Sunday, May 31, 2020

Picture Book Publishers

Here's an update to the monster list of picture book publishers.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Picture Book Editing

Here's a basic checklist to use when editing your picture book.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Cover Reveals

How and where to reveal your book cover is a part of your marketing strategy.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Verb Tenses

It's easy to get tripped on when figuring out which verb tense to use.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Literary Devices in Nonfiction

Nonfiction books can benefit from the same literary devices as those used in fiction.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Middle-Grade Novels

There are three characteristics of middle-grade novels.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Signing With and Agent

Here are some questions you might want to consider before signing with a literary agent.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Library of Congress

Twice a week, the Library of Conference has webinars of interest to authors doing research for a book.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Avoiding Repetitive Conflict

If your characters are already involved in a conflict, don't have them encounter the same one again.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Story Ideas

Here are some ways to make your story idea unique.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rhetorical Questions

Should characters in your book propose rhetorical question?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Comp Titles

Do you really need comp titles and, if so, what should they be?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sense of Touch

Make your prose come alive by including your characters' sense of touch.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Middle Grade or Young Adult?

This post explains the many differences between these two categories of books.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Book Trailers

Here are hints on how to make a book trailer and why you should do so.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Author Bios

Whether you're in the querying stage or about to have your book published, you need to craft an inviting author bio.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Polishing Your Prose

Consider these suggestions when self-editing to make your prose sparkle.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blending Types of Nonfiction

Take a narrative nonfiction, add some expository literature, and come up with a new type of nonfiction.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Book Titles

These are some points to consider when you're choosing a title for your book.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Multiple Points of View

How do you balance the amount of each character gets when your books has multiple points of view?

Monday, May 11, 2020

Virtual Launch Events

Here are some ideas to bring your launch party online.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Verse Novels

Novels in verse are a string of emotional moments.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Press Releases

Here are some tips to make your press release work harder for you.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Comp Titles

Do you really need comp titles (other books similar to yours) in your queries?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Picture Book Tips

Here are ten tips to help make your picture book the best it can be.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dialogue-Only Picture Books

What do you need to consider if you're writing a picture book that consists only of dialogue?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Agent Search

Some people think the search for an agent is like looking for the perfect date.

Monday, May 4, 2020


Whether you're asked to blurb someone else's book or you're being asked to give a blurb, here's what you need to know.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Book Fairs

Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of attending book fairs.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Young Adult or Middle Grade?

How do you tell what category your book fits into--young adult or middle grade?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Secondary Sources

We all know the importance of using primary sources, but sometimes it's those secondary sources that provide the information we need.