Friday, December 31, 2021

Manuscript Length

 What are the standard word counts for the different categories of children's books?

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Rule of Three

 Most stories follow the "rule of three."

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Developmental Editors

 Should you hire a developmental editor and, if so, when should you do so?

Tuesday, December 28, 2021


 Here are seven tips to help you control the pacing of your story.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Real People's Names

 When can you legally use a real person's name and actions in your story?

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Picture Book Dummies

 Even if your only artistic talent is drawing stick figures, if you're writing a picture book, you should always make a dummy.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Story Premise

 Did someone steal the idea for your story or is it more likely that someone independently came up with a similar idea?

Friday, December 24, 2021


 How do you handle the backstory in your story without using the dreaded info-dumping?

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Picture Book Page Turns

 Page turns set the pace and tension of picture books.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

On Submission

 What can you expect when your agent is submitting your manuscript to editors?

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Real People in Your Story

 What are the legal issues around including a real person in your story?

Monday, December 20, 2021

Nonfiction Book Proposals

 Nonfiction books for older readers start with a proposal, and here's how to write one (including a template).

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sense of Smell

 We all know how important it is to include all five+ senses in our writing, but how do you include a sense of smell?

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Being a Podcast Guest

 Here are some tips to help make your experience as a podcast guest the best it can be.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Big Picture Revising

 Now that you've written that first rough draft during NaNoWriMo, it's time to tackle your first revisioin.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Repetitive Scenes

 Don't bore your readers by having scenes that repeat the same information.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Time Skips

 How do you show the passage of time in your story?

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Successful Picture Books

What are the qualities that lead to a successful picture book? 

Monday, December 13, 2021

The Fictional Dream

 Here are some tips to immerse your reader in your story.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Dialogue Tips

 These dialogue tips will leave your readers wanting more.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Back Matter

 Here are some things you might include in the back matter (after the text) of your book.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Picture Book Revision

 After you revise your overall picture book, it's time to dig down and look at the little stuff.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Asking for Blurbs

 Here are some hints to how to ask for (and graciously accept the refusal of) blurbs for your book.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021


How do you use trademarked words in your story, including some you may not realize are trademarked.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Middle Grade Premise

Here are some points to consider when coming up with a premise for your middle grade novel. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Plot Problems

 Maybe your plot problem is actually a character arc problem.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Deep POV

 How deep of a point of view should you use?

Friday, December 3, 2021

Successful Picture Books

 What are the elements that contribute to creating a successful picture book?

Thursday, December 2, 2021


 What are the elements of a great setting in a novel?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Character Arc

 Your character needs to experience both failure and conflict to have a character arc.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Book Launch

 Now that you've sold your book, it's time to think about your book launch.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Cloned Author Pages

Here's a new publishing scam--cloning author pages and promising to give away books to readers! 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Raising the Stakes

 How do you raise the stakes in your novel to keep your reader turning the pages?

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Middle Grade vs. Young Adult

 The difference between middle grade and young adult novels is much more than just the age of the main character.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Picture Book Literary Techniques

 Just because picture books are short, that doesn't mean we should use all the tools in our writer's toolbox.

Thursday, November 25, 2021


 Here are some authors to follow on TikTok for book promo ideas.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021


 How do you approach people to get endorsements for you book?

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Passive Voice

In spite of what you may have heard, sometimes it's appropriate to use the passive voice.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Repetitive Scenes

 Hear are six tips to determine if a scenes is needed or if it's repetetive from an earlier scene.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Pinch Points

 What are pinch points and where should they go in your story?

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Fairy Tale Retellings

 Get the inside scoop on writing re-imagined fairy tales.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Publishers Open to Unagented Submissions

 Here are 30 book publishers where you can submit your work directly without having an agent.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Agents or Editors?

 Is it better to submit your work to agents, editors, or both?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Publishing Industry

 Publishing is a business, and here are some things you might not know about it.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Too Much Description?

 Sometimes less is more when describing your characters and their environment.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Chapter Titles

 Now that so many people are reading ebooks, using chapter titles instead of numbers is a marketing tool.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Picture Book Pacing

 "Hijack" a mentor picture book to test out the pacing of your manuscript.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Publishing Paths

 There are many possible paths to get from your manuscript to a book in readers' hands.

