Networking For Writers

Networking for writers. Samm doc. By Lizzie Chantree

I’m excited to share with you that my first ever non-fiction book has gone up for pre-order! It’s called Networking for writers and is full of tips that could be useful, for not just writers, but any creative business.

In my book I talk about how networking has helped me fulfil my dreams, to see all of my books become international bestsellers in multiple categories. I believe this is down to my network, as I was a completely unknown author when I published my first book and I had no idea about marketing. The thought of it scared me witless! My first book, Babe Driven, still reached the bestseller lists within months of its launch and has pretty much stayed gently bouncing around in those lists for seven years.

This book explains how to expand your network through Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, from book talks, product launches, going to seminars and contacting certain groups locally. If you are looking to expand your customer base in creative industries, then this book if fun of useful information about how I built mine.

My new book was sitting at #30 in the bestseller charts within 24 hours of it being available for pre-order, which is incredible and I’m very thankful to my network of amazing and supportive readers and creative friends. I hope that if you buy the book, it helps you to widen your readership too!

Book link: Networking for writers.

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Early reviews:


‘Just started reading your book, Lizzie. Damn, it’s GOOD!’


‘A writer’s treasure trove: factual, relevant and inspiring.’

D. Wells. Top Author Of The Week.

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I’m  excited to have this lovely lady on my blog this week. I was lucky enough to meet her at a book signing event I organised and she’s a talented author. D. Wells has written several short story collections under her previous pen name D. van de Merwe, and one fabulous, full length novel, 6 Caledon Street, which I can highly recommend.

Her fifth manuscript is currently querying with agents and she is working on manuscript number six. 6 Caledon Street is described as uplit with an historial subplot. D. Wells enjoys writing about relationship dynamics and multi-generational stories with an uplifting message. She lives in East Anglia, U.K, with her family.

1.  Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

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2. Where do you write? 

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3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

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5. Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown (This looks amazing!)

Question 5

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Monday Reads

Happy new week everyone. I’ve been trying to share the love and promote lots of books on my blog each week and am booked up all year, so I thought I’d squeeze in a few other titles that you might enjoy. Check out these amazing reads, have a book holiday at home and snuggle up with some exciting characters between the pages!

Today’s spotlight is on Essex author, Tessa Buckley, with her Eye Spy series and Multiple Sclerosis book and Colette Mccormick, with her Women’s Fiction books. Very different reads, but worth checking out.

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About Tessa:

After leaving school, I went to art school, and followed a career in architecture and design, which enabled me to indulge my love of old buildings. Although I had to put writing to one side during this period, I continued to devour novels in my spare time. I had two children, Louise and Patrick, and I loved reading bedtime stories to them. Then one summer when Louise was ten, she complained to me that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read in the local library. That was when I decided to fulfil my childhood ambition, and create a children’s adventure story of my own, and so the Eye Spy series was born.

Nowadays I write books and articles about other things as well, such as healthy eating and family history. I have just completed an Open University degree which included a course on children’s literature.  And I am very pleased that Louise has inherited my love of reading and writing and now works in the publishing industry herself as a literary agent. Patrick, meanwhile, is a clever visualiser who often helps me create images to use on social media.





About Colette:

Colette was born and raised in Sheffield and remains a ‘Yorkshire lass’ at heart despite living in County Durham since the 1980’s. In 2013 Wergener’s Granulamatosis caused her kidneys to fail which meant she needed regular dialysis sessions. However, after 18 months on dialysis, and totally unexpectedly, her kidneys ‘woke up.’ She is now living life to the full and when she is not writing she is working as a charity retail manager. Colette loves cooking and has been threatening to write a cookery book for years. She also loves gardening and walking the dog but has no plans to write about either of those things. She has been married for almost forty years and has two grown up sons.
She would like to publicly thank the NHS in general and the marvellous staff of ICCU, Ward B28 and the Renal Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital in particular. Without their skill, care and attention none of this would be possible.

Sally Cronin. Top Author Of The Week.

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Today I am joined by Sally Cronin. It’s a great pleasure to feature Sally’s work on my blog, as she works tirelessly to promote other authors. Sally has enjoyed a nomadic existence living in eight countries including Sri Lanka, Malta, South Africa, USA and Spain, before settling back in Ireland. Her work, and a desire to see some of the most beautiful parts of the world in the last forty years, has taken her to many more incredible destinations around Europe and Canada, and across the oceans to New Zealand and Hawaii. All those experiences and the people that she has met, provide a rich source of inspiration for her stories.

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Author bio:

After a career in customer facing roles in the hospitality, retail, advertising and telecommunications industry, I wrote and published my first book in 1999 called Size Matters, about my weight loss journey, losing 150lbs in 18 months. This was followed by 11 further fiction and non-fiction books, including a number of short story collections.

My first book release resulted in a radio interview in Spain that led to four years as a nutritional consultant for an English language station, and this was followed by four years with my own health show and Sunday morning show on local radio station in the UK and then as station director, newsreader and presenter for an online television station.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books and from 2002 I have been working with authors on their book launches and publicity. At that time it was very much physical book launches and press coverage locally to stimulate national interest. Today it is very different with a global market via the worldwide web. As important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others within our community. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog, linked to my social media. Blog:

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The new way to holiday.

