Sunday, October 31, 2010


Picture Book Idea Month starts November 1st.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Picture Book Queries

What do you write when your manuscript isn't much longer than a query letter?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

School Visits

Alexis O’Neill's blog about getting and putting on the best school visits.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Is Your Manuscript Finished?

How to decide whether it's ready to query or needs more work.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recommended Books

Books from different genres that everyone should know, recommended by the New York Public Library.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Middle Grade or Young Adult?

It depends on the themes, scope, and depth/breadth.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


When should you use them and when use the character's name.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New YA Imprint

Sterling Children’s Books will launch a new teen fiction imprint, Splinter, in January 2011.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Writing Resources

Agent Mary Kole suggests resources, both online and in the real world, for children's writers.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Character Motivations

Whether your protagonist or an agonist, your characters must have a reason for their actions.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Multiple Manuscripts

How to choose which one you should query with.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teacher Resources

Literature-based lessons, interactives, calendar activities, and more.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Questions for a Prospective Agent

What you'd like to know before you sign with an agent.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Present Tense

What are the pros and cons of writing in present tense?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Social Media Timesavers

Tips to help you get the most out of social media while spending the least time.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Things that will ruin your novel's pacing.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Multicultural Blogs

Blogs that focus on ethnic and cultural diversity in children's literature.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Children's Literature Residency

Information about the Thurber House Children's Writer in Residence Program.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New Agent

John Rudolph has joined Dystel and Goderich and is interested in middle-grade, young adult, and author-illustrators.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Story Structure

How should you break your novel into scenes and chapters.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Misused Words

An extensive description of commonly misused words and phrases.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


How to use Facebook for marketing without annoying people.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

First Pages

Twelve dos and don'ts for the beginning of your novel.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kid Lit Related Twitter Names

Name and profiles of editors, publishers, and agents.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Interview Your Characters

"Ask" them questions that pertain to their lives.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Historical Figures

What you need to think about if you use real people in your historical fiction.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Promote Your Debut Book

Aaron Shepard gives hints on how to market your first book.