Human Being; World traveller; Author; Blogger; Editor; Reader; Chocolate addict; Animal lover; Friend, Sister, Daughter.

In my element, enjoying the day’s first rays of sunshine while spending my morning writing.

I’ve seen these “‘”About Me” stories around Medium and really liked them, and then stumbled upon the publication by Quy Ma: About Me, and immediately felt inspired to write my own, so here it goes.

Background

My name is Leona Françoise, 23 years old, and currently living on a small island in the Caribbean. I am an author, editor, and creator and curious about discovering new places and new people.


A step-by-step process to becoming a published author for free.

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This post is an opinion piece based on my own experience. My goal is to assist future first-time authors, or first time KDP-authors on their self-publishing journey.

This past week I published my very first book and did it all by myself! And it ended up not even being all that challenging. Nothing you can’t do! Obviously an important step is writing the actual book, but here I want to share what comes after: the actual publishing of your creation.

What is KDP?

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which has previously also been known as ‘createspace’, which allows authors to self-publish their books or…


Travel. St. Barth. Caribbean. Central America.

How the treasures of St. Barth are not just for the rich.

Image credit: author.

The tiny island of Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth) which is frequently deemed as a luxury location meant only for celebs and millionaires, is, in reality just as available and enjoyable for travel enthusiasts. Especially those who enjoy spending their time on white sandy shores, swimming in clear water, and love a spectacular sunset.

Although you could claim that the exclusivity of the island is what brings its appeal, as a semi-local, who’s been coming here for six years and living here for two, I’ve found that the true appeal of the island lies in its layout.

St. Barth, which is…


How to market your book after sharing it with the world.

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First things first: congratulations! You wrote a book and that in itself is a huge accomplishment, regardless of how people react or engage with it, you can simply be proud of the fact that you shared your literary work with the world!

But writing and publishing the book is only half the work! And for some, the most challenging aspect of the book-writing journey begins now: marketing

When you’ve published your book, it implies that you’re ready for the world to read it and engage with it; so let them know! Share how proud you are of yourself, and how…


Managing your journey to online success.

My start-ups post-scheduling for the month of May (2021), using Later.

Disclaimer: the opinions on the programs and apps included in the post are solely based on my personal experience and opinion. There is no sponsorship involved.

In the modern day world, social media platforms have become one of the best ways to share your message with a large, global audience. But while a strong social media can make all the difference for your company, especially for start-ups, it’s by no means an easy nor quick task.

But the good news is that there are many tools and information for you to use, often for free, all over the internet and…


How finally getting time with myself has shifted me into a whole new person.*

The past nine months haven’t been easy for many people, but I’m not here to tell you about that which you already know. Somehow amidst this strange period there has been the pressure to create, the pressure to get fit, and even the pressure to catch up on sleep and relax. But all this pressure on how we should manage our lives during the pandemic seems no different from the pressure we feel in our “regular” day-to-day. In life before COVID, it was always about doing…


Photo by Gemilang Sinuyudhan on Unsplash.

Remaining conscious of your health while stuck inside.

The past few weeks haven’t been easy for a lot of people. There is a pandemic going on. While now might be the first time in a long time where you actually have free time at home, it does not mean you are responsible for producing anything out of that free time. Some of us have responsibilities we have to care for, others might be experiencing more intense anxiety, and yet others might just feel unmotivated and inspired.

You don’t have to do anything at all right now except for just exist. …


What to consider before and after getting permanent art on your body.

Photo by Lucas Lenzi on Unsplash.

Tattoos can be absolutely great. Whether you want one and which kind you like depends strongly from person to person, but if you like and have them, they are awesome. I got my first tattoo three years ago, and since then I have added five more, with a new one scheduled for next month.

But before you get a beautiful piece of art or text permanently placed on your body, there are some factors to consider. …


One of the three Pyramids of Giza, with the city of Cairo in the background. Image credit: Leona Caanen

A mix of culture and vacation: exploring Egypt

Four years too late, I finally “cashed-in” my overdue father-daughter trip. Since graduating High School, life was being lived to its fullest extent and therefore my dad and I had been unable to find an appropriate time for our trip. Now, as we are both in a more time-flexible stage of life, we got organised: eight days of exploring Egypt.

I like to write about traveling. What to do and where to go; and this travel adventure that my dad and I shared definitely had some good tip-worthy experiences.

This will be a mix of culture and vacation. When traveling…


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Why you don’t have to do a master degree right after your bachelor

There it is again. That familiar pressure of applying. The same one you experienced your senior year of high school when applying to universities for the first time.

This time it’s not a bachelors degree your aiming for, it’s a masters. An important diploma with a hefty price tag. But why wouldn’t you? Half your graduating class is applying for a masters degree at some expensive, high-end univeristy. The other half has somehow already found a job to fill their 9 to 5.

But what about you? You don’t really know yet what you’d like to master in. You have…

Leona Françoise

International human being. Spend my 23 years of life living in 4 countries. I adore interacting with others, learning new things, traveling & a great read.

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