Monday, February 29, 2016

First Lines

There are many techniques to craft a first line that will pull in your readers.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

New Agent

Tanusri Prasanna is look for children's books from picture book through young adult.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Offer of Representation

Congratulations, an agent wants to represent you. Now what?

Song Lyrics

Before using someone else's lyrics in your story, you need to understand the legalities.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Craft Books

If you're looking for a writing craft book, this list will help you make a decision on which to read next.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Sometimes having constraints on your writing, like word choice or number of words, can spark your creativity.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Children's Book Categories

From board books through new adult, it's not just the age of the main character that differentiates the different categories of children's books from each other.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Here are some things editors look for when deciding whether or not to acquire nonfiction.

Monday, February 22, 2016


Opinions differ on whether it's acceptable or not to have a prologue.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


How do you condense your story into a single sentence?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Out of Print

In this era of print on demand and ebooks, how do you know if your book is officially "out of print?"

Friday, February 19, 2016

Why Write for Children?

Not that those of us who love kidlit need an excuse to write for children, but here are some additional reasons.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Unrealistic Tropes

How to avoid using unrealistic, but common, actions and events in your story.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Learning From Your Agent

An agent is your partner in your writing career, and can share many lessons with you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


It's tempting to include all the backstory you know about your characters, but you need to resist the impulse.

Collaborative Writing

Will writing with a partner work for you?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Fictional Worlds

Whether you write fantasy or realistic fiction, you still need to construct the world your characters live in.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Publishing a Picture Book

You need passion, persistence, and professionalism to get a picture book published.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


There are many things you should consider before writing a biography.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

School Visits

From planning your presentation to selling books, here are some essential tidbits for successful school visits.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Good agents

Things to think about when you're search for your perfect agent."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chapter Endings

We all know how it's nice to have a cliffhanger at chapter's end, but how do you go about doing that?

Monday, February 8, 2016

The First Chapter

Here's a checklist to help you revise that oh-so-important first chapter.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Outdated Slang

Make sure you're not accidentally using slang words in your YA that will date your novel.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Writing Books

With so many craft books from which to choose, how do you decide?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Promotion Timing

If you're running a promotion, make sure it's in place before spreading the word on social media.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Misused Words

Make sure you don't confuse these similar words.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Character Descriptions

The writing rule of "show don't tell" applies when describing your characters.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Picture Book Literary Agents

Read what excites agents who represent picture book authors.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Writing Advice

What do you wish you had known before embarking on your writing journey?