Thursday, May 31, 2018

Writing about Real Places/Products

It's okay to include brand names and real locations in your manuscript as long as you don't defame them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why You Need a Synopsis

Everyone hates to writing synopses, but they can help to show problems in your manuscript.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Kidlit Editor Twitter Handles

Keep us with the world of kidlit by following these editors.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Opening Scenes

What do you need to accomplish in the first few pages of your manuscript?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Finding the Perfect Agent

You need to figure out your own career priorities to find the agent who will be best for you.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Writing Middle-Grade

Here are some tips to make your book appeal to this audience of eager readers.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Social Media Conventions

Here are some suggestions of how to follow the often unwritten "rules" of social media.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Creating a map of your story's setting will make your vision more concrete.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


You'll have a great opening to your novel, if you start with conflict and action.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Choosing Your Social Media

Different social media platforms help authors connect with different audiences.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Premature Editing

Editing too soon may take away some of the creative spark for your story.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Author Photos

Avoid these mistakes in your author photos.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


For every scene you write, you should ask yourself, "What is the point of this scene?"

Friday, May 18, 2018

Query Letters

What is the standard information you should include in your query letter?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Author Website Mistakes

Don't confuse or turn away readers by having a poorly designed website.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Show, Don't Tell

We all know the writing rule that says, "show, don't tell," but how do you actually do that?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Social Media for Authors

The time to start your social media presence is now, even if you don't yet have a book out.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Series

Ways to make your book series better, both in the individual books and over all of them.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Here are twenty tips on how to rethink the pacing in your book.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bookstore Appearances

How to give patrons a reason to come up and talk to you when you're appearing at a bookstore.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Picture Book Publishers

Here's a list of children's book publishers that focus primarily on picture books.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Saying Goodbye to a Manuscript

How do you know if it is time to finally put away your work in progress for good?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Visual Thinking

Will thinking visually improve your writing?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Author Category and Genre Loyalty

Should you stick to one category and genre in order to build your author brand?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Royalty Statements

You can't assume your royalty statements are correct; check them.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Author Rights

It's important to know your rights as an author.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Odds of Getting Published

Although the odds of getting published may seem overwhelming, most of the people who say they want to have a published book will never put in the work to get there.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Deep POV

When you're writing in deep point of view, you need to filter everything through your main character.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


A reason to edit as you write is to avoid small problems snowballing into larger, harder to fix ones.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Here are some fairly common types of material you find in backmatter.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Help your readers make an emotional connection with your work.