Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Character-Driven Picture Books

What qualities does a picture book need to have it be more about the character than the plot? 


Monday, April 29, 2019

Writing Mistakes

Here are some writing mistakes you probably don't even realize you're doing.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Anatomy of a Synopsis

Just like a story, your synopsis needs a beginning, middle, and end.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Objective Correlative

Here's a new tool for your writer's toolbox--the objetive correlative uses objects, characters, and setting to create an emotional impact on the reader.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Should You Blog

Here are some points to consider if you're wondering whether or not you should have an author blog. 


Thursday, April 25, 2019


You need to choose the right setting not just for your overall book, but also for every scene. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Independent Publicists

Here's what you can expect if you decide to hire an independent publicist in addition to the one your publisher provides you. 


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tighten Your Writing

Improve your writing by cutting these mundane elements from your story. 


Monday, April 22, 2019

Funding an Author Visit

Ways to help schools find the money to bring you in for an author visit. 


Sunday, April 21, 2019

When You Get an Offer

After doing the happy dance, what should you do next after receiving an offer? 


Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Truth About Publishing

From getting published to coping with success, here's an extensive list of things you might not know about publishing. 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Character Name Generator

Here's a fun site to help you create character names depending on archetypes, language, and mythology, to name a few.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Working With Your Publisher to Market Your Book

Yes, your publisher will do a great deal of work to promote your book, but there are ways you can help, too. 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Using Formatting to Affect Pacing

You can change the pacing of your novel by changing where you put paragraph breaks. 


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Writing Flashbacks

How do you ensure your flashbacks are necessary for your story and, if they are, how do you write them to cause the least confusion for your readers? 


Monday, April 15, 2019

Place and Story

Where you set your story and how you fully envelope your characters in that place is important to your story.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Realistic Dialogue

We want the dialogue in our books to sound realistic, but without all the boring parts. 


Saturday, April 13, 2019

What to Expect from an Agent

How an agent helps in not just selling your book, but in guiding your career. 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Tightening Your Writing

Reduce the flab in your manuscript with this tips. 


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Show Not Tell

Here are three ways writing tells and doesn't show, and how you can fix them. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Writing a blog post is different than simply writing an article and posting it online.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pen Names

In this day of social media, does using a pen name make sense? 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Young Adult or Middle Grade?

How can you tell whether your story is for preteens or teenagers, middle grade or young adult?


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Nonfiction Rule of Three

Everyone knows about the rule of three in fiction, but what does that mean for nonfiction? 


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Instagram for Writers

How can you best use the power of Instagram to reach your readers (present and future)? 


Friday, April 5, 2019

Writing Contests

How can you tell the difference between scam writing contests and ones that are worth entering? 


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Plot Killers

Here are six mistakes that can reduce the impact of a great plot. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Publisher Catalogs

If you are looking to see what types of books a publisher brings out, you can find online copies of their catalogs here. 


Monday, April 1, 2019

Descriptive Writing

Use all five senses to make your readers feel like they are experiencing the story along with your characters.