Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nonfiction and Schools

How to connect your nonfiction book to a school curriculum.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Seeing Your Novel's Big Picture

Here's a handy way to see see if your scenes and characters are in the right places.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kill Your Darlings

Nine great hints to help you cut, cut, cut.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Should you use regional dialects in your manuscript?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Timing from Contract to Book

Why does it take so long after the contract is signed before a book is published?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Overused Phrases

Here's a handy tool to see if there are any overused, multi-word phrases in your manuscript.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Conference Tips

How to get the most out of a writers' conference.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Grounding Your Reader

As soon as your readers get confused, you've lost them.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Are your revisions making your manuscript better or just different (and maybe even worse)?

Monday, March 21, 2011


This extensive list of sound words includes the date first used.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Writing Humor

Author Lenore Look shares what works for her.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Getting Twitter Followers

What you may be doing wrong if you're not getting followed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Curse Words in YA

Should you use them and how often?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Agent

Agent Kristin Miller of D4EO is looking for author/illustrators and authors of middle grade and young adult novels.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dialogue Mistakes

Some things to avoid when you're writing dialogue.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Submitting Via Email

How should you format and name your emailed manuscript.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Overused Themes in YA

If your book has one of these, you'd better make sure you've given it an original spin.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


What are book remainders and how does this affect you.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Planting Clues

Hints and foreshadowing aren't just for mystery writers.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Independent Book Stores

In the wake of many chain bookstore closings, here's a list of independent alternatives.

Monday, March 7, 2011


Links and tips to help you create your own unique voice.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Submission Checklist

Make sure you check these before submitting a manuscript for consideration.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Filter Words

When you filter your words through the eyes (or ears or other sensory organs) of your characters, you weaken your book.

Problem Critique Group Members

Characteristics of people who will make your critique group less useful.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sensory Language

Lists of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch words.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


How to create an online audio presentation.