Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Creating Scenes

Start to build your scene by first cocnentrating on a single character taking action to solve a problem.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Turns

Physically having to rotate the orientation of a book creates an interactive experience for the reader. 


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Cancelled Author Visits?

If you've had events and visits cancelled, now's the time to catch up on other marketing-related activities. 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Podcasts for Writers

Here are some writing podcasts you might want to give a try.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Multiple POV

If you're writing a book with multiple points of view, you need to make sure the reader can distinguish the characters from each other.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Termination Clauses

You never want to think you'll part ways with your agent, but just in case, your contract should specify how this will be done.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Revising Picture Books

Here are some common mistakes and suggested solutions for revising fiction picture books. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Author Websites

If you're setting up (or revising) your author website, here's a guide to help you through the process. 


Monday, March 23, 2020

Openings to Avoid

There are some overdone or misleading novel openings you might want to avoid. 


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Social Media Strategy

Whether you're new to social media or an old pro, you might want to review these strategies for getting the most out of your author platform.


Saturday, March 21, 2020


If you're thinking of collaborating on a manuscript, here are some points you might want to think about. 


Friday, March 20, 2020

Writers and Taxes

It's tax season again, so here's what are some things you know to know as a writer. 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Improve Your Verbs

Remove the clutter around your verbs to make them more powerful. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Children's Book Mistakes

Here are five big no-nos to avoid when writing a book for children. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Olfactory Descriptions

We all know we should include all five senses in our manuscripts, but it's not always easy to include the sense of smell. 


Monday, March 16, 2020

Using Quotes

Here are some tips for using quotations in your nonfiction manuscript. 


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Permission to Use Images

There are some standard questions you'll be asked when you request permission to reprint an image in your work. 


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Writers' Conference

You've paid a lot of money to attend a conference, so make sure you get as much out of it as possible. 


Friday, March 13, 2020

Picture Book Revision

Here are twenty questions to ask yourself when revising your picture book or critiquing someone else's. 


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chapter Length

How long should your chapters be, and does it need to be consistent? 


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Being a Writer

Here are 10 (and a bonus) commandments, not about how to write, but rather how to be a writer.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Book Trailers

What makes a book trailer amazing? 


Monday, March 9, 2020

Character Arcs

We all know that our characters should change along the way, but how do we write that? 


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Choosing an Agent

If you're lucky enough to be choosing between competing agent offers, here are some points to consider. 


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Professional Queries

Whether you're sending your query to an editor or an agent, you want to be professional. 


Friday, March 6, 2020

Marketing Groups

Here's a great guide if you're thinking of starting a marketing group with fellow authors.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

First Chapter

How your word choices can improve the first chapter of your novel. 


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Top Author Blogs and Websites

Here are one hundred author websites and blogs of interest to authors. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Agent Search

Before you query agents, you need to know what you want from an agent.


Monday, March 2, 2020

Editorial Feedback

It can be overwhelming when you receive that editorial letter, but here are some ways to help navigate it. 


Sunday, March 1, 2020

Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures to use when writing picture books.