Saturday, October 31, 2020

Historical Fiction

 Here are some tips to get you started, or keep you going on, writing historical fiction.

Friday, October 30, 2020

What Do Agents Look For In a Book

 There are several standard things agents are looking at in your book when they decide whether or not to represent you.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Organizing Research

 If you're writing nonfiction or fiction, you often have piles of research that need to be organized to be useful.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Author Headshots

 Don't make these mistakes when you have your author headshot taken.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Stories With Many Strands

 It can be difficult to smoothly weave together the many strands of a novel.  

Monday, October 26, 2020

Twitter Pitches

 Here are some strategies for getting noticed during Twitter pitch events.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Worldbuilding Cultures

 When you write fantasy, you have to build a believable world for your readers.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Editorial Letter

 The first step after receiving your editorial letter is not to panic.

Friday, October 23, 2020


 When you plagiarize, you're stealing, so it's important to define it.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Character Names

 Here are some resources to help you find the perfect names for your characters.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Author Platform

 What does an author platform mean for nonfiction writers and do you need to have one?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


 Twenty traits to give your character to make them come to life.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Referrals to agents

 What is and is not a referral to an agent?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Fair Use and Permissions

 What words and illustrations from other works are you allowed to include in your book and how to you get permission to do so.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Newspaper Photos

 Newspaper navigator helps you find just the right photos you need for your project.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Large Cast of Characters

 If your book has many characters, you need to help your readers keep them apart.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Author Websites

 There are five crucial elements that should be in every author website.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Researching Agents and Editors

 How to you find agents and editors who might be a good match for your book?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Conference Notes

 You paid good money to attend those conferences, so why not review the notes you took?

Monday, October 12, 2020

Author Income

 How much of the money you pay for a book actually goes to the author?

Sunday, October 11, 2020


 Here are five rules for writing a sequel to your book.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Chapter Books

 Chapter books aren't just books with chapters, but rathers ones aimed at new readers aged 5-9.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Scene Fixes

 Here's a quick, three-minute fix to make your scenes better.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Historical Fiction World Building

 Here are some tips to getting your world building correct in historical fiction.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) offers community, encouragement, and info for those writing novels.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Skeleton Outlines

 Using skeleton outlines can help you write faster.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Finding Agents and Publishers

 How do you start your search for an agent or a publisher?

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Perspectives in Novels

 You need to chose a verb tense and a point of voice for your novel's perspective.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Which Books Get Published

 How do publishers make the decision about which books to invest money in?

Friday, October 2, 2020

Animal Characters

 How do you make your animal characters ones that readers will remember.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Picture Book Structure

 There are several classic ways to structure your picture book.