Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Improve Your Writing

Nine ways to challenge yourself and grow your writing skills.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Free Trailers

How to make a great trailer for your book without spending any money.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Do You Have a Good Agent?

Having no agent is better than having a bad agent.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Secondary Characters

What role do secondary and minor characters play in your novel?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Query Letters 101

Include all the information needed in a query letter, but make it short.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Writing Tips

Here are some tips (not rules!) about the creative writing process.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alphabet Books

Writing an alphabet book isn't as easy as A,B,C.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Formatting Your Manuscript

Using standard manuscript formatting won't get you published, but it will help.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Unlikeable Protagonists

A main character doesn't have to be likeable to be interesting and complicated, worthy of knowing better.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to Write a Query Letter

The purpose of your short query letter is to attract an agent's interest enough to request more of your work.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Writing is Seeing

Author Kate DiCamillo tells us writers see and pay attention.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Emotional Anticipation

Build tension to build your character's emotions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Picture Books

Author George Shannon blogs about all things picture book.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Synopsis Checklist

Make sure your synopsis covers all these points before you send it out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Middle Grade Nonfiction

Here are some tips for writing nonfiction for the middle-grade level.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Slush Pile

Here's how a first reader describes the reality of the slush pile.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Inspired Openings

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rhyming Nonfiction

Sometimes a poem is just what you need for your nonfiction topic.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


How much money can you really make as a children's book author?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Learn how to ramp us the tension in your novel.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crafting a Series

Even if you're a pantser and not an outliner, there are techniques you can use when writing a series.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

1,000 Words Or Less

It's not easy to write with the low word count of the picture book.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

50 Tips to Better Writing

From general tips to editing, here are suggestions to improve your writing.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Writers' Conference Tips

Five simple tips to improve your experience at a conference.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Transitions help the reader switch from one idea/setting/time/person to another.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pitch Sessions

What do agents think about when they listen to your pitch?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tips on Writing a Synopsis

Here are some things to consider when writing a synopsis.