CreateSpace Stops Selling Books

Important information for all self-published authors, from Nicholas Rossis.

Nicholas C. Rossis

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI’m sure many of you will have received the email from CreateSpace (CS) that announces how their own eStore will cease to serve customers on October 31st. Instead, customers will be redirected to Amazon.

CreateSpace explains that the move was made because of requests that their eStore is redeveloped to include the ability to search across the site, an improved checkout process, better shipping options including Amazon Prime, order tracking notifications, and a familiar user interface.

What Does This Mean For You?

My usual source for all things Amazon, Chris McMullen, has compiled bulleted lists of pros and cons which you can read to see how this will affect you.


The simple fact remains that CreateSpace currently offers a 20% higher royalty than Amazon. To ease the transition, it will adjust your Amazon royalty rates for six months effective November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, to…

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This entry was posted on October 16, 2017. 2 Comments

Zoe – Under a Halloween Moon…

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Zoe – Under a Halloween Moon

Greetings, my friends! Zoe here. Some of you might be familiar with my claim to fame, which is that I am a cat author. PLEASE NOTE: I am not a human who writes about cats. I am a cat who writes about humans. Actually, I write about my adventures which sometimes include those two-legged creatures we call humans, and very occasionally my stories will include the human I live with. Emily’s her name and painting’s her game. But now back to

A few days ago, I noticed that every time Emily went out, she returned with bags of candy. Chocolates, her favorite. But the bags remained unopened—that was my first big clue. I also noticed a lot of orange and black “stuff” coming out of their hibernating places. Clue number two. And now, the front of our house is decorated to be attractive…

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2017. 3 Comments

Passing Through

A beautiful pearl….Passing Through….passed on by Andrew Joyce. (I also wish I’d written these words.)

Andrew Joyce

I didn’t write these words, but I wish I had.

I saw Jesus on the cross on a hill called Calvary
“Do you hate mankind for what they done to you? ”
He said, “Talk of love not hate, things to do – it’s getting late.
I’ve so little time and I’m only passing through.”
Passing through, passing through.
Sometimes happy, sometimes blue,
Glad that I ran into you.
Tell the people that you saw me passing through.
I saw Adam leave the garden with an apple in his hand,
I said “Now you’re out, what are you going to do? ”
“Plant some crops and pray for rain, maybe raise a little Caine.
I’m an orphan now, and I’m only passing through.”
Passing through, passing through …
I was with Washington at Valley Forge, shivering in the snow.
I said, “How come the men here suffer like they do?…

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This entry was posted on October 9, 2017. 1 Comment


Interesting start of a new short work by the prolific and wonderful storyteller, Andrew Joyce.

Andrew Joyce

Something I’m working on:


Long after the mighty sheets of ice known as glaciers retreated back from whence they came, leaving the primeval stone of the island both smooth and scarred, the first of the Dorchester men landed at Half Moon Bay.

They did not last long. The land was not suited for farming. The dense forest precluded clearing land before winter descended upon them. And even if they had cleared the land, inches under the soil lay the pervasive granite that was the island.

Three years later, the men of Dorchester abandoned their short-lived colony and fled to nearby Naumkeag, which in later times would be known as Salem. However, within two generations, men were once again living on the island they came to call Gloucester. They named their county Essex after the Earl of Essex and they called themselves Gloucestermen. They were tried and true Englishmen.


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This entry was posted on October 7, 2017. 3 Comments

San Francisco Review of Books

Andrew Joyce

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Review: ‘Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups’ by Andrew Joyce

Florida author Andrew Joyce took a leaping chance on providing follow-ups to an American classic Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in his books RESOLUTION and REDEMPTION and MOLLY LEE – and oddly enough he succeeded! Joyce is an inveterate hitchhiker and doubtless that lifestyle has supplied him with the rich imagination he so freely offered in his book YELLOW HAIR that explores the history of American Indians. Now he turns to dreams and other diversions in his new book BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS.

Andrew sets the tone in his author’s note at the beginning of the book – ‘The short stories contained herein are a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. My hitching adventures are true, as are the ones about three women who had a profound effect on my life: Ellen, Maryanne, and Joanie. I can attest…

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