Monday, August 31, 2015

Character Names

Don't make these mistakes when you're naming your character.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Revise and Resubmit

What does it really mean when an agent or editor asks you to revise and resubmit your manuscript?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Leaving Your Agent

How do you know if/when it's time for you and your agent to part ways?

Friday, August 28, 2015


What the Authors' Guild Fair Contract Initiative has to say about book contracts.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Find out how to use spidergrams in plotting your book.


Find out how to use spidergrams in plotting your book.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After the Offer

What should you do after receiving an offer of representation?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Why it's worth your while to go to writing conferences.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Writing Contests

Questions you should ask before entering a writing contest.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Filter Words

Filter words distance your reader and weaken your writing.  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Common Core

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, it's worthwhile understanding the Common Core standards.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Getting Representation

How can you convince a literary agent to represent you and your work?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Facial Expressions

One-hundred words you can use to describe facial expressions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Eight novice mistakes to avoid if you're writing a series.

Monday, August 17, 2015


What does it mean to you if you have a midlist book?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Book Publishing

Agents tell some things most people don't know about the publishing industry.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Common Grammar Mistakes

Make sure you avoid these mistakes many people make.

Friday, August 14, 2015


How to trim your overly long novel down to size.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Before the Launch

Five things to do before your book's release date.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Theme and plot are not the same thing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fiction Based on a Real Person

What are the steps you need to take if you've based your novel on a real-life person or event?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bad Reviews

Your book is going to receive some bad reviews, so you need to learn to deal with it.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bestseller Lists

How a book gets on a bestseller list is not as straightforward as you might think.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Rules for Writers

Stephen King shares twenty rules to be a better writer.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Small Publishers

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to the size of your publisher.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


A great villain is often the most memorable character in a story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Constructive Criticism

How to give criticism that will help both your fellow writers and their manuscripts.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Writing Words of Wisdom

Fifteen tips about writing from an author who's been writing fifteen years.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Writing YA

Young adult books can be any genre, from romance to science fiction, mystery to mainstream.