Monday, March 6, 2017

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Miracle Man' William R. Leibowitz

William Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned creative people and many leading intellectual property companies.  William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times--when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero--and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.



About the Book:

                       REVERED     REVILED      REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero.  Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real. 

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history.  But where did his
extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect.  Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.  But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Miracle Man was named by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Novels of 2015, an Amazon Top 10 thriller, an Amazon bestseller and an Amazon NY Times bestseller.  


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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

Since “Miracle Man” tells the story of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in history, as he battles internal and external obstacles to discovering cures for diseases, I had to do a great deal of research in two areas so that my book would be believable:  (1) the nature of extraordinary intelligence; and (b) science/medicine so that the cures that I conjured up would be plausible to the reader.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I didn’t pursue publishers—I opted to self-publish. 

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

I hired a book cover designer and the same firm that formatted the ebook.  The name of the company is Street Light Graphics and they were amazing to deal with—absolutely first class with great customer service and patience.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

This is tricky.  If you price too cheaply, I think some readers don’t take your book seriously and if you’re too expensive and you’re an unknown author, then that will preclude most people from taking a chance on you. Ultimately, I decided to go less expensive on release ($2.99 for the e-book) and then increase gradually over time to an ultimate ebook price of $5.99.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

No – I didn’t choose a particular month.

How did you choose your cover?

I had certain ideas in mind that I thought would make for an “attention getting”, provocative, distinctive cover which was consistent with the subject matter of the book.  I think an author needs a cover that stands out from the crowd.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I revised as I went. And then I revised at the end.  And then I revised again after I received detailed comments from a very experienced editor that I hired.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?  

I have  2 items—pens and copies of the book cover that I can autograph

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

I did have a trailer—it can be seen on the website:

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I’m not into that.  I worked too hard on writing this book!

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

I think an author should: (a)  have a website that can give the reader info on the book and the author; (b) set-up a virtual book tour, (c) investigate if the book can be entered into any contests.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Once again – I think virtual book tours are very important.  I also think an author should encourage friends and family to purchase the book.  The author should also pursue any publicity angles that might be available.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

I had the website: set up and I had FB, twitter and Youtube.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

Absolutely.  I am going to continue to pursue publicity, reviews and social media.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

“Miracle Man” is the first book in a trilogy that follows the incredible journey of the protagonist, Robert James Austin.  There will be MANY twists and turns both as to plot and character.

William R. Leibowitz is giving away one autographed copy of MIRACLE MAN, 5 e-copies and 4 pens!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Ten winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive prizes.
  • This giveaway ends midnight May 31.
Good luck everyone!


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