Friday, November 12, 2021

What to Cut

 It's sometimes hard to decide which words to cut in order to tighten your writing.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Freelance Editors

 Here are some things to do and to look for when hiring a freelance editor.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


 Here are four common problem areas to look for when you revise.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Novelty Books

 What do you do with an idea for a novelty book?

Monday, November 8, 2021

Marketing Without Social Media

 Yes, there are many ways to market your book without using social media.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Average Word Counts

 There are always exceptions, but it's a good idea to try in stay within the average word counts for your book category.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

In-Person Events

 Whether at a bookstore, book festival, or school visit, here's a handy checklist to keep you organized.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Common Novel-Writing Mistakes

 Here are fifteen common mistakes that you might make in writing a novel.

Thursday, November 4, 2021


 Just like a book, every chapter needs a beginning, middle, and end.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

After You've Written a Picture Book

Here are some things to know now that you've finished your picture book manuscript.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021


Receiving rejections is part of being a writer, but here are some reasons your manuscript might be rejected.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Why Have an Agent

 Here are some reasons it is beneficial to have a literary agent.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Children's Books Age Levels

 What are the usual age ranges for each category of children's book?

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Literary Themes

 A novel's theme is the central idea of the book.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Critique Groups

 What are the pluses and minuses of being in a critique group?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Personalized Queries

 How to personalize your query letter and why you should do so.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Writing Friends

 Writing can get mighty lonely, so it's important to having writing friends both to critique your manuscripts and support you in your writing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Middle Grade Heroes

 What traits made a middle grade character compelling and heroic?

Monday, October 25, 2021

Picture Book Structure

 After trying out different possibilities, you eventually have to commit to a structure for your picture book.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Switching Agents Within an Agency

 What's the appropriate way to ask to switch to another agent within the same agency?

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Literary Devices

 Here's a list of 44 common literary devices you can use to bring your book to the next level.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Publishing Time

 Why does it seem to take so long to receive a response from agents and editors?

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Revision Phases

 Revision is never just a one and done process.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


 You have a limited amount of time to pitch your book to an agent or editor, so use it wisely.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

After Acquisition

 What happens between the time your book is acquired and it hits the bookstore shelves?

Monday, October 18, 2021


 If you're having problems with your story, maybe you need to look more into its structure.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Revision Tips

 Here are eight detailed suggestions of what to do and look for when revising.

Saturday, October 16, 2021


 Here are twelve pacing problems and how to fix them.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Omniscient Narrators

 There are several types of third-person points of view, and omniscient narrator is one of them.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Choosing a Publicist

As you publish more books, what you need from a publicist will change. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Plot or Character

 Is it better to start thinking about a novel with a character or with a plot?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Present Tense

 Should you write your novel in present tense?

Monday, October 11, 2021

Publishing Scammers

 How do you stay safe from falling into a publishing scam?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Describing Action

 Describe actions in chronological order--this happenned, then that--so you don't confuse your readers.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Point of View

 What's the real deal about the different points of view?

Friday, October 8, 2021

Humorous Picture Books

 Here's a practical guide for writing humorous picture books even if you're not naturally funny.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Rule of Three

 What is it about trios that works so well in your writing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Picture Book Structure

 Once you've chosen a picture book structure, you need to commit to it through the entire manuscript.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Querying After Being Agented

 How do you approach the query process after leaving your agent?

Monday, October 4, 2021

Comp Titles

 How do you come up with good comparative titles to your book?

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Picture Book Tips

 Here are twenty tips for writing the best picture book possible.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Ending a Story

 Here are three things you should know about how to end your story and leave your readers satisfied.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Song Lyrics

 Here are the guidelines on using song lyrics in your work and how to obtain permission.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tips for Pitching

 Pitching your book is never easy, but these tips should help.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tighter Point of View

 Get rid of those filtering words to tighten the point of view of your character.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021


 How can you tell if you've nailed your book's ending?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Character Emotions

 How do you show a character's emotions?

