Work in progress.

Hi everyone. This was supposed to be an introducing post for an author, but there was a last minute change of plan. I thought I’d tell you all about my latest book. I have written about 45% of my 7th book and have had to do a bit of juggling as I’m currently also updating the first three books I wrote. I’ve just got one more edit of the third book and all of my books will have shiny new covers and tighter stories.

I visited Spain for a few days and it was wonderful to walk by the sea, catch up on reading some books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and also to relax a little. I took some photos of the books I finished, as I thought the authors might like to see their books travelling abroad. I really enjoy seeing photos of my own books sent in by readers when they travel, so I decided to take some snaps too and let the authors know. They were very happy, which made my day.

Do you take photos of books you read whilst abroad and share them with the authors? It’s a big help for them if they are allowed to use them for publicity and it’s also a lot of fun. Have a great week.

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Monday blogs.

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Hello everyone. I’ve been working hard on my Pinterest page over the last couple of weeks and am pleased to see my monthly unique views numbers have grown, which in turn has brought new readers to this blog. Welcome! I’m currently updating my first three books with new covers, branding across my website and social media pages and to hopefully let readers know that my books are a great addition for a trip to the beach, or to snuggle up with at any time.

I like writing stories that uplift and make my readers smile at the antics of my characters, so although I do plot chapters and know where my story is going, I’m often surprised by something my characters do as I’m writing about them and this makes me smile too. It’s almost as if I’m reading the story as I’m writing it.

My ‘to do’ list seems never ending, but I try and blog twice every week, network and have a chat to people on social media and still find time to write. This can be tricky, but when I’m enjoying a story, I can’t wait to get back to it.

My latest story is about a woman who runs a business by the sea that has been in her family for generations. Her parents and grandad announce one day that they are selling the business, moving on and not looking back, without explanation. Being stubborn and refusing to lose her heritage, she tries to save their failing business, but soon discovers  the reason her family left so suddenly. It blows her world apart and makes her realise that she never really knew her family at all.

I’ve written about 55k of the book so far and although there is so much still to do, the end  of the book doesn’t feel so far way. What are you all working on this week? How do you find time to fit in everything you need to do in a day?

 

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Making Pinterest work for you.

 

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I’ve been updating my blog, now that I’ve finally worked out how to change my static and moving pages around! I’ve also been learning quite a lot about Pinterest in the last couple of weeks and I thought I’d share three quick tips with you. I’ve managed to triple my views in just over a week and from the people I’ve been talking to, there seems to be the opinion that Pinterest is a great way to get referrals back to your blog or website. Here is my Pinterest page, take a look so that you can see what I mean: Lizzie’s Pinterest page

  1. Make sure your Pinterest information is up to date, with the same photos you are using across your other social media pages. For me that means my author photo appears on all of my networking pages, so that customers can instantly recognise it’s my page.
  2. Make boards and make lots of them. To make a board you just go to the boards tab and click the + icon. Then upload your photos, or pin them from other sites to your board. Pin about 10-20 new pins a day between these boards to keep follower interest. These don’t have to be your own pins. Pinterest suggest pins for you once you make a board, so it’s easy to select some of those when you are starting out.
  3. Make your own pins and send them straight to your Pinterest page via free sites like Canva. When you are making your own pins, go to the pins tab, click the + sign and upload your own photo, or Canva image. I always add my website address to my homemade pins, whatever the topic. The most important thing to do, is to add your website URL. This is in the box next to the tweet you have just made. Add a short description of your pin and ADD your website link in the URL box. This means that every time someone clicks on your new pin, they will automatically be taken to your blog/ book page, or website. The more interesting you make the pins, the more likely they are to be re-pinned. Each time your pins are re-pinned, your website is pinned with the image and will take their followers to your page if they click on the image. Try and keep your pins relative to your work theme.

My friend has 700 referrals to her website every week just from Pinterest and she only does the minimum to her Pinterest page. It’s definitely worth giving it a try!

Thursday thoughts.

