Saturday, November 30, 2013

Connecting with Readers

Don't make these mistakes when you're marketing your book.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Classical Design

The post illustrates a classical story design by using Toy Story

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nonfiction Matters

School Library Journal maintains a blog for those interested in nonfiction.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Three rules to write an ending satisfying to your readers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Character Development

How do you write the arc for your character to change and develop?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Poetic Terms

Here's a quick reference to the many terms used in poetry.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Marketing Basics

Now that you're book is being published, how do you attract readers?

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Parents just seem to get in the way in children's books.

Friday, November 22, 2013


Who better to give advice on revision than Laurie Halse Anderson.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fiction Writers Online

Even if you don't write nonfiction, you can still build an online platform.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Professional Writing Organizations

Writing organizations help to both improve your craft and increase your chances of getting published.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Impressing Librarians

It's always nice to be friends with your local children's librarian.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Add Interest to Your School Visits

Using a puppet in your school presentation will grab children's attention.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

English Usage

How many of these common errors in English usage are lurking in your manuscript?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hero's Journey

Using the hero's journey is a common method of storytelling.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Marketing for Newbies

Your first book is about to be released. Now what?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gay Young Adult Novels

An interview with Brent Hartinger and Bill Konigsberg about writing gay-themed young adult novels.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

School Visits

Keep these five points in mind when you do a school visit.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Seven ways to weave subplots into your novel.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Avoid Cliches

Here's a list of twenty-five cliches to avoid in your writing.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Social Media and YA

Use of social media can help boost the sales of your young adult novel.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Agents Looking for MG/YA

Several agents at the Knight Agency are looking for middle-grade and young adult novels.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Proof

Here are some last-minute things to check on your final book proof from your publisher.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Picture Book Dummies

Even those of us with no artistic ability should still dummy out our picture books.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Scene Cards

You can make writing a scene easier by planning it out ahead of time with a scene card.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Writing Humor

When all else fails, you can always put in a bit of scatalogical humor.

Friday, November 1, 2013


You don't always have to put your chapter breaks at the end of a scene.