Monday, December 31, 2012

Avoiding Scams

Remember, money flows to the author, not from the author.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Elusive Voice

What do editors mean when they say they are looking for a strong, unique voice?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Writing in Meter

It's not as easy as it seems to keeping your rhythm consistent.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Trailers

Now that you've made your book trailer, what should you do with it?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holding Back Information

When you're pitching or querying, don't leave any surprises.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tension on Every Page

Here are some tips to put tension, even if only a little bit, on each page of your manuscript.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Series Pitfalls

Even if you're writing a series, each book has to stand on its own.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Submission Guidelines

This incredibly useful site provides links to the submission guidelines for Children's Book Council publishers.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Picture Book Biographies and Story Arcs

Not all picture book biographies fit neatly into the standard story arc structure.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Action and Reaction

Your story is a chain of actions and reactions, each leading to the next one.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Common Core Standards

What are the standards and which states have adopted them?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How Many Books to Pitch

Only pitch one book, your best one, in a query.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Royalty Calculations

You need to look past the percentage.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Free Indirect Discourse

How do you give your character's thoughts, even when you're writing in third person.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Writing Rules of Thumb

You need to know the rules before you can decide if you want to break any of them.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Visual Editing

Break out your colored highlighters/crayons/markers before you revise.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Creative Nonfiction

How does creative nonfiction differ from nonfiction and historical fiction?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nonfiction Mistakes

It always helps to have someone else's mistakes to learn from.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


There are many ways to speed up or slow down your book's pace.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Facebook Profiles, Fan Pages, and Groups

What are the different types of Facebook pages and when should you use each type?

Monday, December 10, 2012


When you query longer nonfiction, you're usually asked to submit a proposal.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fruit and Vegetable Idioms

Make your writing more interesting by using these idioms based on fruits and vegetables.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Reference Books

Seven reference resources for writers.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ticking Clock

One of the best ways to increase suspense in a novel is to add a deadline.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Word Choices

How to choose the best word(s) to say what you mean.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Turning Down a Contract

It takes courage, but sometimes it's in your best interest to reject an offer.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Twitter Etiquette

Make sure your tweets project a professional image. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012


This one-line summary boils down your book into a simple statement that can be easily understood.

Saturday, December 1, 2012