Wednesday, August 31, 2011

School Visit Contracts

Make sure your contract covers these ten items.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011


Notes from a talk by author Bruce Colville about writing fantasy. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to Research

A simple method to prevent you from getting bogged down in research while you're writing.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Outline or Seat of the Pants

Author Elizabeth Spann Craig has written both ways and gives her pros and cons of each method.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blogging Tips

Links to over 30 tips and tutorials about blogging.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Promotional Brochures

A brief overview of what you should includes in your school visit brochure.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last Lines

Scene and chapter endings are just as important as beginnings.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Author Websites

Here's a description of what you should include in your website if you're published or if you're not.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Lists to help you beat writer's block by brainstorming.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Some things to watch out for during a radio or tv interview.

Friday, August 19, 2011

YA Research Grant

The ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) Foundation is offering a grant of $1,500 for research in young adult literature. (deadline Sep 15)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Domain Names

Why you should have your own domain name even if you don't have a website.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tips to bring your scenes to life.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Vary Your Syntax

There are many ways to say the same thing. Take advantage of them.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Getting Out of Your Book Contract

If things aren't working out, is it possible to get out of your contract?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Agent Pitch Sessions

Agent Natalie Fischer tells what you absolutely should not do during a pitch session.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

America Writes for Kids

This website provides links to author web pages by state.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dialogue No-nos

Things to avoid when writing dialogue.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blog Topics

Can't think of what to blog about? Here are some ideas.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Plot Questions

Editor Cheryl Klein gives a list of questions about plot to consider.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Acquisitions Meeting 

What happens in them and what criteria do they use to evaluation your manuscript.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Here are some openings you might want to avoid.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Publisher's Marketing

What marketing does your publisher do for your book?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dictating a First Draft

Try dictating your first draft to get that story out of your head and into the world.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book Signings

Four things you can do to help make your book signing a success.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Email Etiquette

Some simple tips to make your email more professional.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Even if you lived through them, you'll find some fascinating details to use in your historical novel (yes!) set in the 1970s.