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Help for Indie Authors! Introducing “Indie Author Promotions”

Are you an Indie Author struggling to get your name out there? Are you lost in the whacky world of writing? Overwhelmed by Twitter, Facebook and CreateSpace?

If so, this new service for Indies is just for you!

Bestselling Author Lisa V. Proulx has created Indie Author Promotions with the desire to help struggling authors by “Giving Indie Authors Roots So Their Dreams Can Grow.”

A published author since 2004, Lisa wants to share her experience with authors who need help when it comes to promoting. With services such as: Book Promotion, Proofreading, Copy Editing, Featured Author Interviews, Tweets Only, and help with Facebook, Twitter, and Createspace, Lisa has created a “one stop shop” to benefit authors with her experience.

She will also be adding Book Cover Designs soon!

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How it all got started

Two years ago, Lisa met an out of work Irishman, Chris Rush, who was visiting the United States. He wanted to be a screenwriter, and after talking to him and hearing his passion for writing, she decided to take him under her wing. She convinced him to go back to work and write a book instead of a screenplay.

She worked with him for two years, giving him names of editors, graphic artists, and even became a second set of eyes for his work by proofreading every word he wrote. Finally, his first book, a horror novel, “Folklore” was born and Lisa even set up his first book signing in his native Ireland in June 2016. He invited Lisa to be his special guest author at a signing in Dublin. This was his first book signing ever and Lisa’s first European one.

Since then, Chris’ career has taken off! His books are now sold all over Ireland and he has been interviewed multiple times by newspapers, on radio, and on television. He was even invited to join the Paranormal Research team of Ireland (PRI) where he gets to live out his dreams of being a ghost hunter.

I got to sit down with Lisa who was eager to talk about her new venture.

                                                                                                So Lisa, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I am the bestselling author of 10 books, I’ve been ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and I have been a newspaper feature writer and columnist for 16 years.

What is Indie Author Promotions and how did it come about?

I wrote my first book in 2004, Puncture, and it went nowhere. I continued to write a few short books that did the same thing, they just sat there. It took me years of learning, reading, studying, and just plain hard work, to figure out what I was doing wrong and what I needed to get the ball rolling with my books. Indie Author Promotions came about when I decided that so many Indie Authors needed help and I wanted to show them the ropes to help get them started.

 

What were you doing wrong?

I didn’t know how to promote or how to engage with my audience. I was just trying to sell a book instead of what I should have been doing and that was to become a friendly face and become someone my readers could get to know and hopefully like.

 

Do you see a lot of authors making the same mistake?

Oh absolutely! I see it all the time. Some new authors get on Twitter and do nothing but say, “Buy my book!” No one wants to hear that or buy a book by someone they are not connected with. Sometimes you might see a book that looks interesting and you buy it but people want to engage and know there is a human behind their posts and their tweets.

 

How can Indie Author Promotions help a new author or one who is struggling?

I can help them because I was them. I offer affordable pre-packaged social media programs designed to engage their audience. To me, I would rather work with a fellow Indie Author instead of a large corporation who will charge you a lot of money and not take a personal interest. I am very hands on and don’t let you fly alone until you are ready.

For example, when Chris’ book came out in March of this year, I didn’t just forget about him. I promoted him all over social media. I helped him with flyers, letters, book signings, and even booked him for his first American signing which he had in October of this year. Although he is now flying on his own, he still comes to me for advice and I am so proud of him! I see his Facebook posts and his Twitter tweets, he listened to me and is doing a great job of promoting himself. He travels all over the place doing book signings, interviews, and he is living his dreams as a paranormal investigator.

Two years ago, he was a struggling out of work wanna be screenwriter who had no clue how to get started. Now, he is living his dream!

 

Hearing a story like the one with your Irish friend is very impressive. What made it work for Chris?

He listened to me. He did everything I told him to do and he didn’t do anything I told him not to do. He was passionate about being a writer and he listened, plain and simple.

 

So dreams really can come true?

Absolutely! I am a firm believer if you can see it, you can achieve it.

 

Tell me about the service to be a Featured Author on a bestselling author’s blog.

This is a really neat service! I interview you, gather photos, links, and feature you on my Author Blog.

One author interview on my Author Blog will include: Interview with you, photos of you and your book (s), and links to all outlets that sell your book. I then promote you for one week on the blog that will go out to thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter plus be retweeted by my followers, and their followers, and so on.

I also promote you on the Indie Author Promotions Facebook page. On the day of the interview, I will send you the link so you can promote it too! It’s a pretty cool deal! I make you the star and feature you for one entire seven days!

All for $50 for one week!

You also offer proofreading and copy editing?

