Sunday, August 31, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

The ground roots movement for more diversity in books now has an official organization.

How Not to Write a Picture Books

Make your picture book better by avoiding these common traps.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Revising Too Much

Overworking your revisions can sometimes be as bad as underworking them.

Friday, August 29, 2014

When Agents Go Bad

How do you know if your agent has gone off the rails?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adding Depth

Adding more scenes is not the same as adding depth to your story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogging Mistakes

Don't make these mistakes on your author blog.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Writing Mistakes

Ten things that will make an editor stop reading your manuscript.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pitch Equals Concept

In your pitch, you need to give the concept of your book.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Things to consider if you're planning on writing a series.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Types of Book Publishing

As shown by this chart, there are many paths to a published book.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Picture Book Techniques for Novelists

Many of the lessons learned in writing picture books are also applicable to writing novels.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Giving Better Critiques

Are your critiques as helpful as they can be?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What is Voice?

It's hard to define voice in writing, but we recognize it when we read it.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Searching for an Agent

Don't be scammed in your eagerness to find an agent.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pitch Etiquette

There's more to planning your pitch than figuring out what you're going to say.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Writing Scenes

How to make your scenes, the building blocks of your story, the best they can be.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Writing Young Adult

If you're going to write young adult books, you should be reading them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Do You Need an Agent?

Whether or not you need an agent depends on how you see the path for your career as a writer.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Conference Tips

Make your conference-attending experience a success by following these suggestions.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Reversion Clauses

With the advent of digital media, it's more important than ever to understand the reversion clause in your contract.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mischief In Kidlit

The Wild Things website is devoted to showcasing mischief in children's books.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New MG/YA Agent

Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary is looking for middle-grade and young adult books.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Author Bios in Queries

What you should and should not include about yourself in a query letter.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Advice from Stephen King

Twenty-two suggestions on how to become an amazing writer.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Path to Publication

Here are some things to remember on your way to being published.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Picture Book Structures

There are many ways to structure your picture book, and here are seven of them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Crafting Scenes

We all want to write great scenes that keep our readers engaged.