Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tag Crowd

Make a tag cloud from your text to see what words you're overusing.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Manuscript Wish List

Find out what specific types of manuscripts individual editors and agents are looking for.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pinterest for Writers

You can use Pinterest as part of your book's marketing strategy. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Want to Win a Newbery?

What makes a turns a good book into a Newbery-level one?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Author Platform

What constitutes and author platform and how do you build one?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Middle Grade or Young Adult?

What are the key differences between a novel for 8-12 year olds and one for teens?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Do You Have a Good Agent?

Here are some ways to figure out if your agent is doing his or her job.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Historical Fiction

If you're writing historical fiction, you have to do the research.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Get ready for National Novel Writing Month.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


The pluses and minuses of having a prologue in your book.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Contracts 101

Here are links to a series of posts about literary contracts.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Book Title

Though the title of your book may change after acquisition, it's still a good idea to choose one that will attract the attention of editors and agents.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Improve Your Dialogue

The number one suggestion on this list of how to improve your dialogue is to punctuate correctly.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Book Release Timeline

What should you do to prepare for your book release and when should you do it.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Facebook for Authors

Here are some tips for authors new to Facebook.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fair Use

Ask yourself these questions before using copyrighted material.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Picture Book Dos and Donts

Author Mem Fox shares twenty things picture book writers should (or shouldn't) be doing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Goodreads Giveaways

What's the best strategy to use in planning a giveaway on Goodreads.

Monday, October 12, 2015


It's good to use metaphors and similes in your writing, but not if they're cliches.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Are School Visits Mandatory?

It's up to you how many and what kind of school visits you feel comfortable doing.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Reducing Word Count

Whether you write picture books or novels, cutting out words will tighten your writing.

Friday, October 9, 2015


Here are some simple tricks for editing your manuscript.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Balancing Dialogue and Description

Your story should contain a good mix of dialogue and description.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


How can you use Pinterest to raise awareness of your book?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Critique Group Sandwich

A popular method of critiquing is the sandwich: what you liked about the text, what you think needs more work, and what you liked again.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Satisfying Endings

Your ending should wrap up the story in a way that resonates with your readers.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What an Agent Looks For

Obviously an agent wants to see good writing, but what else is important?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Age Level

Make sure your writing is appropriate for the age level of your audience.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rejection to Revision

Use the comments you gather from your rejections to make your manuscript better.