Sunday, June 29, 2014


Our children's books need diversity and non-stereotyping of older people.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Michael Crichton used 3x5 index cards when plotting out his stories.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Curriculum Guides

Make it easier for teachers to incorporate your book into their lessons by providing a detailed curriculum guide.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fast Drafting

Commit to getting that first draft on paper and then put away the manuscript for later revision.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Your Book About

Before you can perfect your pitch, you need to understand what your book is about.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting an Agent

There are many myths associated with the process of acquiring an agent.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Art Notes

Another approach to use when you need to put art notes into your picture book manuscript.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Why do we love anti-heroes, and why aren't more of them women?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Critique Comments

What if you don't agree with your critiquer's comments?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Query Language

Use of effective language in your queries will increase the chances of receiving interest from an agent or editor.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Writing Young Adult

Here are some tips for writing YA from author Seth Fishman.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Publisher Mergers

What happens and what should you do if your publisher merges with another one?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Books

Led by children's book historian Leonard Marcus, a panel of picture book experts discusses nonfiction in picture books.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Disagreeing With Editorial Letters

What do you do when you receive suggestions from your editor that you don't agree with?

Rejecting Rejection

Remember that rejections are part of the business of getting published.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Building Rules

Sometimes it's okay to break the rules when you're building a world for your book.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Overnight Success Stories

Most of the "landing an agent in a day" stories hide the years of work leading up to them.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Plot Issues

Don't force them, but rather use them as an opportunity.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Editorial Process

Here's a description of three phases of editing: macro, line, and copy.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Join the campaign to increase diversity in books. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Query Letter Additions

Your query letter should only include those items specifically requested by the guidelines, such as the letter itself, SASE, and pages.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Being Nearly There

Sometimes it seems as if the hardest part of the writer's journey is when you've almost succeeded.

Monday, June 2, 2014

School Visits

Hints for planning, preparing, and performing school visits.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Middle-Grade Characters

Middle-graders are becoming independent and starting to solve problems on their own or with limited help.