Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Multiple Points of View

If your story is told through the eyes of more than one character, you don't want to confuse your readers. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Tension in Dialogue

Here are some hints on how to increase the tension in your your character, and hence your story, through dialogue. 


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bookstore Events

How to reduce the likelihood of a low turnout for your next bookstore event. 


Saturday, January 12, 2019

holiday picture books

Here are some points to think about if you're writing a book with a tie-in to a specific holiday. 


Friday, January 11, 2019

Critique Partner or Beta Reader

You need people to both look at your manuscript with a critical eye (critique partner) and to read it like a reader (beta reader).


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Naming Characters

One of the fun parts of writing a story is choosing the perfect name for your character. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Art Notes

Is that art note in your picture book manuscript really necessary? 


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Revising Older Manuscripts

There's a lot you can learn when you revise manuscripts from when you were a newer writer. 


Monday, January 7, 2019


Your book has no plot without tension, and here are some ways to add it while revising.


Sunday, January 6, 2019


Here are examples of fair income splits between you and your publisher for subrights (audio, film, book club, etc.).


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Editing Like a Professional

Use these tips when you revise to bring your story to the next level. 


Friday, January 4, 2019

First Person Narrators

If you're writing in first person, how do you describe your protagonist without resorting to the old "looking in the mirror" trick?


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Out-of-Print Books

Is there a way to bring new life to a book your publisher has decided to declare out of print? 


Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Body language transmits more information than spoken dialogue. 


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Elevator Pitch

You never know when you might be in a position to give a short pitch of your manuscript, so be prepared.