How to make an author smile :)

I had a great review for my book Love’s Child recently on Amazon. Giving and author a good review for a story you’ve enjoyed is like handing them a rainbow!

Coming to the end of a book and then seeing the ‘rate this book page’, is usually enough to send most people screaming from the room, quite possibly throwing their Kindle into a drawer without a backward glance as if it was made of molten lava!

From an author’s perspective, spending months and often years writing a story and then seeing a review where someone says they have enjoyed the story, is enough to warm their soul and support them on their writing journey.

I read and review many lovely books and have just started adding a few of them to this blog. Amazon requires a title for it’s review, then simply one or two sentences to say what you liked about the story. It can be as detailed as you like, or literally…’A great read!’ or ‘I enjoyed the story. Give it a try!’ These few words might be enough to entice another reader to discover the work of an author they haven’t seen before and they generally mean the world to the person who wrote the book.

The author might use your quote in marketing material, on their website or blog, or print it in the back of their next book. If you have a blog or website yourself and post your review there, the author may tweet or reblog your content, which could help with your own viewing figures.

Make an author smile today. Leave a review and help a reader find their new favourite story. Thank you 🙂

Here are some amazing blogs:

D.E Howards blog. Dawn Delivers: Love’s Child book review.

When Angels Fly. Blog by S. Jackson and A. Raymond: Finding Gina book review. 


Click the book picture to go to Amazon.

Welcome Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers–International Society of Authors

Hoy, boy! Do I have a special guest for you today, gang! I am honored to be hosting Nonnie Jules, the woman whose vision became Rave Reviews Book Club. Please welcome the president of RRBC and the …

Source: Welcome Nonnie Jules, President of Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers–International Society of Authors

Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis


Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing.  by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books

Source: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Notes from source:

Include the narrative arc, plus an explanation of the problem or plot.

Add the characters and how the story ends.

Show good writing skills. Let your voice shine.

Show your unique point of view.

Write with clarity.

I have also added some notes from each source that I think you might find useful.


Source: How to write a synopsis. Via The Literary Consultancy

Notes from this source:

Write a brief summary followed by a more detailed synopsis.

TLC say: Synopsis 350-450 words.

No detailed character breakdowns.

Give a detailed overview that concisely conveys how the story flows and unfolds.


Source: Back to basics: Writing a novel synopsis. Via Jane Friedman

Notes from this source:

The synopsis must convey a book’s entire narrative arc.

Don’t confuse synopsis with sales copy.

Jane says keep it to 500-600 words.

Tell a story the agent/agency will care about.

Understand how conflict is resolved.


Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents


I’ve never sent a query letter to an agent and have been thinking about how to go about it. There are such an array of resources online that I thought I’d share a few before I got started in case anyone is going through the same process, then let you know how I got on! My latest book has just come back from my editor and I really need to decide the way forward, as this book is the first of a series, which is also new territory for me.

From reading the interesting tips in the articles below, it seems a good idea to send individual enquiries without blanket emailing, which doesn’t surprise me as this would be rather rude! Also, to point out the hook of your story fairly quickly and explain your target readership and age range. Finally, don’t query via social media or the telephone as emails are preferable in most cases.

Here are some really great tips from literary agents on writing query letters.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter to find out their current news. All of their details are on the original article via Writers Digest.

Source: 38 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents


Some great tips here about having a social media presence and avoiding gimmicks.



Tips about how many agents to approach and starting by writing a good book!



Some great advice from Curtis Brown Creative.


Writing a sequel.

Babe Driven on ipad and phone

I am in the final editing stages of my latest book, which I can’t wait for you all to see. I had a discussion with my Editor about what happens to one or two of the characters at the end, as this book has a sequel. All of my books have the possibility of a second or third novel in the series, but on completion of my current manuscript, the next part of the story was already waiting to be written. Perviously on finishing a manuscript, I have a completely new story clamouring to be written. This time, although I have a new story I can’t wait to write, I also have the second part of the story of my current book. Which to write first?

