Free Fonts

Nicholas C. Rossis

Fonts matter | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Fonts matter. Source: Reddit

In my previous post, I wrote about DIY Book Design; a website that lets you create 3D mockups of your book for free. But that implies you’ve already designed your book cover. And sometimes you need just the right font to do so.

Alternatively, you may be preparing an Ad or banner for your fantasy or mystery or crime or romance or children books and you feel that no font in your regular application can convey the feeling correctly. Or you need a cursive and you find that all the Microsoft office cursives are practically unreadable. Has it happened to you to end up with the same, old, readable few fonts you use time after time?

Again, you need the right font to convey the right feeling. Because, you know, fonts matter.

So, here’s another awesome resource, also courtesy of Krystallia. And if you want…

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How To Choose Your Fonts And Colours For Book Cover Design

Choosing Book Cover Fonts

The most critical elements in book cover design are fonts and colours

It is true that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But equally valid is that you can’t judge a book if you can’t read the title.

If you are self-publishing and your book is struggling to gain traction and sales, one reason could be the fonts you are using in your book cover design.

For a lot of self-published authors, the cost of hiring a professional designer to design a cover might be prohibitive. A custom cover can cost anywhere from $200 to $600.

There is also the choice to buy a pre-made professional cover. The price is generally between $45 to $65.

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How to Use Scrivener’s Scratchpad

Story Empire

Good morning to all the Story Empire readers! PH here with another useful tip for using Scrivener so let’s dive right into it!

If you read this blog very much then you know I like finding and figuring out how to use the various tools and settings in Scrivener so I can write more efficiently. I also like to share these usage tips so other authors also benefit from Scrivener . With that in mind, I’m sharing another tool in Scrivener that you may not know about: the Scratchpad.

Scriv Scratchpad

First let’s find out how to open this tool. Click on Tools and then on Scratchpad (from the keyboard that’s CTR + Shift + 0 (that the numerical zero not the letter O).

Opening Scratchpad gives you this basic window.

Scriv Scratch Pad

But what’s the purpose of this tool? If you use the Inspector you may already use the Document Notes to add…

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Expanding on living documents

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig here again. I’ve written about my living documents here before. You can check out this post from 2016. I’m still a big believer in living documents, but it’s become more of an expanded library now.

Turns out, these don’t have to be limited to documents. My story boards are living documents, in a way. They evolve slowly, and I harvest them when they’re ripe. You can read more about story boarding here.

My newest one is Pinterest. I know we’re supposed to use everything for promotion, but I find that tiresome. It’s also overlooking some genuine value in the format.

I started off making book specific boards. Those are helpful when it comes time to write a story. Maybe there is a setting, or car, or something you want to use in the tale. It’s nice to have a reference point or two.

Then it occurred…

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Friday Book Share ~ Fav Writing Books

Story Empire

Hey SE Readers. It’s Friday and time for another book share. I usually share a work of fiction (after all this site is about writing fiction), but today I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to share a few of my favorite (and most helpful) books on writing.

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – I purchased this book when it first released several years ago and found it extremely helpful. Recently the authors published a new version that lists 130 different emotions.

Each entry defines that particular emotion, notes, physical signs and behaviors, internal sensations, mental responses, acute or long-term responses to said emotion, associated power verbs, and more.

Angela and Becca have also published The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, Negative Trait Thesaurus, Positive Trait Thesaurus, The Rural Setting Thesaurus, The Urban Setting Thesaurus, and Emotion Amplifiers.

I’ve found each of these books useful…

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How to Make 3D Text (and the old Preset Gradients) with new Versions of Microsoft Word


HOW TO USE WORD 2003 WORDART WITH WORD 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

In Microsoft Word 2007 and onward, the WordArt and textbox options changed substantially from Word 2003.

Although for the most part I prefer the newer versions of Word’s drawing tools, there are a few features from 2003 that I rather like:

  • I prefer the original 3D text effects (and shape effects) options.
  • I like some of the old preset gradients, such as Fire and Sapphire.

There is a way to use these old drawing tools. Click File > Save As and adjust Save As Type from Word Document to Word 97-2003 Document. This changes the extension from .DOCX to .DOC.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use any of the newer features in your Word file if you do that.

But there is a way to enjoy the best of both worlds. Follow these steps:

  • Open a new…

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Free, 99 Cents, and Other Specials

Hello Friends,

I’m thrilled to announce that Get Out or Die (Book 2, Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery) is now being narrated for audiobook distribution. It should be available sometime in April.

