Friday, June 30, 2017

Being a Professional Writer

If you want to be a professional writer, don't do these actions that will brand you as an amateur.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017


How you can use Instagram to reach more readers.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


This is an amazing compendium of sound words organized by category.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


When you write a sequel, you can't assume everyone has read the previous book.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Reversion of Rights

Here are the steps to follow if you need to get the rights back for your book.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What Do Literary Agents Do?

I can't speak about other agents, but my agent, Liza Fleissig, does all these things and much more.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Changing Genres

Here are some things to help you change genres in writing for young adults.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

High Concept

What do agents and editors mean when they say they're looking for high concept books, and how do you give it to them?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Street Teams

A street team (or fan club) can greatly help you market your book.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Design Terms

Understand the specialized vocabulary your art director and designer use.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Word Associations

Find words that aren't synonyms to the one you start with, but rather are related in some way.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Make Your Submission Stand Out

Make your submission one that agents and editors will want to read instead of look for a reason to reject.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chapter Books

Writing a chapter book is a little like writing a picture book, but also not.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Twitter Basics

Here's a step-by-step guide to using Twitter.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Body Language

Here's a cheat sheet for translating emotions into written body language.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Illustration Notes

When should you give illustration notes for your picture book manuscript?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hand Selling

The first tip to selling books at festivals is to stand up.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Author Websites

There are a few pages every author website should have.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Writing to the Market

How do you balance writing what you think will sell versus what you want to write?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

After the Offer

Congratulations on getting an offer from an agent; now it's time to ask questions.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Show vs. Tell

We all know you should show not tell, but what does that look like?

Monday, June 5, 2017

World Building

The world you build for your fantasy novel needs to be believable, but also your own.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Picture Books Critiques

As yourself these questions when revising your picture book or critiquing someone else's.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Is Your Manuscript Ready

Find and correct these manuscript problems before submitting.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Launch Timeline

Here's a handy checklist of all the tasks you need to do leading up to the launch of your novel.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Openings and Closings

As important as the beginning of your book is, you want to make sure your ending is just as strong.