Saturday, January 31, 2015

Author Platforms

Does every author need to have a platform, and what is a platform anyway?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Creative Nonfiction

Even though a picture book is nonfiction, it should still have a story arc.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Public Speaking

Here are some hints to help you survive public speaking at an event.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Submission

What actually happens when your agent says your book is "on submission."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Legal Music

Don't violate another artist's copyright when you create your book trailer.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Avoiding LGBTQ Stereotypes

How to make your young adult LGBTQ characters fully realized instead of being stereotypes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Picture Book Structure

Having an idea for your picture book is just the beginning.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Ten reasons why your hero needs flaws.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Close Third Person

How far is the psychic distance in your third person novel?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Historical Novels

How much history should you put in your book to keep it a novel and not a textbook?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First Chapter

How can you write the "perfect" first chapter?  

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guest Blogging

How to be asked to write posts for other people's blogs.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Follow this checklist and make your openings pop.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Adult

If you write YA, you should learn about the next age up category--new adult.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Author Events

Whether at a bookstore, library, or school, these hints will help make your author visit a success.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Bloggers

How do you work with book bloggers to get them interested in reviewing your book?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ageism in Kidlit

This blog promotes diversity of and respect for character age.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Point of View

Consider these pros and cons when choosing a viewpoint.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Outlining Your Novel

There are many advantages to outlining your novel before beginning to write.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Books

True stories that would be perfect for picture books are all around us.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Debut Book

Everyone's experience is different on the publication of a debut book.

Friday, January 9, 2015

On Submission

What actually happens when your agent says your manuscript is on submission?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Editorial Letters

Your editorial letter has finally arrived. What do you do now?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Writing Conferences

Should you attend a conference and, if so, how can you get the most out of it.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


It's easy to slip from showing your character's emotion to entering the world of melodrama.  \

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Agents

There are pros and cons to going with someone new to agenting.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Some tips for writers thinking of switching from pantser to outliner.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Public Speaking

Keep in mind these three tips, and your next public speaking event will go more smoothly.

Thursday, January 1, 2015