Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After an Offer

Congratulations on getting an offer from an agent; now what?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tightening Your Manuscript

Here are some tips to cut your word count and tighten your manuscript.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Signings

A few simple hints to make your book signings more successful.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


If you write your dialogue the way people really speak, you'll bore your readers.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Amazon Author Central

Set up your author page on Amazon to help your readers find out more about your and to receive sales figures.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sentence Structures

Eliminate these clunky sentence structures to tighten and improve your writing.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Manuscript Formatting

Here's how NOT to format your manuscript.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Whether your write nonfiction or fiction, you can enhance the value of your book by including backmatter.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Picture Book Basics

If you're new to the world of picture books, the first thing to know is they're not just short books.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Business Questions

Should you form an LLC for your writing business and other questions to consider.

Sunday, April 8, 2018


What exactly is the theme of a book and how does it differ from plot?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

First vs. Third Person POV

How do you decide whether to use first or third person point of view?

Friday, April 6, 2018

Why You Need an Editor

No matter how good a writer you are, you're work will be improved with the help of an editor.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Common Mistakes

These are some common mistakes that writers make.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Writers' Conferences

Conferences are a wonderful way to network with both professionals and your fellow writers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Author Readings

You can increase the chances of having a successful reading by following these hints.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Common Grammar Mistakes

Here's a handy guide to common grammar mistakes and how to fix them.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Transition Words

Make your writing tighter by avoiding these transition words.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Making Characters Come Alive

Your characters will be dull and lifeless if you do this to them.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Kidlit Blogs

Keep up with the world of children's books by following these blogs and websites.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Picture Book Templates

Debbie Ridpath Ohi offers free picture book thumbnail templates for download.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


When you're thinking about asking for a referral, think about what that means from both the agent and the referring author points of view.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Plot Mistakes

Watch out for these eight common plot mistakes and learn how to fix them.

Monday, March 26, 2018


If you are submitting a partial manuscript, don't use of any of those precious pages by including a prologue.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Picture Book Publishers

These publishers accept unagented picture book manuscripts.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Child Characters

If you write kidlit, it's pretty important that you be able to write believable child characters.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Second Drafts

Congratulations on finishing your first draft, but now it's time for revising, starting with your second draft.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blog Posts

If you're stuck on ideas of what to post on your author blog, here are some suggestions.

Monday, March 19, 2018


What does it mean to write with #ownvoices?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chosing a Writing Conference

With so many conferences aimed at writing, how do you choose ones that will help further your writing and your career?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Great Voice

If you want to write books with a great voice, you need to read books with a great voice.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Scaffolding in Nonfiction

In order to present new concepts in your nonfiction, you have to provide the informational support so they can understand it.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Events

Here are some tips to help you engage children's interest at book events.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Plotting a Novel

How to plot both the big picture and individual scenes in a novel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Plotting a Novel

You need to plot your novel both at the book and at the scene level. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Networking with Agents

When you meet an agent at a conference, here are five questions to get a conversation going.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Children's Book Industry

It's important to understand the business of children's books if you want to be published.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Types of Editors

Your manuscript can benefit from the help of a different type of editor, depending upon where you are in the writing process.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Common Rejections

Here are some rejections you might receive and what they actually mean.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Realistic Characters

Five things your characters need to make them real.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Word Counts

Your book should be as long as it takes to tell your story and no longer.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Elevator Pitches

When you're asked to say what your book is about, you need to be ready.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

What to Write Next

Your manuscript is off to your agent or to editors, and it's time to figure out your next project.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Retyping Your Revision

Retyping makes you consider all the words and sentences in your revision and not just your changes.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Advice from Publishers

Here is some basic info children's book publishers wish writers knew.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Titles

How to choose the best title for your book (even though your publisher might change it.)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Author Visit Fees

How much should you charge for an author visit?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Picture Books 101

Picture books aren't just short books; learn the what makes it a picture book.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Researching Agents

Recommendations on how and where to find out more about agents before querying.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Writer Hashtags

No matter your social media platform of choice, you should be familiar with these writer-related hashtags.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Agent Rejects

Agent Marie Lamba shares five reasons why she rejects a manuscript.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Writers' Conferences

What do you gain by going to a writers' conference?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Elements of a Picture Book

Here are ten essential elements to a good picture book.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Character Description

When you physically describe your character, make each detail serve a purpose.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Picture Book Revision

Here are some common mistakes in picture book manuscripts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Ten tips for a successful author blog.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


There are many ways to approach plotting your story.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Six things to consider before writing a series.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

School Visit Fees

Here are some answers to the question of why pay authors for school visits.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ways to Hear No

If you include these in your query, you're likely to hear "no."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Marketing

This site contains many links to all aspects of book marketing.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Here are twenty ways to think about the pace of your novel.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Family History

Your family history is a gold mine of ideas for your books.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Episodic Writing

What is episodic writing and is it always a bad thing.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Self-Editing Basics

Once your manuscript is finished, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work revising.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Kidlit Blogs

The top 100 children's book blogs and websites for parents, teachers, and kids.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Handshake Agreements

Should you have a written agency agreement or is a handshake good enough?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Types of Editing

From copy editing to developmental editing, there are many ways for an editor to help you revise your manuscript.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Humorous Picture Books

Kids love to read funny stories, and here are some ways to introduce humor into your manuscript.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Historical Fiction

Here are some unconventional resources to add interest to your historical fiction.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Author Bios

You'll need an author bio from when you first submit to after your book is published.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Showing Emotion

When you let your characters show emotions, your readers will relate more to them.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Writing Picture Books

Writing a picture book is not as easy as it looks.

Friday, January 26, 2018


A look at referrals from both the agent and the client point of view.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Turn the Page

How do you get your picture book readers (and listeners) to want to turn that page?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Don't overthink it when you write your synopsis.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hook your readers by building suspense.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Do's and don'ts to make your rhyming book better.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Five quick tips for engaging your audience.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Debut Marketing Tips

If your first book is about to come out (or already has), these tips can help you up your marketing game.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Easy Edits

Sometimes it takes a few simple changes to bring your manuscript to life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Every sentence in your manuscript is important, and here are some tips on how to improve them.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pen Names

In this digital age, should you still use a pen name?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tightening Your Manuscript

It's not always easy to cut words, but here are some hints that might help.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Your novel needs to go through all these drafts, including draft zero.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Text Structure

Melissa Stewart shows how it often takes a lot of trial and error (and letting a manuscript rest) to find the correct structure for your text.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fast Draft Writing

Now that Nanowrimo is in the past, here's a way to keep up the momentum.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Writing Partnership

The primary rule of writing with a partner is to be flexible.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


There's more to writing than "just the facts, ma'am."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marketing in Person

Marketing online is all well and good, but it's nice to get out there and meet your readers in real life.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Query No-nos

Ripple Grove Press tells what not to say in your query.

Monday, January 8, 2018


This is a straightforward explanation of when you do and don't need to get permission to use another person's material in your work.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Character Voice

Here are some ways to give your characters distinct voices.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Overused Words

Check your manuscript to make sure you haven't used these common words too many times.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Picture Book Endings

How to ensure your picture book is one children will ask to hear again as soon as it finishes.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Freelance Editors

Here are some things to consider before hiring an independent editor.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Keep Track of the Details

Here are some suggestions to help you keep track of the many details in your novel.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Kidlit Publishers Who Accept Unagented Submissions

These children's publishers are a few of the ones who accept submissions directly from the writer.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Close Third Person

Close third person point of view allows your reader deep into the head of your character.