Month: March 2018

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Assault Rifles

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here. Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 4 (cont’d): Assault Rifles

Operation of Semi-Automatic (“Assault”) Rifles

AK-47 components | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book AK-47 components. Source: PyramidAir

First, I want to discuss the elephant in the room, assault rifles, or assault weapons. The Germans developed the first assault rifle during WWII, the MP-43. It featured an intermediate cartridge, that is, one that is stronger than…

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Christine Plouvier’s Examples Of Using Smell In Your Writing

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently posted on the challenges of using smell in one’s writing. Christine Plouvier, author of the Irish Firebrands, left a comment citing a number of posts on her blog with examples of her doing so in her own work. Intrigued as I was, I did check out those posts and was impressed by them. So much so, that I decided to share them with you here, albeit edited by me for brevity. Consider this post a companion one to my Emotional Beats posts, then.

The Irish Firebrands by Christine Plouvier | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Check out on Amazon

  • On the hearth, there burnt a small fire that smelt of apple wood.
  • He ground out words as stale as the indoor air.
  • The very smell of his unfinished pint was so bitter it made him faint with nausea before he could put it to his lips.
  • He lost himself in the scent of her hair, the warmth…

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3 Book Promotion Ideas (That Nobody Is Talking About)

Nicholas C. Rossis

Chris Naish | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by Chris Naish of NoHatDigital. Chris is a social media/SEO wizard and self-published author who likes learning new things and tinkering with stuff on interwebs. He also blogs now and again at his site and writes books with proper England grammar when the mood takes him. 

3 Book Promotion Ideas (That Nobody Is Talking About)

I know you probably know all the basic stuff, so I want to provide you with book promotion ideas that you likely have not heard before. Here we go:


Thunderclap is a service that allows you to get all of your supporters behind you on launch day. They sign up and grant Thunderclap access to post a message about your book launch the day it goes live. All of these tweets and Facebook likes to go out the same time so that you are literally everywhere on…

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How to Build and Manage a Team of Writers

Nicholas C. Rossis

Rachel Jacson | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is another guest post by Rachel Jackson, a mother of 2 beautiful boys. Rachel loves to hike and write about traveling, education, and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at – an online resource for relevant business information.

One of the best parts of my writing career has been meeting all of you–the extraordinary men and women who form the writing community. Some of you I have met in person; others I’m unlikely to ever do. I have collaborated on a number of projects with you and am part of a number of writer groups. We follow each other on social media and support and cheer our efforts.

At the same time, most of us are fiercely independent and protective of our work. As a result, forming a well-functioning team of writers can be a bit of a “herding cats” challenge. It is this teamwork that is…

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Exciting Times For Facebook Author Pages

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Marina Gioti. You may remember this author power couple from my recent feature of their booksMarina is revealing how she’s using the much-maligned Facebook Author Pages in a novel way that allows her to boost her sales without having to pay for advertising!

Exciting Times For Facebook Author Pages

Exciting times lie ahead for Authors when it comes to promoting their books on social media! Apparently, Facebook and Goodreads have identified the need for tools specifically targeted to authors. They seem to be engaging in a race to become the best platform for authors and help them reach and engage their audience. So far, Facebook seems to be the most user-friendly, but Goodreads is more targeted.

As we all know, user profiles have better penetration and reach than a page in facebook, but they also have certain limitations, such as…

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