Monday, September 30, 2013


If you can't sign a book in person, bookplates are a good alternative.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

First Reader vs. Manuscript Critiquers

If you're early in the writing process, you might want a first reader instead of a critiquer for your manuscript.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Authors

If you want to be a happy author, don't do these things.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Media Kits

What you should include in your author media kit.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Build on a single core sentence to write a pitch.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Historical Novels

This blog is devoted entirely to the art and craft of writing historical novels, both for children and adults.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Working with an Editor

What it's really like to work with an editor.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Finding the Right Agent

The right agent for someone else is not necessarily the right one for you and your needs.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bookstore Events

The bookstore staff does many things to promote your event.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Questions for a Prospective Agent

Ideally you should already know the answer to some of these questions before you even query.

Friday, September 20, 2013


Sometimes it only takes a single word to change your manuscript from blah to funny.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Should You Give Up?

If you're writing for the following reasons, maybe it's time to give up on the idea of getting published.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Submitting to Agents

The process of submit to agents from the initial query to "the call."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Character's Appearance

It helps to collect pictures of people, clothing, and accessories to form a picture in your mind of your characters.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Author-Illustrator Teams

How do you submit when you're working with another person as an author-illustrator team?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Picture Books by Topics

Here's an extensive list of "perfect" picture books, organized by topic.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Media Kits

It's easier to get publicity if you can give out a media kit.

Middle Grade Students

No matter what age group you're writing for, it helps to know the characteristics of your audience.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Writing Scenes

A scene is more than simply having the action happen in only one location.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Simultaneous Submissions

There's a right way and a wrong way to submit your manuscript to more than one editor or agent.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Researching an Agent

You need to do your homework in doing an agent search.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rhyming Tricks

Here are some ways to avoid having a sing-songy rhyming book.

Monday, September 9, 2013

School Visits

Five easy tips to make your school visit go smoother and be more fun.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Royalty Statements

Even if you have an agent, it's important to be able to understand your royalty statements.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Brand Names

What are the legalities about using brand names in your writing?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mapping Your Book

A scene-by-scene map will help you identify (and solve) problems in your manuscript.

Small Presses

There are many excellent small presses out there, but be sure to do your homework.