Writing Links 1/15/18

Where Genres Collide

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Traci Kenworth



  1. https://phsolomon.com/2018/01/07/interviews-with-tordug-part-2-an-arrow-against-the-wind/a fictitious news report.” Trouble brewing for sure.
  2. https://unicornbell.blogspot.com/2018/01/herding-sheep.html “Misdirection fascinates me.” A handy trick to practice.
  3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2018/01/12/life-of-an-innocent-bystander/ “This post is more about the mentality of an innocent bystander than how to use them because they’re fairly simple.” I sometimes give them as much trouble as my main characters. I can get just as sad for them as the star.




  1. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2018/01/different-kinds-of-pov-slips-and-how-to.html “POV slips are incredibly common, in large part because there’s a variety of them and because, well, when you’re the author who knows everything it’s easy to forget your POV character isn’t privy to everything you know.” They can happen to the best of us.
  2. https://amytruebloodauthor.com/announcing-the-2018-sun-vs-snow-agents/ Agents announced! Jan. 23 Sun vs. Snow contest.
  3. http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2018/01/aspiring-in-2018-with-laura-steven.html “Dreams are often portrayed as things that’ll only happen in the distant future. Aspirations a longing to get there. But what if…

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A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Single Action Revolvers

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Part 1, Introduction, was published in late October. Today, Bill explains how single action revolvers work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

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

Part 3: Single Action Revolvers


A revolver is a handgun wherein multiple chambers are contained within a cylinder that revolves around the central axis of the cylinder and may be fired multiple times without reloading. Revolver ammunition must be rimmed or, if rimless like most semi-automatics use, placed in a special retaining clip. Since most ammunition for revolvers is rimmed, I’ll concentrate on those.


single action revolver components | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pinterest

All revolvers have a barrel, a cylinder, a hammer, and a frame, which includes the trigger and a mechanical device that turns the cylinder when the…

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Promoting A Long Series: Guest Post By Charles E. Yallowitz

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles is on a blog tour to promote the latest release in his celebrated Legends of Windemere series, Warlord of the Forgotten Age. After 19 years, his series is coming to an end, so he’s the perfect person to discuss the challenges of promoting a long series.

Promoting A Long Series

Thank you to Nicholas for letting me be a guest and helping me promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  After 19 years of writing, editing, outlining, and toiling, my big fantasy adventure series comes to an end.  One thing I didn’t mention there was all the marketing. So many promos and ads and guest posts and fretting over numbers.  It really makes me wonder how I found any time for actual writing, especially since I wrote the final 12 volumes in…

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I’m Back With Several Courses For Publishing Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

Vacation writing inspiration | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksAfter a short break, I’m back with news of several publishing courses now available for only $10.99 (down from as high as $200)! If, like me, you’ve attended any Udemy courses in the past, you will surely have heard of the New Year Resolution offer they’re currently running, lasting until the 11th.

Dave Chesson (aka Kindlepreneur) has kindly compiled the best of the writing courses on offer into a super-helpful post. From writing to productivity tips to marketing, you can find out more on his blog!

Become a Book Launch Gladiator: How to go from Newbie Author to Bestseller

Book Launch Gladiator course | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIf Udemy’s courses are not enough for you, how about a great new course by Jordan Ring, aimed specifically at people struggling with their book.

The major parts of the course are:

  1. Course Intro and Basic Questions Answered
  2. Pre-Launch Phase and setting up your book for success
  3. Review How to
  4. Launch…

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Meet Stephanie Barr


Hi everyone today on Paws 4 Thought we’re pleased to introduce fantasy author, rocket scientist and cat lover, Stephanie Barr.


1) Which of your characters are you most like?

Most of my protagonist characters, including several side characters, are based on aspects of my own personality either gifted with traits I lack, taking that aspect to a much greater degree or both. Sometimes the aspects I lack are provided by people I know (a few exceptions like Lofar (short story) and Dante da Silv (Tarot Queen), both more based on my husband of the time).

Two in particular were focused on my being unusually bright (which does not get you friends) and my social awkwardness (not shyness) that makes me incredibly unpopular even today except among a few discerning folks. That’s Dylan Chroz of Saving Tessa and Nayna from the forthcoming Ideal Insurgent.

