Thursday, February 28, 2013


Why don't agents explain their rejections?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Craft Books

Author Ingrid Sundberg's list of her favorite ten writing craft books.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Multicultural Nonfiction

It's important that children's books, both fiction and nonfiction, are inclusive.

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Imprint

Egmont UK is launching a new children's nonfiction imprint, Red Shed.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Skype in the Classroom

Visit a classroom from the comfort of your own home.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Multiple Offers

How do you handle offers from several agents?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Too Much Research?

You don't need to put all you have researched into your novel.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


How to use the suggestions you get from a critique.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Author Interviews

Here are some tips to make your interview go smoother.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Imprints

Amazon is adding two new children's imprints: Two Lions and Skyscrape.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Word Choice

Make every word count. If it doesn't, cut it.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Writers' Conferences

What should you do or not do at a writers' conference.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Earning Out

Does the publisher lose money if you're book doesn't sell well enough to cover your advance?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Dialect and Slang

A little dialect and slang in your dialogue goes a long way.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Researching Your Novel

Dos and don'ts of doing research when you're writing fiction.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Simple Plot System

If you're a pantser (that is, one who doesn't outline), this seven-point plot overview system is a must.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Passionate Characters

Passionate characters make for passionate readers.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Seven tips for getting a library to carry your book.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Character Names

You need to think about a name before you give it to your character.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

School Visits

Five tips to make your school visit easier (and better).

Friday, February 8, 2013


If you write middle-grade, you need to know how middle-graders think/act/talk/feel.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cause and Effect

How to build your story through a series of causes and effects.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Self-Editing Scenes

In addition to self-editing your overall book, you also need to examine it scene-by-scene.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Why Get an Agent?

An agent does much more than just find a publisher for your manuscript.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Writing Race in Novels

Step One: Forget "race."

Friday, February 1, 2013

When to Stop Revising

It's hard to know when it's time to send your baby out into the world, but here are a few hints that might help.