Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Words to Eliminate

Tighten up your writing by getting rid of these unnecessary words and phrases.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Character Descriptions

It's the detailed descriptions that bring your characters to life.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Formatting Matters

You may think formatting rules and agent/editor guidelines don't apply to you, but you're wrong.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

No-Show Book Events

If despite the best efforts of you and the bookstore  no one shows up, what should you do.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Picture Book Endings

There are several ways to end a picture book that will make a child want to immediately hear the story again.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Understanding Writing Advice

Some commonly heard advice for writers is often misunderstood.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Many Queries?

Authors share how many queries it took for them to sign with an agent.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Core Problem

To keep your readers' interest, your novel needs to contain a core problem they care about.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Scene Structure

How asking the right questions can create a powerful scene.


Saturday, February 18, 2017


Everyone loves to read about villains, the badder the better.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Agent or Editor

Here are some hints to help you decide whether you should submit your manuscript to an agent or to an editor.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Agency

On January 15, 2017, Lupine Grove opened to submissions of picture books through young adult novels.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Conferences and Festivals

Here's a list for 2017 of writers' conferences and book festivals.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great Endings

How to write a satisfying ending so you don't let your readers down.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Free Writing

Liberate your creative mind through the use of free or side writing.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Memorable Characters

What can you do to make your characters stand out for your readers?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Query Tips

Thirty-eight agents give you suggestions about the best way to make your query successful.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Planning Your Book Launch

Preparations for a successful book launch have to start long before your publication date.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Guest Blogging

There are right and wrong ways to request being a guest blogger.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Agent Matching

You and your agent should match in personality, business style, and agency relationship.

— Personality — Business and Professional Style — Nature of the Agency Relationship

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Scene Structure

One way to structure your scene is to think of it as a series of questions and answers.


Monday, February 6, 2017


The first rule of writing a book with a co-author is to suppress your ego.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Getting an Agent

An author offers these lessons learned from the great agent hunt.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Titles

Though your editor might choose to change your book title, a good one will help your book sell.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Copy Editing Checklist

There are so many things to check during the copy editing stage of publishing.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Proposal Evaluations

Editors and Agents look at your book's idea, its execution, and your author platform.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

First Draft Fails

Even if your first draft is a complete mess, you can still clean it up with these revision tips.