Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Writing a Series

When you're writing a series, the subsequent books usually have to be written quickly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Picture Book Revision

Here are some common problems in picture book manuscripts and how to correct them.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Get your story moving and keep it moving.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Essential Story Ingredients

Make sure your stories contain these five vital ingredients.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nonfiction Detectives

Two librarians review the best nonfiction books for children.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Writing Contests

Winning a writing contest can boost your confidence and maybe even lead to greater things.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Agent

Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group is looking for children's, middle-grade, and young adult authors.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Unusual Words

Add interest to your writing by using fun and different words.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Agent Offers

What do you do after an agent says, "Yes?"

Monday, July 21, 2014

Writing Dialogue

Remember that written dialogue is different than real speech.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Foreign Rights

Even if you have an agent, it's important to understand how the sale of foreign rights works.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Show Don't Tell

We've all heard this advice, but how do you write it?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Educational Materials

Having a teacher's guide for your book will help sell more copies.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Role of an Agent

Having an agent does not guarantee a book sale.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tween Voice

To capture the tween reader, your book needs to have an authentically tween voice.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Subtle Interiority

In addition to interior dialogue, you can inject emotion toward an outward object, place, or person via description or narration.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Query No-Nos

Keep your query letter professional by avoiding these no-nos.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Conference Tips

How to make the most out of your writers' conference.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tough Choices

It's important for your character's growth to face tough dilemmas.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Young Adult Basics

Here are a few things to think about when planning your young adult novel.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Querying Hints

Here are many hints about what to put and not to put in your query letter.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


How can you prevent your character's interior monologue from being all about telling?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Making Picture Books Sing

Use of these poetic tools will help make your picture book memorable.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pre-Flight Checklist

Forty question to ask before you send out your manuscript to make sure it's the strongest you can make it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Editing on Spec

Should you accept an agent's revision suggestions with no promise of representation?

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Should you promote your book, yourself, or both?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Proofreading Matters

Of course, it's all about the writing, but if you don't proofread your query/manuscript, the reader may never finish your story.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Gap

Make your book a page turner by taking advantage of the moment in your characters' lives when the world acts in a way that surprises them.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crafting a Pitch

Answer these eleven questions to help you craft your fiction pitch.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Don't be afraid to let your characters talk to themselves.