 

Yes, I am a certified Proofreader and Copy Editor and I do all the work myself at reasonable rates.

 

Did I hear correctly, you will soon be offering Book Cover Designs?

Yes! As an Indie Author I either pay for my book covers to be designed or I create them myself. Both ways have been great and both had caused me grief. I am not just an author, I am also an artist. It all comes down to being someone an author can trust to take care of their baby (their book) and you can trust me.

 

This all sounds so exciting and I can’t wait for Indie Author Promotions to take off! Where can an Indie Author contact you?

Thanks so much! They can email me at IndieAuthorPromotions@peoplepc.com or check out my website and contact me through the site www.indieauthorpromotions.com

 

Testimonials

(There are many more on the site, however they were not clients of Lisa’s at the time)

“Lisa really could not do enough for me. She made the process seem so easy and pain free, something I will always be thankful for. Being a person who will always look for a second set of eyes to look over my work, I would have no issue recommending her. Lisa’s promoting and support has helped me gain so many new contacts and followers, she really knows how to get your name out there.” Bestselling Irish Author Chris Rush, author of “Folklore” and the soon to be released, “All Shall Suffer” coming Friday, January 13, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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http://www.lisavproulx.com

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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK? FREE KINDLE eBOOK!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. It’s nice and sunny here in Maryland but the cold wind is blowing and I am freezing as usual!

I am not a phone person in any way shape or form! I have a cheap old cell phone because I am not really into techno stuff. You know the phone I am talking about, you get it cheap at Wal-Mart and add minutes to it?

Well, this morning I was in the middle of a very important call and I heard the familiar three little beeps…yep…the phone goes out, the minutes are gone and I feel like a total loser!

She emailed me about it and added “lol” but I wasn’t laughing. I was so embarrassed!!!

Anyhoo, I came across a FREE Kindle eBook today that I wanted to share with you. It’s called, “So You Want to Write a Book?” I did not write it nor have I read it but I did download it from Amazon and I am going to take a look at it.

The reviews say it’s very helpful and offers a lot of good writing/publishing/marketing advice.

Check it out! www.amazon.com/You-Want-Write-Book-ebook/dp/B004CRTE8Q/

~BOOK TRAILER NEWS~

Well, I have been looking into book trailers and I think they are pretty neat and I want to do one. So, I am working on one now for my vampire novel PUNCTURE. I have photos of what I imagine the characters to look like and man, they are so close, it is so neat to see my characters come to life.

PUNCTURE the "revamped" version of the original vampire novel that was first released in 2004!!!

I am putting it together and adding some finishing touches and it will be ready to publish very, very soon!

I am learning so much! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? I am a rock~n~roll 70’s chick who didn’t even know what a blog was until recently now I am making movies! 🙂

~AUTHOR INTERVIEWS/GUEST BLOG~

Still looking for authors to interview for my March blog issue. Guest blogging is cool too if you are more comfortable doing that. February is already filled and March is filling up fast so come on! Drop me a line and let’s both get some exposure and publicity!

My first guest blog will be on February 5 and I will be hosting Christine Cunningham, author of the beautiful and inspirational book, “Eternal Beginnings”

~Contact Me~

I love to hear from my readers, whether good, bad or anything in between!

If you are interested in reviewing my books, interviewing me or being a guest on my blog, please contact me at Magicforest@peoplepc.com

Let me know if you want to be added to my distro list for upcoming book info!

I’ll also let you know about new releases, contests and other fun stuff and you’ll find
out all the juicy stuff before anyone else does!

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=books&field-author=Lisa%20V.%20Proulx

Barnes&Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s?store=NOOKSTORE&keyword=lisa+v.+proulx

Smashwords Author Profile
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Follow my blog:  https://lisavproulx.wordpress.com/

FaceBook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-V-Proulx-Author-Fan-Page/223212131077410

And as always, thank you for your continued love and support! 🙂

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“Choices are the hinges of destiny.”
– Pythagoras

 

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Good morning!

Well, I woke up to the snow again this morning and was hoping it was all a bad dream! But no, it was still out there. Darn!

Decided to do something different last night and instead of watching TV, I curled up with a good book and I mean a GOOD book!

I am reading “DARK WORLD” by Zak Bagans, host of the TV show “Ghost Adventures” and I can’t put it down! I love the show and this book takes us on a tour of Zak’s upbringing and how he got involved in paranormal research. I was born in DC too!

It is also filled with fun facts and wacky stuff about Zak and his family.  He is so intelligent and a great writer! It is so interesting and a real page turner!

I am at the part now where he is describing different investigations he, Nick and Aaron have been on and what they could not show on camera. His descriptions really make you feel like you are there. It’s an awesome read! Check it out!

