Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Understanding Agent/Editor Responses

Just what do the different responses you get to a submission actually mean?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Paying for Author Visits

Help schools and libraries afford your author visit by sharing these resources with them.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Series

Here are some tips if you're considering writing a book series.

Sunday, July 28, 2019


It takes many rounds of edits of different types to revise your manuscript.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Wordpress Author Sites

If you're thinking of building your author website with Wordpress, here's what you need to know.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Plot Holes

Use these five suggestions to avoid holes in your story's plots.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Characters With Personality

How to use the Myers-Briggs personality types to bring your characters to life.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Resources for Writers

Here's a list of links of interest to writers of websites, blogs, classes, and much more.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Setting as Character

Done right, your setting can become another character in your story.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Before You Sign With an Agent

Here are some questions to ask when you get a call from an agent.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Power of Silence

By silencing the dialogue and action in a scene, you allow room for the character's thoughts and personality to emerge.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Climax of a Novel

A novel's climax isn't just a single event, but includes the scenes on either side of it.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Who's Looking At Your Website?

When you're designing and building your website, it's important to keep your audience in mind.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Social Media

What do agents and editors want to see when they look at your social media?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Selling Books at Conventions

If you're doing a booksigning, what can you do to convince people to buy your book(s)?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


What should you have in the beginning of your story that will make a reader continue reading?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Great Picture Books

What can you do in writing a picture book to make it successful in the marketplace.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

After a Writer's Death

You need to plan what you want to be done, after you pass away, with both your published and unpublished works.

Saturday, July 13, 2019


You've reached the end of your novel, and now it's time to make sure you've tied up all the loose strings.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Word Choice

There are so many things to consider when choosing the perfect word, especially when writing picture books.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Story Goals

Yes, your main character needs goals, but don't let them slow down the pace of your story.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Great Dialogue

Here are some tips from The Gilmore Girls for writing memorable dialogue.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Types of Structures

There are so many structures to choose from in writing your story--from traditional to circular, cumulative to parallel, and many more.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Kidlit Writing Mistakes

If you're writing for children, the biggest mistake you can make is not to read current children's books.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Interesting Scenes

Here are some tips to make your scenes more interesting to your readers.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Manuscript Formatting

Here's how to format your manuscripts using Microsoft Word.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Compelling Characters

Here are six "F words" (no, not that one) for making your characters stand out for your readers.

Thursday, July 4, 2019


At some point you'll have to write a synopsis for your novel, so you might as well have some tips on how to do so.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Writing Rules

Sometimes you need to set aside the standard wisdom and write.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


How do you organize the parts of a novel's chapters?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Character Checklist

Fill out this checklist from Cheryl Klein about your characters to have a better understanding of them.