Sunday, September 26, 2021


 Bring your book to life by incorporating aspects of the physical setting.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Overlooked Senses

 There are sensory elements we tend to overlook, like the temperature, that can enrich our stories.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Common Objects

 Don't overexplain objects that everyone is familiar with like a chair or a car unless it's different than the default image.

Thursday, September 23, 2021


 Can you boil your entire book down to a single sentence pitch?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Similar Books

 How similar is too similar when you're looking at a possible agent's current list?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Book Advances and Royalties

 What is a book advance and how do royalties work?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Finishing Your Book

 Here are six tips to get you across that end line and finish your book.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Purple Prose

 How do you avoid purple prose--writing that draws attention to itself?

Saturday, September 18, 2021


 Interviewing people can help your book project, even if it isn't nonfiction.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Picture Book Structure

 Here are seven possible ways to structure your picture book.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Show, Don't Tell

 We've all heard the advice to show, don't tell, but how do you do that?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Agent Submission Strategy

 How do agents choose which editors are right for your manuscript?

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Cliched Openings

 Avoid starting your book with these tired and overused openings.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Small Presses

What are the pros and cons of publishing with a small press? 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Where to Cut

 Here are some ways to tighten your manuscript by cutting unneccessary words, phrases, and even, scenes.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Showing a Character's Emotion

 Here are some tips on how to show your character's emotions.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Permission Guidelines

What are the rules regarding using other people's works (song lyrics, poems, quotations from a book, etc.) in your book? 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Aquisitions Process

 What happens between an editor lik your book until a contract is possibly offered?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

MFA Programs and the Business of Writing

 Should MFA programs teach the business of writing as well as the craft?

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Edit as You Go?

 Should you edit as you're writing or wait until you finish then go back and revise?

Monday, September 6, 2021

Comp Titles

 What are important things to look for when deciding on comparative titles to your book?

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Kidlit Agents

 Here are 89 agents who rep children's books and are open to submission at the time the list was posted. Always check their websites for current information.

Saturday, September 4, 2021


 If an item or a gesture is common, there's no need to go into detail in your explanation.

Picture Book Endings

 What are some ways to make the ending of your picture book memorable.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Submit to Agents or Editors

 Here are some issues to consider when deciding whether to submit to an agent or an editor.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Unforgettable Protagonists

 Here are some tips to make your main character one your readers will never forget.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Starting With a Plot

There are both challenges and strengths in starting your novel with a plot instead of a character. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Show, Don't Tell

 We've all heard that we should show, don't tell, but that advice can sometimes lead you astray.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Famous People in Fiction

 What are the rules for incorporating a famous person, either as a mention or as a character, in your fiction?

Sunday, August 29, 2021

First Person

 If you write your novel in first person, here are some issues might encounter.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Young Adult Novels

 Young adult novels are not just middle grade books written for older kids.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Interactive Storytimes

 Here are some ways to get kids more involved when you're reading your story.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Successful Picture Books

 What can you do to help make your picture book a success?


Wednesday, August 25, 2021


 Varying the pacing in your book will keep your readers' interest.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Side Characters

 Don't make these mistakes when writing about your side characters.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Curiosity and Tension

 A book that contains curiosity a tension is one that will make your readers want to turn the page.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Author Blogs

 How do you maintain an author blog with regular posts?

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Picture Book Revision

 Here are some tips on how to revise your picture book on the computer instead of on paper.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Character Arcs

 In addition to your book's plot arc, it also needs to have a character arc.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Ten Fiction Writing Tips

 Here are some "not absurd" tips to consider when writing fiction.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Deep Point of View

 Here are four layers to consider when writing a character in deep point of view.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Writing Community Etiquette

 You'd thing the suggestions in this post about how to be a good member of the writing community would be obvious, but apparently not.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Why do Responses Take So Long?

 Why does it take so long for an agent or an editor to get back to you on your submission?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

What is a Picture Book?

 A picture book is much more than a book with illustrations.

