Friday, July 31, 2015


It's so easy to make a typo in your manuscript and so difficult to find them all.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Avoiding the Word "Very"

There are many ways to prune all those "very" appearances from your manuscript.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Titles

Though your publisher will likely change it, it's still worthwhile to choose the best title you can.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


If you're a picture book writer, how do you handle the illustrations?

Monday, July 27, 2015


If you quote song lyrics in your manuscript, you might want to rethink that.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Printing

Here's a fascinating look behind the scenes at how a book is printed and bound.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Common Mistakes

What are common writing mistakes editors see and how do you avoid them?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Books in Stores

What to do if your book isn't carried in brick and mortar bookstores.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stimulus and Response

When something happens in a scene (stimulus), your characters need to have a reaction (response).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Choosing a Publisher

Money isn't the only thing to consider when choosing between publishers.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Manuscript Gotchas

Seven types of things to weed out of your manuscript when you're revising.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chapter Books

What's the difference between chapter books and middle grades?  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Reluctant Readers

With the right book, even reluctant readers can be persuaded to read.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Exclamation Points

The fewer the better is a good rule of thumb about explanations points.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dead Parents

Why is it that so many children's book characters are orphans?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Picture Book Characters

The limited word count in picture books doesn't give you a lot of room to create your irresistible character.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


You can play around with time in your story, but be careful not to confuse your reader.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Submission Checklist

Before you hit "send" or mail the envelope, here are some last minute things to check about your submission.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blog Tours

Setting up and participating in a blog tour is an excellent way to get the word out about your book.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

How Long to Write a Picture Book

Even though they don't have many words, writing a picture books takes more time than you might think.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Choosing a POV

You need to choose the point-of-view that works best for your story, not just the one that's currently popular.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What Makes a Good Agent?

This series of blog posts details the business expertise and activities you should expect in an agent.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Punctuation and Rhythm

The different punctuation marks can be used to speed up or slow down the pace of your readers, adding rhythm to your story.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Critique Groups

How to make being in a critique group a positive experience.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Five reasons why backmatter is important in nonfiction.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Free Book Trailers

YouTube has a free video editor you can use to make your book trailer.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Picture Book Secrets

Here are some suggestions (no magic secrets, unfortunately) about how to write picture books.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LGBT in Middle Grade

The world of middle-grade aged children provides many opportunities to introduce an LGBT character.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When an Editor Wants to See More

When you're asked to submit another manuscript, don't feel like you have to wait a long time before doing so.