I’ve had the distinct pleasure of introducing you to several different author friends over the years, some of whom have visited many times and you’ve gotten to know them almost as well as you know me.
Today, I’m happy to have a first-time visitor to my site. (I’m always SO EXCITED for new friends to drop by!) You may have seen her around the web promoting her new book, Ninja School Mum. If you did, you know how good it sounds. If you didn’t, you’re about to.
Let’s give a warm welcome to Lizzie Chantree!
I’m thrilled to have been invited on to Staci’s blog today. My name is Lizzie Chantree and I am a romance author who writes quirky beach reads. I thought I’d tell you something about my journey, going from a self-published author to a traditionally-published one.
When I wrote my first book, I hid it for five years as my daughter was unwell. As her health improved, I read an article about self-publishing which inspired me to give it a try. I was worried I would be isolated working in my home office, but after discovering and joining a book club called RRBC, I met so many wonderful authors that I didn’t feel on my own at all. I enjoyed self-publishing so much that when I was offered my first two book contracts, I declined them. This was mainly through fear of the unknown. I was unsure of losing my readers while waiting for a publisher to redesign the cover and re-edit my work, as they said it could take up to a year.
After writing my fourth book, Ninja School Mum, I decided to send it to a few publishers and one of them contacted me and offered me a contract. For some reason, I felt this publisher would fit so well with my work, that I decided to sign the contract. For me, working with a publisher is a completely different experience from self-publishing, as there are suddenly time constraints and expectations of you and your work, but once again, it is like being drawn into a family of authors who have made me smile every day since I met them. I have two books out with my publisher, Crooked Cat Books, this year and a possible third at the end of the year, if I can write it before the publishing deadline.
My days are now full of marketing meetings, Skype calls, interviews, and book signings. I have pushed myself far harder than I did as a self-published author, but have learned so much. Both roads to publication have been and still are so rewarding, that when someone asks me which path they should follow, I tell them to follow their heart.
That’s perfect advice, Lizzie. No single path or journey is the blueprint for all of us. But I love hearing how others have done it. And I, and I’m sure all my readers, are wishing you much success.
Here’s a little bit more about Lizzie and her latest release.
About the Book:
Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.
Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.
Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?
When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.
About the Author:
Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of eighteen and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.