Friday, July 1, 2022

Royalties on Net

 How does it work if your royalties are based on net instead of the retail price (gross)?

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Second Novels

 You'd think once you have one book published it would be easy to write a second one, but that's not always the case.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

First Lines

 Nailing those first lines in your manuscript is tough, but that's what will draw in your readers.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


 How do you go about writing a sequel and should you do so?

Monday, June 27, 2022

Avoiding LGBTQ+ Stereotypes

 You need to people your world with the great diversity of people in the real world, but make sure you don't use they LGBTQ+ stereotypes in doing so.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Stage Directions

 We don't need to know your character walked to the door, reached for the knob, twisted it, opened the door, and walked through it, when you can just say the character left the room.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Character Voice

 We all know each character should have a distinctive voice, but how do you do that?

Friday, June 24, 2022

Describing Eyes

 When does it further your story to describe eyes--their shape, color, and most importantly, movement?

Thursday, June 23, 2022


 Sometimes you need to break the "show, don't tell" rule by using exposition to keep your story moving along.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Requesting a Blurb

 How do you request a blurb for your book and whom should you ask?

Tuesday, June 21, 2022


When should you have or not have a prologue for your story?

Monday, June 20, 2022

Picture Book Agents

 Here's a list of agents who represent picture book authors (usually in addition to other categories).

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Publishing Auctions

 What does it mean if your book goes to auction, and what are the different types?

Saturday, June 18, 2022


 Setting up a timeline of events can be a helpful tool while doing your research.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Plot vs. Story

 What's the difference between plot and story, and why do you need both?

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Writing Picture Books

 Here are twenty tips if you're writing a picture book.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Author Visits

 Kids look forward to author visits, so here are some tips to make yours the best it can be.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Large Cast of Characters

Sometimes your story needs a large number of characters, so you need a way to help your readers differentiate between them. 

Monday, June 13, 2022


 What to remember, do, avoid, and expect when asking people to endorse (blurb) your book.

Remember, Do, Avoid, and Expect

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Author Bios

 You will often be asked to provide an author bio, so you should have ones of different length and focus available.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Character Flaws

 All characters are flawed in some way, and here are some tips on how to show that.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Overused Words

 We all have those words that we us over and over again in our manuscripts, so here's a list to help you find them.

Thursday, June 9, 2022


 Ask yourself these four questions before deciding to write a flashback.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Character Descriptions

 How do you let your readers know more about your characters without using cliches like looking in a mirror?

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Narrative Pacing

 Here are seven steps to help you master the pacing of your story.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Virtual Book Tours

Here's how to have a book tour without leaving your house. 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Story Endings

 Here are six types of ways to end your story plus seven tips to crafting the perfect ending.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Eight-Point Arc

 One way to think about the structure of your novel is through an eight-point arc.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Middle Grade Novels

 One of the most important tips for writing a middle grade novel is to think like children of that age.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


 A powerful synopsis is one of the things that will help sell your novel.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Agency Contracts

 Here are the basics of what should be included in your agency contract.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Handling Time

You can handle time in your manuscript through basic chronological order, flashback, and backstory.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Negative Feedback

How do you turn that seemingly negative feedback into a positive change for your manuscript? 

Saturday, May 28, 2022


 Here are ten tips for writing mysteries for kids.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Character Secrets

 Reveal your characters deepest secrets to make your reader want to learn more about them.

Three-Act Structure

 You've probably heard of the three-act structure for a book, but how do you implement it?

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Story Ideas

 Here are some creative ways to brainstorm story ideas for your next book.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Song Lyrics

 What are the rules about quoting song lyrics in your work and, if you choose to do so, how much will it cost you?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Novel Synopsis

What are some of the common pitfalls when writing that important synopsis of your novel?

Monday, May 23, 2022

Characters and Crisis

 How can you use crisis to let your readers better understand your characters?

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Being a Podcast Guest

 How do you get asked to be on podcasts and, more importantly, what can you do to be a good podcast guest?

