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?