Creating The Perfect Newsletter

Nicholas C. Rossis

This post was originally posted on the Azure Fire Publishing website.

Creating The Perfect Newsletter

For many authors, the Perfect Newsletter is like the alchemist’s philosophical stone: if we get it right, we can turn our books to gold! The newsletter is our way to reach our readers, create with them a long-standing relationship, make our books known, and even make some friends through the process. We authors love writing and connecting, and the newsletter combines both aspects in one. It should be considered one more hot trend to publishing!

So we spend time creating and putting together newsletters, and our hearts ache when someone unsubscribes. But just what is it that readers are looking for in a newsletter?

Jackie Weger of eNovel Authors At Work recently ran a survey looking for the answer to just that. She had hundreds of responses, and I had the opportunity to look…

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A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 6

A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 6

Morgan Hazelwood: Writer In Progress

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Bonus  | Part 6

Part 6: Videos – YouTube+

Note: I know I’m talking about YouTube, just days after the San Bruno attacks. My heart goes out to those affected by the attacks.

I’ve talked about a LOT of social media forms. You might have wondered what could POSSIBLY be next?

Google+ or LinkedIn (Nah, although, I do cross-post my blog over there, for people who prefer those social media forms, they don’t seem active enough)
Goodreads? No, although, I’m there and in a few book clubs.I mostly use it to keep a presence, and stay accountable for my book-reading goals.
I’m pretty sure you’re all thinking “Um, Morgan, I think you’ve gone seriously overboard on this social media thing…” and you’re COMPLETELY right.
Today, though? Today, I’m going to be…

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Fearless Smile Sneak Preview

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You may remember how Patakis, Greece’s largest publisher, has acquired the rights to my next three children’s’ books. These are to be called Fearless Smile, Cat Island, and Whatever Lola Wants.

Fearless Smile is now scheduled to be published in Greek in early April. As it was originally written in English, the English text is already complete. So, hopefully, it won’t take too long for the English edition to follow.

My illustrator and painter friend (and godfather to the wee one), Dimitris Fousekis, has once again worked his magic to create his trademark magical, highly original illustrations. Here is a sneak peak of the Greek edition draft (as you can see, typesetting is still in progress). I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

You can check out our previous books, Runaway Smile and Musiville, on Amazon (FREE on KU).

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“I Was Tagged” & Other Updates

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I was tagged by both Steve Turnbull and Stephanie Barr to post the first seven lines from my latest WIP. Thank you, both. Because Facebook strips formatting when you copy and paste, I thought I’d kill two birds with one post and add my content to this author update.

“The Interview” – Book Two in “The 942 Series”

Forty-Seven known survivors from Astel. Nash’s heart sank as he looked at each photo. He scanned the last of the files Royce had forwarded in a numb trance and committed every detail to memory before he destroyed the documents.
Odds are Roz and your family are dead, the Sarcastic voice interjected.
“Shut up.”
It’s time to quit chasing ghosts and move on.
“No, and I told you to be quiet!”
The Darkness rose to join the conversation. It’s been eight years. Even if she’s…

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The ABCs Of War And An Adult Children’s Book: Unusual Alphabet Primers

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Alison Jay ABC | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThe wee one is at that age when we’re reading her ABCs on a daily basis — which explains why one of her first words was “ackle” (apparently, that’s what A stands for). We have half a dozen of these, with Alison Jay’s ABC being my favorite one, thanks to her stunning illustrations. However, I wish I could get my hands on two of the more unusual ones. Like Shel Silverstein’s Adults-Only Children’s Book and The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer: did you know that D stands for dreadnought?

Shel Silverstein’s Adults-Only Children’s Book

In 1961, Hugh Hefner, likely recognizing that his adult publication was missing out on a lucrative and untapped market, commissioned some material just for the kids. As Kevin Litman-Navarro of Atlas Obscura explains, six pages after August’s centerfold spread of Playmate Karen Thompson, Playboy Magazine printed its inaugural children’s work—Uncle Shelby’s ABZ…

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Gifted: the Mysterious Edinburgh Book Sculptures

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In 2011, ten exquisite sculptures made from books mysteriously appeared at libraries and cultural institutions across Edinburgh. The first and last were found here at the Scottish Poetry Library, and also a final gift at the end of 2012. The sculptures came with a simple message: ‘in support of books, libraries, words, ideas’. To this day, no one knows how they arrived, and the identity of the sculptor remains anonymous, but their story has traveled all over the world.

The artist’s note ‘… a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.…in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…’ forms a refrain running through the all of the works, both celebration and call to action.

See all sculptures and find out more about this unusual mystery on the Scottish Poetry Library’s website.

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The May Day’s Revolutionary Past

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May Day wreath | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Greek May Day wreath. Photo: Greek Reporter

May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more. In Greece, it is celebrated as a workers’ strike. So, naturally, everyone goes to the countryside and… erm… makes themselves a May wreath to hang on their doors.

It is just as confusing a holiday in the States, as Natalie Zarrelli of Atlas Obscura reminds us. For many, it celebrates the ancient Celtic day of flowers and rebirth, with laughing children dancing around the maypole. But May Day also has a revolutionary past. The International Workers’ Day of May Day, the holiday’s full name, originated in the United States in 1886 as a radical response to abusive employers, for something many people take for granted today: the eight-hour workday.

A Nineteenth-Century Affair

Nineteenth-century employment conditions were harsh: workers often performed dangerous tasks while under-fed and under-slept, working from 10-16…

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Ruining the reputation of self-publishing: an amateur writer, one year on.

Blogging to an empty theatre

approval-15914_640Before we start, apologies for the clickbait title. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last twelve months it’s that negative headlines get a lot more attention than positive ones. You clicked on it, after all!

But what else have I discovered in my voyage into the minefield-strewn world of writing and book marketing, and how was In Vitro Lottery received (if at all) by the reviewing and buying public? Read on to find out!

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