I Never Thought I’d Say This, But… (part 1)

We need to get rid of social media. It was a good idea but it’s ruining our brains, our behavior, and our society. This…from an addict who’s online ALL day. I didn’t always feel this way. In the beginning social media had so much promise: an instant way to communicate fluidly and fast with the […]

read more...

An Interview about High Crimes, Writing, Publishing, and more

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s hope 2019 brings us less darkness, more light, and trust in our institutions again. And some fun! We need some, don’t we? I was delighted to be interviewed by Rich Ehisen on his Open Mic Blog. It was a wide-ranging conversation, so it’s long, but I think it worked out […]

read more...

Self-Publishing Has Never Been Easier… or Harder

Hi, all. Here’s an excerpt to my latest foray into the state of self-publishing these days. Thanks to Crimereads.com, who gave me the opportunity. I hope some of it is useful! It’s Never Been Easier—or Harder—to Self-Publish

read more...
High Crimes by Libby Fischer Hellmann

BookLife Talks with Libby Fischer Hellmann

Hi, all. I thought you might be interested in an interview I did with BookLife last week (October 19) about HIGH CRIMES. A lengthy excerpt was published in the 10/22/18 edition of Publishers Weekly as well. Hellmann’s Chicago PI Georgia Davis returns to solve a politically motivated Facebook murder mystery. What’s different about High Crimes […]

read more...

Cover Reveal for HIGH CRIMES

Hi, everyone. Many of you know I’ll be coming out with a new Georgia Davis thriller this fall — November 13, 2018. And today is the day for the cover reveal!!! I’m so excited, and I hope you will be too. As the graphic indicates, it’s all ready to be pre-ordered as well, and now […]

read more...

The Libby App

You know that your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, but did you know that you can borrow them, instantly, for free, using your favorite device? How? There’s a new app in town, created by Overdrive, and it’s called— wait for it— Libby.  Wasn’t it kind of Overdrive to name their new application after […]

read more...

Do I Have A Deal For You!

This is a GREAT DEAL… but act fast!! The price goes up to $9.99 Sunday night. Enjoy!!             **SALE*** 14 THRILLERS by 14 AUTHORS at the TOP OF THEIR GAME for ONLY — 99 ¢ ! GIANT BOX SET — RIP INTO KILLER FICTION . . . DEATH, LIES, & […]

read more...

Publishing in 2016: It Isn’t All Roses For Anyone

There’s a lot of talk about the death of traditional publishers, but things aren’t exactly coming up roses on the indie publishing side either. Authors find themselves between a rock and a hard place, at the mercy of a fast-changing market, none of whose players seem to know which way to turn or which direction […]

read more...

“Digital Fatigue” or Chutzpah?

A blog post on Publishers Weekly recently claims that “digital fatigue” is making ebooks less appealing, and, as a result, fewer of us are buying them. Huh? What is “digital fatigue?” According to the author of the PW article, the phrase was coined by Codex president Peter Hildick-Smith who believes this is a new consumer […]

read more...

How to Produce an Audiobook in 7 Steps

The Audible website hosts more than 200,000 audiobooks, and more readers listen to audiobooks than ever before. If you’re a writer who’s just starting to think about converting your work to audio, here’s an overview based on working with ACX, Audible’s platform for audiobook production. It’s open to all authors, indie and traditional, as well […]

read more...
  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.