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.