Sunday, June 30, 2019

Describing the Scene

Immersing your readers in where your story takes place is an important part of bringing it to life.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


How do you figure out the theme of your story?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Injecting Humor

Kids love funny, so here are some techniques to inject humor into your writing.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Picture Book Page Turns

Here are some techniques that will make your picture book readers want to turn that page.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Show, Don't Tell

Show, don't tell, is one of the basic writing rules, but how do you do that?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Saggy Middles

Throw in some conflict to add tension and tighten up that saggy middle of your novel.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Pitching at a Conferences

Writing conferences are a great opportunity to meet agents and talk to them about your work.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Work for Hire

Here are some of the joys and challanges in writing work for hire.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Revision Grid

How can you use a revision grid to break a story down into its elements?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Book Promotion Trends

Here are seven trends in book promotion garnered from BookExpo 2019.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Writing an outline for your novel is more than simply listing the scenes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Write What You Know

We've all heard the advice to write what you know, but what are the perks--and perils--of doing so?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Author Tours

Here are five tips to having a successful book tour.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Book Launch Checklist

Preparing for your book launch starts six months before the publication day.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


What are some of the real reasons your book was rejected?

Saturday, June 15, 2019


Here are some techniques you can use to bring your character to life.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Choosing a Publicist

If you've chosen to hire an outside publicist, how do you decide who's right for you and your book?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Condensing Characters

Sometimes it helps the flow of your story to combine two characters into one.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Manuscript Formatting

You may know how your manuscript should be formatted, but this post shows you how to accomplish that in Microsoft Word.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Picture Book Structure

There are many ways to structure your picture book to make it a more satisfying read.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Creating Emotion

Here are some tips to help your readers be touched and moved by your story.  

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pacing Tricks

How can you use pacing to keep your reader's attention?

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Query Letter Basics

A paragraph by paragraph guide of what to put in your query letter.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Inciting Incident

The inciting incident is the action that sets your plot in motion.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Conference Newbies

It can be scary attending a conference for the first time, but here are some hints to make it easier.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Rhyming Picture Books

The most important factors in rhyming picture books are, in order: story, rhythm (meter), and lastly, rhyme.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Twitter Pitch Contests

Here's a primer on how to dip your toe (or pen) into the world of twitter pitch contests.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Picture Book Genres

Picture book genres range from concept books to fantasy, realistic to poetry.