#RRBC, Guest Blog Post, Spotlight Author

Welcome #RRBC “Spotlight” Author ~ Lizzie Chantree

It’s a very special day today for two specific reasons.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms joining us today.  We wish you a fabulous day celebrating all that you are. ♥

On this special day, I am thrilled to welcome Lizzie Chantree, Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight Author”, on the first stop of her blog tour.  Lizzie is an amazing, supportive member of RRBC and generously promotes fellow authors as well. Today, she shares her experience with book marketing and the creation of #CreativeBizHour.  You really don’t want to miss this!  We’ll also get a peek inside her third book Finding Gina.

With much joy, I introduce Lizzie Chantree!

Lizzie

Tweet all about it! Book marketing by Lizzie Chantree.

When I wrote my first book, Babe Driven, I didn’t have an understanding about marketing my work, or social media. I had an unused Twitter account, which had been sitting idle, but I did realise it was a powerful way to connect with readers, so I decided to attend a social media course and studied tutorials about creating an online presence. I spent time building an initial audience, then began to tweet about anything that interested me, which helped my Twitter following to grow substantially by the time I had finished my third book Finding Gina. You have to be creative on Twitter, as there are only 140 characters to grab someone’s attention, but it means most tweets are to the point and interesting. After meeting so many people on Twitter and being inspired by the support they had given my books, I began a networking hour, #CreativeBizHour to offer some support back.

#CreativeBizHour has truly amazed me. We have had well over 17.3 million impressions in one hour some weeks and have been trending a few times. I have met inspirational people with really creative businesses and many have found new contacts and clients through #CreativeBizHour. It’s a good way to find a new audience for writers and we often see them promoting their latest work there. We have bloggers, poets, photographers, artists, designers and a vast array of talented creatives each week.

The idea is to use the # in your tweets and retweet anyone else using the #, who inspire or interest you. Your tweet, product or book cover, would then be on the timeline and have the opportunity to be seen by, the followers of anyone who RT’s your original tweet. There is a winner every Monday, and the prize is a week of tweet support for their book, blog or business, from the four hosts, with a combined total of over 45K followers.

#CreativeBizHour is on Monday’s 2-3pm CST!

There are so many interesting ways to market new books and I am always coming across new trends, but I think the main thing is to take an interest in the vast array of book tips, blogs and news that you can find on the internet and see which avenue would work for you. If in doubt, join a book club like RRBC, where you can chat with other authors, who, like me, are happy to share writing tips and offer advice. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary experience and there are many authors who are willing to help.

Lizzie Book Cover

Excerpt from chapter three of Finding Gina:

Lewis pushed his glasses back up his nose for the umpteenth time and let out a frustrated sigh. The article he was working on was a whisker from being finished, but he was still fascinated by this missing girl. Who was she and why did she keep disappearing?

He had found several more stories now, all tiny snippets, like the last ones. They were all in regional papers, but never the same locality. Whoever she was, she certainly moved around.

The stories were months and even years apart. From what he could fathom she travelled to one place for three or four months; then moved on. Perhaps she was a sales rep, or part of a band? Or maybe she was on the run!

An article formed in his mind. There seemed to be lots of people who wanted to find her and thank her for her help. It was as if she was a guardian angel, who came when they least expected it and left them feeling dazed. Some of them had new relationships and others had old ones repaired. There were also stories of families being brought back together or had insurmountable issues solved.

Lewis decided he needed to finish the article in hand. It was, after all, what kept the roof over his head and the new mortgage he had taken out to cover the building work, paid. He was sure that most people were surprised to see a man like him coming out of a picture perfect cottage like this, with his messy hair and lopsided spectacles. He really should get them fixed as he was sure he was walking round with his head to one side most of the time to stop them falling off!

He would have to sell his next article to pay for new glasses; the rest of his money went on the restoration of Aunt Honey’s cottage. The cottage was nestled deep into a field on the edge of a river, which eventually wound its way out to sea. There were a few other houses dotted along the riverbank, but none as pretty as Honey’s. She had planted Honeysuckle all around the base of the house and it sent you a fragrant welcome as you opened the door. In the field beyond, true to their love of plants, Lewis’s grandparents had planted waves of bluebells and wild poppies, all the way to the water. It was like a painting and a feast for the eyes. He had spent hours laying amongst them as a child, writing in his notebook, and then letting the sun’s golden rays wash over his body.

