Saturday, June 30, 2018

Describing Settings You've Never Visited

It's not always possible to visit every location in your book, but you still need to get the details right.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Literary Agent Etiquette

There are no hard and fast rules when approaching an agent, but it never hurts to be polite.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

First Novel Tips

Increase the chances that your first novel won't be a practice one, but will actually be published.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Useless Words

Tighten your manuscript by eliminating some of these useless words.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nonfiction Book Proposal

Unlike fiction, most nonfiction books are sold by proposal.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Craft Tips

We all know the big tips like "show don't tell," but there are many other ways to make your manuscript sing.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Educational Markets

Writing a work for hire book is one way to get a book published.

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Everything you need to know about pitching your book.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Negative Reviews

Don't respond. Ever.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Sentences

Grab your reader from the first sentence by trying one of these ideas.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kitlit Agent Twitter Handles

If you're looking to learn about agents, one way is to follow them on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Alternatives to Querying

There are ways to get your pitch in front of agents other than the traditional querying.

Monday, June 18, 2018

After You're Gone

Be proactive about what happens to your intellectual property after you die.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Handling Critiques

It's not always easy to receive feedback about your manuscript, but it will help you improve your story.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dialogue Don'ts

Three dialogue don'ts and how to fix them.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Epistolary Novel

An epistolary novel, one told in letters, still needs to be a good story.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Author Brand

You are your author brand, and you don't want to do anything to sully it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


More is not always better when it comes to plotting your story.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Picture Book Dummies

Even if you're not an illustrator, you should make a picture book dummy to show problems with your manuscript.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Author Websites

Why you need one and what should they include?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Social Media Images

Here are some creative ways to create images to use in your social media posts.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Middle Grade or Young Adult

What are the hallmarks of a middle grade novel versus a young adult one?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Talking to Literary Agents

Agents love books and you love books, so why not strike up a conversation with a literary agent about books?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Nonfiction Scenes

How to immerse your readers in the setting of your nonfiction book.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Series Queries

What's the best way to query with a book that is part of a series?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Make Your Character's Actions Count

Does the action in your book actually add value to your story?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Make Your Booksigning an Event

What can you do to make your next booksigning one that people will flock to?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Following Up with an Agent

How long should you wait before giving a prospective agent a little nudge?

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Problem with First Person

First person is great for showing a character's inner world, but not so great if you want to describe the setting.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hooking Nonfiction Readers

Follow these tips to write a nonfiction books that kids can't put down.