Sunday, July 31, 2022

Novels in Verse

 Here are three tips for writing a novel in verse.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Biography Subjects

 Should you reach out to the subject (or family members) of your biography and, if so, how do you go about doing that?

Friday, July 29, 2022

Social Media Assistants

 It takes a lot of time to keep up with social media, so should you consider hiring an assistant to help?

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sequence of Scenes

 It's important to think about the order of your scenes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Picture Book Arc

 Here's an example of how to lay out your traditional story arc for your picture book.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


 What can you do to increase you chances of being accepted as a mentor?

Monday, July 25, 2022

Guest Blogging

 How can you market your books through writing posts for other peoples' blogs?

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Book Editors

 When (and if) should you hire a freelance book editor?

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Friday, July 22, 2022

First Lines

 Here are seven tips for writing first lines that will make your readers want to read more.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Middle Grade Novels

 There are three key components that makes a novel a middle grade.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022


 How do you find your way to the end of your manuscript?

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Writing From Your Own Life

 There are several pitfalls when using your own life and experiences as the basis of a fiction manuscript.

Monday, July 18, 2022


 What's involved in ghostwriting and how to you get the work?

Sunday, July 17, 2022


 What's the best way to use a flashback to give information about your characters and past events?

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Chapter Book Series

 How do you turn a general idea into a solid chapter book series?

Friday, July 15, 2022

Novel Revision

 Here's a link to a novel revision checklist with links to more detailed information.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Avoid Stereotyping People of Color

 There are many ways to avoid stereotyping people of color when describing them or their actions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Levels of Scenes

 Scenes have two levels-both large and small structure.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Picture Book Pagination

 Should you submit your picture book with the pages indicated or not?

Monday, July 11, 2022

Last Page

 The last page of your novel, not just the first, is also important.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Compelling Scenes

 How to use MRUs (motivation reaction units) to write great scenes.

Saturday, July 9, 2022


 Many authors cringe at the idea of writing a synopsis, but here are some hints to make it a little easier.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Narrative Perspective

 Sometimes it takes several tries to figure out which character is the best on to tell your story.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Comp Titles

 If you're asked to provide a comp(arative) title, here are some suggestions on how to find them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Chapter Books

 Chapter books are a specific category, not just books with chapters.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022


 Here are some places to find people to write the perfect blurb for your book.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Picture Book Titles

 Here are some examples of picture book titles that didn't work.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Planning Your Novel

 Here are seven tips to plan your novel.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Gender-Neutral Pronouns

 If your character's pronouns aren't he or she, it's no big deal to use their preferred pronouns.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Royalties on Net

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