Monday, April 30, 2018

Unforgettable Settings

Settings can provide more than a backdrop to the characters and setting of your novel.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tips for Authors

Author Ellen Jackson shares ten tips for authors.

Saturday, April 28, 2018


If you're writing a book with someone else, there are some steps you should take to avoid future trouble.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Children's Publishers Open to Unagented Submissions

If you don't have an agents, there are some publishers closed to you, but here's a list of ones you can submit to.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

First Pages

There are several overused scenes for first pages that you should avoid.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Character Names

Make sure you choose appropriate character names and don't fall into these common traps.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Types of Picture Books

Picture books can be for older/younger children, fiction/nonfiction, and on a variety of topics.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Revision, Rewrite, Redraft

Make sure your not just revising your manuscript when you should be rewriting or even redrafting.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Researching Agents

How do you figure out which agents you should query?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Author Blogs

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider starting an author blog.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Backstories in a Series

How do you bring readers of later books in a series up to speed if they haven't read the earlier ones?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dialogue Problems

Sometimes the solution to dialogue problems in a scene is to not have any dialogue at all.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After an Offer

Congratulations on getting an offer from an agent; now what?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tightening Your Manuscript

Here are some tips to cut your word count and tighten your manuscript.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Signings

A few simple hints to make your book signings more successful.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


If you write your dialogue the way people really speak, you'll bore your readers.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Amazon Author Central

Set up your author page on Amazon to help your readers find out more about your and to receive sales figures.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sentence Structures

Eliminate these clunky sentence structures to tighten and improve your writing.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Manuscript Formatting

Here's how NOT to format your manuscript.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Whether your write nonfiction or fiction, you can enhance the value of your book by including backmatter.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Picture Book Basics

If you're new to the world of picture books, the first thing to know is they're not just short books.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Business Questions

Should you form an LLC for your writing business and other questions to consider.

Sunday, April 8, 2018


What exactly is the theme of a book and how does it differ from plot?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

First vs. Third Person POV

How do you decide whether to use first or third person point of view?

Friday, April 6, 2018

Why You Need an Editor

No matter how good a writer you are, you're work will be improved with the help of an editor.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Common Mistakes

These are some common mistakes that writers make.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Writers' Conferences

Conferences are a wonderful way to network with both professionals and your fellow writers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Author Readings

You can increase the chances of having a successful reading by following these hints.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Common Grammar Mistakes

Here's a handy guide to common grammar mistakes and how to fix them.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Transition Words

Make your writing tighter by avoiding these transition words.