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Bring that holiday feeling home! With world events at the moment, many of us have had holidays cancelled, or we don’t want to venture far from home. This is upsetting and understandable, but has also meant that people are finding new ways to holiday. My friends and family have been putting tents up in their gardens, building out houses and sheds and making fun themes for them, like a holiday from home, cocktail bars or libraries and are spending more time relaxing in their own homes, just in a different way.

We have painted one of our sheds quite a few times and are attempting to build a bar out of spare palettes, like the one pictured below. I’ll let you know how this goes! I’ve heard that sales of fire pits have been high and camping equipment can be hard to buy, as it’s so popular right now. Even inflatable swim spa’s have been selling fast, so I think people are creating their own mini oasis at home, which is a wonderful idea.

Let me know if you have built any holiday themed areas in your outdoor space, or inside.  I have been thinking of building a tiny outdoor library for my garden for a while, so that’s another addition to my ‘to do’ list. Have a great week everyone. From Lizzie.



Heleyne Hammersley. Top Author of the week.

Heylene Hammersley Pin. By Lizzie Chantree.

I’m really excited today to have Heleyne Hammersley visiting my blog. Heleyne is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and the DI Kate Fletcher series which is set in South Yorkshire.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

You can buy her amazing book, Closer to home, here: Closer to home book link
1. Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

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2. Where do you write?

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3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

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5. Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

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Some recent reviews for this book:

‘A really enjoyable read. Found it fast paced and interesting.
Looking forwards to more books by this author will definitely be reading them.’

‘Downloaded after reading other reviews, really enjoyed the story, and will find more ebooks with this DI on the case!!’

‘Gripping story from beginning to end. A real page turner. Can’t wait to read the rest of Heleyne Hammersley’s novels.’

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Latest news.

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Happy new week everyone. How are you all? It’s been hectic here with two new and updated book covers being published recently and both books hitting different bestseller lists home and abroad, which is exciting to see. I am taking part in two training courses, which are good fun, but time consuming! Have any of you decided to update any skills during lockdown?

The first course I’m taking part in, is hosted by my local creative council, who invited me to join them. During the learning sessions, I’m working towards hosting more seminars to assist local artists, writers and small business owners with creative ideas. Before lockdown, I had begun hosting my own networking seminars for writers. I had positive feedback from the library, council and the Essex Book Festival, so I will be running them again, when I have time between books.

During lockdown I also wrote my first non-fiction book on this subject, which is currently in edits. It was so different writing non-fiction as there was no mischief from characters and fun describing plot lines. I still really enjoyed it though.

The second course I’m taking part in, is about book marketing, so I’m fascinated to learn new skills and to see what the results are. It’s interesting to try new ways to reach readers and to see them picking up my books to read. It makes me want to keep writing and to develop lots more characters to fill those books!

Have a fabulous week everyone. From Lizzie.

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M J Mallon. Top Author Of The Week.


Today’s Top Author of the week, is M J Mallon. M J writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal, multi-genre flash fiction, short stories, poetry and micro poetry. Phew! She is a busy lady. She enjoys writing articles celebrating the spiritual realm, loves nature and all things magical, mystical, and mysterious. M J Mallon is a contributing author in the best-selling horror anthology Nightmareland, edited and compiled by Dan Alatorre.

One of M J Malon’s greatest pleasures is reading. She has written over 100 reviews at her lovely blog home:

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

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Where do you write?


Use three photos or images to describe your personality

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.


Post a photo of something you have baked or made during lockdown



M J Mallon‘s latest release is a magical compilation of poetry, short stories, and photography inspired by the wonder and beauty of the natural world: Mr. Sagittarius.

Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies, he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do?

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images.

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Colette Kebell. Top Author Of The Week.


It is a great pleasure to start my Top Author posts today. I’m running a feature where I ask authors five questions, but have asked for the answers in photos, so we can catch a glimpse inside their worlds. Today’s guest is author, Colette Kebell, who writes in multiple genres and I absolutely love the three photos to describe her personality! To find out more about her wonderful books, click the book cover or link at the end of this post.


1. Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.


2. Where do you write?

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3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality.


4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.


5.Post a photo of something you have baked or made during lockdown.

Smoked Haddock, kale abd broccoli Lasagne

Author bio:

Colette Kebellis an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one.  Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book which launched on 5thApril 2019.

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on Twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.

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Morning Reminders.

Morning Reminder Post 7 By Lizzie Chantree

Hi everyone. Happy new week. There has been an interesting chat thread in my book group and we have been discussing our creative mindset. It seems that the majority of the writers there have extreme moments of self-doubt when they are around halfway through their books and they sometimes have to walk away from their manuscripts for a while. Luckily most authors seem to bounce back and then love their work the next time they do a read through, but they had interesting ways to get through it. Some try knitting, writing poems, some bribe themselves with chocolate treats, or gifts! Others have quotes in their writing spaces to remind them to keep up the good work. So I thought I’d jot down a few quotes here about not giving up and I will post some randomly on my blog for that extra little boost.

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.’ – Walt Disney. 

‘Focus on being productive instead of busy.’ – Tim Ferriss.

‘Good things happen when you set your priorities straight.’ – Scott Caan.

‘Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.’  – Milton Hershey.

‘Content is king, but distribution is queen and she wears the pants.’ – Jonathan Perelman.

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.’ – Robert Collier.