Monday, November 30, 2015

Leaving Your Agent

Sometimes the best of matches doesn't work out, and it becomes time to divorce your agent.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mistakes on the Road to Publication

Learn from a debut author what mistakes to avoid on your way to being published.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Email Subject Line

If you're querying by email, you should make sure your subject line gives the necessary information.

Friday, November 27, 2015

First School Visit

Your first school visit can be nerve-wracking, but a little preparation goes a long way.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Facebook Author Page

Is it worthwhile to have a Facebook author page as part of your social media campaign?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inventing a Language

When you create a language for your fantasy novel, you want it to sound as if it were real.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Picture Book Dummies

Even if you're not an illustrator, you should make a dummy for all your picture books, and here's how.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fair Use

Before you use copyrighted material, you need to understand the idea of fair use.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Word Counts

Here are some standard word counts for each children's book genre along with specific book examples.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Self-Editing Basics

You need to be the first editor of your manuscript, and here are some basics to know.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Getting Feedback

Critiques of your manuscript are not always easy to hear, but they're a necessary part of the writing process.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Which swag do people keep and which do they toss?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Introverts and Conferences

There's still a place for you at writing conferences, even if you're an introvert.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Publishing Jobs

There are many more jobs in publishing than that of editor or agent.

Friday, November 13, 2015

When You Haven't Heard Back

What is appropriate to do when you've waited and waited and haven't heard back from an editor or agent?

Thursday, November 12, 2015


It's not easy to find errors in your own manuscript, but these proofreading tips will help.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Words to Cut

Eliminate these filler words to make your manuscript tighter.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Starting Your Novel

Here are some hints about how to and how not to begin your novel.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cover Art

As an author, do you have any say in the cover art of your book?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Historical Fiction

If you write historical fiction, you'd better enjoy doing research.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Booksellers are an author's best friends, and you should know how to talk to them.

Friday, November 6, 2015


If you're a freelance writer, you need to know how to manage your finances.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Exclusive Requests

What does it mean when an agent asks for an exclusive and how does it work.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

School Visit Fees

Find out what other people charge, on average, to do a school visit.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Writing Humorous Picture Books

Here are some techniques to add humor to your picture book text.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Developmental Editor

A developmental editor looks at the big picture items in your story.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Organizing Your Plot

These four steps can help you turn your plot ideas into a plot.