Thursday, January 31, 2013

Understanding Your Agent

The more you understand everything your agent does, the better you'll be able to work together. 

http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/2010/02/timeline-and-checklist-for-ya-of-mg.html

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Release

You should already be working on your marketing six months before its release. 

http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/2010/02/timeline-and-checklist-for-ya-of-mg.html

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Getting Emotional

Ways to connect with your readers and make them care. 

http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2013/01/connect-with-readers-emotions-how-to.html

Monday, January 28, 2013

Horrible First Drafts

How to write a bad first draft so you can go on to revise, revise, revise. 

http://writerunboxed.com/2013/01/10/9-tips-for-writing-a-really-good-shitty-first-draft-2/

Sunday, January 27, 2013

School Visits

What makes a strong author visit from a teacher's point of view? 

http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-makes-strong-authors-visita.html

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Social Media Marketing

Does social media create a fan base or only serve to keep one? 

http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-things-one-writer-learned-about.html

Friday, January 25, 2013

Radio Interviews

How to pitch a radio interview and what to do after you get one. 

http://writersandauthors.blogspot.it/2013/01/hit-airwaves-how-to-get-interviewed-on.html

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Other Cultures

If you're writing about a culture other than your own, do your research. 

http://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2013/01/writing-and-revising-different-culture.html

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Agents

Here are some hints for evaluating agents new to the business. 

http://glasscasesblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/shady-business.html

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book Fairs by State

Thanks to the Library of Congress for this listing of book fairs by state. 

http://www.read.gov/resources/statefairs.php

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cutting Unnecessary Words

Here are ten tips to help you tighten your writing when you revise. 

http://jennykaczorowski.blogspot.com/2012/06/10-self-editing-tips-for-writers.html

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fiction Writers and Bloggers

Do editors and agents expect authors of fictional works to blog? 

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2012/10/do-agents-and-editors-expect-novelists.html

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Poetry and Agents

Very few legitimate agents represent poetry, so be careful. 

http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-poets-should-not-seek-literary.html

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Imprint

U.K.-based indie graphic novel publisher Nobrow Press is launching Flying Eye Books, a children’s book imprint that will debut in 2013 in both the U.K. and the U.S. 

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/55208-nobrow-press-to-launch-children-s-imprint-in-2013.html

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Overcoming Writer's Block

One of these techniques is sure to help you break your writer's block.

http://americasstudies.com/index.php/writers-block-how-to-overcome-the-fear-of-the-blank-page/

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rhythm and Rhyme

Even if you're writing in rhyme, the story must always come first.

http://www.dorichaconas.com/Icing%20the%20Cake%20page.htm

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wordless Picture Books

When there are no words, the illustrations have to carry all the work. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/wordless-picture-books/

Monday, January 14, 2013

Writing Contests

Preditors and Editors lists writing contests, including those they don't recommend you enter. 

http://pred-ed.com/pubctst.htm

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review Sites

Midwest Book Review lists other publications, organizations, and websites that review books. 

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/links/othr_rev.htm


Friday, January 11, 2013

Visuwords

Here's a graphical way of looking at the relationships between words. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Marketing for Introverts

Even if promoting your book fills you with fear, there are still ways to get the word out. 

http://writerunboxed.com/2012/12/14/a-promotional-strategy-for-overwhelmed-introverts/

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Writing Groups

Writing groups can perform several different functions--support, critiquing, and instruction.  

http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2012/12/writing-groups-field-guide.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Board Books

How do board books differ from picture books and what is the market for them? 

http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2012/12/on-board-books.html

Monday, January 7, 2013

Picture Book Beginnings

Just like with novels, the start of a picture book needs to hook the reader. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/picture-book-writing-tips/

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Titles and Character Names

Some hints on choosing intriguing titles and character names that fit. 

http://www.ellenjackson.net/titles_and_names_61467.htm

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Trends in Children's Books

Scholastic editors predict what will be the hot topics for children's books. 

http://www.animationmagazine.net/licensing/scholastic-editors-predict-trends-in-childrens-books/

Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Trailers

Links to articles and posts about how to make book trailers and where to show them. 

http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/book-trailers/

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Plot Problems

Avoid doing these with your plot. 

http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/2012/11/plot-pet-peeves.html

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Imprint

Speeding Star, a new imprint of Enslow publishers, is looking for manuscripts of interest to boys in grades three through twelve. 

http://www.speedingstar.com/Who.aspx

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Social Media Tools

Enhance your social media reach using these tools. 

www.socialmediaexaminer.com/24-must-have-social-media-marketing-tools/