Friday, August 13, 2021


 More is not necessarily better when writing a book.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Pre-launch Playbook

 Although this post was written for debuts, others can learn some tips and tricks from it, too.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Writing Voice

 Here are three steps to help you develop your unique writer's voice.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Nonfiction Proposals

 If you're writing longer-length nonfiction, you'll need to submit a proposal.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Universal Emotions

 Avoid detailing emotions that everyone feels in your novel.

Saturday, August 7, 2021


 Meeting your deadlines is important because many other parts of the publication process rely on getting your manuscript on time.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Social Media Platforms

 Which social media platforms are best to promote your book?

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Plotting a Novel

 Follow these four steps to lay out the plot of your next novel.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Chapter Ends

 Three ways to end your chapters that will satisfy your readers.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Comp Titles

 Comp (comparison) titles are those whose readers might also be interested in reading yours.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Beginner Errors

 If you're just starting out writing (or even if you're experienced), watch out for these common beginner mistakes.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Backstory, Not Infodump

 You can introduce your characters' backstories without doing a boring infodump.

Friday, July 30, 2021

First Draft Revision

 How do you turn your messy first draft into a draft ready for hard-core revision?

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Book Titles

 What should you do if you find out another book has come out with your same book title?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Romantic Subplots

 Even if the main plot of your YA isn't a romance, you may want to include romance in a subplot.

Monday, July 26, 2021


 As important as critiques from other people are, it's even more important to learn how to self-edit your own work first.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Opening Scenes

 Here are three vital elements to include in the opening scene of your book.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Is Your Novel Ready

 How do you tell if your novel is ready to submit to an agent or editor?

Friday, July 23, 2021

Search Engine Trends

 Here are some SEO (search engine optimization) myths you don't have to worry about.

Thursday, July 22, 2021


 Flashbacks can give necessary backstory, but they should be used sparingly.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Publishing Seasons

 What does it mean when you're told your book will come out in the Spring season?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Instagram for Authors

 How can you best use Instagram to increase your author presence?

Monday, July 19, 2021

After the Offer of Representation

 Congratulations on receiving an offer of representation, now don't make these mistakes.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Characters and Setting

 Ask your characters these questions to help bring your setting to life.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Introvert Authors

 Here are some tips for introverts to overcome the public side of being an author.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Sensory Details

 Without sensory details (and not just visual ones), your story will feel flat.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Story Over Theme

 Yes, your manuscript should have a theme, but don't forget it also needs to be a story.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Simultaneous Submissions

 Submitting to more than one agent or editor at a time is common now, but what is the best way to do this?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Bringing Characters to Life

 Stories are about characters, so how do you make yours more interesting to your readers?

Monday, July 12, 2021

Being a Podcast Guest

 Podcasts are a great way to share info about you and your books.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Tighten Your Writing

 Here are some tips to cut words and phrases that make your writing drag.

Saturday, July 10, 2021


 The one thing your novel must do is arouse the reader's curiosity.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Series Bible

 It's important you maintain a central list of character names/descriptions/spelling, locations, timeline, etc. for your series (and even your standalone title).

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Publishing Contracts

 Pay extra attention to these key points in your publishing contract.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Improve Your Writing

 Here are some hints on how to make your writing better.

Fractured Fairytales

 Take a fairytale everyone knows and give it a little twist.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Restarting a Manuscript

 How do you get going again on a manuscript where you seemed to have stalled in your writing?

Monday, July 5, 2021

Email List

 How to start, build, and grow your email list.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Writing Communities

 There are many benefits in joining a community of fellow writers.

Unique Story Elements

 How do you introduce unique story elements, like in a fantasy world, without confusing your readers.

Saturday, July 3, 2021


 Agents and editors want books with a good voice, but what do they mean by that?

Friday, July 2, 2021

Images for Research

 You can now use Smithsonian Open Access to search through millions of images in their collection.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Muddy Middle

 How do you get your manuscript unstuck from the muddy middle?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Funny Stories

 All kids love reading funny stories, and here are some hints how to write them.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Middle Grade Fiction

 Four tips for writing un-put-downable middle grade fiction.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Talking Heads

 Avoid the problem of "talking heads" by providing context.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Supporting Characters

 How to make your supporting characters shine, but not out-shine your protagonist.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Writing Rules vs. Fashion

 Sometimes the so-called rules of writing are merely the current fashion.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Physical Reactions to Emotions

 Here are some new ways to show your character's emotions through physical reactions.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Reactions to Characters

 Listen to your own emotions to give your characters more depth.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Finding Comp Titles

 Here are some hints for finding comp titles to use in your query.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Book Sales

 How are book sales counted and what constitutes a good amount of sales?

