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My List of Book Promoting Services

Most of the the entries on this list were discovered through my Twitter network. I am currently working on a novel, and I often look for services that promote new authors. I figured I’d pass on the research I’ve done, so without further ado, here’s my list of new author and book promotion services and a little bit about them. (Don’t have time to read? Watch the video on my YouTube Channel)

 

Buzz Bookstore

 

Buzz Bookstore is a different type of venue if you’re looking for book promotions. The individual running this website mainly discovers and collects rare and vintage books, some even from the early 1800s and 1700s. Recently they’ve opened up a portal for the promotion of new authors. You can contact them through their website, and they’re mainly looking for books that fit into their readership an audience. So keep in mind, that the audience that will be following Buzz Bookstore are individuals who are looking for old books, vintage books, rare books, and classics. I can’t quite say exactly what their audience consists of, but I think it may be a fair guess to say that those in the historical novel genre or nonfiction genres may fit in.

 

Book Tweeters

 

Book Tweeters has a very fairly priced package variety for individuals trying to promote their books. The packages range of between $19 and $75, between one and five days of book promotion via tweets. Their main platform for promotion is Twitter, and they do not accept erotica books or books that include hate speeches or content.

 

eBooks Habit

 

eBook Habit only accepts submissions for books that are currently free or going to be free in the future. This is a great service for authors are trying to promote their book via a free sale, and if you submit your book on time with the proper details it may be listed on the site near the day when you will be running your free sale. The service does not accept erotica books. All books submitted must have at least three reviews at the time of your promotion/sale, and all books will be verified to prove that they are being offered for free.

 

Being Author

 

Being author has amazing book promotion packages, some raging from just $9.90. If you follow the link you’ll be taken to a page where you can input the title of your book, the links to your book, the links to your website, your Twitter handle, your book blurb, which is a short post about the book which will be featured on their website, and your author bio along with a photo of you. Last time I checked, their package is good for 30 days. Their website also includes various tweets to them from other authors, one of which included a thank you for getting their book to be a number one bestseller on Amazon.

 

Ebook Promotor

 

E-book promoter, as I understand it, exclusively promotes e-books. They currently only have four slots left on their promotion sign up. Their page claims to reach 350,000 people via various promotional forces such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. There breakdown is as follows in regards to the number of people they reach per service:

 

  • Twitter | 61,000
  • Facebook | 205,000
  • LinkedIn | 320,000

The service will also promote your book on Facebook  top 10 book promotion pages.

And that’s a short list of some of the book promotion services I’ve come across through my Twitter network, which I decided to share with all of you, because I know that most of my readers are also writers and it’s very hard to find good book promotion services at a great price. I hope this helps you out a bit, and remember where you heard it from, and stay tuned because my next blog will be about services that gain you more Twitter followers and one for services that will garner you some book reviews!

Source: cjleger.com/2015/02/26/my-list-of-book-promoting-services
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My List of Book Promoting Services

Most of the the entries on this list were discovered through my Twitter network. I am currently working on a novel, and I often look for services that promote new authors. I figured I’d pass on the research I’ve done, so without further ado, here’s my list of new author and book promotion services and a little bit about them. (Don’t have time to read? Watch the video on my YouTube Channel)

 

Buzz Bookstore

 

Buzz Bookstore is a different type of venue if you’re looking for book promotions. The individual running this website mainly discovers and collects rare and vintage books, some even from the early 1800s and 1700s. Recently they’ve opened up a portal for the promotion of new authors. You can contact them through their website, and they’re mainly looking for books that fit into their readership an audience. So keep in mind, that the audience that will be following Buzz Bookstore are individuals who are looking for old books, vintage books, rare books, and classics. I can’t quite say exactly what their audience consists of, but I think it may be a fair guess to say that those in the historical novel genre or nonfiction genres may fit in.

 

Book Tweeters

 

Book Tweeters has a very fairly priced package variety for individuals trying to promote their books. The packages range of between $19 and $75, between one and five days of book promotion via tweets. Their main platform for promotion is Twitter, and they do not accept erotica books or books that include hate speeches or content.

 

eBooks Habit

 

eBook Habit only accepts submissions for books that are currently free or going to be free in the future. This is a great service for authors are trying to promote their book via a free sale, and if you submit your book on time with the proper details it may be listed on the site near the day when you will be running your free sale. The service does not accept erotica books. All books submitted must have at least three reviews at the time of your promotion/sale, and all books will be verified to prove that they are being offered for free.

