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Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About WordPress

Nicholas C. Rossis

Seeing how popular my Everything You Need To Know About Blogging post was, I was excited when WebsiteBuilder allowed me to share their recent Infographic, 51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress.

WordPress has become my trusted friend in website building, as its friendly interface allows clients to maintain their sites themselves, without needing any special skills. It is flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide. But did you know that 28% of all websites are now powered by WordPress, that it’s actually older than Twitter and Facebook, or that WordPress was the most requested job skill worldwide in 2014?

For that and more amazing facts, read on!

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

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Infographic: Amazon’s Extraordinary History

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon Bezos 1999 | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIn my latest post about CreateSpace discontinuing its paid author services, I was writing about Amazon’s apparent intention to eventually roll CreateSpace into the Amazon fold. This would tie in with the company’s overall expansion: in just 23 years, Amazon has gone from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more. On the right is a meme circulating on the Internet, with a 1999 Bezos in his office. A long way from his current status of being the wealthiest man on the planet with a fortune surpassing 100 billion dollars.

As I’ve often said in the past (“Writers: Stop Romanticizing Rejection. Or, Why I Love Amazon” and “Why Publishers Should Love Amazon’s Indie Revolution,” I love Amazon for opening the gates for us mere mortals to join the hallowed ranks of published authors. It has given…

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We Have Always Fought: Changing the Women, Cattle & Slaves Narrative

We Have Always Fought: Changing the Women, Cattle & Slaves Narrative

Diane Morrison

By Kameron Hurley

I’m going to tell you a story about llamas. It will be like every other story you’ve ever heard about llamas: how they are covered in fine scales; how they eat their young if not raised properly; and how, at the end of their lives, they hurl themselves – lemming-like- over cliffs to drown in the surging sea. They are, at heart, sea creatures, birthed from the sea, married to it like the fishing people who make their livelihood there.

Every story you hear about llamas is the same. You see it in books: the poor doomed baby llama getting chomped up by its intemperate parent. On television: the massive tide of scaly llamas falling in a great, majestic herd into the sea below. In the movies: bad-ass llamas smoking cigars and painting their scales in jungle camouflage.

Because you’ve seen this story so many times, because…

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Black Dogs: A Guide On Select Mercenaries (Real and Fictional) Throughout History

Nicholas C. Rossis

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

This is a guest post by Allan Bishop, a mid-twenty-something writing hack, and yuppie professional somewhere in the Greater Boston area. He laments the passing of bacon, enjoys long walks on back roads, and provides irreverent but affectionate takes, guides, and discussions on science-fiction, fantasy, and the mechanics of writing. His life, unfortunately, has been hijacked by Al-Bawk the Undying, a sentient storytelling chicken.

You can contact him on:

Bawk, Bawk!

Black Dogs: A Guide On Select Mercenaries (Real and Fictional) Throughout History

The Black Company, The Golden Company, Outer Heaven. Mercenaries have fascinated readers in fantasy and science-fiction for as long as both genres have existed. More organized and ruthless than your lovable rogue, the mercenary serves often as an antagonist or a protagonist, depending on what purpose they serve in…

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Writing Links 1/15/18

Where Genres Collide

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Traci Kenworth



  1. fictitious news report.” Trouble brewing for sure.
  2. “Misdirection fascinates me.” A handy trick to practice.
  3. “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. “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. Agents announced! Jan. 23 Sun vs. Snow contest.
  3. “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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