Monday, August 31, 2020

Narrative Voice

Here are thirteen mistakes to watch for in looking at your narrative voice.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Triple Edits

There are three types of edits you need--developmental, copy, and proofread.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Query Letter Hooks and Ending Reveals

How do you put a hook in your query letter that will grab an agent and do you reveal your book's ending. 

Narrative Voice

 Avoid these twelve mistake when giving voice to your narrator.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Increasing Book Sales

The secret to increasing sales of your book is to get people to actually buy the book.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Memorable Characters

You want the characters in your story to be ones that the reader can't help but remembering.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Cause and Effect

Your story needs to have a series of causes and effects.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


Even when not writing in rhyme, your sentences and paragraphs should have rhythm.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Character Introductions

How do you introduce a character with dumping backstory so your reader has enough information?

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Promotional Materials

What is SWAG (promotional materials) and why do you need it?

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Query Letter Format

Here's detailed information on how to put together your query letter.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Three-Act Structure

Here are some points to think about when you're planning your book's three-act structure.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Middle Grade Nonfiction

Some tips if you're writing middle grade nonfiction.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Body Language

How can you take the best advantage of including body language in your writing?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Edit as You Go?

Should you revise as you're writing or wait until you finish a draft?

Monday, August 17, 2020

Dialogue Tags

Here's everything you need to use about how to use dialogue tags, including how to punctuate them.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Author Voice

We all know how important an author's voice is, but how do you find yours and hone it?

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Using Photos for Research

A wonderful way to understand a character, location, or time period is to use photos as a research tool.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Writing Numbers in Books

What are the rules for writing a number in a book--whether to spell it out or write it as a numeral?  

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nonfiction Chapter Books

For grades 3-7, nonfiction chapter books will grab children's interest.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


A second author can bring new ideas and writing skills to your project.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Guest Blogging

One way to promote your book is to be a guest blogger for someone else's blog.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Episodic Writing

Here are some hints if your novel tends to be episodic--just a series of events.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Choppy Sentences

How do you fix your sentence structures for better flow?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Common Query Mistakes

Avoid these common mistakes that agents see over and over again in queries.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Character Arc

What's a character arc and why does your book need one?

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Publishing Contracts

Here are some questions to ask the publisher before signing that book contract.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


If you're writing in rhyme, you also need to understand rhythm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Middle Grade Novels

If you're interested in writing middle grade, whether as a beginner or more experienced, here's a great deal of information to help you.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Differentiate Your Characters

It's important for your readers that they can tell one character from another.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Redundancy in Writing

Here are three types of repetition to watch out for in your writing.

Saturday, August 1, 2020


If you're going to use photos in your book, start researching them early.