Cover Reveals: The Power of Six Redesigned, Infinite Waters

Okay, so I might have a slight obsession with hands, but nevertheless, these new covers for Nicholas C. Rossis’ short story collections are fabulous. Check them out 😀

Nicholas C. Rossis

Remember how I mentioned that I’m redesigning all of of my book covers? Today, I can share with you the new cover for The Power of Six: 6+1 short science fiction stories. The redesign has been by the very talented Alexios Saskalidis of 187designz.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksBuy The Power of Six on Amazon

Even more exciting, however, is the new cover for Infinite Waters; my latest collection of short stories. Also designed by 187designz, its design is in the same spirit as The Power of Six, to indicate the relationship between the two:

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

Infinite Waters will be released on July 7th.

Do let me know what you think of the new covers in the comments below. Unless you hate them. Then… erm… oh, what the heck, even then! Or, you can rate them on ratebookcover.com:

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How to Score Great Amazon Reviews: Resources and More

Thank you, Nicholas, for these excellent resources 😀

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWith the recent controversy on the issue of reviews, triggered by Amazon’s decision to remove all of Christoph Fischer’s 1,700 reviews, it seems this is the issue of the day.

Contrary to popular belief, Amazon does not require that you’ve bought a book in order to review it. It does ask that you mention in your review if you haven’t, explaining how you came across it (usually with a simple “a copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review” statement at the end).

This myth is based on the fact that Amazon does require that you’ve bought at least one physical item from its shops before you’re allowed to place a review. This is to verify that you’re an actual human, with a valid physical address, instead of a robot, a troll or a spammer. Here’s the story from the horse’s mouth, as reported by Jackie Weger, who…

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What’s an Independent Author?

This is an excellent article by Mariana Llanos. Head on over to Chris’ place and check it out 😀

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

You might’ve heard these terms: Independent Author, Self-Published Author, Indie Author. You might’ve even heard some say it with a sneer and others with a cringe. You might’ve read some mean spirited articles putting down self-publishing. And others more optimistic saying that it’s changing the face of the publishing industry. There you are, in the middle of the bookstore, with an overload of contradictory information, not sure if you should buy that book by an ‘indie’ or run the opposite direction.

As an indie author I can tell you that you don’t have to fear us: Independent authors are simply writers who are also entrepreneurs. We are people who have decided to take control of our own publishing needs. While traditionally published authors seek a publishing house to take their manuscript, they rarely have any input over the final product. We independents have control over the whole process. From…

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Open Submissions for Short Stories, Flash Fiction & 1 Act Plays

Check out this intriguing opportunity, brought to you by M.J. Moores over at Infinite Pathways. It sounds like great fun to me!

2015 Infinite Pathways Press Anthology Poster

June 1st – August 1st September 1st

I’m pleased to announce Infinite Pathways’ first anthology:

The Human Condition

Canadian Edition

For more information please click HERE or visit

2015 Anthology of Creative Writing

Please spread the word & share the news 🙂

The “Human” Condition is not restricted to any particular genre (or even the human race!).

IP welcomes creative works from memoir to historical to science fiction and fantasy.

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Book Release – Before Mako Came Yoko: Comparative Study of Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno

Check out this new release by the talented Natacha Guyot. Click on the original article for further details. Thank you 🙂

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Cover Mako Yoko - Small Version

Title: Before Mako Came Yoko: Comparative Study of Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno

Genre: nonfiction, media studies, gender studies

Synopsis: In 2013, Mako Mori, from Guillermo Del Toro’s Science Fiction movie Pacific Rim, provoked extensive fan engagement. Much praise was given to the character because of her personality and her unique narrative. Yet, a character very similar to Mako emerged decades prior to her: Yoko Tsuno, the main character from the eponymous comic book series created by Belgian author Roger Leloup.

Amazon Links: US, Canada, Australia, UK.

Goodreads:Book Page.

I am happy to announce the release of my latest nonfiction title Before Mako Came Yoko: Comparative Study of Pacific Rim and Yoko Tsuno. If you enjoy either franchise or are curious about media representation of female characters, I especially recommend it. Happy reading!

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Dos and Don'ts on Writing a Book Blurb

Nicholas C. Rossis shared some fabulous tips on writing a book blurb.

Nicholas C. Rossis

The inspiration for this post came from a little gem I found on the Passive Guy’s Newsletter (if you aren’t already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? It’s free!). After some heavy editing, it ended up as this post.

The original post came from the Self Publishing Review, if you wish to see it in its entirety.

Writing a Book Blurb

By far, the weakest part of many self-published books is the synopsis*. Writing a decent blurb is an art form totally separate from writing a book.

Authors, myself included, often feel this is their least favorite part of the process. It can make you feel icky writing superlatives about your own book. At the same time, too many superlatives can literally be icky (“A work of genius” comes to mind). A good blurb needs to strike a balance between being informative, but not too informative, salesy, but not too salesy…

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