Sequels to books are often being praised to authors as a good way to market books, because if a reader loves the first one, they might enjoy the new book too. The only problem being that the book must also be able to be read as a stand alone story, in case the readers have not been introduced to the earlier stories. It has to be as good, or better than the previous novel, so that readers still want to pick up another book from the same author and not run for the hills instead.

This is the first time I’ve decided to wait on starting my fresh new story as I’m really interested to find out what the characters in the sequel to my current book are getting up to!

Christmas gift ideas for writers and book lovers.



It can be tricky to find that ideal gift for someone who often has their nose stuck in a book. As I have a background in retail and wholesale, I thought I’d look around and see what gifts are out there for people who love to indulge in a good book or spend hours cooped up in a studio writing one!

C S Literary Jewelry

Handmade Literary Jewelry and Gifts for Book Lovers.

About them: 

At C. S. Literary Jewelry you will find gifts for the book lovers in your life including handmade book jewelry inspired by classic books, poetry, and literature, including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, the works of William Shakespeare and more!


Photos via CS Literary Jewelry.

Book Lover Gifts

Earrings - Quotation / Speech Marks - NEW
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Twitter: @BookLoverGifts

Discover those hard to find gifts for bookworms, literary lovers, bibliophiles, readers, writers and you!

About them:

We all love books at Book Lover Gifts! This site aims to provide you with bookish gifts with a bit of a twist – for when the personal library is positively overflowing.

We are based in London, UK, but ship to bibliophiles worldwide.

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Book Scarf – Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen. £35.99 from Booklovergifts.
Book Print - May Your Shelves Always Overflow with Books

Book Print – May Your Shelves Always Overflow with Books. £23.00

Book Print - Darkness and Light - Dracula

Book Print – Darkness and Light – Dracula. £23.00


Photos via Book Lover Gifts website. Pop by for hundreds of great products.

I will add more products as I discover them!


Christmas Twitter Party!


I have never held a Twitter Party before, but I mentioned the idea to some of the amazing creatives who join me for #creativeBizHour every Monday night on Twitter and they loved the idea!

The problem was…they then asked me what it entailed and I hadn’t a clue! So I have been thinking about it today and here is the plan:

On Monday 12th Dec 8-9pm (GMT) I will be holding a #creativeBizHour Twitter Party.


Here’s how to join in:

Anyone who has a Twitter account can join in, just add #creativeBizHour to your tweets during the hour, (Monday 12th dec, 8-9pm GMT). #CreativeBizHour is trending most weeks, so it’s a great place to meet other creatives, chat about writing, design, food, or anything that inspires you. It’s a perfect place to network and you are welcome to tell everyone about the products you are working on, books you are writing, places you have travelled or ask questions to the people who take part about their work processes.


Every Monday there is the possibility for one account to win a week of tweet support for their Twitter account or business. They can do this by RTing others using the hashtag and joining in with the chat/supporting others. We are having extra prizes next week, which are:

During the hour we share photos of creative work, logos, designs, photography, fashion and much more. Feel free to still do this, but there will be a prize of a day of Tweet support from my main account @Lizzie_Chantree and the other #CreativeBizHour hosts (with a combined follower count of over 56k), for the most festive product shot or photo that makes us think of Christmas. Make it as Christmassy as you can! It doesn’t have to be a professional photo, a quick snap of something festive will be in with a chance too. It just has to evoke the feeling of the season.



During the hour, please share some Christmas jokes with us. There will be a prize of a day of Tweet support for the funniest Christmas joke. Make them as silly or corny as you please! You don’t need to do any more than type them on your tweet, unless you want to go all out and make your joke into a picture like this one.



Our final prize is for a day of tweet support which we will randomly pick from everyone who likes and RT’s my prize tweet during the hour. The person chosen will also win a Swarovski Crystal Bracelet! This is the prize tweet which will be on Twitter tonight. Just ‘like’ and ‘RT’ to be in with a chance to win. Don’t forget to follow the link and download your #free copy of romance novel Finding Gina too! Click the Twitter ad here to go to the free book link.

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Join in with the creative chat on #CreativeBizHour