Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

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“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2015
FINALIST Readers Favorites Awards 2013
SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2013, Mystery Category
HONORABLE MENTION Eric Hoffer 2013
GRAND PRIZE * FINALIST 2013 EPIC Book Awards  * FINALIST 2012 FOREWORD BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS * Finalist DaVinci Eye Cover Award 2013 * WINNER 2011 EPIC Book Awards, BEST Paranormal * FINALIST 2011 FOREWORD BOOK AWARDS * WINNER 2011 Eric Hoffer BEST Book, COMMERCIAL FICTION *Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012 * 2X FINALIST Global eBook Awards 2011 * Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011* Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top 10 Books of 2012 * Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 * Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist  * Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books 2008MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008  * Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website Award 2009-2012

Contact Aaron at aaron(dot)lazar(at)yahoo.com.

 

Books by multi-award winning, Kindle bestselling author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES

LeGarde Mysteries

DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
THE LIARS’ GALLERY (print, eBook, audio book)
SPIRIT ME AWAY (print, eBook, audio book)
UNDER THE ICE: COUNTERPOINT (coming soon 2015)
LADY BLUES: forget-me-not (print, eBook, audio book)
VOODOO SUMMER ( print, eBook, audio book)

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES

Green Marble Mysteries

The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly Healey's Cave) (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES

Tall Pines Mysteries Series

FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (print, eBook, audio book)
BETRAYAL (print, eBook, audio book)

PAINES CREEK BEACH SERIES

Paines Creek Beach Series

THE SEACREST (print, eBook, and audio book)
THE SEACROFT (print, eBook, audio book)
THE SEADOG (print, eBook, audio book)

 

 

Seedlings
by Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde Mystery Series.

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September 2019

"Facebook Parties (how they can help you meet readers)" Copyright © 2019 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

Facebook Parties (how they can help you meet readers)

Before I met my publicist, the amazing Aileen Aroma, I had no idea what Facebook “parties” were. I’d get “invitations” in the mail and scratch my head. Where am I supposed to “go” in this virtual world? How can I go to a party by sitting at my desk? I was so confused.

Then I hired Aileen to represent me, and she opened up the world by explaining this and a million other mysteries about Facebook. Yes, I really was behind the times before she took my hand and led me into the present day.

A party is officially called an “event” on Facebook.

Once you set up the party, it’s important to invite your Facebook friends and ask them to invite their friends. But you must be careful how many people you invite in a day (I limit it to fifteen per day) and in total. So be sure to schedule the event at least two weeks in advance, if not longer. NOTE: Don’t automatically invite all your friends, or Facebook will put you in Facebook jail and not let you invite people for a while. That happened to me, before I learned my lesson.

You will have to explain what a “party” is to your friends who haven’t heard about events like this. Tell them it’s sort of like a live chat on a special time and day. As an attendee, you don’t have to sit around for the whole timeframe if you’re busy, you can pop in and out of the event as you wish. As the host, you must prepare to be available and active the whole time.

You can have “book release” parties, “cover reveal” parties, or “special” parties to showcase a deal or freebie. I’ve been part of the first two many times, with Aileen Aroma hosting the event. She keeps it lively, posting pictures of beverages or delicious foods, adding music that matches the book’s theme, and basically keeping folks active if they slow down.

Your part, as author, is to be prepared with synopses, free excerpts, cover art, links to Amazon, etc. But that’s just the start. You want to engage these folks, get them to know you and (hopefully) love you, and maybe even check out your books.

I often post questions for folks to comment on, like “Did you go to Woodstock?” or “Who’s been to Cape Cod?” or “What do you like in your romantic male characters?” or “Who can find the cutest picture of a dog?” etc.

One of the most popular pieces of my events have been the giveaways. I give eBooks and audiobooks away like a madman. I post up to twenty “contests” during the event for prizes, and most of the time the question they have to answer has to do with my series. For example: “Prize Alert! A free copy of The Seacroft eBook to the first three people to name the series this book comes from.”

Folks will scurry around, look for your website (which you already should have given them, up front, of course), check out your Amazon Author Page, etc. Once the first three people answer correctly, your host (or you) will post a “contest closed” message so they’ll stop answering that question. And so on, and so on. Keep it going. And make sure you post the best prizes for the last half hour or so.

How long should the event be? I’ve seen them go for days or hours. Lately I’ve chosen to have mine from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, or something along those lines. You can also have evening events, where you might get more people who have day jobs to participate.

When it’s all said and done, you may give away over a dozen eBooks. Do it strategically, and if your fans or new readers fall for your book, they will likely want to read the next in the series. That’s what happened to me with plenty of my Facebook friends. I just love the energy and fun that surrounds such an event, and can’t wait for my next one!

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


Write Like the Wind cover artwork

WRITING ADVICE: 

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3  (audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, thrillers, love stories, and writing guides, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE (2015) and DEVIL’S CREEK (2015). Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!

 

 

Bittersweet Hollow series by Aaron Paul Lazar

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW Romantic Suspense Series

DEVIL’S LAKE (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVIL’S CREEK (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVILS SPRING (print, eBook, and audio book)

"Loved this book! DEVIL'S LAKE is a riveting read, and It could have been ripped from today's headlines." Joan Hall Hovey, Canada's best selling, award-winning Mistress of Suspense.
- 2015 Finalist Readers Favorites Awards
- 2015 Semi-finalist Kindle Book Review Awards