Thursday, February 28, 2019

Plot Structure

There are many ways to structure your plot, but they mostly have the same basic actions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Writing Rules

Sometimes you need to break a writing rule to improve your story.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Authorial Voice

What's the difference between the author's voice and that of a character written in third person?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Fantasy Languages

If you want characters in your fantasy novel to speak another language, here are some resources to make their words believable.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Crutch Words

Eliminate these unneccesary words and tighten your writing.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kidlit Bloggers

Here's an extensive list of bloggers who cover children's and young adult books.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Author Platforms

Do you need an author platform and, if so, how do you develop one?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Leaving Room for Illustrators

When you write a picture book, you need to leave room for an illustrator, even if it's you, to tell part of the story.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Marketing Costs

Here's the amount, broken down by item, one author spent on promoting her book.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Types of editing

What's the difference between developmental editing, proofreading, and copy editing?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Who's Reading Your Social Media?

From agents to readers, booksellers to reviewers--your social media reaches many people.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Children's Book Publishers

You don't need an agent to submit your kidlit manuscript to these publishers.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Social Media

The best way for you handle social media depends upon you, your book, and your audience.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Video Trailers

This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own iMovie video trailer for your book.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chapter Book Blueprints

Here is a chapter by chapter list of what should be happening for different length chapter books.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SCBWI Grants and Awards

SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) offers more than 30 grants and awards for its members.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ARCs and F&Gs

What exact are ARCs and F&Gs, and how are they used?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Author Websites

Why do you need an author website and what should it include?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sentence Structure

Don't bore your readers by using the same sentence structure over and over again.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Contests and Awards

You need to do your due diligence before entering your work into a contest or for an award.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wordpress Formatting

Since many kidlit websites and blogs are done with Wordpress, here's information about some new formatting options.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dialects and Accents

A little goes a long way when including dialects and accents into your character's speech.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


How to foreshadow events to come in your novel without giving away too much.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kidlit Blogs

The top 100 blogs for children's books.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Twitter Author Platform

Whether you're new to Twitter or an experienced pro, here are some hint to promote you and your books.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Nonfiction Proposals

If you're writing a longer nonfiction book, you'll need to put together a proposal.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Crafting a Scene

Here are some things to consider when you're writing a scene.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Agent Etiquette

When you're querying agents, it helps to know the expected way to act in various situations.