Saturday, November 30, 2019

Website Protection

If you have hired someone else to do your website, there are some due diligence steps you should take.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Long Sentences

When writing colloquially, you'll want to avoid long, complicated sentences.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Press Releases

Here are some common mistakes authors make when putting out a press release.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


How do you write those scenes that make your reader have to turn the page to find out what happens next?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Target Audience

What does an agent mean when she asked you to include your target audience in a query?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Writing Sounds

We all know our writing should include all five senses, and here are some suggestions as to how to add sound.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Prepublished Author Websites

What should you include on your author website before you get an agent or book contract?

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Story Ideas

How do you choose which of the many story ideas in your head that you should write about?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Deep POV

Using deep point of view will bring your readers along on your characters' emotional journey.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Making Characters Sympathetic

Your readers will identify more with your characters if you make them more sympathetic, even if they're villains.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Follow Through

If you have a person or object at the beginning of your book, you need to follow through and have something happen to/with them.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Brand Names

Is it okay to use a brand name in your story or do you need to get permission?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Book Marketing Ideas

Have you thought about all of these online and offline book marketing ideas?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pseudo Narratives

Fact-based books can resemble a narrative when the information is reported by a fictional narrator, such as an animal or inanimate object or a person other than the author.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Benefits of Author Visits

Author visits are more than just a fun time for students.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Picture Book Rules

There are many rules about writing picture books, but sometimes they're broken.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


We've all heard the term "theme," but what does it really mean.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


These seven tricks will help you master the pacing of your story.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Manuscript Checklist

Here are some last minute items to check before submitting or handing in that manuscript.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Novelty Books

Everything you wanted to know about writing a novelty book and getting it published.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Agent Pitches

Here are some tips to make the  most of your agent pitch session.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Picture Book Publishers

You can submit your picture book manuscript to these publishers without having an agent.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Worksheets for Writers

Here's a great collection of links to worksheets that are helpful to writers.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Characters with Mental Illness

Here are some do's and don'ts about including a character with mental illness in your fiction.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Finding the Right Agent

The right agent is the one that's right for you and your writing.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Literary Devices

Here are ten literary devices that will enhance your writing.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Cover Reveals

Part of your social media strategy is where and when to reveal your book cover.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Character Goals

How do you show your reader what your character wants?

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Researching Settings

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, it's important you get the details of your setting correct.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Mental Illness in Novels

Here are some do's and don'ts to think about if you're considering including a character in your story who has a mental illness.