Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Picture Book Biographies

Kathi Appelt shares her thoughts about writing picture book biographies. 

http://thru-the-booth.livejournal.com/36542.html

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Foreshadowing

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

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/10/writing-craft-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.

http://sirragirl.blogspot.ca/2011/05/200-yaadult-agency-list-w-links.html

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Kindergarten Books

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

http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/flypaper/2012/the-kindergarten-canon.html

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sensory Details

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

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.ca/2012/10/using-5-senses-to-make-our-stories-jump.html

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. 

http://www.kimcurran.co.uk/2012/10/10-things-not-to-do-to-get-a-book-deal-and-beyond/

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First Drafts

Some hints for writing a quick and dirty first draft. 

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/writing-a-quick-first-draft/

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Novels in Verse

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

http://pinterest.com/ingridsundberg/story-structure-charts/

Monday, October 22, 2012

Story Structure Charts

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

http://pinterest.com/ingridsundberg/story-structure-charts/

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Launching a Book

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

http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/2012/10/dianne-dos-and-donts-of-launching-book.html

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Co-Authoring

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

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/10/co-authoring-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

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. 

http://publicityhound.net/10-worst-mistakes-bloggers-make-when-using-photos/

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. 

http://www.literature-map.com/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Map Your Setting

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

http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.ca/2012/10/wow-wednesday-lynne-kelly-on-mapping.html

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. 

http://vonnacarter.com/wordpress/?page_id=6213

Monday, October 15, 2012

Show, Don't Tell

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

http://www.adventuresinagentland.com/2012/09/let-your-reader-be-doctor-on-showing-vs.html

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Picture Book or Short Story

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

http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/ws06/pborzine.shtml

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SCBWI Events

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

http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Events.aspx

Friday, October 12, 2012

Acknowledgements

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

http://www.katemessner.com/think-before-you-thank-writers-acknowledgments/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Contracts

Ten key points to consider in your book contract. 

http://www.ivanhoffman.com/points.html

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Writers' Organizations

National and international writers' organizations by state. 

http://www.squidoo.com/localwritersassociationsbystate

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Heinlein's Rules for Writing

Rule One: You must write. 

http://www.sfwriter.com/ow05.htm

Monday, October 8, 2012

Book Festivals

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

http://www.hilarytsmith.com/2012/09/how-not-to-be-awkward-at-book-festivals.html

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Magazine Markets

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

highlights.com/contributor-guidelines

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Conflict

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

http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/2012/09/building-deep-conflict-into-novel.html

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pseudonyms

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

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/rethink-pseudonyms/

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tighten Your Writing

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

http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2012/09/write-tighter-write-smarter.html

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Reasons for Rejection

What are the biggest reasons editors and agents say no?

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2012/09/clarity-in-queries-biggest-reason.html

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Propaganda

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

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/are-you-writing-propaganda/

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Pitches

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

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/secrets-of-a-great-pitch/