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Copyright and Fair Use

 What are the rules involved in quoting other people's work in your novel?

Friday, May 20, 2022

Character Interviews

 Here are ten questions to ask your characters to get a better handle on their personalities.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Outlining to Fix Manuscript Problems

 Even if you're a pantser and wrote without an outline, when it comes time to revise, an outline will help fix your manuscript problems.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


 Here are some tips to writing the perfect scene, including my favorite--leave out boring stuff.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Publicity vs. Marketing

 Your book needs both publicity and marketing, and this article tells you the difference between them.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Social Media Executor

 What happens to all your social media accounts if you pass away?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Literary Techniques

 Picture books are the perfect place to use all those literary techniques you learned about in school.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Unlikeable Characters

 Even your unlikeable characters must have some redeeming features.

Friday, May 13, 2022


 Be careful that you're not infodumping without even realizing it. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 Here are some ways to build tension into your characters' dialogue.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Successful Openings

 It's important to catch your readers' attention right from the opening of your book.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Writing Jokes

 Here are some tips on how to add jokes to your manuscript.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Personalizing Queries

 Here are tips on how to personalize your query using the least amount of time.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

An Agent's Day

 An agent does so much more work than reading queries and editing manuscripts.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Comp Titles

 Here's what you need to know about including comparative titles in your query.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Rhythmic Writing

 Even if you're not writing in rhyme, your words should still have a rhythm to them.

Thursday, May 5, 2022


 How many scenes do you need for novel and what should you include in them?

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Copyediting Corrections

 Here are ten popular corrections copy editors have to make on manuscripts.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Publishing Dictionary

 Like any business, publishing can have its own language, including acronyms.

Monday, May 2, 2022

University Presses

 Sometimes a university is the perfect home for your manuscript.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Secondary Characters

 Just because a character is secondary, that doesn't mean your description should be any less vivid.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

New Agents

 What are the pros and cons of signing with someone new to being a literary agent?

Friday, April 29, 2022

Opening Pages

Setting, character age, and character description are important to include in the opening of your book.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Author Website

 Why is it important to have an author website?

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Generic Reactions

 It's important to have your character react to events, but avoid using overused words and actions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022


 Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, you'll usually end up having to research some fact to make your story more believable.

Monday, April 25, 2022


 What can you add to your manuscript to make it funny for a child reader?

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Marketing Tips

 It's great that your book is published, but now you need to find readers for it.


 Do blurbs actually help sell books?

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Multiple Points of View

 When writing through multiple points of view, you have to make sure to keep their voices distinct.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Verse novels

 Writing in verse is not just adding line breaks to your manuscript in prose.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Publishing in Multiple Genres

 How do you keep your ideas, writing, and marketing efforts straight when you're working in multiple genre's.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


 Instead of doing infodumps, weave flashbacks into your story.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Historical Interests

 How do you mine information from your historical obsession to make it a good story/

Monday, April 18, 2022

Author Voice

 We all know that your author voice is important to your writing, but how do you find it?

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Chapter Books

Chapter books help young readers transition from picture books to middle grade books.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Finding Comp Titles

Here are some tips to find comp(arative) titles for your story.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Picture Book Characters

 How do you create memorable picture book characters that you're audience will want to read about over and over again?

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Multiple Points of View

It can be tricky keeping your characters' distinct when writing from multiple points of view.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Kidlit Sales

 Good news--the sale of children's books is rising.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


 Imagery is a great tool for your writer's toolbox.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Social Media Platforms

 What are the different social media platforms and which are best for you and your writing?

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Present or Past

 Which tense is the best one to use in telling your story?

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Writer's CV

 A writer's CV is different than one you'd use for a non-writing job or contest application.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Guest Posting

 Writing a post for someone else's blog is a good way to expand the audience for your book.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Character Descriptions

 Describing your characters, and not just the physical appearances, can help bring them to life.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Gamify Your Nonfiction Book

 One way to structure your nonfiction book is to make it a game for the reader.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Comp Titles

 Avoid these pitfalls when using comp(arative) titles to your book.