Character Names

 Avoid this pitfalls when naming your characters.

Friday, June 18, 2021


 Here are some points to think about when you're revising.

Thursday, June 17, 2021


Here are some way to incorporate backstory without using the dreaded info dump.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Comp Titles

 How do you find compelling comparative titles to use in your query.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Scene Trackers

 What's the best way to keep track of the scenes in your manuscript?

Monday, June 14, 2021

Naming Characters

 Here are some pitfalls to avoid when naming your characters.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Diversity in Aging

 Many books use stereotypes for the older character: don't let yours be one of these.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Middle Grade Novel Pitfalls

 Here are some common mistakes you should look for when writing a middle grade novel.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Dialogue Compression

 Make the dialogue in your book sound more realistic by eliminating words.

Thursday, June 10, 2021


 How do you handle weaving backstory into your book without using the dreaded infodump?

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hybrid Publishing

 What is hybrid publishing, and is it right for you?

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Pen Names

 What's the problem with using a pen name?

Monday, June 7, 2021

Middle Grade Books

 There are many ways to discover a premise for a middle grade book.

Sunday, June 6, 2021


 There are many universal themes that might run through a children's book.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Children's vs. Adult Books

Books for children are not just books for adults with fewer words and a younger protagonist.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Shy Authors

 If you're shy (or just intimidated), here are some tips to make your book signing go a little easier.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Book Sales and Returns

 When is a sale actually a sale, and you receive a royalty for it?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pop Culture in Books

 Should you include pop-culture references in your book or will that date it?

Monday, May 31, 2021

Evergreen Books

 We all want our books to be evergreens--ones that generations of kids will read.

Sunday, May 30, 2021


 Even if you don't write fantasy or science fiction, you still have to build the world your character lives in.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Guest Posting

 Guest posting on other people's blogs is a good way to expand your audience.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Nonfiction Research

 Writing nonfiction requires a lot of researching and re-researching.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Finding an Agent

 Here's a six-step strategy to optimize your search for a literary agent.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Informational Fiction

 Informational fiction is fiction that includes a great deal of nonfiction in it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


 You might want to check your manuscript for these cliches.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Picture Book Endings

 There are many techniques to give your picture the perfect ending.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Better Dialogue

 Here are 19 tips for writing better dialogue.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Plot Mistakes

 Here are seven don'ts when plotting your manual.

Friday, May 21, 2021

How to Make Your Manuscript Stronger

 One easy tip to make your manuscript (whether pb, mg, or ya) stronger, is to read it out loud.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Secondary Characters

 Your protagonist needs secondary characters to help and hinder reaching a goal.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Email Newsletters

 What every writer needs to know about starting and maintaining an email newsletter.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Adults in Children's Books

 How do you write adult characters in children's books but ensuring the child still solves the problem?

Monday, May 17, 2021

Writing Rules vs. Writing Fashion

 Do you follow the rules for writing or the current fashion?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Picture Book Structure

 There are so many options in how to structure you picture book.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Multi-Author Events

 Join with other authors to create events that will bring in more readers.

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Perfect Agent

 The perfect agent is one who is perfect for you and your book.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Podcast Interviews

 How can you make your podcast interview both interesting and informative to the listeners?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Picture Book Themes

 The theme of your picture book is as important as the characters and the plot.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Story Endings

 How do you craft an ending to your story that leaves your readers satisfied?

Monday, May 10, 2021

Connections to Characters

 How do you help your readers make an emotional connection with your characters?

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Form Rejections

 What does it mean when you get a form rejection?

