Monday, December 31, 2018

Simple Edits

Fix these easy to find edits to make your manuscript stronger.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Informational Books

Use these three "D"s--delight, design, documentation--in evaluating nonfiction books.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Elements of Plot

Here's a handful of plot elements that go into good storytelling.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Processing Feedback

It's great that you've gotten feedback on your manuscript, but how do you process and filter it to make that feedback the most useful to you.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Narrative Beats

Why settle for a generic beat in your writing (look, said, etc.), when you can use this as an opportunity to reveal more of your character's personality.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Author Visits

Although this post is aimed at educators looking for authors to visit, it gives links to several lists you'll want to be on.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Contests and Awards

How do you determine if a contest or award is legitimate and whether you should enter?

Monday, December 24, 2018

Series, -Ologies, and One-offs

How do you determine if your book should be standalong, part of a series or an "ology" (trilogy, etc.)?

Sunday, December 23, 2018


When is okay to requery the same agent/agency with the same manuscript?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Story Pacing

Here are some tips to help you speed up or slow down the pace of your story.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Amazon Sales Rankings

Did you ever wonder how those Amazon sales rankings translate into number of books sold?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Emotional Scenes

No one wants to make another person cry--except authors, who do so by writing emotional scenes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

When to Stop Revising

Sometimes it's hard to know when it's time to stop tinkering with a manuscript and submit it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

First Page Problems

Here's a collection of common first page mistakes along with suggestions for correcting them.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Legitimate Publishers vs. Scams

How do you tell if a publisher is legitimate as opposed to one who just wants to take your money.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Advances and Royalties

How does a book advance work and when do you start receiving royalties explained.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Writing/Marketing Balance

How do you market your existing books while leaving time to write new ones?

Friday, December 14, 2018

School Visit Resources

Here are several websites that will tell you everything authors need to know about school visits.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Log Lines

Describing your entire story in one sentence will help you make sure you don't have a wandering plot.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ignore This Advice

As writers, we receive a lot of advice, but some of it is bad and should be ignored.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Twitter Pitches

Twitter pitch parties have become increasingly common, but how do you choose the one that's right for you?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Basics of Children's Book Publishing

Here's an insider's glimpse into what's involved in publishing children's books.

glimpse into the process behind publishing children’s books

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Meaningful Themes

Unifying your story around a meaningful theme will help it make a deeper connection with your readers.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Prolific Writers

Here are some tips to help you become more profilic, and hence more successful, with your writing.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Nonfiction Book Proposals

Longer nonfiction books are sold via a proposal like explained here.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Evaluating Small Publishers

Here are some hints to help you decide whether a small publisher will be good for you and your manuscript.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Query Letter Format

Your query letter, whether to an agent or an editor, should answer these questions about your story.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Profit and Loss

Here's an explanation of the profit and loss statements that publishers use to decide whether to make you an offer on your book.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Point of View

After understanding the different points of view, consider whether a different one would serve your story better.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Is That Scene Needed

Ask these four questions of every scene to see whether they move your story forward or should be deleted.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Emotional Spectrum

One emotion can have a range of expressions for you character, for example, from content to mania.