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?