 

Being Author

 

Being author has amazing book promotion packages, some raging from just $9.90. If you follow the link you’ll be taken to a page where you can input the title of your book, the links to your book, the links to your website, your Twitter handle, your book blurb, which is a short post about the book which will be featured on their website, and your author bio along with a photo of you. Last time I checked, their package is good for 30 days. Their website also includes various tweets to them from other authors, one of which included a thank you for getting their book to be a number one bestseller on Amazon.

 

Ebook Promotor

 

E-book promoter, as I understand it, exclusively promotes e-books. They currently only have four slots left on their promotion sign up. Their page claims to reach 350,000 people via various promotional forces such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. There breakdown is as follows in regards to the number of people they reach per service:

 

  • Twitter | 61,000
  • Facebook | 205,000
  • LinkedIn | 320,000

 

The service will also promote your book on Facebook  top 10 book promotion pages.

And that’s a short list of some of the book promotion services I’ve come across through my Twitter network, which I decided to share with all of you, because I know that most of my readers are also writers and it’s very hard to find good book promotion services at a great price. I hope this helps you out a bit, and remember where you heard it from, and stay tuned because my next blog will be about services that gain you more Twitter followers and one for services that will garner you some book reviews!

Source: cjleger.com/2015/02/26/my-list-of-book-promoting-services
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What’s in a Writing Space?

A writing space is the one thing a writer cannot do without even if all other items on their “to get” list are impossible. What makes it so important? Well, the simple fact that it really is a section of space that can be designed to bring you into a state of mind that can allow you to jot down everything you feel and see, while at the same time being completely invisible to you once you get going. So, let’s get personal; I’m always saying how I hate writers who do not engage with their readers. I mean, what is the point of pouring your heart out onto these pages if you’re not even going to let the people who read these words into your life just a tiny bit. So while I explain, I’ll be letting you into my writing world. Let’s begin; every writing space needs a few things:

 

Point of Focus

 

My writing space is my home office on the second story of my home, and everything in it is strategically placed to surround one of my two windows. When I sit at my desk, which looks out towards the front of my home, I have the perfect view of an old arched door that is attached to an old coral brick home that sits behind the house that’s directly across the street from ours. Why do I love this view and this door? Because it calls to me; I can only see the last sliver of this home and the door itself is barely visible, covered by a small tree in the backyard.

 

I am usually a history writer in some form or shape, and this home is a gorgeous colonial one, with the style and wonder attributed to that era, barely changed since then. When I look at this door, with its eloquently shaped arch design atop, I am always drawn to it expecting to see someone in old dress form walk out of it. But no one ever does, its almost completely abandoned, which makes it void of distraction and makes me wonder enough about its hidden mysteriousness to drive me into this timeframe in my mind. Once I lock onto it, I’m lost in the pages of what I am writing.

 

If I look to the right of that view, past the house directly in front of mine, I see rolling mountains with houses and lights pristinely visible in the night. If i focus on this, it takes me to a whole new genre. Whatever it is, every riding space should have a point of focus; whether that point is used to remind you of why you are writing or to just spin you into a different dimension, is up to the writer.

 

Design According to your Genre

 

Most writers, not all, usually stick to a specific genre and sub-genres when they write. Its only fair that you surround yourself with design that represents that style. Personally, my writing space includes a wrought iron lamp with a scalloped bowl design up top and a beautifully sculpted pedestal base; colored in a deep bronze, this lamp is venetian/florentine and its right in front on my face, which amplifies my mind’s mistaken though process that tells it I’m in another time. Behind me I have a bookshelf full of history books adorned by a draping vine plant and cork boards, rather than dry erase boards, to keep that wine feel alive. Everything from the throw over my reading chair to the decorative boxes on my desk that hold my papers, are chosen to fit this theme.

 

Ambiance & Solitude

 

Just because you bought the furniture does not mean you’ve brought the space alive. I do so by purchasing ambient-specific items. My lamp, described above, has a low-wattage, glow emission. I purchase imported candles, my favorite being Pecksniff’s Brand, and I make it as comfortable as possible. I invest in a music subscription (Google Play) and I sit and pick a suggested playlist offered depending on what day and time it is. I usually choose the Stargazers category and continue to “Into the Cosmos with Neil deGrass Tyson”; this is my favorite writing playlist, full of dreamy classical music with lively tones, and the scenes in my books just come alive to them.

 

Finally, I rarely choose a space that has no windows. I must see the weather, snow, rain, trees, and I enjoy being up high, so I usually love second story spaces.

Source: cjleger.com/2015/02/22/whats-in-a-writing-space
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Author Talks: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Author Talks: Libby Fischer Hellmann

 

Please welcome author Libby Fischer Hellmann in BookLikes' Author Talks. 

