Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bad Agents

Better to have no agent than to have an incompetent, or worse a con artist, one.

Setting Copyright

Unique settings get more copyright protection than historical ones.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Good dialogue can help flesh out a character and move a story forward.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Picture Book Endings

What makes a satisfying ending to a picture book?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Writing About Minorities

How do you write about minorities when you are not one yourself?

Saturday, April 25, 2015


How much money do you really make when you sell your book?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Young Adult Writers

Here's an article about the eight habits of highly successful young adult writers.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Story Idea Worksheet

How do you boil your great idea down to something that can become a book?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Co-Authoring Agreements

If you are writing your book with someone else, you need to have an agreement in writing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Events

Ways to increase your book sales at author events.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Author Visits

Get yourself of a list of authors by state who do school visits.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Not to Say

When you're reaching out to an agent or an editor, don't say these things.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Editor Tools

These tools are used by editors to keep your manuscript on track.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Promotion Websites

Here's a list of places that you can use to promote your book.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Picture Book Manuscripts

Ask these questions about your picture book manuscript both before and after you write it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Events

What you need to do before your next author event.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Character Emotion

Ways to add emotional content to the words your character is speaking.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Is it worthwhile to get people to blurb your book?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Lines

Keys to writing the perfect first lines.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Historical Thesaurus

Pinpoint when and how a word was used throughout history.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Editing Clauses

Protect yourself from unreasonable editing clauses in your contract.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Telling vs. Showing

Sometimes it's better to break the well-known rule of show don't tell.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Conflict vs. Complications

Up the tension in your story by upping the stakes in a conflict.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Author Websites

Make sure your website is working for you and not against you.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Balancing Backstory

Avoid the dreaded infodump by weaving your backstory into the main story.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Beta Readers

There's an etiquette surrounding asking for or being a beta reader.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

School and Library Markets

Your nonfiction book might be perfect for the school and library market.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Editorial Steps

"The Call" is just the first of many steps on your way to a published book.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Writing Tips

An editor tells what he learned about writing from his editing jobs.