Saturday, April 22, 2017


Here are many samples of worksheets that are useful for your writer's notebook.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Small words can make a big difference in your story.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Networking Events

Here are some tips to get the most out of a publishing networking opportunity.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Poetry Terms

Common words used to describe poetry and what they mean.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pen Names

Three reasons you might want to consider using a pen name.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vetting Publishers

Not all publishers are created equal, so do your due diligence before submitting.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Before Talking to an Agent

Figure out the answers to these three questions before talking to an agent.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What Do Agents Look For in a Writer?

When agents choose an manuscript, they're also looking at the writer.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How Writers Get Can Get Noticed On Social Media

If you're new to social media, maybe some of these hints will help ease your way in.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Marketing

There are steps you can take before your book is released to kickstart your marketing efforts.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Middle Grade Themes

You can go wrong by building your middle-grade story around one of these themes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Picture Book Premise

Is the premise of your picture book strong enough to make it stand out from the many others that agents and editors are considering?

Monday, April 10, 2017


Overused sayings and actions turn into cliches.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Writing Conferences

As we enter conference season, it's important to learn what not to do if you don't want to sabotage yourself.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dialogue Errors

The dialogue in your story will sound more natural if you avoid these common errors.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pitch Contests

What are pitch contests and is it worth entering them?

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Most titles change before publication, so don't agonize how to title your manuscript.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Launch Essentials

Seven steps you need to take to prepare for a successful book launch.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Secondary Character

Yes, your protagonist is the star of the story, but you don't want to make the other characters flat or stereotypical.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Getting Rich from Writing

No, writing may not bring in a lot of money, but it will enrich you in many other ways.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Historical Fiction

There's a lot to think about if you want to write historical fiction.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Editing with Text to Speech Software

Let your computer read your words out loud will help you find problems with your manuscript.

Friday, March 31, 2017


Several ways to edit descriptions to avoid both over- and under-writing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Picture Book Agents

This list contains 170+ agents who accept picture book (usually as well as other) manuscripts.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Scene Issues

Three common reasons why a scene might not be pulling its weight and how to fix them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Underdeveloped Characters

Here are some ways your character might not be a fully developed as you'd like.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Luck and Getting Published

What may look like luck to an outsider actually is created through hard work.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Query Letter Basics

All you need to know to write a query letter that represents both you and your work.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Author Blogs

Here are some good reasons why authors should or should not have a blog.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, here are some places you can go to check that all the facts you present in your story are correct. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Difficult Subjects

How do you write a picture book biography about someone who's had difficult issues?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Middle Grade or Young Adult

What factors determine the age level of your manuscript?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Revising for an Editor/Agent

When an editor or agent suggests revisions without offering a contract, it's up to you to decide if your should make them.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Flexible Outlines

Just because you've written an outline, that doesn't mean you have to slavishly follow it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Writing Hints

You can learn a lot about writing by observing editors.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Query Letter Rejections

There are reasons an agent might pass after only reading a query letter.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Starting Your Story

There are many ways to start your story, including the unexpected, an image, and action.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Character Flaws

There are four types of characters flaws: core, lesser, tragic, and fatal.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Conference Packing List

It's easy to forget, so here's a handy checklist of things to bring to a writers' conference.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

All About Agents

Everything you wanted to know about agents, but were afraid to ask.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Record Keeping

No one likes paperwork, but these downloadable templates will help you keep better track of who has seen your manuscript.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Starting and Finishing

You'll never have a publishable manuscript unless you start writing it and eventually finish doing so.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Contract Options

There are parts of a standard publishing contract that you may be able to negotiate.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

After a Conference

What do you do when you get back home after taking advantage of everything your writers' conference had to offer?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Don't Agents Explain Rejections?

There are several reason agents send form rejection letters, not the least of which is they need to spend their limited time on their clients.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Agents and Marketing

Your agent's role doesn't end when a publishing contract is signed.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Inner Editor

Though we're often advised to ignore our inner editor, sometimes it's worthwhile to pay attention.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Picture Book Revision

When revising your picture book, it may help to ask these questions about your manuscript.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Agent Pet Peeves

You might want to make sure you're not hitting any of these pet peeves when you query agents.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Writing Books

As writers, we need to keep learning, and here are some craft books to help you do just that.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


It's not always easy to figure out where your story actually starts.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Words to Eliminate

Tighten up your writing by getting rid of these unnecessary words and phrases.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Character Descriptions

It's the detailed descriptions that bring your characters to life.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Formatting Matters

You may think formatting rules and agent/editor guidelines don't apply to you, but you're wrong.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

No-Show Book Events

If despite the best efforts of you and the bookstore  no one shows up, what should you do.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Picture Book Endings

There are several ways to end a picture book that will make a child want to immediately hear the story again.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Understanding Writing Advice

Some commonly heard advice for writers is often misunderstood.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Many Queries?

