L.M. Durand

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MailChimp's changes will impact you as a user. Take action today!

MailChimp users, have you looked at your emails yet? All users should have received an email yesterday providing information on the upcoming changes. …

Is NaNoWriMo right for you? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

When it comes to NaNoWriMo, I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions over the past few months, and quite frankly, they were all solid reasons. This …

What the Tv Show Game of Thrones reminded me as a Fantasy Writer

As a Fantasy lover and writer, the latest season of Game of Thrones reminded me of a few important things. If you’re a fan of the show/books, no …

Social Media

From Zero To Email Marketing Hero In Just Nine Steps

We’ve written about email marketing already a couple of times before, and by now you should know the importance of email marketing for your …

Marketing

5 Top Features for Editing with Scrivener #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Scrivener is a writing software that has transformed my life. I know many people still use Word or other writing software, and that’s great, as long …

Tutorials

I'm a NaNoWriMo Participant. Will you commit to your writing and join me?

I made a big decision a couple of weeks ago, and I’m super excited about it. I’m going to be a <b>NaNoWriMo participant this year</b>. YAY!<p><b>Who’s with …

35 Ideas to promote your book on Instagram - Author Toolbox Blog Hop

As part of this month’s Author Toolbox Blog Hop, I want to discuss Social Media as a way to promote your book. Everyone should know that you should …

6 Best Tips to help you grow your business with Instagram

Instagram is a social media that allows you to share photos and videos. With over 400 million daily users in 2017, businesses use more and more of …

Book Lovers - Indulge yourself with the best gift ever

I recently set myself a monthly reading goal. Never late than never, right? I’ve always loved reading but thought I would up my game a little by …

Social Media

#Authortoolboxbloghop - 9 things agents want you to do when querying

For the first time, I’m participating in a monthly event <b>#AuthorToolboxBlogHop</b> that aims at helping authors at each stage of their career, and I’m …

Writing

Writing is hard, but it should also be fun.

Writing a book is undeniably something you do on your own unless you co-write a book, but most of the time, it’s an activity that you do alone. You …

Social Media

14 animated steps to guide you through the process of writing a book

This week, I spent an impressive amount of hours editing my book. Writing a book can be rough at times, but I love it. What can I say? If you’re a …

Writing

Want to Get More Traffic on Facebook? Read This.

Words are a way of capturing people and making things interesting.<p>One of the keys to 10x success is unique collaborations. You need to work with a diverse group of experts.<p>When it comes to Facebook Ads, Kory Kahley is one of the best. He's been able to consistently turn one dollar into two, three, …

Facebook Ads

Things people ask: "How do you write a book?"

I was finishing up the manuscript for my 10th book this week when I received an email asking, in essence, how to go about writing a book.<p>I don’t know …

Writing

How to Write Faster: 12 Unusual Productivity Hacks

Howard feels fed up with writing.He started working on his blog post yesterday afternoon, and wrestled with his first draft until almost …

9 tips for writing stronger headlines

Headlines are lifelines to our readers. They grab attention, build trust and help time-pressed consumers focus on the stories they care most about. …

Listen to the voice inside your head - By Matt Mayr

<i>Matt Mayr grew up in a small mining community north of Lake Superior, where he learned to hunt and fish from a very young age. He holds an Honours</i> …

Writing

How Long Should Your Blog Articles Be? (With Word Counts for Every Industry)

Word count.It’s a topic that receives a lot of coverage these days.Bloggers and content marketers are always wondering what’s the ideal word count to …

The 7 Essential Sci-Fi Books for June 2017

From time travel to the apocalypse.<p>Summer is the season of sultry nights, beach weekends, arguments over what “the song of the summer” truly is, and …

Science Fiction

Blogging Consistently Can Lead to Expertise

Two neat things happen when you really get rolling with a blog. First, you’ll find that you want to write a lot. Second, in your quest to continue …

War

Whether you want to write or write already, what you read truly matters.

I’m sure you all heard how reading is important to become a good writer. This isn’t news! But, what you read is also very important. Reading is, …

9 Effective writing habits to help you succeed as a blogger

Effective writing is something I always used to long for as a blogger. When I started out, I used to admire those big blogs and the content they have.<p>…

Creative Writing

Five Ways to Keep Your Writing Moving Forward

Despite the huge number of people who would like to write a book, few realize that dream. The reason is simple: Writing and publishing a book is not …

4 reasons why you should always attend a Writing Conference

Last October, I attended the Writer’s Digest Writing Conference in Los Angeles, CA. It was my very first writing conference, and I was quite nervous. …

7 things you will never be able to do with an e-book reader

When I wrote about the advantages of an e-book reader, I was thinking about how true it was, but also about the fact that despite everything, I would …

Books

11 things that will make you love e-Readers - #9 surprised me though…

A print book has always brought joy to my heart. Every time I see a bookshelf or I’m in a bookstore, I feel this urge to let my fingers trail on a …

Want to read more books? Follow these tips

I read at least 52 books each year and I blog about it. Although my semi-annual "books" column is always one of my most popular (you can see last six …

Writing

Author interview - The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar by Nabila Fairuz

<i>Nabila Fairuz is Bangladeshi-Canadian author who published her first novel “The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar” a few months ago. She resides in</i> …

Writing

Let’s Keep Blogging Fun

I’ve recently been reading some posts and messages on Facebook where people are asking for advice because blogging has got to the stage of stressing …

Social Media

5 Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Build a Loyal Readership

Building a solid reader-base is without doubt something every blogger is striving for. That is the first step to actually converting your visitors …