Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog Post From Nicholas C. Rossis For Runaway Smile

Come and join me as I talk with author Nicholas C. Rossis about his book Runaway Smile on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

Are we running out of readers?

Opponents of self-publishing levy two charges against it: that there is no quality control, and that we will swamp the market.

The first one is called the tsunami of crap argument, referring to the bad-quality books that Indie authors have, supposedly, unleashed upon unsuspecting readers. However, I have yet to come across a truly dreadful Indie book. So far, my experience has followed a traditional Bell curve – i.e. some books have not been to my liking, some I have loved, and many were in between.

As this has been my experience with traditionally published books as well, I have so far failed to find a connection between the publishing model and my enjoyment of a book. What publishing companies usually do well is proofread their publications. However, they tend to streamline authors into a homogenous set of “rules.” For example, editors often come up with rules for each genre that are stifling and lead to boring, repetitive books. The same applies to writing.

Indie authors, on the other hand, can be as creative as they like. This has been a hit and miss affair. When it works, however, it allows for works that bristle with creativity.

The second charge against self-publishing is that, with everyone becoming a writer, we will run out of readers. This reminds me of a common fear a few years back, when I kept reading articles on how the Internet was bursting at the seams and we would soon run out of bandwidth, domain names, servers... You name it.

What these articles failed to take into account is that, any system growing rapidly, will also have more resources at its disposal. The millions of people joining the Internet fed its expansion. As a result, we now have ever increasing capacity and millions of unused names.

The same applies to books. For example, ever since I published my first book, I have been reading at an exponential rate. I can only hope that everyone becomes a writer, as this creates a whole new generation of readers!

As for the quality charge, why don’t you read my children’s book, Runaway Smile, online for free and make up your own mind?

Book Blurb
I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…
From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones

Contact Information

I’m all around the Internet, but the best place to find me would be my blog,

Anyone interested in my books can check them out on Amazon:

Also, people can read for free both Pearseus: Schism, on Goodreads and
Runaway Smile on my blog:

Other places to connect with me include

Brief bio

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Most importantly, author.

Nicholas loves to write. He has published Runaway Smile, a children’s book, and the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.

He has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories that include his award-winning short story, I Come in Peace. This, too, has reached #1 on Amazon.

Nicholas lives in Athens, Greece, at a forest’s edge, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard. Mercifully, all of his books are professionally edited.

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  1. This is such a fun book. I hope everyone enjoys it.

  2. Thank you so much, Renee, both for the hosting and your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed Smile :)

  3. Thank you, Renee, for hosting Nicholas Rossi's stop today.

    Nicholas, another great post. Congratulations. I can relate to it mainly when you point out the lack of creativity from some streamline publishing houses who are too afraid to lose their money so they keep repeating their bets.

    Good luck with your tour,

  4. I agree with you, Liz. A lot of the best selling books out there are very formulaic.

  5. I'm glad to host you, Nicholas. Your post holds much truth and you bring up lots of great points.

  6. Fantastic post, Nicholas. I've written on this subject as well, and it's always refreshing to read another writer's take on the subject. Thanks for sharing. Renee, thank you for hosting. Your support is awesome.

  7. Thank you everyone for commenting. My pleasure to help.

  8. Another great post, Nick! And so true. Runaway Smile is such a fun little book, and I adore the illustrations. :)

    Renee, thank you for hosting :)

  9. Your welcome, Harmony. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Nicholas, It was great to have you on the show and I know that many children are going to love your work as well.

    1. It was great fun! You're a lovely host, and I genuinely had a blast. Thank you so much for having me :)