Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Apr 172013
 
How to Hire a Social Media Marketer

Your hands are full doing what you love (writing, creating products, running your business) – you have no time to market your books and brand online! It’s time to hire a social media marketer. Here’s what an author says: “I’ve read a million ‘how to’s’ about social media, and have spent a ton of time creating the array of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Linkedin pages. Plus, of course, my

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Apr 112013
 
How to Get Your Book Published - Advice From Publishing Pros

These tips on how to get your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). How much research have you done? Study the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published - it’ll help you get published. Is getting your book published the purpose of your life?

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Apr 082013
 
6 Reasons Your Blog Doesn't Make Money

The main reason bloggers don’t make money is because traffic isn’t high enough. Here are several ways not only to increase blog traffic, but to address the other reasons your bog isn’t making money. How to Start a Blog that People Will Read by Mike Omar describes how to create a website, write about a topic you love, develop a loyal readership, and make six figures doing it. There’s no way

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Mar 252013
 
How Do You Get Paid for an Article After the Editor Leaves?

You write an article for an editor – after agreeing on a fee – and the editor leaves the magazine. How do you get paid for that article? Here’s what one blogger says: “I was commissioned to write two articles by a publishing company for their new magazine, which is launching this month. After agreeing on a price, researching the articles, doing the work and sending it over to them,

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Mar 252013
 
10 Creative Ways to Improve Your Writing

My writing skills improved dramatically when I freelanced for Reader’s Digest, because the editor would go over every sentence with me. She’d call me up and we’d analyze my articles – and I’d learn what Reader’s Digest readers were looking for, what editors want from writers, and even how to pitch future articles. Most editors don’t have the time to do this – I was one lucky writer! Though it was

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Mar 202013
 
How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

It’s a conundrum: you can’t sell your articles because you haven’t been published, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold anything yet! It’s similar to getting a job in many fields: you can’t get hired without experience, and you can’t get experience without working. What’s a writer to do? The worst part is that your author bio shines a spotlight on your lack of experience. It’s like your

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Mar 162013
 
5 Reasons to Write for Free

A reader recently asked if she should write for free for a website, and give up copyright of the article. Here’s her dilemma: “I volunteered to write an article for a website for free, assuming that I would at least get to retain rights to the article and pitch it to other websites. Come to find out that this isn’t the case, they want the rights. So, what would you

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Mar 102013
 
How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

Every writer has a different story about how they got started – and each story will inspire you in a different way. Here, a guest author shares how seven successful authors started their writing careers… Whether you’re a budding writer aspiring get published or curious about the mind from which your favourite story came, then huddle round as Christie Cluett tells you the story of how some of the world’s

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Feb 032013
 
10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

A grammar mistake as “little” as its instead of it’s can stop you from getting published, or change an A paper to a B or even a C. Here are the most common grammatical errors people make, plus tips on how to fix them. This is a guest post from Honor Clement-Hayes, who is – among many other things – the Women’s Fashion Editor for an online culture magazine called

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Dec 212012
 
Will My Blog Be Popular and Can I Make Money With It?

A reader recently asked me if there is a market for her blog and if she can make money with it. I’m no fortune teller, but here are a few signs a blog will be popular and a few tips for making money with a blog idea. Before you start a new (or another) blog, you need to think about your purpose for blogging. Do you want a popular blog?

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