 

Libby Fischer Hellmann is a fiction crime writer known from gripping thrillers and strong female characters. She has published 12 novels and 20 short stories. On BookLikes Libby talks about her writing path, her inspirations and the most recent release. She also explains why writing a fiction novel is the hardest thing.  

 

You can find Libby Hellmann on BookLikes, follow her blog where she shares the publishing and bookshelf updates: Libby Fischer Hellmann

 

And one more thing, to win one of Libby's books, just read on. 

 

 

It wasn’t always about the writing. You’re graduated with a BA in History, worked in television and in the PR, since 1985 you’re the owner of Fischer Hellmann Communications. How did it happen that you’ve become a fiction writer?

 

Funny about that. I was always a voracious reader. Mostly for escape. But sometimes for information. My mother was and continues to be a big mystery reader, so of course, I never wanted to read mysteries. But I did read a lot of thrillers, and eventually I started reading mysteries too. Some novels were so good I’d say to myself, “If I can write a paragraph as well as James Lee Burke, I’ll die happy.

 

And there were others I’d throw across the room and say, “I can do better than that.” Ultimately those two attitudes came together, and I started to write. Actually I just blogged about the “spark” that lit the fire…it’s an amusing story. If readers are interested, they can find that blog right here

 

 

Your first novel released in 2002, And Eye for Murder, features Ellie Foreman, a video producer. You’ve also worked as a film editor, assistant director, and producer. How does you life experiences influence your work and your book characters?

 

They say write what you know. And I did know a bit about video production. So I figured, let’s make Ellie a producer, and at least I won’t have to do too much research about that. Of course, since I started writing Ellie, video production has changed dramatically (everything is now digital) so I ended up having to do the research anyway.

 

All kidding aside, though, one of the major benefits of having been a film/video producer is that I see things visually. Every chapter is a scene, and I have to see it in my mind’s eye, complete with establishing shots, close-ups, pans, and dollies, in order to write it. If I can’t see it, it doesn’t get written.

 

 

How long does it take to write a book? Can you tell our readers about the writing process and its phases?

 

I’m a slow writer. It takes me about a year. Mostly because I second-guess myself all the time. Writing fiction is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I want to make sure I’m doing it right. Plus, now that I’m pretty much retired from my day job, I’m in no hurry.

 

The phases a writer goes through—or at least this writer does— are circular:

 

-- This is going to be the best story in the world

-- Hmm. How am I going to do this?

-- Who did I think I was? I can’t write. Everyone is going to see through me.

-- Well, maybe that chapter wasn’t so bad.

-- Jeez… when is this dog going to be finished?

-- It’s done! Now I can edit! Yay!
-- I love this story.

 

 

Today is the official release day of your newest crime thriller, Nobody’s Child. Congratulations! Can you tell us more about your brand new novel and what are you working on right now?

 

Nobody’s Child is the 4th installment in my Georgia Davis PI series. It’s a dark book – in it, Georgia discovers she has a half-sister she never knew about. But that sister is in big trouble.

 

I explore sex trafficking, baby farms, the Russian mafia, and more. It actually took me years to write this book. I started 4 years ago, but then put it aside and wrote 3 stand-alone historical thrillers instead. It was finally time to come back to Georgia. Next is going to be a new Ellie Foreman novel! As soon as I finish a novella about the Manhattan Project.

 

 

Your books are mainly thrillers, suspense mysteries and crime stories. Why have you decided to explore & describe the crime world?

 

They are the type of books that interest me as a reader. I love to explore the depths of evil to which humans can sink, and I also love the fact that in most cases, the “bad guy” is caught at the end, and justice is served. But there’s another compelling reason I love crime fiction.

 

At the beginning of a story, the world of the story is in order. Very quickly, though, that order turns into chaos as a crime is committed. It’s the job of the protagonist (whether a professional or amateur sleuth) to restore order. I love that concept, and I enjoy presenting a puzzle that needs to be completed so that the protagonist can restore order and serve justice. In that sense, mysteries aren’t that different from Westerns, which share the same dynamics. I’m not drive to write a Western, however.

 

 

Can you tell our readers where the ideas come from and how do you develop the plot? Do you consult the crimes with a police, detective, a lawbreaker?

