Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Illustration Notes

Should you include illustration notes in your picture book manuscript? 

http://kidlit.com/2010/11/17/should-you-include-illustration-notes-in-your-picture-book/

Saturday, April 28, 2012

What is Young Adult?

What's the history of the YA genre and what does it mean now?

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/04/what-does-young-adult-mean/51316/

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Value of Blogging/Tweeting

Does blogging and/or tweeting help a book's success? 

http://helpineedapublisher.blogspot.com/2012/04/blogtweet-success-chicken-or-egg.html

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Conference Expectations

If you sign up for a conference critique, expect to get a professional assessment of your manuscript, not a book contract. 

http://kidlit.com/2012/04/18/adjusting-expectations-for-conferences-and-critiques/

Monday, April 23, 2012

blog tours

Tips on how to plan a blog tour for your book.

http://marielamba.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/blog-tour-tips-on-planning-your-journey/

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Nonfiction Picture Books

Nonfiction picture books aimed at older readers often have bigger word counts. 

http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1016917725611909564#allposts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Racism and Sexism

How to check for racism and sexism in your manuscript. 

http://www.osi.hu/iep/Workshops/anti_bias/ten_ways.htm

Friday, April 20, 2012

Why Small Publishers Fail

If you're thinking of submitting to a smaller publisher, read this post first. 

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/04/guest-blog-post-why-small-publishers.html

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Balancing Story and Prose

How do you find the sweet spot between story and prose at the macro and the micro level. 

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/04/balancing-story-and-prose/

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

editing someone else's work

Some hints from Nathan Bransford about critiquing other people's work. 

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/04/ten-commandments-for-editing-someones.html

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Longer Picture Books

Even though picture book word counts are getting shorter, for older readers you might be able to include more. 

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2012/04/guest-post-mara-rockliff-on-writing.html

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Multicultural Blogs

Blogs to help you become more familiar with multicultural books and customs. 

http://www.rascofromrif.org/?p=22453

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Press Coverage

How to get exposure for you and your manuscript. 

http://www.seomoz.org/blog/92-ways-to-get-and-maximize-press-coverage

Friday, April 13, 2012

Blogging Mistakes

If you have a blog, avoid these mistakes. 

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2010/05/17/12-blogging-mistakes-to-avoid/

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Narrative and Transition

How to maintain forward momentum in your manuscript. 

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/03/goodreads-8-things-writers-should-know/

Monday, April 9, 2012

Goodreads

Eight things you should know about Goodreads. 

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/03/goodreads-8-things-writers-should-know/

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Why Your Book Isn't Selling

What you can do to boost your sales. 

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/why-your-book-isnt-selling-3/

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Publishing Terms

Some resources and advice about publishing terms and contracts.

http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1016917725611909564#allposts

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ending a Chapter

You don't want your readers to put down your book at the end of the chapter. 

http://kidlit.com/2012/03/26/how-to-button-a-chapter/

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Children's Writers Forum

If you write for children, you should be looking at the Verla Kay Blue Boards. 

http://evelynchristensen.com/mags.html

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Free Social Media Tools

50 free tools you can use to increase your social media presence. 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Children's Magazines

Here's a new site with information of children's magazines. 

http://evelynchristensen.com/mags.html

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Writing Funny

What makes for a funny situation?

http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/2012/03/kim-humor-for-writers.html