Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Use sound to add another dimension to your writing.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Writer Blogs

Use this tool to find writer blogs of interest.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Submission List

Look behind the scenes at how an agent crafts a list of editors to submit to.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

How Not to Start a Novel

These scenes might not be the best to choose for your opening.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Response Times

What's an agent doing before he/she responds to your query?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Are You Easy to Work With?

Follow these suggestions to make your relationship with your editor or agent better.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Even though we're writing for children, there's a place for adults in our stories.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Release

What should you do in the month before your book is going to be released?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Deep Point of View

When the author disappears entirely from the story, you're in your character's deep point of view.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Music for Book Trailers.

There are several sources of LEGAL music to use on your video.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

LGBTQ Stereotypes in YA

Here's a five-part blog series on how to avoid LGBTQ stereotypes in young adult novels.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Picture Book Structure

There are many different ways to structure your picture book.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Social Media Etiquette

Avoid social media gaffes by using these tips.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Agency

Newly formed Rising Bear Literary Agency will represent picture book through young adult authors.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Signing Checklist

What to do before, during, and after your book signing event.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Micro-Level Revision

After you've revised your manuscript over and over again, it's time to look at the individual words and sentences.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


There are many different ways to choose a title, and here are some examples.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Agent Move

Lana Popovic has switched agencies to Chalberg Sussman and is actively looking for new middle-grade and young adult clients.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Leaving Your Agent

If you and your agent no longer connect, maybe it's time to think about moving on.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Writers' Conferences

Why should you go to conferences and how to get the most out of your experience.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


How to incorporate older characters into your books while avoiding stereotypes.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finding Your Audience

You need to think outside the box to expand your reading audience.

Monday, December 8, 2014


How do you avoid the dreaded infodump while still giving your readers the information they need to understand your story?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mailing Lists

Here's a source for bookstore and library mailing lists.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Types of Picture Books

Here are some types of picture books that work for different ages of children.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Agent

Heather Alexander has switched from editor to agent and is now representing picture book through young adult authors at Pippin Properties.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kill Your Darlings

It's not always easy, but it's important to trim the fat from your manuscript.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Whether you're being paid or not, your critiques should always be professional.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Social Media Errors

Avoid sabotaging your book promotion by making sure you don't do these social media goofs.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Character Arc

Can you get a story published that's only about a situation, but with no character arc?