Armchair BEA Day 3: Expanding Blogging Horizons

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 Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, May 26th to 31st, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. 

Today, Wednesday, is about Expanding Horizons.

After I had been blogging for a few years, people started to approach me with their book. Not to review it, but to say something about it before it would be published. They wanted me to check that their story was OK and get an opinion from an outsider.

Well, of course by then I was reading over 150 books a year so I certainly had an opinion! Not only that, as I’d been taking writing courses and done a lot of writing myself, I had a pretty good idea what makes a good book.

So, I started telling those people what I thought of their book and how I thought it could be improved. They were impressed by the amount of information I gave them and how I helped them forward in their writing. “Everyone” was saying, “You should make this your job!” Since I’d also been editing and proofreading as part of most of my career, I decided that wasn’t a bad idea. Of course it was a little scary, but last year, Book Helpline was born.

Book Helpline

Book Helpline helps authors to improve their story and bring it to a publishable standard. Many of the authors are self-publishing authors, but there are also authors who want to get their manuscript as perfect as possible before sending it to an agent or publisher.

The unexpected bonus: I don’t just LOVE doing the work (the books), I also LOVE being involved with authors and helping them out, being a sounding board for their ideas, and seeing their work being published. It’s great! Honestly, the ideal job for me.

And that all because I started to blog some years ago!

What about you?

How has blogging changed your life?

I’m curious! 🙂




About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

22 Responses to Armchair BEA Day 3: Expanding Blogging Horizons

  1. What a great resource for authors! Congrats and best of luck!

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  2. that’s awesome you’ve been able to turn your love of books & passion for helping authors into a business! very cool!

  3. BookerTalk says:

    Starting a new career as a result of blogging, Now that really is expanding your horizons. I wondered how your business had got started so thanks for drawing back those curtains Judith

  4. That is awesome! I wasn’t aware of Book Helpline, but it’s a great idea!

  5. What a wonderful way to use your love of reading! Congratulations.

  6. Athira says:

    I know I said this before but I love how you started your own company! I’m glad that it is working out really well for you. Who wouldn’t love to have a job that’s also a hobby. Good luck to you!

  7. Chris Wolak says:

    What a wonderful, organic transition. Congratulations! I love hearing how people get into what they’re doing.

  8. Mystica says:

    I think this is a wonderful resource especially for those self publishing authors.

  9. Such a great story Judith. I’m hoping that my blog will lead me somewhere, I’m just not sure where yet.

  10. Wow! What a great way to turn a hobby into profession. I have added your service to my referral list.

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