Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Books

What's involved in writing and getting published a nonfiction picture book?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Agent

Rich Richter has joined the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Agency and represents picture books through new adult.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Being Professional

What writing mistakes will signal to an agent or editor you're not professional?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pantser of Planner?

Do you plan out your novels in advance or write by the seat of your pants.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures for a picture book.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Short Stories

Short stories are alive and well in the young adult market.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting Your Book Reviewed

It never hurts to ask nicely if you want someone to review your book.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Characters are Key

Your book might have the best hook in the world, but it won't be published without well-written characters.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Reasons for Rejection

If your book is rejected, it doesn't necessarily mean it's poorly written.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Do nonfiction books always have to have a story arc?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dialogue Tips

Seven tools to help your dialogue be realistic, but still interesting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Building

Here are some techniques to use when creating a fantasy world for your story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

University Presses

Some books are better served by a university press than a trade publisher.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Similar Titles

When looking for an agent, how similar (or not) should your book be to his/her existing clients?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Booksellers and Librarians

When it comes to marketing, booksellers and librarians are an author's best friend.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rights Reversion

What's involved in getting the rights to your book back from your publisher?

Friday, November 14, 2014


See samples of many of the colors that might be appropriate for your text.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Whether or not your picture book is written in rhyme, you still need to pay attention to the rhythm of your text.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Agent Call

Prepare before you get the call from a prospective agent so you know what to ask.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Public Speaking

How to make your talks easier for you and more engaging for your audience.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Opening Chapters

Ten things your opening chapter should do.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scam Literary Agencies

Don't get taken in by a bogus literary agency.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Book Fairs

Get exposure for your book by participating in a book fair.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Launch Parties

Make your book launch party a success by following these tips.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Trailers

How to plan what your book trailer should say and how to accomplish it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Conference Tips for Introverts

How to get the most out of a writing conference, even if you're not comfortable networking.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Here's a list of reviewers for traditionally published books.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

World Building

Do you have to have your story's world completely figured out (and described) before you write the rest of your book?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Song Lyrics

Do you need to have the rights in order to song lyrics in your manuscript?