Sunday, May 31, 2015

Over-explaining Dialogue

Don't overuse dialogue tags to explain who's talking and his/her emotional state.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Elevator Pitches

You never know when an agent or editor will ask what your book is about.

Friday, May 29, 2015


It's not enough to just leave an extra blank line or have a chapter break to transition between scenes.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guaranteed Rejection

Here are some way to almost guarantee that an agent or editor will reject your manuscript.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Author Websites

What information should you include on your author website?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dating Your Manuscript

Should you include current technology and pop references to flesh out your story or should you leave them out so your book is timeless?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Setting and POV

Your setting is filtered through the point of view character's senses.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

School Visit Packet

Before your school visit, send out a packet containing all the information they will need to make your visit a success.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Extra Facts in Picture Books

Remember, in picture books, you can always show those fascinating facts in the illustrations or mention them in the back matter.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Awards and School Visits

If your book receives awards, will that increase your school visit invitations?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Verse Novels

Create an image system for novels in verse to tie together the plot and increase characterization.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How Many Queries

How many queries does it take to land an agent?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dialogue Tags

You don't need to use dialogue tags to indicate the speaker.

Monday, May 18, 2015


If you want to earn money as a writer, treat it the same as you would any other job.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Conference Etiquette

Conference etiquette is the same as regular etiquette--don't be a jerk.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


You can use Pinterest to increase interest in your book.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Inciting Incident

Everyone knows your book needs an inciting incident, but what does that really mean?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Humor in Picture Books

Use more than one type of humor in your picture book to maximize the funny,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How Not to Be a Spammer

Social media is great for book promotion, but not if you spam people.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Twenty-one things to look for when revising.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sending Updated Material

If you revise your manuscript before hearing back form a query, should you resend it?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Writing Nonfiction

Even if you write nonfiction, you can (and should) use many of the same techniques used for writing fiction.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Publishers Marketplace

You can't always believe everything you read about book deals.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Writing Red Flags

If you don't want to be branded a "newbie" writer, avoid these writing mistakes.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Multiple Points of View

The first question to ask when writing from multiple points of view--is this the best way to tell the story?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First Pass Editing

After you've let your first draft sit for a bit, it's time to ask these questions.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Authorial Intrusion

You want your characters to sound like themselves, not like you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

After the Offer

Why does it take so long for a book to come out?

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Seven keys to improving the pacing of your novel.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Promotion Tip

A free, easy to implement, promotion tip is to call your book by its name where talking about it.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Why Was Your Book Rejected?

Manuscripts are rejected for many reasons, often not related to the quality of the writing.