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?