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?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Writing Biography

 Although this post is not aimed at kidlit writers, the same principles hold true when writing biography.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Reveal Your Character Through Others

 Your protagonist's friends can tell your readers a great deal about your character.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Why Queries Are Rejected

 Here are five mistakes that will earn you query an instant reject.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Tax Resources for Writers

 Here's some basic tax information you need to know as a writer.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Fantasy Maps

 For you fantasy writers, here's a tool to help map out your world.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Nonfiction Picture Books

 Here's extensive and detailed advice about writing nonfiction picture books from Laura Salas.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Freelance Editors

 What should you expect when you hire a freelance editor?

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Book Titles

 Yes, your book title may change along the way, but why not start with one you think is good?

Street Team

 What is a street team, and do you need one to help market you and your books?

Saturday, January 9, 2021


 No matter how you define an author's voice, how do you find yours?

Friday, January 8, 2021

Stories With Heart

 How do you put heart into your words to make a story a child will want to read (or hear) over and over again?

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Picture Book Topics

 There are some picture book topics that are so overused that you might want to avoid them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

School Visits

 Debbie Ridpath Ohi has accumulated an extensive list of resources for authors doing school visits.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Picture Book Endings

 You've written a great picture book, so make sure your ending is satisfying to the reader.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Characters' Jobs

 Your characters' jobs can give your reader great insight into their personalities.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Query Tips

 Here are some tips on querying agents, including strategies on how many and to whom you should submit in each batch.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Story Tropes

 Should you (can you?) avoid all story tropes?

Friday, January 1, 2021

Picture Book Dos and Don'ts

 Here are 20 picture book dos and 20 don'ts from an expert, Mem Fox.