Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Picture Book Humor

Although these tips are written about picture books, most of them can be adapted to books for older kids.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Podcasts for Authors

Here's a list of twenty podcasts of interest to writers.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Virtual Visits

I would add an additional tip to the list about virtual visits--tape a note next to your webcam that says, "look here."

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Instagram Tips for Writers

How to best use Instagram to connect with your readers and build sales.

Friday, October 26, 2018


When you receive feedback on your story, you need to process it to decide which suggestions resonate.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sentence Structure

Your readers will soon get bored if you don't vary your sentence structure.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Your writer's voice is as unique as your speaking one.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Use foreshadowing to set your readers up for what will happen later in the story.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Advance Reviewer Copies

When you receive ARCs of your new book, why not send them on tour with an ARC-sharing group?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Middle grade or young adult

In addition to the age of the main character, middle grades and young adult books differ in several other respects.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Author Visits

A school visit is all about the students, not about you.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Literary Nonfiction

The definition of literary nonfiction depends upon who you ask.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chapter Hooks

Studying how TV programs choose where to break for commercial can help you improve your chapter hooks.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Titles

Even though your publisher may choose to change the title, you still want to choose one that reflects your story.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paths to Publications

Whether you choose to traditionally publish or not, there are many possible paths to choose.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Character Names

Take the opportunity to reveal aspects of your characters by carefully choosing their names.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Writing Stage Directions

You don't need to tell your readers every single movement your characters make.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Royalty Statements

Even if you have an agent, it's important that you read your royalty statements.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Building Suspense

Suspense in your story will keep your readers turning the page to find out what happens.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Looking for an Agent

Here are some things you might want to think about before embarking on your agent search.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Tips for writing a strong novel synopsis that will make an agent or editor want to read your manuscript.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Other Senses

It's easy to describe what your character sees, but your story will be much richer if you include the other senses.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Internal Dialogue

How do you write your character's internal thoughts?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Body Language

If your characters are always shaking their heads, here's a great list of alternatives.

Friday, October 5, 2018


Here are some general ways to think about the uses of punctuation, without getting into the specifics of what goes where.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

First Lines

Here are some ideas of ways to nail that first line of your manuscript.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Resurrecting Older Manuscripts

How can you tell whether one of your older unpublished manuscripts is worth trying to revise and submit.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Synopses Help Your Writing

Writing a synopsis helps you uncover plots holes and see whether the actions in your action flows from cause to effect.

Monday, October 1, 2018


Whether you write picture books or novels, adding wordplay will make your story more interesting to your readers.