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Physical Descriptions

 Here are some tips on how to give a physical description of your character.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Eight-Point Arc

 The eight-point arc, similar to the three-act structure, is one of many possible ways to plot.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Comparison Books

 If you're looking for comps for your book, here are some things to keep in mind.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Reasons for Rejection

Here are a few reasons your manuscript may be rejected that have nothing to do with the quality of the writing.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Prose Poetry

 Prose poetry combines aspects of both prose and poetry.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Deep POV

 Using deep third-person point of view brings your readers closer to your character.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

eARCs, NetGalley, and Edeweiss

 Here are three ways your publisher gets pre-published manuscripts into the hands of reviewers.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Middle Grade Novels

 Here are some useful tips for writing a middle grade novel.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Increase Website Traffic

 How do you get people to find out about your website and visit it?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


 Your story might contain infodumps, and you don't even realize it.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time Travel

 Here are some questions to ask yourself when writing a time-travel story.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Blogging vs. Newsletters

 Which is a better marketing tool--blogging or emailing a newsletter?

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Action, Then Reaction

 Make sure an action happens before you character reacts to it.

Friday, April 23, 2021


 How do you transform cliched phrases into something fresh?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Picture Book Series

 How does a stand-alone picture book grow to be the first of a series?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Criticism vs. Critique

 Remember, all suggestions about your manuscript are someone's opinion.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Picture Book Pagination

 Although your editor and art director will paginate your picture book (unless you're an author/illustrator), it helps to keep those page turns in mind when writing.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Author Platform

 What is an author platform, do you need one, and how do you build it?

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Agents to Avoid

 There are some types of agents you should avoid by doing your research before submitting.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Author Websites

 Everything you need to know about creating your author website.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Song Lyrics

 What are the rules about using song lyrics in your manuscript?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Backstory and Exposition

 How to use backstory and exposition without infodumping.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Revision Tools

 Here are two tools, shrunken manuscript and spreadsheet plotting, to help you revise your manuscript.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Chapter Endings

 How do you write chapter endings that will make your readers want to turn the page?

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Twitter for Writers

 Learn how to use Twitter and increase engagement with your readers.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Picture Book Biographies

 What are types of picture book biographies are publishers buying and not buying.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Writing Grants

 Discover grants to help fund your writing journey.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Picture Book Revision

 Get your markers ready to revise your picture book.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Characterizing Thoughts

 Here are eight types of character thoughts that help the reader understand the person's character.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Locations as Characters

 The settings in your book have certain traits which can add to your plot or theme.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Romantic Subplots

 For you young adult and adult writers, here are some suggestions on how to include romantic subplots in your book.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Book Review Blogs

 Are you looking for blogs to review your book?

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Writers' Support

 There are three types of ways people can support you as you write--mentorship, critique, and accountability.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Agent Queries

 Here are some hard truths about querying agents.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Personalizing Your Query

 Make sure when you personalize your query, you don't come off as a creepy stalker.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 Make sure your book starts in the best place.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Agent Pitches

 How to craft a pitch that will make an agent want to read your book.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Bad Reviews

 Tips on how to cope with negative reviews.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Parts of a Book

 Here's an A to Z guide to the various parts of a physical book.

Saturday, March 27, 2021


 By giving human-like characteristics to non-human things, you can deepen your writing.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Third Person POV

 There are three types of third person point of view--omniscient, limited, and deep.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Narrative Nonfiction

 Here are some tips for writing narrative nonfiction.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Email Thread Etiquette

 Make an agent or editor's life easier by including previous correspondence in your email thread.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Rhyming Picture Books

 Ten things you should know when writing a rhyming picture book.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Online Bios

 You need different online bios for your website and the different platforms.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Editing Tricks

 Sometimes you need to see your manuscript in a different way in order to revise.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Inciting Incidents

 Pull your readers by using these techniques to add excitement to your inciting incidents.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Overused Words

 We all have words and phrases we overuse, so search for them when you're revising.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Young Adult

 What makes a book young adult?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021


 In your desire to be published, watch out for these scammers.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Blogs and Newsletters

 Check out these kidlit blogs and newsletters.

Sunday, March 14, 2021


 How much is too much scene description?

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Great Stories

 What are the characteristics that elevate a story from merely okay to great?

