Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Launch Party

Here's some advice to make your book launch party great.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Novice Writers

Avoid being labeled a newbie by making sure you don't make these mistakes.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Literary Agents

It's reasonable to expect professionalism from your literary agent.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Speaking at Conventions

How can you get invited to speak at teacher conventions?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Picture Book Pacing

Even if you're not an illustrator, it's important to make a dummy in order to check the pacing of your picture book.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Show and Tell

We've all heard the advice to "show, don't tell," but there are times when telling is the better choice.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Character Thoughts

What's the best way to show the reader what your character is thinking?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


What is your body saying when you give a presentation?

Monday, September 21, 2015


There are three components to writing a novel with someone else.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Plot Revision Table

Having a detailed chart of your scenes makes it much easier to understand your plot.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Editing Without an Editor

Harold Underdown gives advice on how to edit your manuscript.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Meeting Agents

How do you interact with agents when you meet them informally at a conference?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Sales at Events

You need to do more than just show up to sell books at events.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Profit and Loss

What business decisions go into a publisher's decision to acquire a book?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Deep Point of View

Get inside your character's head by writing in a deep point of view.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Query Opening

Use this sentence template to present the most important information about your book first.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Understanding Schools

Avoid problems with your school visits by avoiding miscommunication.

Friday, September 11, 2015

We Need Diverse Books

Visit the official site of "we need diverse books" and help make the campaign a reality.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Three tips to make your setting an important part of your story.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Author Brand

What can you do to create an image for yourself as an author?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

First Drafts

It's okay to write a terrible first draft.

Monday, September 7, 2015


In order to write a story with punch, you must increase the tension.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Query Letters

Here's a detailed description of everything that should and shouldn't be a part of your query letter.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Word Counts

Find out word counts of published books at this site by following these steps: select a user type; click submit; search for the title; and click on the title.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Curriculum Guides

Sell more books by creating educational materials for the school and library market.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dream Sequence

What works and doesn't work when incorporating a dream scene into your novel.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Library Sales

Do libraries buy books the same way other outlets do?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Historical Research

Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, if your book takes place in the past you need to do your research.