 

I ALWAYS consult with the police, detectives, and other law enforcement people. For example, I’ll talk to defense lawyers and/or prosecutors if I’m writing a trial scene or need to understand procedure; I’ll also talk to a medical examiner, doctors, stockbrokers, car hobbyists, anyone I need to in order to get it right. Still, every once in a while, an error creeps in, and it’s painful. I never want anymore to throw my book across the room and say “She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

 

As for ideas and where they come from, the best explanation I can give is a video I made several years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A12QZfoxOKA&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Do you have any writing habits, like working with your favorite coffee mug, writing the drafts with your lucky pencil, or inventing the plot under the shower?

 

Not really. I write anywhere and anytime I can. But I’m not as disciplined as I used to be.

 

Years ago I used to write for an hour or two every morning when I was fresh. Now, unfortunately, the demands of marketing and promotion tend to overshadow the writing. I wish that wasn’t the case. The problem is, as I mentioned before, that writing fiction is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

 

It’s much easier for me to whip up a blogpost, answer interview questions, or create events than to write a paragraph of fiction. I honestly don’t know how I wrote the last three novels. I can’t remember writing them. All I remember is the promotion before during and after I wrote them. Sad, isn’t it…



Have you ever experienced or witnessed a dangerous situation, similar to the ones described in your novels?

 

Thankfully, no. I live a sheltered life in white picket fence land and hope I always will. The worst thing that happened to me was being mugged in downtown Chicago. I wasn’t injured, fortunately. Now I keep fraud alerts on all my credit cards and have a burglar alarm.

 

 

You grew up in Washington but most of your novels and stories are set in Chicago, and you’re even called a Chicago mystery writer. What’s between you and Chicago? ;-)

 

I moved to Chicago in 1978, so I’ve lived here over 35 years. It’s home now, and always will be. DC was more or less a unrealistic city where the only industries are government and international relations, plus the people who serve them. Chicago is a REAL city, with real crime, real graft and real corruption. It’s a city of light, but often a city of dark too. I love the contrast between the two. That’s one of the reasons I edited the wonderful anthology CHICAGO BLUES – to explore the light vs the dark.

 

In DC, it’s who you know and the old boys’ (or girls’) networks that run the city. But in Chicago I’ve always had the sense that if you have a good idea and you’re willing to work for it, you can make it. Plus, have you ever tried to live through August in Washington? It’s Dante’s hell. I wrote an essay about Chicago, called “I Moved to Chicago for the Weather,” and readers can find it here.



So far you’ve written book series (The Ellie Foreman Mysteries, The Georgia Davis Mysteries), stand alone thrillers (Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, Havana Lost) and many short stories. Which format is the most comfortable for you, and how do you choose what to write next?

 

The story dictates the format. Sometimes I realize that a story is better suited to being short; other times it naturally expands into a novel. The trickiest format is a novella – I’m never sure whether it should expand or contract.

 

 

You’re a successful writer. Your books were highly acclaimed by critics, and what’s the most important, the readers. What would be your advice for aspiring writers, and those struggling to get published? How to be successful, and does it mean that you’re fulfilled as a writer?

 

That’s a difficult question, because writers have different reasons for writing. I like to tell stories, and when people enjoy them, I’m happy. I hate the process of writing, though (I said earlier it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done).

 

Still, when I hold a book in my hands after it’s published, it seems like a miracle. And when I think that I’ve done this 11 times, now, I’m amazed. I never knew I had it in me.

 

 

 

What are you reading now? 

       

 

 

Paper books or e-book? Why?

Both. Depends where I am, what I’m in the mood for. I love the convenience of my Kindle, and I love the feel of a book. I am listening to a lot more audiobooks too.

 

 

Can you choose one favorite book character from your books? Why?

My favorite character from my books – it’s hard to choose a favorite, so instead I’ll choose the easiest.

 

It’s Jake Foreman, father of Ellie Foreman (my first series protagonist). I’m not sure what it is but whenever he jumps onto the page, he practically writes himself. I never know what he’s going to say, but it’s always the right thing. He’s funny too, and can’t help stealing whatever scene he’s in. I’ve always wondered where he came from since he’s nothing like my own father. I suppose he’s the father I wished I’d had.

 

 

What titles won your heart? Recommend must-reads for our readers.

      

 

 

Your favorite quotes?

I think a lot of quotes are meaningful, but my all time favorite is attributed to Maya Angelou but really was coined by novelist  Pamela Redmond Satran:

Every woman should have a set of screwdrivers, 

a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

 

What’s your favorite writing and reading spot?

Our readers would love to see some photos ;-)

 

  

 
Thank you, Libby. It was a real pleasure. 
 
And here's a candy from Libby Hellmann to BookLikes bloggers: Nobody's Child Giveaway! You can't miss it! Enter to win giveaway :

 

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