Friday, August 31, 2012

What takes so long?

What is it about publishing that makes it take year(s) before your book comes out?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ending a Blog

Five things to consider before you pull the plug on your blog.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is Your Manuscript Ready to Query?

Here's a checklist to make sure your manuscript is all sparkly and ready to go.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When to Outline

Even if you don't make an outline before you write, it helps to do so after each draft.

Monday, August 27, 2012

picture book titles

Two things to avoid when you're titling your picture book.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quiet Books

Even if your book is quiet, it still needs to be interesting.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Writing Contest Scams

Watch out for these red flags before entering a writing contest.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Best-Ever Teen Fiction

NPR (National Public Radio) conducted a poll to choose the 100 best young adult novels.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

21 Plot Shapes

There are many more ways  plot shapes than what you learned in school.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Character Names

Some tips for choosing appropriate names for your characters.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Small Presses

What are the pros and cons of publishing with a small press?

Monday, August 20, 2012


How to write a synopsis, using The Wizard of Oz as an example.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dialogue Punctuation

Using the correct punctuation makes your dialogue more readable.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Getting Critiqued

Give yourself enough time to think about a comment before you dismiss it.

Friday, August 17, 2012


If you're writing nonfiction, and often fiction, you need to do research.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Writer's Resume

Every once in a while, a publisher will ask you for your writer's resume. Here's how to do it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Boy Readers

They don't just want to see boy protagonists.

Monday, August 13, 2012

After Publication

You thought your work was done after your book was published. Wrong.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Multiple Critiques

How do you synthesize the feedback from multiple sources?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Strengthen Your Novel

Thirty one-minute tips to make your novel stronger.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

What are E-Books?

The answer is not as simple as you might think.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New MG/YA Publisher

Month9 Books will specialize in speculative fiction for tweens and teens.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Waiting for Your Contract

Why does it take so long after acceptance to get your contract?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Believable Fantasy

Seven trips for writing a fantasy your readers will buy into.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New MG/YA Agent

Kathryn Patten, a new agent with Sherre Bykofsky Associates, is interested in acquiring middle grade and YA novels.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Children's Imprint

Seven Stories has a new children's imprint, Triangle Square Books for Young Readers.