’s latest live-action feature film vanishes from the set, and filming comes to a screeching halt!

There’s less than a month to go before Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler’s Christmas wedding, so all they need is more trouble. With Georgie’s boss, “Mad Max” Marley, involved, getting married has become much more complicated. Determined to not to let him derail their plans, Georgie gets in touch with her inner “Bridezilla” and pays Max a visit on the set of The Lonely Swan Prince. The sudden disappearance of the movie’s leading lady plunges Georgie and Jack into the middle of a mystery.

Has the tantrum-prone diva taken off in a huff? Her costume for the final big scene of the movie is on the floor of her dressing room in shreds. When they also find blood, her disappearance takes a more sinister turn. Has she been kidnapped, or worse? is the motive personal or an effort to disrupt filming?

To find out, grab your copy of book 4 in the award-winning Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke.

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No sooner does psychic Lottie Baldwin pull up stakes and move to Cheyenne, North Dakota, than she finds herself up to her neck in a series of mysterious robberies. Can Lottie and the handsome new man in her life, deputy sheriff Harlan Erikson, solve the crime spree before Lottie becomes the next victim?

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Until Next Week,
Kim Cox

Audiobooks: the Fastest-Growing Segment of Publishing

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a post originally written for Azure Fire Publishing.

The Audiobook’s Oral Past

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

In ancient times, minstrels used to travel the known world to recite the epic adventures of Ulysses and his companions. In the Dark Ages, troubadours would sing the adventures of valiant knights and damsels in distress. Folk songs in the 18th and 19th-century western world would narrate the stories of lovers, warriors, monsters, and adventurers.

The above examples demonstrate how audiobooks and modern fiction like action, romance, mystery, and even fantasy have their roots in the oral tradition; a tradition we can trace back to the first steps of humanity. One can imagine ancient tribes listening to elders around a campfire. This scene is probably as real as our sweet children pleading for one more bedtime story, their heavy eyelids closing as we recite by heart their favorite nursery rhyme…

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3 Things to Know About Marketing Historical Fiction Novels

A Writer's Path

by J. U. Scribe

What’s your favorite genre? For some it’s romance, others it’s fantasy, sci-fi, or maybe a mystery/thriller. For those that know me well I enjoy reading a variety of genres, so it’s hard to pick one genre over another when I enjoy different books spanning across the many genres of fiction. However if you were to ask me what genre is your favorite to write, in my answer would be a bit more concise.

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Hello, Gutenberg! How Can We Get Rid Of You?

Nicholas C. Rossis

WordPress 5 Gutenberg | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWordPress 5.0 was released on Thursday, and many people (those who are self-hosting, for example) were in for a nasty surprise: their entire way of adding a new post will have changed dramatically. The new release replaces TinyMCE with Gutenberg; a completely new way of adding content to your blog or website. In case you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, here is what TinyMCE looks like:

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

A Block, but not the Writer’s Kind

Gutenberg introduces a so-called Block Editor. Users of Elegant Themes’ Divi’s Visual Editor or even MailPoet or MailChimp will be familiar with the concept of composing posts through blocks. Basically, you build the page by selecting among a collection of premade kinds of content like Images, Text etc:

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

Still confused? Perhaps the following video will shed some light:

Thanks But No Thanks

If you are not ready to use the new WordPress 5.0 post editor, that’s ok. You can…

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Leaving Facebook #socialmedia #ebookadvertising

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Where does time go? I looked at my blog and realized I haven’t posted in a month. How does that happen? I’m online constantly, visiting other bloggers, but have somehow neglected my home base. With the holidays coming up, I may not have another post until January, but thought it was time to share…well, something!

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you probably know I’m not a fan of Facebook. Never have been from the time I signed up, but I hung in there because authors are expected to have a presence on FB. I’ve been awful about posting on my profile, but I have run several ads over the last few years, all with decent results. I considered Facebook worthwhile as a good ad source, never where I connected with others. I’m better with mediums like the blogosphere, Twitter and Instagram.

Then FB…

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What Makes Non-Fiction Read Like Fiction?

A Writer's Path

by John Briggs

Turning facts and figures into a compelling story.

It’s been said that the best non-fiction reads like a fast-paced thriller. And it should read like solid fiction with one exception – everything in it has to be true.

So how does a non-fiction writer keep you on the edge of your seat?

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