Monday, April 4, 2022


 Here are some simple tips to writing your synopsis.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Letting Manuscripts Rest

 There are many advantages to letting your writing percolate.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Computer Crashes

 Here are some steps to recover your lost data, but most importantly, set up a backup system for your files.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Children's Dialogue

 Remember that when writing dialogue for children, they don't speak the same way adults do.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Present Tense

 What are appropriate times to use present tense in your writing?

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


 Are you confused about when, and when not, to use a comma?

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

From Early Readers to Chapter Books

 What's the difference between early readers and chapter books, and how do you write them?

Monday, March 28, 2022

Book Sales

 Since books can be returned to distributors, what counts as a book sale?

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Sensitivity Readers

 What is a sensitivity reader, and do you need one for your manuscript?

Friday, March 25, 2022

Independent Editors

 Here are some best practices for working with an independent editor before your manuscript is acquired.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Contacting Experts

 During the course of your research, whether for fiction or nonfiction, you might have to contact experts.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022


 Writing a logline can help you see the big picture of your story.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Query Letters

 Here's an example of a query letter, with an agent's comments, that landedd her an offer of representation.

Monday, March 21, 2022


It's not easy proofreading your own work, but these suggestions will help.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Historical Novels

Here are some tips for writing historical novels. 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

Writing Middle Grade

 Middle grade books are not just shorter versions of young adult ones.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Reader Pet Peeves

Buzzfeed collected from readers these pet peeves about the books they read.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Essential Edits

 Here are eight edits you must do when you revise your manuscript.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Creative Nonfiction

 What is creative nonfiction (hint: it's factual) and how do you write it?

Monday, March 14, 2022


Publishing scammers are everywhere, waiting to pounce on their prey, so make sure you're not it.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Middle Grade Market

 Although you shouldn't write to the market, you certainly need to consider it, and here's information about the middle grade grade.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Multiple Agent Offers

 It's incredibly exciting to have multiple agents extend offers, but there are many factors to consider in making your choice.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Series Bible

 If you're writing a series, you need a bible to keep the characters and setting consistent.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Writing Magic in Real World Settings

 How do you incorporate magical elements and beings into a real world setting?

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

If you want to include SEL in your book, you need to know these five key competencies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022


Give those tired cliches an unexpected twist to make them fresh.

Monday, March 7, 2022


 Your authorial voice is the most powerful tool in your writer's toolbox.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Kidlit Categories's a detailed description of the different kidlit categories (even though they call them genres) such as picture book, middle grade, and young adult.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Comp Titles

 What are comp titles and what should they do?

Friday, March 4, 2022

Full Request

 What happens after you get a request for your full manuscript?

Thursday, March 3, 2022

New Publishers and Agents - 2021

 Here are some new publishers and agents from 2021.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Writing About High School

 If you're writing a young adult novel, you'll need to know what current-day high school is like.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Sensory Writing - Taste

 How can you incorporate the sense of taste into your writing?

Monday, February 28, 2022

Specific Details

Giving specific details can help connect the description to your character. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022


 How can you use clothing to energize your plot and help define your characters?

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Finding a Literary Agent

 What are the steps to finding the perfect literary agent for you and your work?

Friday, February 25, 2022

Writing Magic in the Real World

 How do you inject magical elements into an everyday, real-world setting?

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Literary Techniques in Picture Books

 Picture books are the perfect place to use literary techniques such as metaphor and repetition.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Writing Tips

 Here are six simple writing tips to get you (or keep you) on the right track.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022


 How to you use your brand to capture and keep a possible reader's attention is our busy world?

Monday, February 21, 2022

Character Skills

 Help your characters stand out from each other by giving them different skills.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Who Are Your Readers?

 Do you know who your intended audience is and why that matters?

Saturday, February 19, 2022

"Kill Your Darlings"

 We've all heard the phrase, "kill your darlings," but how do you go about doing that?

Friday, February 18, 2022

Doorways into Story

 Do you approach your writing through character, scene, word choice, or by the story itself?

