Friday, November 30, 2018


How to choose and adapt a folktale for a picture book.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Researching for Technical Accuracy

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you need to make sure the technical details in your story are accuracte.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Author Visits

Here are links of interest to both educators and authors about the nuts and bolts of author visits.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Author Newsletter or Blog?

What's the best way to reach your readers--through an author newsletter or a blog?

Monday, November 26, 2018

The First Three Pages

Ask yourself these questions to figure out how to start your novel.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Writing Multiple Books at Once

How do you juggle several writing projects with different priorities in different stages of development?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Story Flow

Following these four easy edits will make your story flow better.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Strengthen Your Writing

These five edits will help strengthen and tighten your writing.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Five Kinds of Nonfiction

With many links to more resources, this blog post explains the kinds of nonfiction.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Picture Book or Chapter Book

How to decide if your story should be told as a picture or chapter book.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Character Flaws

Although all characters should have flaws, these are not always negative ones.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tightening Your Writing

Here's a checklist of words and phrases to consider cutting in order to tighten your writing.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Picture Book Formats

A standard picture book is 32 pages, but that doesn't mean you have that much room for your story.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Questions for Prospective Agents

Here's a list of questions you might want to ask an agent before accepting an offer of representation.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bringing Traffic to Your Website or Blog

In order for people to come to your website or blog, they need to know it exists.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Deep Point of View

This checklist for writing deep POV will help your manuscript make readers feel as if they're part of the story.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Here are seven tips to create the correct pacing throughout your novel.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Post-Debut Marketing

When marketing your second, third, or more book, you still want to keep interest high on all of your titles.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Interior Monologue

A character's interior monologue lets us glimpse his/her thoughts at a specific time.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Writing Child Characters

Children are not just short adults and shouldn't be written as if they were.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Log Lines

Can you distill your novel into a single, probably lengthy, sentence?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Time as a Literary Device

Flashbacks aren't the only way to manipulate time in your manuscript.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Flow of a Scene

There are many things to consider when considering which way would make a scene flow better.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Making a Book Trailer

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use iMovie to make your book trailer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Revision Checklist

Ask yourself these questions before you begin your next round of revisions.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Problems With the Middle of Manuscripts

Whether your story bogs down in the middle or even stalls completely, here are some tips to get it back on track.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Recycling Manuscripts

If you have some old manuscripts lying around gathering dust, here are some ways how to give them a new life.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Writing Young Adult Books

Here are six tips to make your young adult novel more authentic.  

Friday, November 2, 2018


Even if you write a contemporary story about a place you know, you still might want to do some research to bring that extra something to your writing.  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Twitter Do's and Don'ts

Here are some tips to build your audience using Twitter.