Monday, September 30, 2019

Character Description

When you're describing your character, avoid the boring bits.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Art Notes

You can think of your art notes in a picture book as action notes.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Picture Book Structure

There are several ways you can structure a picture book, and here are two of them.

Friday, September 27, 2019


Here are some things to consider when tying up all the loose ends in your novel.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


QueryTracker is one way to keep track of your submissions while you're looking for an agent.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Character Changes

By asking these three simple questions, you can show how your character changes through the course of your story.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Paths to Publication

There are now many ways to get your book in front of readers.

Monday, September 23, 2019


How to write dialogue that rings true and gives insight into your character.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Picture Book Biographies

Here are ten things to consider when writing a picture book biography.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Killer Opening Scenes

How do you write an opening that will hook your readers and keep them turning the pages?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Niche Marketing

Is there a niche (hobby, holiday, setting, etc.) area you can focus your marketing efforts on?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Holiday Books

The positives and negatives of writing holiday-related books.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Internal Narrative

Internal narrative allows your readers to dive deep into and identify your character.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lead-in Phrases

Get rid of these superfluous lead-in phrases and tighten your writing.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Preorders

Why does it matter whether or not people preorder your book before it's released?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction does not mean that you can play fast and loose with the facts.

Saturday, September 14, 2019


These tips for writing dialogue will bring your characters and your scenes to life.

Book Income

What are the various income streams that are possible from your book?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Book Events

Here are some suggestions to make for a better book event.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Querying Agents and Editors

Here are some reasons why it's not a great idea to simultaneously query agents and editors with the same manuscript.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Here are some hints on how to write descriptions without going overboard.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Marketing a Book Award

Now that you've won that book award (congratulations!), how can you best use that in your marketing efforts?

Monday, September 9, 2019

Novels in Verse

Just like prose novels, those written in verse need to have a structure and a plot.

Sunday, September 8, 2019


Eight reasons that your manuscript might be receiving rejections.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Setting Details

Which details about the setting should you include and which should you leave out.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Critique Partners and Beta Readers

What's the difference between a critique partner and a beta reader, and why do you need both?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Comp Titles

What are comp titles and how do you find them?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Character Names

How do you choose an unforgettable character name?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Children's Book Categories

From board books to young adult, here's a description of the various categories of children's books.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Holiday Picture Books

Here are some pros and cons of writing a picture book centered around a holiday.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Characters are People

By writing your characters as if they were real people, you'll make them pop for your readers.