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Revising Scene by Scene

 There are many approaches to revising, but one of them is doing so scene by scene.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Choosing a Title

 What are some tips on choosing a good title (even though it may be later changed)?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Bad Writing Advice

Not all suggestions you receive about your manuscript are good ones.

Monday, February 14, 2022

How to Tell When Appropriate

 Sometimes it's appropriate to tell, not show, and here are some tips on how to do that well.

Sunday, February 13, 2022


 How do you know when you've done enough research?

Saturday, February 12, 2022


 What do agents look for in a synopsis?

Friday, February 11, 2022

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Books for Tweens

 How do you write for that gap between middle grade and young adult books?

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Finding a Literary Agent

 The first and most important step in finding a literary agent is to write a great book.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Sense of Touch

 How can you incorporate your characters' sense of touch into your story?

Monday, February 7, 2022


 How does it work when you collaborate with another author on a manuscript?

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Paying for an Author Visit

 There are many ways to fund having an author visit your school.


 How do you create your brand and use it to turn that into sales and loyal readers?

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Seven Deadly Query Sins

 How to write a query that won't end up in spam or be ignored.

Friday, February 4, 2022


 Self editing can help take your manuscript to the next level.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Book Reviews

 Why are book reviews important and how can you find places to get them.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Middle Grade

 Here are some tips on how to write a middle grade novel that kids will clamor to read.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Revising After Feedback

 Be careful not to overcorrect after receiving a critique on your manuscript.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Compelling Dialogue

 Here are three tips for writing compelling dialogue.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Book Titles

 Choosing a book title has changed in this age of self-published books and online bookstores.

Saturday, January 29, 2022


 BookTok is both an organic way to market your book plus a safe haven for young female readers.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Active Dialogue

If you write active dialogue, you'll need to use fewer dialogue tags. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022


Here's a list of 106 ways to describe sounds in your book.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Critique Groups

 Being a part of a critique group is great--but not always.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Notifying Other Agents of an Offer

 How do you let other agents know that you've received an offer of representation?

Monday, January 24, 2022

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Choosing a Title

 Even though your title may change before publication, it's worth choosing a good working title.

Deep Point of View

 Deep POV allows your readers to get into the head of your characters.

Saturday, January 22, 2022


 How do you write believable dialogue in your novel?

Friday, January 21, 2022

Children's Book Market - 2022

 What do the experts predict will be the big selling types of children's books in 2022?

Thursday, January 20, 2022

In Media Res

 In media res, or in the middle of the action, is a good place to start your novel.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Social Media

 Here's how to get started or extend your existing reach with social media.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Being Media Ready

 What can you do to be ready for any media requests your might receive?

Monday, January 17, 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lessons in Picture Books

 Kids want to be entertained, not lectured, by their picture books.

Saturday, January 15, 2022


 Are you confused about when and when not to use commas?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Revise and Resubmit

 Here are some techniques on how to handle a revise and resubmit from an agent or editor.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Query Letters

 There are four parts to your query letter.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Professional Editors

 How do you know when your manuscript is ready for a professional editor?

Monday, January 10, 2022

Picture Books in Verse

 Writing a picture book in verse is more than just making sure it rhymes.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Common Writing Mistakes

 Watch out for these common mistakes even good writers make.

Saturday, January 8, 2022


 Foreshadowing is a great tool, but you don't want to give away too much information.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Picture Books in Rhyme

 If you write in rhyme, make sure you control the verse, and it doesn't control you.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Picture Books 101

 Here are the basics you need to understand if you're writing a picture book.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Character-driven Picture Books

 What are the characteristics of a character-driven, as opposed to plot-driven) picture book?

Monday, January 3, 2022

Unagented Submissions

 Here's a list of companies that currently (always check the guidelines) submissions from unagented writers.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Fourth Wall

 Here are some mentor texts if you want to break the fourth wall (talk directly to the reader) in picture books.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Believable Characters

 How do you create characters who are credible to your readers?