Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tips for Beginning Writers

If you're just starting out on your writing journey, you might find these tips helpful.


Monday, January 30, 2017

How Many Queries

Here's an interesting, but non-scientific, survey about how many queries it takes to land an agent.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wrong Word Errors

It's important to carefully review your manuscript to make sure you haven't inadvertently misused a word.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pen Names

If you decide you don't want to publish under your real name, here are some things to consider as you choose your pen name.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Small Publishers

If you don't have an agent, it's up to you to evaluate a publisher.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Author-Illustrator Teams

Here are some things to consider if two people, an author and an illustrator, want to submit a manuscript together.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Deep Point of View

Writing in deep point of view allows you to get past your character's surface emotions.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Backstory in a Query

There's limited room in a query, so leave out the backstory of your manuscript.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Red Flags

Avoid these writing red flags to increase the chance an agent or editor will ask to see more.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Category

The category of your novel (middle grade or young adult) determines where it will be shelved in a bookstore.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

When Your Agent Says, "No"

Your agent is not going to love every manuscript you send, so what should you do if it's a pass.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Slang and Jargon

The judicious use of slang and jargon will make your dialogue more authentic.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Communicating With Your Editor

To make the most of your author-editor relationship, you need to have good communication between the two of you.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Agent Search

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin your search for an agent.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Word Count Trackers

If you want to keep track of how many words you've written each day, there's software to help.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Don't Rush Revising

When it comes to revision, it's important to take your time.


Sunday, January 15, 2017


Your endings should make your readers say, "wow!"


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Editorial Letter

The first step after receiving an editorial letter is to take a deep breath.


Friday, January 13, 2017


Follow this checklist so you don't miss anyone in your acknowledgements pages.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Series

Writing a book series is more than simply having multiple books about the same characters.  \


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bad Writing Rules

You shouldn't blindly follow all the writing rules you hear along the way.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Third Person

When writing in third person, you need to choose between an omniscient or limited point of view.


Monday, January 9, 2017

TED Talks

Children's writers and illustrators might find these TED talks both useful and inspiring.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inner Editor

When you should, and shouldn't, listen to your inner editor telling you what to do.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Picture Book Elements

As you write your picture book manuscript, keep these ten elements in mind.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Boring Edit

This revision technique simply involves identifying the boring parts of your manuscript, then fixing them.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Launches

Questions to ask yourself as you plan your book launch, including, "What are your goals?"


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Blurbs

What can you do to increase the chances someone will agree to blurb your book?


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sales Figures

What does it actually mean when you hear a book sold a certain number of copies?


Monday, January 2, 2017

What Do Literary Agents Do

An agent does much more for you than just selling your book.


Sunday, January 1, 2017


Here's an introduction to Goodreads for both readers and writers.