Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Active Verbs

Why use common, boring verbs when there are so many active ones to choose from. 


Monday, July 30, 2018

Describing Your Character

Make every detail count when it comes to describing your character. 


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pen Names

What are the reasons you might want to use a pen name? 


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Picture Book Structure

There are many ways to structure your picture book, from days of the week to a journey. 


Friday, July 27, 2018

Social Media Tips

Social media is for connecting with your readers, not for giving them a hard sell. 


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Finding a Good Book Publicist

What you should look for in choosing and publicist and ideas for going it alone.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tough Topics in Middle Grades

Themes that used to be seen only in young adult novels are now being handled in middle grades. 


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Author Bios

No matter where you are on your writing journey, you'll need to have an author bio. 


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Marketing Strategies

Josh Funk shares marketing ideas starting with "write a good book." 


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hook Your Readers

Twelve tips to writing an opening that will pull in your readers. 


Friday, July 20, 2018

Is Your Work Any Good?

How can you tell if your work is ready to submit? 


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Will Your Idea Be Stolen?

If you submit your work to agents and editors, how can you be sure they won't steal your idea? 


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Readings

There's more to a book reading than just reciting the words on a page. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Emotional Meaning

Make your readers care about your characters by layering emotional meaning into them.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Sales

What constitutes "good sales," and how are sales tracked? 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Novel Perspectives

Consistency is the key when choosing your novel's tense and point of view. 


Saturday, July 14, 2018


There's no one right way to write a book with another author. 


Friday, July 13, 2018

Switching from Self-Publishing to Traditional

If you self-publish first, you can still traditionally publish later titles. 


Great Dialogue

Here are some hints to make your dialogue sound authentic to your characters. 


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Improve Your Writing

What can you do to become a better writer in addition to the obvious of read and write extensively. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Opening Sentence

How much really needs to be in the opening sentence of your novel? 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Royalties

How are book royalties figured out, and how does the advance work?


Monday, July 9, 2018

Quick Outlining

Here's how to outline your story idea in only thirty minutes. 


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Writing Middle Grade

Here are some tips for writing a middle-grade novel that will resonate with kids. 


Saturday, July 7, 2018

BookExpo 2018 Marketing Tips

What marketing tips can you learn from BookExpo, the biggest annual publishing conference in the US?


Friday, July 6, 2018

Writing Groups

Figure out which type of writing group you need at this point in your writing journey. 


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Using Your Theme

Thinking about your theme can help you develop subplots, supporting characters, and tension. 

Use Theme to Determine Subplots, Supporting Characters, and Tension

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Book Promotion Fatigue

Marketing is exhausting and sometimes you need to scale back your marketing efforts. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Website and Mailing List Privacy Regulations

You may need to update your website and/or mailing list to comply with The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect May 25, 2018.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Editorial Letters

How do you handle revising your manuscript, possibly extensively, after getting feedback from an editor? 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

After an Editor Expresses Interest

Yay for getting interest from an editor on your manuscript, but what happens next?