Saturday, July 29, 2017

First Page

Tips for writing a killer first page.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Use the dot test to plot the rise and fall of tension in your novel.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cost of Publishing a Book

Here's a breakdown of expenses to show why it's so expensive to publish a book.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Whether they're trying to scam you or simply incompetent, stay away from shmagents.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Instead of Using "Feel"

Chances are, if you say your character is feeling something, you're telling not showing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Launch Tips

Here's a list of tips and tasks you need to do in the months leading up to your book launch.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your Protagonist

Sometimes, after writing your story, you think you may have chosen the wrong main character to tell it.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

World Building

Whether you write fantasy or realistic fiction, your readers need to believe in the world of your story.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Formatting for E-Readers

Make it easier for an agent to identify your manuscript on an e-reader using this simple trick.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Writing Contests

There are many writing contests out there, so be sure to choose the ones that are right for you and your manuscript.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Facts About Book Publishing

Here are 15 facts about book publishing, some of which may be new to you.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Historical Fiction

Eight suggestions for researching (and writing) historical fiction.

Monday, July 17, 2017


It's not easy to proofread your own manuscript, but these hints will help.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tasks for Self-Publishers

50 tasks you need to take on if you decide to indie or self-publish.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Author Branding

What is author branding and does it really matter?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Agent Survey

Agents opinions about personalization, credentials, comp titles, and more.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Critique Groups

If you want to bring your writing to the next level, you may need to transform your critique group.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


You might want to think about whether your prologue is helping or hindering your story.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Most of these hints to extend your Instagram reach apply to other forms of social media.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Dreaded Synopsis

Before writing your synopsis, make a list of events vital to the story.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Narrative Distance

When writing in third person, you can adjust the zoom on your storytelling camera.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Query Rejects

Here are some of the reason your query might be getting rejected.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Writing Conferences

If you want to get the most out of your writing conference, don't do these things.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Twitter Hashtags

Every writer should be familiar with these Twitter hashtags.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Compressed Narration

Sometimes it's okay to give a quick description of events--to tell not show.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Blurbs

Here's how to get those testimonials to put on the back cover of your book.

Monday, July 3, 2017


We all need to revise (and revise and revise) our books, and here are some suggestions on how to do it.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Classic Books

What are the attributes of a classic picture book?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Author Website

As an author, you need a website, and here's a step-by-step guide of what you need to do.