Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Online Etymology Dictionary

Do you need to know the earliest a word was used to make your novel historically accurate?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Retiring a Novel

When is it time to give up on a manuscript and move on to the next one?

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Publishers

Should you take a chance on a new publisher?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Contact Info

Make sure it's easy for people to find your contact info.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Types of Voice

Editor Krista Marino says voice is made up of: diction, perspective, characterization, and dialog.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Historical Fantasy

What's the difference between steampunk and gaslamp fantasy?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rhetorical Devices

50 fancy names for some great writing hints.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Marketing Your Novel

From before you even sell it to after it hits the shelf.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


How to drop hints to make your readers want to find out more.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

YA Twitter

Links and hashtags to follow if your write (or read!) young adult novels.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What Sells MG Books

Tools to help increase the sales of your middle-grade novel.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Foreign Rights

Agent Sara Crowe gives a look at what's involved.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Skype Author Visits

Here's a website to let schools know about your availability to do an author visit via Skype.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Character Types

There are several standard types of characters that may appear in your manuscript.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Author Platform

Ten tips to building an author platform.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Some great tips for the reading part of your school or bookstore visit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Simultaneous Queries

Why you should submit to editors or agents in batches.

Monday, October 10, 2011

First Lines

Five tips to make a memorable first line.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Character Voices

Make sure your character isn't speaking in your voice.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


What are the benefits of outlining before you write your manuscript?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Middle Grade Voice

Stacy Whitman of Tu Books explains what makes middle grade, middle grade.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book signings

Here are some tips to attract people to your book signing.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Skills Every Writer Needs

If you want to be a writer, you need to be able to do more than just write.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The basics of writing a grant to improve your chances of getting chosen.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Magical Realism

How it's different than paranormal and five tips to get you started.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Questions to Ask Your Characters

Have a chat with your characters to find out who they really are.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

An explanation of the difference between chapter books and similar age books like easy readers and middle grade, plus a look at graphic novels.