Friday, December 31, 2010

Reverse Dictionary

When you can't think of a word, describe it in this reverse dictionary to find the word.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


How do you spot if your writing has gotten too wordy.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chautaqua Scholarship

Highlights Foundation offers scholarships for their Writers Workshop at Chautauqua (deadline 2/11/2011)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


How do returns in book publishing work.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Building an Online Following

Tips to attract and keep followers for your blogs/tweets.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Is Your Manuscript Ready to Submit?

Items to check, including formatting, before you send in your manuscript.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

After the Sale

What happens between the time you sell your book and it's published?

Friday, December 24, 2010


Tips on how to tighten and strengthen your writing.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Freelance Editors

Should you get a freelance editor to look at your work before you submit?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fantasy Novel Exam

What not to include in your fantasy novel.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Pages

Editor Alvina Ling tells how to make a great first page.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Agent

Brianne Mulligan of Movable Type Literary Group is looking for high concept MG and YA.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Choosing a Title

Lulu has a fun app to "predict" the success of your book title.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Negotiating Your Contract

Here are some contract negotiation hints if you are agentless.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Storyboarding Software

Let the computer help you visualize and sequence the events in your story.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Getting a Blog Book Review

How to maximize the chances to get your book reviewed on blogs.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

34 things to eliminate in your writing.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Submitting Revisions

When is it appropriate to submit a revised version of a manuscript and how to do it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Adverbs/Adjectives to Avoid

Make your writing stronger and more precise by eliminating these modifiers.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Successful School Visits

Author Cynthia Lord gives 6 1/2 hints to have a successful school visit.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

How to Fire Your Agent

The proper way to part ways with your agent.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Information Dumps

How not to give your readers the backstory to your characters and actions.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Negotiating a Contract

What is an agent most likely to negotiate?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Author Photo

Photo tips to make you look your best.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Name Your Blog

Should you name your blog after yourself or come up with a clever name?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

School Visit Blog

Everything you need to know about school visits.