FaceBook page dedicated to Zak and his book “DARK WORLD” : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=219212108168603&id=152976884792126#!/pages/Dark-World-Zak-Bagans/152976884792126

"Dark World" by Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures

~UPDATE ON AUTHOR INTERVIEWS~

Wow, I have had a lot of positive response to my call for authors to swap interviews, thank you so much! Keep em coming! This will be a lot of fun for us both! I can guarantee you will get a lot of exposure!

I may also be doing some guest blogs in the very near future. I want to try new things! Since I am a feature writer/columnist for a newspaper, the interview process is a good fit for me but I want to try the guest thing too!

Okay, I have to put some more wood in the wood stove. My little hands are starting to chill up and it’s getting hard to type! 🙂

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

~Contact Me~

I love to hear from my readers, whether good, bad or anything in between!

If you are interested in reviewing my books, interviewing me or being interviewed please contact me at Magicforest@peoplepc.com

I also spend a lot of time over at my Author Fan Page on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=EebhzdamySIq%2BMzf6wJIJg#!/pages/Lisa-V-Proulx-Author-Fan-Page/223212131077410

Author profile http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lisavproulx

Stop by when you get the chance and say hello! :)

Let me know if you want to be added to my email list for upcoming book info!

I’ll also let you know about new releases, contests and other fun stuff and you’ll find out all the juicy stuff before anyone else does!

Thanks again for your continued love and support! It means a lot to me! :)

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“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
– Bertrand Russell


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CALLING ALL AUTHORS/WRITERS~NEEDED FOR MONTHLY INTERVIEWS!!!

Hey there again!

Two blogs in one day, man, no wonder it snowed last night! 🙂

As I have mentioned on my blogs, I am interested in doing an interview swap once a month. As writers and authors, we all need exposure, reviews, etc. so why not help each other out!

I interview your back (or front) and you interview mine! How cool would it be for me to do a neat interview with you and you can do one on me too. It is a win~win for both of us!  🙂

~Contact Me~

I love to hear from my readers, whether good, bad or anything in between!

If you are interested in reviewing my books, interviewing me or being interviewed please contact me at Magicforest@peoplepc.com

I also spend a lot of time over at my Author Fan Page on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=EebhzdamySIq%2BMzf6wJIJg#!/pages/Lisa-V-Proulx-Author-Fan-Page/223212131077410

Stop by when you get the chance and say hello! 🙂

Let me know if you want to be added to my email list for upcoming book info!

I’ll also let you know about new releases, contests and other fun stuff and you’ll find out all the juicy stuff before anyone else does!

Thanks again for your continued love and support! It means a lot to me! 🙂

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Author profile http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lisavproulx

 

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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EMAIL LIST FOR INSIDE INFO~CONTEST AND AUTHOR INTERVIEWS!!!

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday! Well, we got snow and ice here in Maryland last night and I can honestly say, YUCK! I hate anything to do with the cold and dream of tropical weather on an island somewhere…ah, a girl can dream can’t she!

Well, I’ve been getting A LOT of positive feedback on my latest book, THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT and I hope you get a chance to check it out! Thanks!

February is almost upon us and my first author interview will be featured as well as a CONTEST to WIN a FREE copy of one of my books~YOUR CHOICE!

Every month I plan on interviewing another author/writer and holding the contest so everyone can have a chance to check out other writers as well! PLUS enjoy a FREE read on me.

In my day job, I am feature writer/columnist for my local newspaper so I enjoy talking to people and getting the inside scoop!

So, have a great weekend and stay warm if you are under snow too. If you are in a warm spot, all cozy surrounded by palm trees…well then please don’t rub it in! 🙂

~Contact Me~

I love to hear from my readers, whether good, bad or anything in between!

If you are interested in reviewing my books or interviewing me please contact me at Magicforest@peoplepc.com

Let me know if you want to be added to my email list for upcoming book info!

I’ll also let you know about new releases, contests and other fun stuff and you’ll find out all the juicy stuff before anyone else does!

THE RAINBOW WON’T WAIT

Available in eBook on Amazon.com for only $1.99!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rainbow-Wont-Wait-ebook/dp/B006ZE6JIC/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326985856&sr=1-6

If you don’t have a Kindle that’s okay! You can go to my author profile and download it right onto your computer for the same price!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/124487

My horror novels, DRAGGED INTO DARKNESS, BENEATH THE BATTLEFIELD and KING OF SHADOWS are all only .99 cents!

My vampire novel, PUNCTURE is still at a great price at $2.99!

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lisavproulx

Thank you all for your continued love and support! It means so much to me! 🙂

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