Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Who Does Your Prospective Agent Represent

Agents have to work for all their clients, so they often need to balance who they represent.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Essential Questions for Revising

Ask yourself these questions as you revise your manuscript.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Alternative Structures

There are other ways to structure your story than a simple mountain (rising/falling tension).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Read Your Story Out Loud

Even novel writers should reader their stories aloud as part of the revision process.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

School Visits and Teachers

Nine ways to get teachers love your school visit.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Food Words

Spice up your writing with these descriptive words for food.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


How to figure out where your story starts.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Early Readers

It's not just a matter of using fewer words when you write for the earliest readers.

Monday, July 22, 2013


These are a few easy-to-follow tips for writing your synopsis.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Should You Blog Your Novel?

What are the pros and cons and posting your work-in-progress as you write it?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Discussion and Activity Guides

Does creating auxiliary materials for your book help market it?

Friday, July 19, 2013

What do Kids Like?

Kids like so many things, and here are 500 of them.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Myths About YA Fiction

Here are five (well six) things you should know about young adult books.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Picture Books

A discussion of wordless picture books in Eye, a graphics design magazine.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Critique Checklist

Some things to consider when you're critiquing a manuscript.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tracking Mentions on the Internet

These tools will help you keep track of where/when your name and your book title(s) are mentioned on the Internet.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Multicultural Books

Why hasn't the number of multicultural titles not increased over the last 18 years?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Proposing Conference Sessions

Here are some hints for getting your talk or workshop on a conference schedule.

Friday, July 12, 2013

60s Slang

From "a gas" to "zits," what slang was being used in the 60s?

Thursday, July 11, 2013


What type of paranormals are still being acquired?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Plot vs. Structure

The plot of your novel is the sequence of actions, and the structure is how you put them together.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Query Letters

Here are some things you shouldn't do in your query letter.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Ing" Phrases

When you overuse the "as" along with "ing" words, you weaken your writing.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Best Titles

Your title should match the content/type of book and intrigue the reader.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Researching Without Google

Instead of always turning to the Internet for answers, try reaching out to your network of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dialogue Rules

Seven simple suggestions to make your dialogue more believable.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Foreign Rights Agents

Do you need an agent to negotiate your foreign rights?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The pros and cons of writing series.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cover Art

You have no control over the art on your book cover, but if you're lucky, you might be able to give some feedback.