Follow Lizzie Chantree on Social Media:

Twitter handle: @Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/lizziechantree/

Website address: http://www.writewithsydney.co.uk/

Any additional means of contact: Blog: https://lizziechantree.com/

68 thoughts on “Welcome #RRBC “Spotlight” Author ~ Lizzie Chantree”

  1. Wow Lizzie! Congratulations on your new book. If it is as good as the first one, which I read and reviewed, then I look forward to reading it too. Have a wonderful tour. Thank you Natalie for hosting her.

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      1. Thank you for such a fabulous blog post Natalie and for hosting me on your site today. I really appreciate the time and effort you have given to support my first ever blog tour! How exciting!

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    1. Thanks for your support Joy! I’m so thankful for the good wishes and kind words from everyone. As an author it is easy to feel isolated and lose confidence from time to time, but being part of the RRBC community makes me smile. I can’t wait to find out what everyone is up to next!

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    1. Thank you! #CreativeBizHour is such a lot of fun and everyone supports each other. Tweets with photos, book covers or product shots often get lots of retweets. It’s all about helping each other and discovering new ideas. I would love to see you there!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. What a compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed reading Babe Driven and hope you like Finding Gina as much. Feel free to join in with #CreativeBizHour any time you can. Thank you for your support today.

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  2. Wonderful stuff Lizzie and a great excerpt from Finding Gina to kick off with as well. I already got my copy & this only makes me look forward to reading even more 😀
    Thanks for having us all round Natalie 🙂

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  3. Congratulations Lizzie!! You are amazing! How wonderful that Natalie is hosting you–both of you are creative geniuses. I look forward to your Spotlight tour. 😊

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  4. Thanks everyone for stopping by and supporting Lizzie’s Spotlight tour! I’m thrilled to host her first day! Just wanted to let you know #CreativeBizHour is on Monday’s 2-3pm CST! Hope to tweet you then. 🙂

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  5. Thanks Natalie. I hope to see you all on #CreativeBizHour It is every Monday 8-9pm (GMT), 2-3pm (CST) and 3-4pm (EST). Every week we select one winner who has supported other businesses and joined in with the chat. They win a week of tweet support for their own business, book or Twitter account from all 4 of the hosts, who are @writewithsydney (Maureen, who is an author and multiple business owner), @Kel02100 (Kelly – An award winning photographer), @CreativeBizHr (Martin – An entrepreneur) and @Lizzie_Chantree (Me!) You can win more than once. Join in the fun!

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    1. That’s awesome, Lizzie! I’ll be there tomorrow for sure. I have it in my calendar now. 🙂 It’s such a brilliant concept: networking with and supporting the arts community. I visited the hashtag before, but never during the active hour. I’m making it a priority now!

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  6. Congratulations on being spotlight author, Lizzie! Like you, I love Twitter and it’s my fave social media platform. At first, I avoided all social media, but when I published my first novel, I soon realised that I had to take the plunge. Have a great Spotlight week! 🙂
    Natalie, thank you for being such a great host for Lizzie, and for always being so supportive 🙂

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  7. #CreativeBizHour sounds really interesting. I will definitely be sharing the # with a few of my friends who are professional photographers and business owners. Tweeting during a specific time is difficult for me, but I will try, especially since today is Monday. 😉

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    1. Thanks Yvette! #CreativeBizHour is such a creative environment, I would love to see you, your friends and colleagues there. You don’t have to be there every week, just pop in when you can. It’s a fabulous way to get your work on different timelines and meet new people.

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  8. I love hearing how other authors use social media, especially Twitter. Thanks for sharing, Lizzie!
    I enjoyed the excerpt from your new book. Wishing you all the best. And thanks to Natalie for hosting!

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  9. CONGRATS to you, Lizzie!! On the new book and being selected as our “SPOTLIGHT” Author!! Well deserving, I must add! 😉 I sincerely hope you enjoy every minute of that spotlight!!

    Natalie, thank you so much for hosting Lizzie and sharing your blog with us! Your support is so appreciated!!

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