Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Perfecting Your Pitch

To perfect your pitch, think of it as a verbal query letter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Critiquing Other People's Works

Here are some things to consider before agreeing to look at someone else's manuscript.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Critiquing Other People's Works

Here are some things to consider before agreeing to look at someone else's manuscript.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

After the "Yes"

After an editor says he/she wants to publish your book, it still has to be approved by other editors and the acquisitions committee.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Family Stories

How use a family story as a basis for your historical fiction middle grade or young adult novel.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


If approached correctly, bloggers can be your book's best friend.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grammar Checklist

This handy checklist will help you eliminate grammatical mistakes in your manuscript.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mapping Your Book

Create a roadmap of the scenes in your book to make sure it all works together.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Character Voice

There are many ways to give your characters their own unique voices.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Astronomical Event

If you're going to refer to an astronomical event in your book, make sure your science is correct.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Five Pages

There are several things you need to accomplish in the first few pages of your novel.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pitching Your Book

It's better not to simply talk rather than read a scripted pitch or recite it from memory.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Festivals

When you're an author at a book festival, there are things you should NOT be doing.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Plot Twists

For a great plot twist at the end of the story, you need to provide clues and misdirections along the way.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Critiquing a Novel

Whether your critiquing your own work or someone else's, this checklist will remind you of points you need to consider.

Great Dialogue

Great dialogue gives your reader information about your characters' fundamentals, history, and wants.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Instagram for Writers

Instagram is the social media platform of choice for many teens, so if you write YA, maybe you should be on it too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weedy Words

Don't let these words be the weeds invading your manuscript.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Setting Mistakes

Make your setting work for your story by avoiding these mistakes.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Libraries Promote Books

It's not enough to get your book into bookstores--it needs to also be available in libraries.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Copyright Myths

Yes, your story is automatically copyrighted as soon as you write it.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Picture Book Publishers

There are many publishers who acquire picture book manuscripts.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sale of First Novel

How long does it take to sell your first novel?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Facebook Regulations

You need to understand these Facebook rules or they might take down your profile.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dialogue Problems

Avoid these common errors in writing your dialogue.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Query Problems

Here are some common issues that agents see in queries.


How do you separate helpful feedback from that which you can ignore?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Writing Pitfalls

Here are some common problems seen in the first five pages of a manuscript.