However, I’m probably most like Darma from…

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Writing Links 12/18/17

Where Genres Collide


Writing Links 12/18/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/how-characters-see-themselves-in-relation-to-other-characters/ How do your characters relate to each other?
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/so-your-character-is-from-norway.html Norway characters.
  3. https://mythcreants.com/blog/five-essentials-of-historical-fantasy/ Filling in the gaps, something I worry about.
  4. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/12/lessons-and-good-habits-for-writing-and.html On writing.
  5. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/12/15/7-tips-to-ending-a-series-buy-stock-in-tissues/ Tips on ending your series.
  6. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/12/14/meet-guest-author-robbie-cheadle/


  1. http://middlegrademafia.com/2017/12/12/mafia-411-nutcracked-by-susan-adrian/
  2. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/12/stem-tuesday-science-fiction-books-classroom/ This week’s science in books.
  3. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/12/vlog-series-standalone-companion-novels.html I’ve been writing companion novels for the past series I just did and didn’t realize it. I just thought they were called series as well. Oh, what we learn, lol.
  4. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/12/yallfest-interview-with-jeff-zentner.html Interview with the author of The Serpent King.
  5. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/12/sparking-imagination-written-imagery/ It may be more important than ever to give readers an opportunity to envision and imagine through the words on the page.
  6. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-year-in-review.html My year has been bad as you might know if you’ve been reading these posts for a while. I had a tornado hit my home in July and then again in Oct. My kids and I were in a car accident…

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Propelling Your Blog As The Next Hot Ticket Item

The Little Mermaid

Eureka! I’ve finally discovered the secret to blogging success! The good news is that I can’t wait to share the magic potion with all of you! Whoot!


Let’s get started…

What is ‘blogging success’ at the outset? Is it something achievable? Is it quantifiable? For me, a successful blog is one that is loved by all. A blog that is pampered in its niche attracts thousands of visitors, garners hundreds of likes and is home to a never-ending string of comments. A successful blog stands out from the rest because, well, it is amazeballs. But what does it take for an amateur to get there? Did it cross your mind at some point in time that those established bloggers were starters, like you? Yeah? Good!

1. Passion

Passion is the key to unlock the door to blogging success. When you blog, you have to do it out of love…

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Pipe & Thimble Publishing and Bookstore

Pipe & Thimble Book Store is founded on the principles of Richard and Peg Austin’s doll house miniature business in the late 70’s by the same name. We strive to treat all authors, artisans, and other indies with respect, fairness, and integrity. We created a haven that returns to the original roots of storytelling with a focus of community, bringing forth those voices that are so essential, and yet so often unheard.

​Along with providing a platform for and promoting indie authors, local handmade artisans, musicians, and others within the indie circle, we also offer a place to further their own reach within the South Bay, as well as working with local schools, charities, libraries, and other local business on joint events that support reading, learning, and community.

​As independent authors and artisans ourselves, we know the struggles that accompany getting product in stores and in a way that benefits the author/maker. We also know the difficulty of finding locations that work with those in the indie circle for events.

S. A. Gibson is proud to have his work featured by Pipe & Thimble. I’ve enjoyed appearing on author panels there. Please visit the store and spread the word.


Pipe & Thimble
24830 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, California

Things I Learned From Signing A Trad-Pub Contract

Nicholas C. Rossis

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

You may remember how Azure Fire Publishing has both hired me to be their Editor-in-chief and asked me to publish my fantasy/sci-fi books with them.

I now have some more exciting news to share: Patakis, the largest Greek publishing house, has bought in advance my next 3 children’s books and will publish them next year in Greece. Which means I am officially a hybrid author, as they also offered me a cash advance (a small one, but hey, it’s the principle, right?)

The new books continue the adventures of the little boy, his dog, and a few new cast members including a dragon (some Musiville favorites also make guest appearances). Their titles are Valiant Smile, Whisker Smile, and Lola’s Smile. All books will now be officially part of the Mystery Smiles series (the old name, Niditales, will now be phased out).

The first book will…

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