Friday, November 30, 2012

Contract Negotiations

Use these tips to help you negotiate several typical contract clauses.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daily Writing Tips

Take a few minutes each day to read these great daily tips.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What Not to Blog About

There are some things which you shouldn't announce to the world on your blog.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Don't let your minor plots lead your story astray.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Getting Past Rejection

Kelly Light shows one you shouldn't give up.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Foreign Language Words

Five tips on how and when to use foreign language in your manuscript.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Literary Contracts

What are the many things to look at in your book contract.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Character Brainstorming

Author Martina Boone shares her worksheet for thinking about characters.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


When you should and should not add an epilogue to your book.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Third Person: Omniscient vs. Limited

When you use the third person point of view, you have some decisions to make.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Ever Elusive Voice

There are many paths to creating a great voice.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


When should you use flashbacks and how should you incorporate them into your writing?

Friday, November 16, 2012


What do editors look for in a nonfiction project?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Word Counts

Most of us know the approximate word counts for different genres of kidlit, but this post also gives the "sweet spot."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Too Didactic

There's a limited market for issue books and even these should never be preachy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Contests and other giveaways are a book-marketing tool.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Writing Prompts

How writing prompts can help you improve your craft.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Author Spots

Promote your school visits by creating mini-videos to be shown to the students before you arrive.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Blog Photos

Photos are copyrighted, so you can't just copy them from other blogs and websites.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Editorial Letters

After you sell your book comes the wait for your editorial letter.

Should You Blog

Here are some points to help you decide if blogging is for you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Terrible First Drafts

If you assume your first draft is going to be dreadful, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

School Workshops

Suggested sequences and timings for various length school visits.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Foreign Settings

Whether your setting is far away or just unfamiliar, you need to do your research.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chapter Breaks

Choose your chapter breaks so your reader won't be able to put down your book.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Here's a three-part series about writing the three books of a trilogy.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boilerplate Contracts

There can be many pitfalls in a standard publisher's contract.