Friday, March 12, 2021

Book Statistics

 How many books are published each year and other interesting statistics about the publishing world.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Picture Books and Older Students

 Educators, here are some hints to the best way to use picture books with your older students.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Query Tracker

 Using query tracker can help you stay organized and avoid oopsies while querying.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Book Events

 Here are some things to think about for your next book event, whether virtual or in real life.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Opening Scenes

 How to write an opening scene that will entice your readers to turn the page.

Sunday, March 7, 2021


 How to write dialogue that will captivate your readers.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Comp Titles

 How do you choose which other books to use as comp(arable) titles in your query.

Friday, March 5, 2021


 Asking these three questions about your protagonist will help unlock your story.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Publishing Paths

 There's more than one way to get your book in the hands of readers.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Conference Networking

 If you're nervous about networking at your next conference, here are some tips to help.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Author Brand

 To start creating your author brand, identify three words that define you as an author. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Mid-Career Querying

 Maybe you've had a few books published, but not, for whatever reason, you're looking for an agent.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Author Websites

 Make sure to do your due diligence on your website to make sure it's protected.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Niche Marketing

 If you narrow your marketing efforts groups more likely to be interested in the subject, plot, or setting of your book, you may get better results.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Internal Narrative

Your reader can learn more about your character through the use of internal narrative. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Agents or Editors

 How do you decide whether to submit your manuscript to agents or directly to editors.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Constructive Criticism

 It's hard to accept critiques of our manuscripts, but that's one way we make them better.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Author Newsletters

 An author newsletter can be a valuable tool in your marketing toolbox.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Better Dialogue

 The dialogue your character's speaking is not the same as how we speak in real life.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Action, Then Reaction

 Make sure an event happens before you have your character react to it.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Types of editing

 Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading are three necessary parts of editing your manuscript.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Awesome Characters

Create characters your readers will care about.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Close Point of View

 One way to draw your readers into a tighter point of view is to eliminate filter words.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Online Pitch Contests

 Here are some tips for preparing your pitch for online contests.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 Make sure you tie up all the loose endings by your book's ending.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Picture Book Storyboarding

 Even if you don't have any artistic talent, you should still storyboard your picture book by making a dummy.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Book Awards and Marketing

 Here are some ways you can use the fact that your book won an award in your marketing efforts.

Friday, February 12, 2021


 One way to focus the lens of your biography is to focus on the subject's childhood.

Thursday, February 11, 2021


 Here are the main reasons you might be receiving rejections on your manuscript.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Setting Details

 Picking the right details for your setting is connected to how your reader relates to your characters.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Kidlit Categories

 Here are the different categories, (picture book, middle grade, etc) or children's books.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Overused Words

 Search for these overused and often unnecessary words to tighten your manuscript.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Character Names

 How do you choose memorable names for your characters?

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Conflicting Feedback

 Getting feedback on your writing is always a good thing, but how do you deal with conflicting suggestions?

Friday, February 5, 2021

Re-editing Older Works

 Going back and revising older works that never sold or aren't book length brings the possibility of a new book sale, not to mention showing you how much you've grown as a writer.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Fair Use and Permissions

 If you use quotations from another source in your book, you need to understand fair use and permissions.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Writing for Children

 Here are five simple tips to keep in mind when writing for children.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Critique Partners

 Having a great critique partner is invaluable, but how do you find one?

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Query Format

 Here's a straightforward explanation of what you should include in a query letter.

Saturday, January 30, 2021


 How to write dialogue that sounds natural and will captivate your readers.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Kidlit Publishing Basics

 Roxie Munro shares what you need to know about the children's book industry.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Research Tips

 Here are some suggestions for making your preliminary research process easier.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Mind Mapping

 Organize your writing using one of these mind-mapping techniques.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Older Writers

 You're never too old to start a career in writing.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sentence Length

 Avoid using long sentences in colloquial writing.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Character Strengths and Weaknesses

 Here's a list of some common character strengths and weaknesses.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Requested Material

 How long can you wait between a request to see more of the manuscript and sending it?

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Nonfiction Platform

 Do you need a platform to sell a nonfiction book?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Holiday Books

 Are holiday books more or less likely to be acquired?