Saturday, August 31, 2019

Opening Scenes

Here are five tips to strengthen the opening of your novel.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Re-editing Older Works

Whether you've gotten the rights back for an out-of-print titles or you're looking to put together a collection of your shorter writings, it worthwhile taking a closer look at the manuscript.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Writing Picture Books

Josh Funk shares everything you need to know to get started in writing picture books.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Foreign Rights

How does your agent or publisher arrange for the rights to sell your books in different areas of the world?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fair Use

What constitutes "fair use" when incorporating someone else's words or illustrations in your own work?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Vanity Publishers

Beware of these vanity publishers--remember, money should flow to the author.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Critique Partners

What should you look for in a critique partner?

Friday, August 23, 2019

Networking at Conferences

One of the values of attending a writers' conference is the chance to network with your peers and industry professionals.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Author Brand

People say that authors need to have a brand, but what does that actually mean?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Publishing Terms

Learn the words and acronyms used in the publishing business.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Picture Book Nonfiction

Nonfiction picture books share many of the characteristics of fiction ones, including being good read alouds.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mind Mapping

Using a visual map can help you organize your writing process.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Niche Marketing

Determining a niche (or niches) for your book will help you market to the right readers.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Author Websites

Here are ten criteria to make your website stand out.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Routes to Publication

There are many ways to get your book publication, and this article gives you the details about all of them.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Writing Biography

Here are a few hints to help you structure your biography.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Revealing Characters Through the Eyes of Others

Your protagonist's circle of friends can reveal a great deal about their character.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Reasons for Rejection

There are many reasons an agent might pass on your query, but here are some that are easy to avoid.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Writing a Good Climax

The climax is the point of the story your readers have been waiting for, so make it a good one.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Show, Don't Tell

We all know we should show and not tell, but how do you actually do that?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Setting and Deep Point of View

If you're using deep point of view, remember every setting description should be seen through your character's eyes.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Rebooting Your Query

If your career has languished, and you want to query a new manuscript, do these suggestions before sending it out.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Picture Book Pacing

Here are three tips to fine tune the pacing in your picture book.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Author Websites

What are the must-have pages for your author website?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Writing Mistakes

We all make mistakes in our writing, so here's how to fix some of the common ones.

Monday, August 5, 2019


The tone of your title needs to match that of your story.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Asking for Reviews

What to do and not to do when approaching a blogger to review your book.

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Make sure the ending of your story satisfies your readers.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Common Mistakes

Agent Nathan Branford shares some of the common mistakes he sees in submissions.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Point of View

Here are the advantages and the pitfalls of the various points of view.