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?