Monday, November 30, 2020

Social Media Assistants

 Keeping up with social media takes a lot of time, so should you consider hiring an assistant to help you?

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Revising Your First Draft

 Congratulations, you've reached "the end" of your manuscript, and now it's time to dig deep and revise it.

Preparing for your Author Photo

 Before the first picture is taken for your author photo, you need to prepare.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Rhetorical Questions

 Rhetorical questions in your manuscript can teach you a lot about your characters.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Personalizing Queries

 When should and shouldn't you address your query to a specific editor?

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Middle Grade Protagonists

 What characteristics create the perfect middle-grade protagonist?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Novel Outlines

 Download this free novel outline template from Mary Kole.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Picture Book Ideas

 Neil Gaiman explains how to keep your mind open to picture book ideas.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Picture Book Characters

 Five elements you should know when creating your picture book character.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Comp Titles

 How do you choose effective comparative titles for your submission?

Saturday, November 21, 2020

How to Format a Manuscript

 Make a good first impression with your manuscript by formatting the manuscript correctly.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Funding Author Visits

 Help schools and libraries find the funds to bring in an author for a visit.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Overused Words

 We all have words we use too often, but here's a selection of common ones.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Connecting With Other Writers

 Writing is a lonely profession, so it helps to have a writer community to keep you company.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Publishing Industry

 Here are some sources to keep up with the everchanging world of publishing.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Author Photos

 Your author photo is your face to the world, so how do you make it the best it can be?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

When to Stop Revising

 How do you know when it's time to put down your figurative pen and stop editing?

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Author Bios

 You need to have an author bio, and here are some examples to give you ideas.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Author Platform

 Your platform is a reflection of who you are as both a person and an author.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Revision Strategies

 Here are some tips to get the most out of your revision process.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Character Interviews

Asking your characters these questions will deepen your understanding of them.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Film Options

 What does it mean when your books has been optioned by a production company?

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Plotting a Novel

 Here are four steps to plot your novel.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Writer Hashtags

 Look for posts on social media with these writer hashtags.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Personalizing a Query

 Here are three ways, in addition to using the agent's name, to show you've done your research about the agent.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Cutting Your Word Count

 How can you tighten your writing without sacrificing your story?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Questions to Ask an Agent's Clients

 Before signing with an agent, you might want to talk with a few of their current clients.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Song Lyrics in Novels

 When can you use song lyrics in your nove., how much can you use, and how do you get permission?

Monday, November 2, 2020

Descriptive Writing

 We can all use some additions to our writer's toolbox to make our writing more descriptive.

Deep Point of View

 You can still use deep point of view even if you're writing in third person limited.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Character Names

 Here are some things to consider when naming your characters.