How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

How to develop your brand as a book author. Very useful information from Nicholas Rossis and Stewart Dunlop.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Stewart Dunlop | 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 Stewart Dunlop. Stewart is a full-time content marketer at Foundr and part-time reader, gamer & footballer. You can follow or tweet him @stewydunlop.

How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

Build an author brand | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookImage by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay

From a literary point of view, we live in blessed times! Thanks to the development of modern communication devices and platforms, almost anyone can put their thoughts on paper (or the word editor of their choice) and release them to the world.

We now have access to printed books, e-books, audiobooks, and more. This allows the information to flow unhindered and creates a wonderful environment for those who love to read and learn.

But this level of progress has also led to a change in your role as the author. Back in the day, your job would’ve been over once you applied the last of the…

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Looking Good In Victorian Times

Fashion could be dangerous, in ‘the good old days’!


During the Victorian Era of 1837-1901 going out badly dressed was never an option for all but the poorest in society. In the 1860s, high fashion demanded the wearing of very wide, ‘crinoline’ dresses. There were supported by a hooped affair that the unfortunate lady had to wear strapped around her middle. Then yards of heavy material in the form of an underskirt and overskirt would be worn underneath, and fastened around the hoops, After all that, the final dress would be put on by a helpful relative, or a ladies’ maid, often having to be sewn into position at the last minute.

No wonder houses had bigger entrance doors at the time!

The demand for ever smaller waists in female fashions led to some drastic measures. Corsets stiffened with whalebone (yes, from real whales) would be tightly laced around the middle, from under the breasts, to the swell of…

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Yummy Insects

Sheer necessity might eventually force the overcoming of some of humanity’s aversion to eating insects.

Nicholas C. Rossis

A Heaven for Toasters | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book A buggy future?

In my book, A Heaven for Toasters, the main source of protein is insects and lab-grown meat (I only hint at this, so don’t worry if you missed that). As with all things futuristic, I based this on current trends. One of these is using maggots, specifically the larvae of black soldier flies, as food.

As The Washington Post reports, for years, the larvae of black soldier flies have been harvested and sold as food for exotic pets such as lizards, birds, even hedgehogs. This is part of a burgeoning industry, one with the potential to revolutionize the way we feed the world. That’s because of the black soldier fly larva’s remarkable ability to transform nearly any kind of organic waste — cafeteria refuse, manure, even toxic algae — into high-quality protein, all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint than it found.

In one year, a…

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When Will They Ever Learn?

If at first you don’t succeed……… make the same mistakes?

Nicholas C. Rossis

A lot of my friends have a pretty bleak outlook on life. Gun massacres, polarizing politics, climate change… the list of horrors goes on. Given humanity’s bloody history, one may be excused for wondering why we haven’t figured out what’s good for us yet.

A possible answer may be found in a recently published paper and an upcoming book.

Goebbels and his family | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Goebbels with his family. His wife Magda, procured cyanide pills for them and their six children. Image: Wikipedia. Image: Wikipedia

Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself

Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself, by Florian Huber, is a book to be published in March. It was reviewed by The Economist in July. The chilling title comes from the spate of suicides that occurred in Germany during and immediately after the Nazi regime’s collapse in 1945.

The best-known acts are those of the Nazi leaders. Adolf Hitler put an end to his life in…

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One For The Teachers! : A Short Film

Coming soon from the US: politically correct addition.


Thanks once again to David Miller, I greatly enjoyed this award-winning short (9-minute) film. When Political Correctness reaches new levels of incredulity, a dedicated teacher finds herself caught up in a modern-day nightmare.
One that could all too easily become true.
Stick with it, for the great ending! 🙂

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Series – Sunday Author Interview – Coming Soon.

Sally’s Café and Bookstore will help you publicise your new book!

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Welcome to the new Sunday Interview series, and this time, the focus is on the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

At any time there are approximately 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have new releases or recent reviews. My focus for the rest of the year is going to be on those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and on promoting new authors who would like to join them on the shelves.

If you are a new visitor to the blog and an author with recently published books or reviews then please pop in to the Cafe and find out how you can submit your books. It is completely FREE, and all I ask is your participation when your books are promoted. This includes responding to individual comments on your posts and sharing on your own social media.

Now to the new Sunday author interview.


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A funny short film: The Gunfighter

If you like Westerns, and you enjoy a bit of well-crafted subversion, you’ll enjoy this!


Thanks to my long-time blogging friend, David Miller, I got to see this excellent short film yesterday. A witty satire on ‘narrated’ westerns, it gave me a much-needed chuckle, on a day of dark skies, and heavy rain.

David resides in Nevada, USA. He blogs on WordPress.
He is also a published writer, a song lyricist, and an accomplished compiler of limericks.

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