Thursday, April 2, 2020

Spice Up Your Characters

No one wants to read flat characters, to give yours more life.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Rejection Reasons

There are so many reasons your manuscript might be rejected, and most of them have nothing to do with the quality of your writing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Creating Scenes

Start to build your scene by first cocnentrating on a single character taking action to solve a problem.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Turns

Physically having to rotate the orientation of a book creates an interactive experience for the reader.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Cancelled Author Visits?

If you've had events and visits cancelled, now's the time to catch up on other marketing-related activities.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Podcasts for Writers

Here are some writing podcasts you might want to give a try.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Multiple POV

If you're writing a book with multiple points of view, you need to make sure the reader can distinguish the characters from each other.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Termination Clauses

You never want to think you'll part ways with your agent, but just in case, your contract should specify how this will be done.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Revising Picture Books

Here are some common mistakes and suggested solutions for revising fiction picture books.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Author Websites

If you're setting up (or revising) your author website, here's a guide to help you through the process.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Openings to Avoid

There are some overdone or misleading novel openings you might want to avoid.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Social Media Strategy

Whether you're new to social media or an old pro, you might want to review these strategies for getting the most out of your author platform.

Saturday, March 21, 2020


If you're thinking of collaborating on a manuscript, here are some points you might want to think about.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Writers and Taxes

It's tax season again, so here's what are some things you know to know as a writer.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Improve Your Verbs

Remove the clutter around your verbs to make them more powerful.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Children's Book Mistakes

Here are five big no-nos to avoid when writing a book for children.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Olfactory Descriptions

We all know we should include all five senses in our manuscripts, but it's not always easy to include the sense of smell.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Using Quotes

Here are some tips for using quotations in your nonfiction manuscript.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Permission to Use Images

There are some standard questions you'll be asked when you request permission to reprint an image in your work.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Writers' Conference

You've paid a lot of money to attend a conference, so make sure you get as much out of it as possible.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Picture Book Revision

Here are twenty questions to ask yourself when revising your picture book or critiquing someone else's.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chapter Length

How long should your chapters be, and does it need to be consistent?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Being a Writer

Here are 10 (and a bonus) commandments, not about how to write, but rather how to be a writer.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Trailers

What makes a book trailer amazing?

Monday, March 9, 2020

Character Arcs

We all know that our characters should change along the way, but how do we write that?

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Choosing an Agent

If you're lucky enough to be choosing between competing agent offers, here are some points to consider.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Professional Queries

Whether you're sending your query to an editor or an agent, you want to be professional.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Marketing Groups

Here's a great guide if you're thinking of starting a marketing group with fellow authors.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

First Chapter

How your word choices can improve the first chapter of your novel.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Top Author Blogs and Websites

Here are one hundred author websites and blogs of interest to authors.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Agent Search

Before you query agents, you need to know what you want from an agent.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Editorial Feedback

It can be overwhelming when you receive that editorial letter, but here are some ways to help navigate it.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures to use when writing picture books.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pitches and Blurbs

Here are some tips for when you're pitching or blurbing your book.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Story Essentials

What are the basic building blocks of a story?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Deep Point of View

Writing in deep point of view is removes the narrative distance as much as possible.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cutting Words

There are many words and scenes you can cut to tighten up your writing.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Character Description

Here are eleven tips about how to write an effect character description.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Show, Don't Tell

We've all heard that we should show and not tell in our writing, but how do you do that?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Middle Grade or Young Adult

How do you tell if your story if a middle grade or a young adult novel?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Final Chapters

You may have written the best novel ever, but if it doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion, your readers will be unhappy.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Literary Agent Etiquette

Following these rules will help you make your best impression on a literary agent.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Action Scenes

Here are five hints to increase the pacing in your action scenes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thoughts About Being Published

These are some things to consider if your dream is to become a published author.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

First Chapter

Here are some do's and don'ts to consider when writing that first chapter.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Character Outlines

Here's a way to outline your novel based on what's going on with your characters throughout the story.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Middle Grade Novels

Everything you wanted to know about writing a middle grade novel.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fatal Flaws

How do you identify your characters' fatal flaws that present barriers to achieving what they want?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Market vs. Your Interests

How do you figure out where your passion intersects with the current publishing market?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Getting Blurbs

How do you ask people to write a blurb for the back cover of your book?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Story Theme

Are you struggling to figure out the theme of your novel?

Monday, February 10, 2020

Author Visits

Here are some of the benefits, and also the challenges, of school visits.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Revise and Resubmit

Congratulations, you've received an invitation to revise and resubmit your manuscript, but now what?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Picture Book Openings

Here's a list of ways to begin your picture book along with mentor text examples.

Friday, February 7, 2020


As a writer, it is vitally important that you have your work backed up--things happen.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Receiving Advice

Here are three indications that you might be ignoring the advice you're getting on your manuscript.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Literary Agents

What does a literary agent do for you and your career?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Self Editing

When you're editing, start with the big picture and work your way down.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Scene Building

Build your scenes, brick by brick, from the ground up.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Pen Names

Under what circumstances should you consider using a pen name?  

Friday, January 31, 2020

Story Ideas

If you're stumped on an idea for your next story, maybe one of these methods might help.

Thursday, January 30, 2020


Here are some reasons your query blurb might not be working.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Writer's Brand

The pros and cons of whether or not you should break out from your writer's brand.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Marketing Objectives

Before you decide on a marketing plan, you need to know what your objectives are (other than just to sell more books).

Monday, January 27, 2020

Kidlit Writing Tips

Here are five simple tips to think about if you write for children.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

What Editors Wish Writers Knew

Here are seven things that children's book editors wish authors knew before submitting.

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Done well, foreshadowing is a might tool in your writer's toolbox.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Promoting a Debut

What should you do (or not do) and how much does it cost to promote your debut?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Streamline Your Editing

Here's a list of things to look for as you revise your manuscript.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Picture Perfect Picture Books

These five tips will make your picture book one kids will want to read over and over again.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

School Visits

Here are some examples of school visit letters of agreement that will help make the day go more smoothly.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Publishing Lessons

Nine lessons, both business- and emotion-related, about publishing.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Copyright Myths

There are many misconceptions about copyrights.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Writing Fantasy

Here are seven suggestions from Gail Carson Levine for writing fantasy.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Perfect Endings

What are the elements of a perfect ending for a story?

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Even if you're a pantser, an outline can help in many ways.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Show, Don't Tell

We've all heard the adage, "show, don't tell," but how do you go about doing that?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Work for Hire

How do you decide if work for hire is for you?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Critique Groups

Why it's important to be part of a critique group.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Fair Use

When is it fair use to include third-party text in your manuscript?

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Picture Book Agents

Contrary to popular wisdom, there are agents out there willing to take picture book clients.  

Friday, January 10, 2020

Successful School Visits

Three simple tips to help ensure your school visit is a success.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Agents or Editors?

Is it better to find an agent first or submit directly to publishers?

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Novel Writing Tips

Here are some tips for those new (and not so new) to writing novels.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Middle Grade or Young Adult

How do you tell if you're writing a middle grade or young adult novel?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Editorial Feedback

How do you approach revising your manuscript after receiving editorial feedback?

Sunday, January 5, 2020


You can use the places in your story to move the plot forward.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Editing a YA Anthology

Here are some things to consider and steps to take if you want to edit a young adult anthology.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Comp Titles

When you query, you may be asked to find competing titles, so here are some hints how to do so.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Describing Hair

Here's an comprehensive guide to how to describe characters' hair.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Small Publishers

Here are some questions to ask if you're going with a small (or even a large) publisher.