Sunday, July 31, 2016

Free Writing

Free writing helps get your character out of your head and onto your pages.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Balancing Writing and Marketing

Yes, it's important to market your book, but you need to leave time to write your next book, too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sales Figures

How much do the sales of a previous book impact your ability to get your next book published.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Organizing Your Edits

Here's one method to keep your novel's revisions on track.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


The difference between Instagram and Twitter is more than just pictures vs. words.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Big Five

This handy-dandy chart shows you all the imprints and divisions of the big five publishing companies.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Botched Beginnings

Here are some things to avoid in the opening pages of your novel.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


How do you decide to whom you should dedicate your book?

Getting Rejected Can Help Your Writing

Why you should aim for a hundred or more rejections a year.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Why Queries Are Rejected

Agent Janet Reid shares the reasons she rejected some queries.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Introverts and Conferences

With careful preparation, introverts can attend and benefit from conferences.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


If you have a flashback in your novel, it's better to not have it in your opening pages.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Words to Use Instead of "Very"

Rather than adding "very" to increase the impact of a word, try using some of these words instead.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Voice vs. Grammar

Sometimes you have to break grammatical rules to bring out your voice.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Outlining a Scene

Answering these ten questions will help you lay out your scene.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Author Photo

Your author photo is an important part of your book marketing.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Letter of Agreement

If you're doing a school visit, it's a good idea to agree to a letter of agreement ahead of time. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Participating on Twitter

Tips to help you join in on Twitter conversations,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Is Your Query Letter Ready

Use this handy flowchart to decide if your query letter is ready to send.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LGBTQ Parents in Middle Grades

Here are some tips on how to write LGBTQ parents in your middle grade novel.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016


Not all sales have the same impact on the success of your book.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Naming Characters

The last thing you want to do is confuse your readers by a poor choice of character names.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Plot Twists

All the elements for your plot twist have to already have appeared in your manuscript.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Speaker Introductions

Make it easier on your hosts by giving them a standard biography to use as your introduction.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Post-Contract Schedule

Your work doesn't end just because your manuscript is accepted.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Picture Book or Short Story

Though they may have similar word counts, picture books and short stories are not the same.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Dialogue Problems

There are some standard mistakes writers make in dialogue.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Query Formula

Take the anxiety about writing queries by following this simple formula.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Publicity Department

An advantage of publishing traditionally is you have access to a publicity department.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Boring to Exciting

How to turn the boring parts of your story into the parts people want to read over and over again.