How to Stay Motivated When Working from Home

Nicholas C. Rossis

With the exception of 6 dreadful months, I’ve been working from home for over 25 years now. So I was blessed in that the COVID-19 lockdown didn’t hit me as hard as most. Talking to friends who aren’t used to working from home reminded me of how hard it can be for some.

Mira Rakicevic | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSo, how can you stay motivated when working from home? This guest post by Mira Rakicevic offers some helpful tips!

After obtaining a master’s degree in English Philology, a love for words and a passion for books inspired Mira to become a content writer. Since DIY projects and remodeling endeavors have always been her favorite pastime, she decided to combine the two and start a site dedicated to home improvement. In a way, decorating a room is the same as writing a compelling article. Finding a piece of furniture or decor that completes the look is just…

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Free Content Creation Online Tools

Nicholas C. Rossis

Since I started working as a freelance SEO copywriter, I have been using various online collaborative tools. I am constantly amazed by how many such tools exist and how few of them I’d heard of prior to starting my new career.

This guest post by Thomas Glare includes some content creation tools you may be interested in. Thomas has just started a content creation business and is looking for tools to help him elevate his enterprise. The ones listed below did the trick and have enabled him to amass a large following to his business.

Online Tools Everyone in the Content Creation Industry Should Be Using

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

The Internet is the hub of everything. Whether you are looking for recipes, tips on fashion, hair, business, or anything else, you will find everything there.

But if take a step back, you’ll wonder how the creators of all that content got to…

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How to Feel Like Writing Again

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Lanz

We’ve all felt it at one time or another. The story loses its shine and you’re left with a half-completed story. Why does this happen, and how do you continue?

For a lot of writers, this is the mid-point of the story, but truly, it can happen at any point. I want to focus on something entirely different from “writer’s block”; this topic regards when you know what to write next, but you just don’t feel like doing so.

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Internet Archive Faces Lawsuit Over Free E-Books

Nicholas C. Rossis

As Elizabeth A. Harris of the New York Times reported on Monday, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Wiley accused the nonprofit Internet Archive of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

A group of publishers sued Internet Archive on Monday, saying that the nonprofit group’s trove of free electronic copies of books was robbing authors and publishers of revenue at a moment when it was desperately needed.

According to the complaint, Internet Archive has made more than 1.3 million books available free online, which were scanned and available to one borrower at a time for a period of 14 days. However, the group said in March it would lift all restrictions on its book lending until the end of the public health crisis, creating what it called “a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners.”

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

Philanthropy or theft?

In response, Maria A. Pallante, president of…

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The Top 5 Writing Distractions

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

In the YouTube ad for her MasterClass, Joyce Carol Oates says, “The great enemy of writing isn’t your own lack of talent; it’s being interrupted by other people. Constant interruptions are the destruction of the imagination.” Yeah, that’s true, but if you’ve ever struggled to find a block of time to devote to your writing, or if while you’re working you can’t maintain your focus, then you know people aren’t the only problem. In this article I enumerate what I consider to be the top 5 writing distractions, and how to deal with them.

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Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

Nicholas C. Rossis

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

I came across a nice thread on Quora (here and here) about common mistakes in fiction. I am sharing here the ones that I agreed with. I found particularly interesting to see which mistakes different people mentioned, as many of them contradicted each other. This makes perfect sense to me: reading is a highly personal experience. That’s why I agree with Mary Gentle that there is only one sign that a novel is bad:

You’re reading the novel. You put it down. Somehow, you never pick it up again.

That’s it.

But it’s a highly personal thing and we can’t generalize. There are books that have made all the mistakes below and I’d still enjoy reading.

Having said all that, here are some of the most common mistakes mentioned:

Info dump

This is most common in fantasy and sci-fi. Just dumping enormous amounts of facts and history on…

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Remembering What You Wrote

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

It’s easy isn’t it? You wrote it so naturally you remember it. Such is not always the case. I’m reminded of a book I wrote some years ago. It’s a fantasy and a woman is killed and moved into something I refer to as the Midworld. Anyway, not knowing her way around, she wanders aimlessly for a while and happens to board a subway. A hundred or so pages and perhaps three months in story time I remembered I’d left her on the subway and quickly needed a way to get her off and account for the time lapse.

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COVID-19 Enhances Amazon’s Reliability and Credibility

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon logistics center in Poland| From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our lives, forcing us to live digital lives rather than physical ones.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Inc. reported soaring quarterly sales because of a surge in online orders from homebound customers contending with the coronavirus pandemic—as reported by The Wall Street Journal and Passive Guy.

The tech giant said Thursday that revenue rose 26% from a year earlier to $75.5 billion in the three months through March—by far the highest on record for what is usually Amazon’s slowest period of the year.

The boom in sales came at a cost, though: profit fell 29% from a year earlier to $2.5 billion, well short of analysts’ average estimate of $3.26 billion. Operating profit for the quarter also missed the estimate Amazon gave in January.

The results, which follow relatively robust earnings reports by several other big tech companies in recent days, reflect the central role…

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Is Ingram-Lightning the Future of Publishing?

Nicholas C. Rossis

The other day, I came across an eye-opening article through The Passive Guy. Veteran publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin was describing the ways that the Coronavirus is changing the publishing industry. Among his main takeaways is that supply chains have been so disrupted by the Coronavirus that main publishers are turning to Print-On-Demand (POD) printers like Ingram-Lightning to ensure delivery of their titles.

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

Is Print-On-Demand (POD) the future of publishing?

The Coronavirus simply speeds up a trend that had been ongoing for years. There are many reasons why publishers may find POD solutions cost-effective and efficient.

Think of all the costs including the salaries and benefits of staff associated with:

  1. printing,
  2. order-taking,
  3. shipping to a warehouse,
  4. warehousing,
  5. order fulfillment,
  6. shipping orders from the warehouse to store,
  7. shipping and restocking
  8. costs of returns,
  9. crediting and paying bookstores for returns,
  10. bookstore and bookchain bankruptcies,
  11. dealing with stock involved in the…

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