Ten years ago, on November 19th, 2007, Amazon introduced Kindle to the world, for US$399. It sold out in five and a half hours, even though there were just 88,000 books available for download. The device remained out of stock for five months. However, that’s hardly Kindle’s greatest success: that honor goes to the fact […]
Author: Nicholas Rossis
Nicholas is editor-in-chief at Azure Fire Publishing. He lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.
I was talking to the lawyer of a big publishing house the other day. We were discussing ebooks, and he made the claim that ebooks were just a fad, and one that is dying off at that. Obviously, this surprised me, so I asked him about his sources. “Sector publications,” he said, somewhat vaguely. He was right: several […]
Are you looking for an impressive image to add to your blog? All you have to do is Google for it and it appears, as if by magic, on your screen—even if it’s an image taken from a centuries-old book. Spare a thought, however, for the poor people who have been tasked with putting it online […]
I have written before about the reality behind the myth that youngsters no longer read. Now, a Pew Research Center survey has the surprising answer to the question, which adult generation is more likely to have visited a public library in the past year: it’s the Millennials. Yes, the same Millennials widely accused of not reading! […]
Reedsy recently published an inspired infographic on the differences between the third person limited point of view (PoV) and the third person omniscient one. As they say, an image is worth a thousand words, so here is the perfect way to understand the differences between the two. Many thanks to Reedsy for letting me share this.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, demonstrating the importance of visual communication. Which is why we are excited to announce Robin Lythgoe as our Vice President of Visual Imagination. Ensuring the top quality of all of our visual communication will be among the main tasks Robin will assume. Reading and writing have always […]
In our continuing quest to deliver youth-friendly fantasy and science-fiction and improve literacy, we are pleased to announce Hayley Keeton as our Vice President of Community Outreach. Reaching out to author and reader communities and building bridges with them will be among many of the tasks she will assume. “I’m excited to have Hayley join […]
Azure Fire Publishing, an international non-profit striving to inspire literacy through fantasy and science-fiction writing challenges and publishing, is thrilled to welcome Leeland Artra to the Board of Directors and announce his selection as its new executive director. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Leeland served as operations manager for the […]
When I published my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proofread. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s […]
Near my home, there is a house that’s still under construction. Although it has no fence yet, it does have a door at the garden’s edge, standing alone in the middle of the road, like a white version of Clarke’s monolith. As I passed by earlier today, I chuckled at the sight of a dog […]