Thursday, June 30, 2016

Debut Author Lessons

There are so many business- and marketing-related things to learn as a debut author.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


There are no hidden secrets to the submission process--editors and agents are clear about what they want and how they want it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Leaving Your Agent

If it's time to divorce your agent, these statistics will show you that you're not alone.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Turn the Page

Write your picture book so that the reader won't be able to resist turning the page to see what happens next.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Common Writing Errors

We all make these errors occasionally, but it's worth trying to avoid them.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Successful Book Signings

In order to have a successful book signing, you first have to get people to show up.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Here are some things to consider if you're thinking about writing with someone else.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


There are a few simple things you can look for correct when you're revising your manuscript.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Submit to Editors First?

If you're planning to query agents, should you be also be submitting to editors?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

After the Offer

Here's a checklist of things to consider before you accept an offer.

Monday, June 20, 2016


We all want to thank the people who have helped us with our book, but make sure they want to be publicly acknowledged.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Third-Person Point of View

There's more than one type of third-person point of view you can use in your story.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Author Visit Schedules

It's up to you to make sure the schedule for the day of your author visit makes sense.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Email Query Formatting

Your email query letter should not be formatting the same way as a snail mail one.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

World Building

Whether you write realistic or speculative fiction, you need to build a world for your characters to inhabit.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Out of Print

How does a publisher decide your book is out of print, and what does that mean for you?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Make your dialog better serve your story and your characters.

Monday, June 13, 2016

What Does an Agent Do?

Selling your manuscript is only one of the many ways an agent helps your writing career.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Critique Partnerships

Follow these suggestions to maintain a mutually helpful critique partnership.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Crutch Words

Here's a list of words that writers commonly overuse in their manuscripts.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Twitter Pitches

Should you be participating in twitter pitch sessions if you're looking for an agent?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nonfiction Plots

Just because you're writing nonfiction, doesn't mean you can get away without a story arc.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


In general, you should avoid random switching between different character's points-of-view.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Kid-friendly Words

Check out this list of fun, cool, and interesting words that kids will love.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Agency Contracts

Contracts can be overwhelming, so here are some things to look for in your agency contract.

Saturday, June 4, 2016


How to not only survive co-writing, but use it to your best advantage.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Kill Your Darlings

We've all heard the advice to "kill your darlings," but what are some common ones that can go?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Successful Book Signings

The first key to a successful book signing is to choose the right bookstore.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Basic Tips

If you're new to writing children's books, here are some tips to get you started on the right path.