Saturday, September 30, 2017

Character Emotions

There are many ways to show, not tell, your readers your characters' emotions.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Evaluating Feedback

Some critiques of your manuscript are more useful than others.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Sales

It's surprisingly difficult to find out how many copies of your book actually sold.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Permissions and Fair Use

If you're quoting another book, song, or poem, it's important to know what's permissible under the fair use rules.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Twitter Pitches

There are several opportunities now to pitch your manuscript via a Twitter contest.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

When you're writing for eight to twelve year olds, you can't always assume the knowledge of history they have.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Seventy-five questions to help you know more than you ever thought you could about your characters.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Networking With Writers

Here are some tips on how to get to know other writers and form a community.

Beginnings and Endings

It's easy enough to say start when the story starts and end when it stops, but how do you do that?

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Voice isn't just important in fiction--nonfiction writing has voice, too.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Personalizing a Query

Making an agent query personal is more than getting the name right (though that helps a lot).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Sometimes the use of imagery in your description can add to your story, but sometimes it's just overkill.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Paths to Publication

There are many ways to achieve your dream of having a book out in the world.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Believable Characters

If your readers believe in your characters, you'll win them over.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Use this handy cheat technique to take the pain out of writing your synopsis.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Picture Book Revision

Here are some common picture book problems and the solutions to them.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Do you need an agent?

How to decide if an having an agent is for you. (It IS for me!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time and Place

It's important to ground your young adult characters in a specific time and place.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Revise and Resubmit

What does it really mean when an agent or editor sends you a revise and resubmit request?

Monday, September 11, 2017

New to Social Media?

Here are some lessons for debut (and not-so-debut) authors.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Author Websites

There are certain pages your author website must have.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Young Adult or New Adult

How do you determine whether your book is young adult or is in the category of new adult, and should you care?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Time Passing

How do you indicate that time has passed between two scenes in your novel?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Second Novels

Writing your second book is a different experience than writing your debut.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Passive Voice

Passive voice in your writing distances the reader from the action and prevents them from engaging in your story.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Revising Your Manuscripts

These are fourteen things to consider as you work through a revision.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Back Matter

Back matter is where you put all that information you'd like kids and adults to know that doesn't fit within your nonfiction story.

Sunday, September 3, 2017


When should you use italics in your manuscript?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Editorial Letters

The first step after receiving notes from your editor is to breathe.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Small Presses

Here are some guidelines to decide if a small press is a legitimate traditional publisher.