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!
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.
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/