Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Humorous Picture Books

Kids love to read funny stories, and here are some ways to introduce humor into your manuscript.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Historical Fiction

Here are some unconventional resources to add interest to your historical fiction.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Author Bios

You'll need an author bio from when you first submit to after your book is published.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Showing Emotion

When you let your characters show emotions, your readers will relate more to them.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Writing Picture Books

Writing a picture book is not as easy as it looks.

Friday, January 26, 2018


A look at referrals from both the agent and the client point of view.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Turn the Page

How do you get your picture book readers (and listeners) to want to turn that page?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Don't overthink it when you write your synopsis.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hook your readers by building suspense.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Do's and don'ts to make your rhyming book better.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Five quick tips for engaging your audience.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Debut Marketing Tips

If your first book is about to come out (or already has), these tips can help you up your marketing game.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Easy Edits

Sometimes it takes a few simple changes to bring your manuscript to life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Every sentence in your manuscript is important, and here are some tips on how to improve them.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pen Names

In this digital age, should you still use a pen name?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tightening Your Manuscript

It's not always easy to cut words, but here are some hints that might help.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Your novel needs to go through all these drafts, including draft zero.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Text Structure

Melissa Stewart shows how it often takes a lot of trial and error (and letting a manuscript rest) to find the correct structure for your text.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fast Draft Writing

Now that Nanowrimo is in the past, here's a way to keep up the momentum.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Writing Partnership

The primary rule of writing with a partner is to be flexible.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


There's more to writing than "just the facts, ma'am."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marketing in Person

Marketing online is all well and good, but it's nice to get out there and meet your readers in real life.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Query No-nos

Ripple Grove Press tells what not to say in your query.

Monday, January 8, 2018


This is a straightforward explanation of when you do and don't need to get permission to use another person's material in your work.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Character Voice

Here are some ways to give your characters distinct voices.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Overused Words

Check your manuscript to make sure you haven't used these common words too many times.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Picture Book Endings

How to ensure your picture book is one children will ask to hear again as soon as it finishes.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Freelance Editors

Here are some things to consider before hiring an independent editor.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Keep Track of the Details

Here are some suggestions to help you keep track of the many details in your novel.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Kidlit Publishers Who Accept Unagented Submissions

These children's publishers are a few of the ones who accept submissions directly from the writer.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Close Third Person

Close third person point of view allows your reader deep into the head of your character.