Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Chapter Books

 A children's chapter book is not just a book that has chapters in it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Humorous Picture Books

 What are the elements that make a picture book funny?

Monday, August 29, 2022

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Series Arcs

 Does your series require an overall arc or can each book be stand alone?

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Specifics in Scenes

 Good scenes require specifics and not generalities.

Friday, August 26, 2022


 Create a compelling plot by using the what-but-therefore method.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Online Pitch Contests

 There are many online pitch contests, and it's often hard to know how to make the best use of them.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022


 Having your manuscript rejected is always hard, but persistence is the name of the game in publishing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022


 How can you write descriptions so your readers have a clear vision of the characters and where they are?

Monday, August 22, 2022

Ending Your Story

 Here are some tips on how to end your story that will leave your readers satisfied.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Moving From Scene to Scene

 How do you get your reader from one scene to the next?

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Types of Mysteries

 There are many different types of mysteries and they all have many components.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Revision Checklist

 Here's a handy-dandy checklist for revising your novel.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

World Building

 Whether you're writing fantasy or a contemporary novel set in the present time, you still need to build a world for your readers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Scenes that Matter

 Make sure that every scene in your book carries its weight.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Copywrite Claims Board

 There a new way to dispute a copywrite infringement--the copywrite claims board.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Research Tips

 If you're writing historical fiction (or nonfiction!), you need to do a lot of research.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Building Scenes

 Don't just build scenes around the information your want to impart to your readers.

Friday, August 12, 2022


 If you're an illustrator or an author/illustrator, you'll need a portfolio of your work.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Junior Agents and Editors

 Agents and editors just starting out are often looking for manuscripts and will soon be senior people.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Wordiness in Picture Books

 Here are some tips to eliminate excessive words in your picture book (or novels, for that matter).

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Checkov's Gun

 If you introducce an item (Checkov's gun) or a person early in your book, that item or person must be important before the book ends.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Publishing Timeline

 Why does it take so long to publish a book?

Sunday, August 7, 2022

On and Off the Page

 How do you decide what events to put on the page in scenes and what to have off the page as narration?

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Boosting Writing Productivity

 One way to increase your writing output is to change where you're writing.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Lifelike Characters

 Here are some ideas about how to avoid filling your novel with cardboard characters.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Chapter Books

 Children's chapter books are not just books that have chapters.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What is Voice

 Authors often hear they should have a unique voice, but what does that mean?

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Middle Grade Mysteries

Middle grade books are popular with kids, and they especially love mysteries. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Picture Book Titles

 Here are some tips to choosing a great title for your picture book.