The audiobook for Haunted Hearts, Book1 is available now at Audible and Amazon.

Got snow? Rain? Why not stay in and read a book?

Have a great weekend!


Cozy Mystery Promos

Love’s Endurance

This weekend only – 99 Cents

Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV)

Twenty-eight-year-old, Madison Barrett, and her husband, Eric, decide it’s time to start a family? She’s young. She’s healthy—until she gets news no woman wants to hear . . .

Readers who enjoy women’s fiction full of emotion will love Love’s Endurance.


New Releases

Love, Autumn

Someone call Karma because she seriously sucks at her job.

Leo Thompson was an absolute jerk in college and now he’s Mr. Tall and Handsome?

What’s up with that?

And, get this, he’s this super successful surgeon who managed to steal away my heart.

Seriously, Karma, get your act together.

But I guess I don’t mind all that much if he keeps giving me those bedroom eyes.

Try as I might to remember the ridicule he’d put me through…

The humiliation…

I’m still drawn to that perfect smile of his…

That oh-so-sexy V that leads to untold pleasures.

Oh, if I could only forget about the past and fall into bed with this man.

If only for a little while.

I mean, if Karma doesn’t hold a grudge then why should I?

A girl can have a little bit of fun, can’t she?

Especially when that fun is Dr. Leo Thompson.

The one man who can make me howl louder than any other.

The one who knows my every weakness – my every bedtime kryptonite.

And he uses it to his full advantage until I’m screaming so loud the whole town is bound to hear his name.

So, someone page Dr. Thompson because I’ve got a bone to pick.

Or better yet, he has a bone to pick with me.

If you know what I mean.

Let’s just hope that this doesn’t crash and burn like the last time.

Because my heart cannot stand to be shattered a second time.


White Knights: A White Knights Novel (The White Knights Series Book 1)

Geek Girls Rule!

My name is Angel Sinclair. I’m the youngest senior at Excalibur Academy for the Technologically Gifted and Talented in Washington, DC. I was pushed ahead a year because of my high IQ and considerable prowess behind the keyboard, making me an outcast even among my own peers.

I’ve been looking for my dad all my life. A brilliant mathematician and cryptographer, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances when I was eighteen months old. Although my mom tells me I must put him in my past, it only makes me more determined to find out what happened to him. When weird accidents start happening at my school and the vice principal is involved in a deadly incident, I don’t see it as a coincidence.

After launching my own investigation, with the aid of an unexpected set of allies calling themselves the White Knights, I discover a threat far greater than I ever could have imagined. I could take my discoveries to the authorities, but my own investigative methods would be at risk. Can anyone say hacking? No, it’s up to me to set things right. My objectives are straightforward: clear the name of the vice principal, learn the truth about my father, and stay alive. In other words, save the day and try not to look too much like a dork while doing it.

If you enjoy spy and mystery adventures, you will like the White Knights series by Julie Moffett, YA/NA Mystery and Mayhem Award-winning author and writer of the popular geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. Try out Julie’s fun, young adult series today!


Restless Hearts

Romance prevails in four full-length stories of adventure, betrayal, love, and danger.

Matter of Choice:
Some promises can’t be kept… ​

The Real You:
While Paige fights to find her place in his world, Kellen must engage in a lethal game of chess, their lives and blossoming love at stake.

​Veil of Secrecy:
As enemies shred her newly founded life, Rachel realizes she has to confront the past to find her future.

Until Tomorrow:
When everything is taken from you, all you have left is what comes next…


Best Wishes,

A Free Mockup Book Cover Maker

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently discovered DIY Book Design (thank you, Krystallia!) and just had to share the news.

DIY Book Design has a number of useful tools and tutorials, all aimed at helping you produce the perfect image for your book. From a number of tutorials helping with the design of your book cover to taking that cover and transforming it into a great-looking 3D mockup, DIY Book Design has got you covered.

It’s this last feature that caught my eye. You get to choose between a Single and Composite look for your books. The Single look lets you display your book as a Kindle/tablet/mobile/paper standalone image:

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

The Composite view lets you design a combination featuring various formats:

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

Generating the mockup is as simple as 1-2-3, as the interface guides you through the entire process. You get the option of creating a white or transparent background for your books. The whole process…

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5 Overused Words in Fiction

A Writer's Path

by Kelsie Engen

I’m deep in the throes of editing my current WIP right now, Broken Time, which is why my poor blog has been taking a backseat. And what this really means is that I’m deep into the nitty-gritty of grammar, word usage, syntax, and pretty much the non-glamorous aspects of writing.

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