Monday, October 31, 2016

Virtual Visits

Doing a Skype school visit needs different preparation that an in-person one.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Twitter Pitches

Perks and pitfalls of participating in Twitter pitch events.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Character Names

Things to think about when choosing your characters' names.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Working the Booth

Here's some advice for selling your books at festivals and other events.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weak Words

Avoid these five words to make your writing stronger.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

World Building

Here are a few practical tips for creating a believable world in your story.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Storyboarding Your Picture Book

There are several methods to choose from in creating a storyboard for your picture book.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Query Letters

There are some things you should NOT include in your query letter.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Formatting Your Novel

Here are the basics of formatting your novel for submission, including submitting via email.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Critique Groups

Being a member of a critique group may help your career, but it also may hurt it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Middle Grade vs. Young Adult

There are several key differences between these two types of novels.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Clubs

What about a book makes it a good candidate for book clubs?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Information about how libraries acquire and categorize their books.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Submitting, Then Getting an Agent

If you choose to submit on your own before getting an agent, what do you need to consider?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weak Words

Avoid these five weak words to make your writing stronger.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Query Letters

There are five basic parts to a successful query letter.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Novel to Movie

Don't get your hopes up--chances are there won't be a movie made out of your novel.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Picture Books Publishers Don't Want

There are several types of picture books that, for the most part, will not interest editors.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Story Holes

Find holes in your story by using a novel journal.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Preparing for Writers' Conferences

Get the most out of your conference experience by doing a bit of work ahead of time.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Author Platform

What is (and isn't) an author platform and do you need one?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Your Copy Edit

Just when you thought your book was finished and ready to go, you get notes back from your copy editor.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Children's Book Publishers

Here's an extensive list of children's book publishers with links to their websites.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boring Words

Why use boring words when you can make your writing sparkle by using these alternatives.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Continuing On After Rejection

It helps to hear about how there can be success after multiple rejections.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pitch Your Novel

Here are several tips to make your pitch the best it can be.