Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Picture Book Biographies

Kathi Appelt shares her thoughts about writing picture book biographies.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012


You don't want to telegraph the future to your reader when you're foreshadowing.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

YA Agents

If you write YA, you'll want to check out this list of agents who rep young adult books.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Kindergarten Books

Here are the must-read titles for the Kindergarten set.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sensory Details

Use all five senses to make your writing jump off the page.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How Not to Get a Book Deal

Don't do the things on this list if you ever want to get an agent or be published.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First Drafts

Some hints for writing a quick and dirty first draft.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Novels in Verse

Here's a list of novels written in verse, from middle grade to adult.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Story Structure Charts

There's more than one way to tell a story.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Launching a Book

A few do's and don'ts for getting your book out in the world.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


What are the pros and cons of writing with a partner?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photos and Copyrights

Make sure you don't do these common mistakes when using other people's photos on your blog.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Finding Author's You Might Like

After you put in the name of a favorite author, you'll see a map of other authors you might like.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Map Your Setting

Drawing a map of your settings will help you keep everything in the correct place.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Editors at Conferences

Going to a writing conference is a wonderful way to make a personal connection with and have the opportunity to submit to editors.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Show, Don't Tell

Here's a new way to determine if you are telling instead of showing.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Picture Book or Short Story

They may be the same number of words, but they're not the same.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SCBWI Events

Listing, by month, of SCBWI regional events around the world.

Friday, October 12, 2012


You're not always doing someone a favor when you include his/her name in your acknowledgements.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Contracts

Ten key points to consider in your book contract.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Writers' Organizations

National and international writers' organizations by state.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Heinlein's Rules for Writing

Rule One: You must write.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Book Festivals

Some hints to make your appearance at a book festival go more smoothly.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Magazine Markets

Author Evelyn Christensen provides links to submission guidelines for children's magazines.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


How to integrate conflict into the overall structure of your novel.

Friday, October 5, 2012


In this age of social media, are pseudonyms a relic of the past?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tighten Your Writing

Some simple tips to eliminate unneeded words and phrases from your manuscript.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Reasons for Rejection

What are the biggest reasons editors and agents say no?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Don't try to push your own agenda in your writing.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Pitches

The secrets to a great pitch lies in answering these questions.