Saturday, July 30, 2011

Story vs. Craft

What's the difference between story and craft, and why should you care?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Language Arts Common Core Standards

Find out the curriculum standards for each state.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Getting Ideas

Here are lists of brainstorming ideas to kickstart your creativity.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Children's Publishers Links

Here's a list of publisher links to make it easier for you to do your research.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beta Readers

Who's not a good choice to be your beta reader?

Monday, July 25, 2011


Learn how to use this new social network.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Novels in Verse

What are they and should your next novel be written in verse?

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Magazines are always looking for people who can write good rebuses.

Friday, July 22, 2011

QR Codes

What are they and how can you use them to market your books.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Going on Submission

What actually happens after your agent submits your novel to editors?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Editing Checklist

Here's a detailed list of things to look for, from big picture items down to fine-detail areas.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Character Traits Thesaurus  

Another great resource from the folks who brought us the emotion thesaurus.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Some hints on being a good interviewee.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Inexpensive Book Trailers

Don't have much to spend on making a book trailer? Here are some hints.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nonfiction Proposals

Seven tough questions to ask yourself before you submit a nonfiction proposal.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Resist the Urge to Explain

After you've shown it, don't then tell it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Doing a better job of proofreading will lead to a more professional manuscript.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

First Books

Why it's unlikely your first book will be published.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Picture Book Lists by Topic

Lists of picture book by subject matter.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

PEN/Steven Kroll Award

This new award honors the author of an illustrated picture book.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chapter Endings

How do you know when to break to a new chapter?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Interminable Agency Clause

Why you shouldn't have this as part of your contract.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Word Count Norms

What's are the standard word count ranges for children's books.

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Agency

Hen and Ink Agency will specialize in children's books.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Following Up on a Submission

When and how should you follow up if you haven't received a response to your submission.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Character Traits

100 weird character traits to help you brainstorm even more character traits.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Making a Living

Can you quit your day job and make a living from your writing?