Harry Potter… Scots Style

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may recall that, even though I spend most of my time in Greece nowadays, I consider myself half-Scot after studying, working, and even starting my company, Istomedia, in Edinburgh.

Which is why I was so amused to hear on GeeksAreSexy.net about an Imgur user called whovianmuse, who recently posted some hilarious excerpts from the Scots language edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Stane. Yes, this is a real book:

Harry Potter, Scots edition | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

As the blurb explains,

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, o nummer fower, Privet Loan, were prood tae say that they were gey normal, thank ye awfie muckle. They were the lest fowk ye wid jalouse wid be taigled up wi onythin unco or ferlie, because they jist widnae hae onythin tae dae wi joukery packery like yon.

It must be good, too, judging by the reviews:

So I got the Scots edition of Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas…

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July 19, 2019 · 2:44 am

The Lion Queen

Have you seen the movie or play, “The Lion King”? If you know anything about pride dynamics, the King isn’t the king of the pride. It’s the lioness. Here’s a great article about the lion pride dynamics.

Maybe someday the movie will be remade to “The Lion Queen.” If so, who’d you like to play Nala?






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Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble SOLD: Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers

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Adulting Up Today And Shutting Down The Cancel Culture — Rhys Ford

Adulting Up Today I’ve got a lot of stuff to do and in the middle of this tussle between opinions about one thing or another, I’m finding myself drifting away from the things I NEED to be doing. Yeah, I’ve been sick and I am a horrible patient when sick. I know this about myself. […]

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June 10, 2019 · 5:55 pm

April’s Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s the middle of April and I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. This month my goal was to edit/rewrite my novel, Top Floor for the second time. Most of the difficult rewriting was completed during the first run through so it was relatively easy this time. Once I get the fixes implemented, I’ll let the story sit for a while, probably for at least a month, then I’ll listen to text to voice before sending it to a beta reader.

I don’t know if any of you remember, but Top Floor, my first novel, was written to a prompt during the Goodreads ‘Love is an Open Road’ event back in 2015. Yes, it’s been that long. It never seemed to be the right time to dedicate long periods of time to fixing it. But now with the help of Camp NaNo I can sit and focus on working through the story.

Over the years since I first wrote Top Floor, I’ve learned better writing techniques which I wanted to apply. This of course, meant a rewrite, a big one. The story hasn’t changed. There are no added scenes, only much improved writing. I tend to be a writer that doesn’t like a lot of description, even though it may seem like it. I much prefer scenes with dialogue. So I ended up paring down descriptive scenes sometimes by about half.

Not only have I been working on Top Floor, but I completed a rewrite through Metamorphic Heart, the novel I co-wrote. It’s now in the hands of my co-author, Alexis Woods, who will check over my suggestions. We’ll then go over it together and read over her thoughts on my ideas. After that, it’s back to Alexis for her run through, and then back to me again before we send it to the beta readers.

In the meantime I’ll be doing some beta reading for Alexis, writing some reviews and maybe even drafting out an idea for a novella.

What have you been up to?

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Anymore vs. Any more

Nicholas C. Rossis

Writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI recently came across Writing Explained, a grammar website that can be an invaluable resource for authors. This little gem is from one of their posts. If you enjoy learning about the English language’s intricacies, this is the perfect website for you!

So, what is the Difference Between Anymore and Any more?

The traditional (although now less common) spelling is as two separate words: any more. In the last 50 years or so, the single word anymore has increased in use and a distinction between the one-word and two-word spellings has emerged.

Any more as a Determiner

What does “any more” mean? When “any more” is used to mean an indefinite quantity of something or even the smallest amount, it is functioning as a determiner. For example,

  • Do you want any more food?
  • Is there any more pie left?
  • I can’t eat any more food; I am completely stuffed.
  • I…

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Choosing your Audiobook Voice

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

As audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing, I have been researching that market. One thing I realized is that choosing a narrator is probably the most important decision you make when you turn your book into an Audiobook. People who love audiobooks may buy your audiobook because they like your work, your genre, your cover, or your price. When they actually start listening to your audiobook however, one of the most important factors to decide whether they’ll continue listening to the end, is the quality of the reading.

So, how do you choose the right voice? Leaving out the financial aspects (if you can afford to pay the narrator the fee he is asking for or if you choose a royalty scheme), there are a few issues to take into consideration, from “demographics” to acting performance. Here are a few tips.


So. Man or Woman? Younger…

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Freelance Services

If you’re a writer and need help with making your book the best it can be, I know just the person. Debbie McGowan, who runs Beaten Track Publishing, is a skilled editor, proof reader and formatter. I can attest to her awesome abilities because she’s worked on all of my books and also many published authors. Here’s information about her services and how to get in contact with her:

Debbie McGowan: “I offer freelance editing, proofreading and formatting services (mates’ rates = half price, which equates to £2.50/1000 words per service or £5/1000 words for a fully finished publication). Please email me (deb248211@gmail.com) for more info – I’d also be grateful if you would consider mentioning me when anyone’s in the market for such services.”


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A Free Mockup Book Cover Maker

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently discovered DIY Book Design (thank you, Krystallia!) and just had to share the news.

DIY Book Design has a number of useful tools and tutorials, all aimed at helping you produce the perfect image for your book. From a number of tutorials helping with the design of your book cover to taking that cover and transforming it into a great-looking 3D mockup, DIY Book Design has got you covered.

It’s this last feature that caught my eye. You get to choose between a Single and Composite look for your books. The Single look lets you display your book as a Kindle/tablet/mobile/paper standalone image:

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

The Composite view lets you design a combination featuring various formats:

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

Generating the mockup is as simple as 1-2-3, as the interface guides you through the entire process. You get the option of creating a white or transparent background for your books. The whole process…

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World Book Day – March 7th


World Book Day coupon 2019


In celebration of World Book Day, which is on Thursday, March 7th, Beaten Track Publishing is holding a site wide sale. All paperbacks and ebooks are 20% off. Use the code WBD19 when you order to receive the discount.

Check out BTP’s books here: The Shop

If you’d like to check out my books, here are the links:

Aligning North
A Little Christmas Magic


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