Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs When Self-Publishing

Nicholas C. Rossis

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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs When Self-Publishing

Self-publishing gives authors the opportunity to earn a lot of passive income compared to other careers. The reality is, though, that an average self-published book will make less than $500 in its lifetime sales. Even if they are good books, many of them are suffering from self-publishing mistakes that prevent them from being more successful. By avoiding these mistakes, you can start building a steady monthly income.

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

1. Not Blogging

It’s quite easy to start a blog and it’s helpful for writers to stay on track with their writing habit…

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How to Create Dynamic Fictional Characters

A Writer's Path

by David Gittlin

Most serious writers want to connect with an audience; preferably a big one.  You have something to say.  You have a story to tell.  You want people to read it.  One of the best ways to make people want to read your work is to create memorable and relatable central characters.  Whether you are writing a short story, screenplay, or a novel, you want your readers to identify with and live the story through your main characters.  To do this, you have to create three dimensional characters that live and breathe in your reader’s imagination.  I’d like to share with you a method I learned for from professional, published writers.

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6 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Book Marketing

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ryan Aslatt | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Ryan Aslatt. Ryan is a web strategist and blogger. He currently works at Web Design Agency WebAlive. He is used to writing well-researched articles that readers will find insightful, engaging and highly informative.

I’m still figuring out how to use video for my book marketing, let alone LIVE video. So, these tips were of particular interest to me! I hope you find them as useful as I did.

5 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Social Media Marketing

Are you one of those who are still wondering how to use live videos for book marketing? Then you are in the right place.

By now, as you have reached this article roaming around here and there, you are probably already aware of the tons of marketing tools available to connect with readers. Of the many options available, perhaps you are currently considering “Live…

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How to Write With All Five Senses

A Writer's Path

by EFR

This might be a little grade school for some of you. Or you might think it’s a little grade school. Frankly, I think we could all stand to be reminded. So there you go.

When you are describing something, it looks a certain way. Yes indeedy. We get that. We got it three paragraphs ago. We got the visual flavor of this city through your description of Corinthian columns, crenellated parapets, vast marble blocks that take twelve oxen a week to tow anywhere useful.

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The KENP Per-Page Rate for September, 2019 (Kindle Unlimited)


September, 2019: How Much Did Kindle Unlimited Pay Per Page Read?

The September, 2019 per-page read was $0.0047 (KENP) in the US.

This is a pleasant improvement over August’s and July’s rates which were both $0.00439.

That’s about a 7% increase, putting it back up where it had been earlier this year.

The KDP Select Global Fund rose yet again, but just slightly, from $25.8 million to $25.9 million.

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Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides

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Top Tips on Writing a Book Blurb That Really Sells

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ashley Halsey | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Ashley Halsey. Ashely is a professional writer at and and is also involved in several nation-wide projects. A mother of two, she enjoys reading, traveling, and attending business training courses!

Today, she tackles one of the most annoying things about being an author: writing the blurbs to your books! I have shared some nice tips on writing blurbs in the past, but the whole subject still seems to be a nightmare for most authors, so I hope you’ll get inspired by her tips.

Top Tips on Writing a Book Blurb That Really Sells

They say not to judge a book by its cover – but let’s be honest, we all do exactly that. The cover and blurb are crucial in drawing in potential readers, sparking their interest and, in many cases, can be the difference between a sale and a missed opportunity…

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Backstory: Relevant Information or an Inconsequential Event?

A Writer's Path


by Brenda Hill

When we begin a novel, we need to intimately know our characters. We must know their motivations—why they do certain things and what causes them to react to events with warmth or hostility. Otherwise, their strong reactions or nonchalance may seem strange to other people.

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Skill vs. Talent – Which do you have?

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Lanz

  • tal·ent [tal-uhnt] noun: a special natural ability or aptitude.
  • skill [skil] noun: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well.

What if you don’t have natural talent? Does that mean you may as well give up?

It’s not quite the chicken or the egg debate, but it’s up there. I’ve heard people go in circles about which comes first and which is necessary. At what combination of both does one continue the grind and attempt at success? I’d be surprised if you haven’t asked yourself that question. It’s a part of being human.

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Amazon Ads Now Available For UK and Germany

Nicholas C. Rossis

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

In my last post, I mentioned that Amazon giveaways are retiring. It looks like Amazon is going through an autumn cleaning phase, as it has now introduced something I’ve been itching to try for years: Sponsored Products in the UK and Germany.

Okay, since none of my books have been translated into German, it’s the UK that caught my eye. This is exciting news indeed, as it means I can finally reach a new market through my preferred means of advertising: Amazon Ads.

Until now it was only possible to advertise in the US. I love the news and hope that Sponsored Ads will soon be made available to all English-speaking countries, including Canada and Australia. Plus France, since Eaux Infinies is the only non-English book I have published so far!

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What Does It Mean to Write About Happiness?

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

A few weeks ago, I came across a review on Goodreads mentioning Laurie Colwin and how, in that reader’s opinion, she was one of the few recent authors who wrote about happiness. My curiosity piqued, I ordered one of her novels, Happy All the Time, through my local library, and I let myself entertain modest hopes for the book.

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