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I’m sure it’s the same for everyone when we begin a new year and we set goals and try to achieve fresh dreams. For me, I am trying to find more writing time each day to complete the updates I started last year on some of my earliest books. I have managed to redesign all of my website headers, social media branding and anything to do with my book to reflect my genre, which is romance. I am also thinking of new ways to make my readers smile. I put a Facebook post up at the very start of the year which said my aim is to get as many people smiling as possible from reading my books. It received some really nice reactions, which is wonderful. When readers tell me that my work has made them happy for a while, it makes me want to rush to my desk and write more. My first book really got me through some tough times, so I write stories to hopefully give people a little time out from everyday worries and to help them focus on relaxing with a fun filled read for a while.

I currently have a finished manuscript, which I hope will be out in the not to distant future and I am about 20,000 words into writing a new story, which I am really enjoying. I hope that you are all enjoying what you are doing in life and that 2019 brings you a year full of smiles! From Lizzie.

 

Monday Marketing News.

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Today is very exciting as I’m featured in the beautifully glossy and very informative Writers’ Forum Magazine! Author and regular contributor to the magazine Paula Williams interviewed me for her blog and column and I was thrilled to have been asked.

If you haven’t come across this magazine before, it’s packed full of advice for writers and has news, competitions and workshops to get involved in.

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Thursday Thoughts.

A change from introducing a different author here today, I’m going to share some of my favourite photos from 2018. I launched two new books with my publisher last year and there are so many wonderful memories. I had no idea how special it would feel to hold  the first ever paperback of one of my books and to be a traditionally published author. I had two virtual and physical book launches, which I’d never done before and begun my Facebook Group, Lizzie’s Book Group, for writers, to share my experiences.

I also saw my books become international bestsellers and to reach the #1 Hot New realise spot on Amazon. I couldn’t have done any of that without the support of my readers or the writing community, who have shown me endless kindness and shared news of my work with their friends and family and on their blogs and websites.

I’m excited to have finished writing a new book and have begun my 7th novel, so I will keep you updated on what is happening in 2019 and beyond! Happy New Year everyone.

 

All Wrapped Up.

Introducing a fabulous festive read by author Sun Chara, All Wrapped Up. I’m delighted to be part of this book tour today. If you enjoy reading books set around Christmas and your favourite genre is romance, then this is the novella for you!

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Book blurb:

Their marriage hangs in the balance, but on this wind battered Christmas Eve, a miracle is born…

When Ellie hooked up with world renowned neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, aka ‘Prince Charming’, she thought her dreams had come true. But the demands of being the model wife to his career triggers a mutiny within her and she decides to ditch the ‘royal’ life until he sees her as more than his bedroom playmate.

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Author Bio –  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance, and romantic comedies w/a divine twist for HarperImpulse. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. She has a Masters Degree in Education and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America. Sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach make everyday a celebration!

Social Media Links

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https://twitter.com/sunchara3

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SEO and time saving tips for authors.

Hello everyone. I hope you had a relaxing weekend. For my Monday Marketing post today, I thought I’d offer some tips on something that can really save time for other bloggers and website owners who might be promoting your work, and hopefully improve SEO rankings on blog posts and website articles.

I found out years ago about the importance of naming your photos. I have blogged about this many times but it still happens a lot and it’s a simple thing to change. When people send me photos to appear on my blog, or social media feeds, they sometimes send them titled image001 image201 Book cover 4, picture in Spain etc! When Google search for content, they are always looking for something original, not only should you add your own content to posts to make them stand out and fly up the rankings, but the titles that you give your photos are so important. Not only do they register as the name of the photo and not another image001 or book cover 4, but they stand as an original image that you have given a name to. For example, I have called this photo, Lizzie Chantree author photo:

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This means that if I send this picture to someone to use on their website, they don’t have to spend hours trawling through photos to try and find the one I have sent them that they saved to their blog posts file, or other author files ages ago. They can simply search for photos with my name and all of the picture I have sent them will appear. If I am searching for a book cover an author has sent me earlier in the month that I have saved to an author file, I can easily spot the book’s name, but there might be over 100 book covers 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc. Simply naming your photos when you save them to your computer saves bloggers, website owners and anyone sharing your work a lot of time and energy and it also helps Google to recognise it. This means that they might be more likely to keep photos that aren’t clogging up their computers and confusing them with the same names and perhaps when they are uploading someone else’s photos to a blog post, they might think of you again as you are so easy to work with and provided professional content, that they can simply search for and find. Have an amazing week everyone!

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