Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Email Marketing

Avoid being considered spam by following these suggestions for marketing via email.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Breakout Picture Books

What are the elements that will turn your picture book into a breakout title?

Monday, November 28, 2016


Bookscan gives you valuable information about your book's sales, but excludes many sellers, so the numbers don't reflect your true number of sales.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Self-Editing Checklist

Use the items on this checklist when revising your manuscript, including the important first one: "Develop a thick skin."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Social Media No-Nos

If done well, social media can help your book marketing efforts.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Animal Characters

Tips for writing well-developed animal characters include paying attention to scale.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


There are many ways to bring humor to your picture book.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Picture Book Agents

Not all agents represent picture book writers, but these do (including my agent: Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

First Line

Your opening line needs to encourage readers to continue on with your story.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free Verse

Successful novels in verse often follow these general guidelines.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Series Book Beginnings

How do you bring new readers up to date without boring those who are familiar with your series?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Press Kit

Make it easier for reporters by creating a press kit about you and your books.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Picture Book Dos and Don'ts

Here are 20 tips about writing picture books from Mem Fox.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Although it's like your title will be changed before publication, you still want to choose a good one to help attract the attention of an agent or editor.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

After the Call

What are the next steps after you get the call offering representation?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five Big Publishers

There are five big publishers, but they have many divisions and imprints.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Amazon Reviews

Amazon has specific rules governing how they decide if a review is legit.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Story Arcs

Here are three types of story arcs: change, failed, and static.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Goodreads Giveaways

How to plan your Goodreads giveaway to get the most bang for your buck.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Query Dos and Don'ts

Remember a query is your first introduction to a prospective agent or editor.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Young Adult Publishers

Here's a list of 21 publishers who accept young adult manuscripts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Memorable Characters

The secret to creating characters you're readers won't forget is in the details.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

When to Say, "No"

As exciting as it is to receive an offer of publication, sometimes the best decision is to refuse it.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Critique Notes

After you receive a critique or an editorial letter, put it aside for a cooling off period before you get to work.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Reasons for Rejection

There are reasons your manuscript may be rejected that are unrelated to its quality.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dynamic Characters

You want your characters to resonate with your readers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Seasonal Stories

If your story has a strong season or holiday tie-in, it needs to be unique to make up for the shorter selling window. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Query Letter Extras

There's more to a query letter than the pitch, such as personalization and your bio.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Levels of Editing

Your manuscript needs different levels of editing for different revisions.