Thursday, October 31, 2019

Planning Your Story

One approach to planning your story is to start at the end/goal and work backwards.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Agent's Vision for Your Work

It's important that you and your agent share the same for your work and your career.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Author Visits

There are many ways for schools to afford to pay for an author visit.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Bad Critique Groups

Critique groups are wonderful for getting feedback on your work, but you want to avoid ones that hold back your writing.

Sunday, October 27, 2019


It's about time for NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month--and here are some tips to get you started.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Funny Picture Books

Kids love reading funny books, and here are some ways to make your picture book a laugh outloud one.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Picture Book Topics to Avoid

There are some topics that have been overdone in picture books, but publishers are always looking for a fresh take on them.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Building a Scene

How to build a scene from the ground up, brick by brick.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Nonfiction Outlines

When you submit a nonfiction proposal, they'll ask for an outline, too.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Evaluating Feedback

Here are some tips on how to deal with critical feedback you receive about your work.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Book Titles

Here are some hints on how to create a compelling book title.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Offer of Representation

An agent has made an offer of representation--hooray--but now what?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Small Publishers

Here are some ways to evaluate a small publisher.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Deep Point of View

What is deep point of view and why do readers like it so much?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Author Website

What information needed on your author website depends on whether or not you're yet published.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Public Domain

Even if a work is in the public domain, you may need to consider the publicity and privacy rights of an individual portrayed.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Getting Critiqued

When you're looking for critiquers, look for the nit-pickiest ones you can find.

Monday, October 14, 2019


Now that the climax of your book has happened, it's time to bring the action down and end your story.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Filler Words

Tighten your writing by eliminating these filler words that add nothing to your story.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Comp Titles

It's sometimes helpful to include books that are similar to yours, that is comp titles, in your query.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hashtags for Writers

If you're on social media, here are some hashtags the find your writing community.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Video Trailers

Here's how to use Canva to create some simple trailers for your book.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Grammar Rules

It's okay to break some of the conventional grammar rules in your writing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Freelance Editors

If you're considering hiring a freelance editor, do these five things first.

Monday, October 7, 2019


No one likes receiving rejections, so here are several reasons you may be getting them.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sense of Smell

We know we should incorporate all five senses into our writing, but including smell is not always easy.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Book Series

When you're planning out a series, here are some points to consider.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Book Title Generators

These websites can help you think of possible names for your book.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Middle Grade or Young Adult

How can you tell if the category of your novel is middle grade or young adult?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Contract Terms

This video explains the terms used in agent and publisher contracts.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Point of View

Some things to consider when choosing whether to use first or third person point of view.