Authors share how many queries it took for them to sign with an agent.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Core Problem

To keep your readers' interest, your novel needs to contain a core problem they care about.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Scene Structure

How asking the right questions can create a powerful scene.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Everyone loves to read about villains, the badder the better.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Agent or Editor

Here are some hints to help you decide whether you should submit your manuscript to an agent or to an editor.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Agency

On January 15, 2017, Lupine Grove opened to submissions of picture books through young adult novels.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Conferences and Festivals

Here's a list for 2017 of writers' conferences and book festivals.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great Endings

How to write a satisfying ending so you don't let your readers down.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Free Writing

Liberate your creative mind through the use of free or side writing.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Memorable Characters

What can you do to make your characters stand out for your readers?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Query Tips

Thirty-eight agents give you suggestions about the best way to make your query successful.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Planning Your Book Launch

Preparations for a successful book launch have to start long before your publication date.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Guest Blogging

There are right and wrong ways to request being a guest blogger.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Agent Matching

You and your agent should match in personality, business style, and agency relationship.

— Personality — Business and Professional Style — Nature of the Agency Relationship

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Scene Structure

One way to structure your scene is to think of it as a series of questions and answers.

Monday, February 6, 2017


The first rule of writing a book with a co-author is to suppress your ego.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Getting an Agent

An author offers these lessons learned from the great agent hunt.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Titles

Though your editor might choose to change your book title, a good one will help your book sell.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Copy Editing Checklist

There are so many things to check during the copy editing stage of publishing.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Proposal Evaluations

Editors and Agents look at your book's idea, its execution, and your author platform.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

First Draft Fails

Even if your first draft is a complete mess, you can still clean it up with these revision tips.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tips for Beginning Writers

If you're just starting out on your writing journey, you might find these tips helpful.

Monday, January 30, 2017

How Many Queries

Here's an interesting, but non-scientific, survey about how many queries it takes to land an agent.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wrong Word Errors

It's important to carefully review your manuscript to make sure you haven't inadvertently misused a word.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pen Names

If you decide you don't want to publish under your real name, here are some things to consider as you choose your pen name.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Small Publishers

If you don't have an agent, it's up to you to evaluate a publisher.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Author-Illustrator Teams

Here are some things to consider if two people, an author and an illustrator, want to submit a manuscript together.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Deep Point of View

Writing in deep point of view allows you to get past your character's surface emotions.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Backstory in a Query

There's limited room in a query, so leave out the backstory of your manuscript.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Red Flags

Avoid these writing red flags to increase the chance an agent or editor will ask to see more.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Category

The category of your novel (middle grade or young adult) determines where it will be shelved in a bookstore.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

When Your Agent Says, "No"

Your agent is not going to love every manuscript you send, so what should you do if it's a pass.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Slang and Jargon

The judicious use of slang and jargon will make your dialogue more authentic.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Communicating With Your Editor

To make the most of your author-editor relationship, you need to have good communication between the two of you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Agent Search

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin your search for an agent.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Word Count Trackers

If you want to keep track of how many words you've written each day, there's software to help.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Don't Rush Revising

When it comes to revision, it's important to take your time.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Your endings should make your readers say, "wow!"

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Editorial Letter

The first step after receiving an editorial letter is to take a deep breath.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Follow this checklist so you don't miss anyone in your acknowledgements pages.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Series

Writing a book series is more than simply having multiple books about the same characters.  \

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bad Writing Rules

You shouldn't blindly follow all the writing rules you hear along the way.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Third Person

When writing in third person, you need to choose between an omniscient or limited point of view.

Monday, January 9, 2017

TED Talks

Children's writers and illustrators might find these TED talks both useful and inspiring.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inner Editor

When you should, and shouldn't, listen to your inner editor telling you what to do.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Picture Book Elements

As you write your picture book manuscript, keep these ten elements in mind.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Boring Edit

This revision technique simply involves identifying the boring parts of your manuscript, then fixing them.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Launches

Questions to ask yourself as you plan your book launch, including, "What are your goals?"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Blurbs

What can you do to increase the chances someone will agree to blurb your book?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sales Figures

What does it actually mean when you hear a book sold a certain number of copies?

Monday, January 2, 2017

What Do Literary Agents Do

An agent does much more for you than just selling your book.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Here's an introduction to Goodreads for both readers and writers.