Sunday, December 31, 2023

Types of Editors

 Different types of editors help improve your work in different ways.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Novel Steps

 Here are thirteen steps in writing a novel.

Friday, December 29, 2023

Chapter Length

 The length of your chapters will affect the pacing of the story.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Traditional Publishing

 What are the steps to getting your book traditionally published?

Wednesday, December 27, 2023


 The tone of your manuscript should be appropriate to its category and genre.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Filter Words

 Filter words distance your reader from your characters and story.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Picture Book Revision

 Here are some questions to ask of your manuscript when revising a picture book.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Kids' Book Blogs

 If you're interested in kids' books, then these blogs are for you.

Saturday, December 23, 2023


 Here is some basic information about copyrights and the law.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Book Descriptions

 Writing a short book description is harder than you might think.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Setting as Character

 The setting of your book can act as another character.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Rhyming Picture Books

 Now all picture books need to be written in rhyme, but if you choose to do so, do it well.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Self Editing

 Here are some tips and tricks for editing your own manuscripts.

Monday, December 18, 2023


 How do you give true depth to your characters?

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Traditional vs. Self Publishing

 How do you decide whether traditional or self publishing is for you?

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Nonfiction Picture Books

 Here are four tips for writing nonfiction picture books.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Many Characters

 If your story has a large cast of characters, it's important to make them individuals.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Story Climax

 How do you write a story climax that's satisfying to your readers?

Monday, December 11, 2023

Selling Books at School Visits

 How to you arrange to have your books sold at school visits?

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Verbal Comedy

 Add humor to your writing through the use of verbal comedy.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Character Descriptions

 What's the secret to writing effective character descriptions?

Friday, December 8, 2023

Pub Date

 What should you expect on your book's publication date?

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Pagination in Queries

 Should you indicate page numbers on your picture book manuscript submission?

Wednesday, December 6, 2023


 How do you use structure even when you don't want to?

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Manuscript Formatting

 How do you format your manuscript for submission?

Monday, December 4, 2023

Graphic Novels

 What do you include in a graphic novel pitch packet?

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Author Visits

 Here are some hints to get you started with author visits.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Secondary Characters

 Here are some ways to make your readers care about your secondary characters.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Clothing Choices

 How do your characters' clothing choices reflect their personality?

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Comp Titles

 How do agents and editors use comp titles?

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

MG or YA

 Is your novel upper middle grade or lower young adult?

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Connected Scenes

 Connected scenes will give your story more emotional depth.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Character Mannerisms

 You can use backstory wounds to create character mannerisms.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Action Scenes

 Good action scenes are all about the characters.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Story Ideas

 How can you tell if your story idea is worth pursuing?

Friday, November 24, 2023

Cover Letters

 Check out these suggestions for writing cover letters, pitches, and bios.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Picture Book Editing

 Here are some hints for editing your picture book.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Character Grids

 Using a character grid can help you keep track of your characters.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Newsletters Freebies

 Include freebie offers in your newsletter to encourage people to subscribe.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Rhyming Picture Books

 Writing in rhyme is more than just counting the syllables.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Ableist Tropes

 Watch out in your writing for these common ableist tropes.

Saturday, November 18, 2023


 Is it worth joining Bluesky, yet another social media platform?

Friday, November 17, 2023

Page Turns

 What will make a reader want to turn the page in a picture book?

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Online Writing Conferences

 How can you determine if an online writing conference is worth the money?

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Author Incomes

 A survey from the Authors Guild provides information about the income from writing and associated activities.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023


 Here are seven tips for crafting beginnings that will hook young readers.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Book Publicity

Publicity is the free media exposure your book receives.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Chapter Books

 How are chapter books different than picture books or middle grades?

Saturday, November 11, 2023


 How do you write a great blurb?

Friday, November 10, 2023

Thursday, November 9, 2023


 A novel is about the story, not your technical skills.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023


 Pre-orders are a vital part of your marketing strategy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023


 Here are some tips to use when editing your work.

Monday, November 6, 2023


 There are many ways to create a mood in your writing.

Sunday, November 5, 2023


 How can you use the plotstorming technique when building scenes in your novel?

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Email Marketing

 Here are some key terms you need to use if you do email marketing.

Friday, November 3, 2023


 Here are some things to consider when you're revising your manuscript.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Character-Driven Picture Books

 What are the must-have elements of character-driven picture books?

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Smartphones in Novels

 How do you prevent a smartphone from easily solving your characters' problems?

Tuesday, October 31, 2023


 Your pitch should vary depending upon whom is the audience.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Young Adult or Middle Grade

 How do you determine if your manuscript is more young adult or middle grade?

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Writing Rules

 Here are some unusual writing rules that should sometimes be followed.

Saturday, October 28, 2023


 Here are some tips for identifying and strengthening your writer's voice.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Late Blooming Writers

 Did you start writing for publication later in life?

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Rough Drafts

Here are some insights about rough drafts. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023


 Flashbacks can enhance your story when used appropriately.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Independent Marketers

 Do you need to hire an indepent marketer in addition to your publisher's one?

Monday, October 23, 2023


 How many agents do you have to query before getting an offer of representation?

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Omniscient POV

 How do you successfully write books using omniscient point of view?

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Picture Book Editing

 Here's a useful checklist to use when editing your picture book.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Humorous Picture Books

 There are many ways to show the funny in picture books.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Wednesday, October 18, 2023


 Here are some ways to eliminate infodumps, especially when using deep point of view.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023


 How do you write a transition to get from one scene to the next?

Monday, October 16, 2023


 Here's a great list of links for naming things--titles, characters, place names, etc.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Writing Humor

 Here are eight tips for writing funny.

Saturday, October 14, 2023


Her are way to deepend your story by expanding on its theme.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Successful Openings

 Here are three strategies for writing a successful opening.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Book Marketing Terms

 Check out this list of book marketing buzzwords.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Picture Book Humor

 Picture books are the perfect category for humor.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Summarizing Across Scenes

 Summarized scenes tend to be less engaging for your readers.

Monday, October 9, 2023

School Visits

 Hear are some hints about school visits.

Sunday, October 8, 2023


 Are you starting your story in the right place?

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Physical Comedy

 Add humor to your writing by using physical comedy.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Pen Names

 How do you go about writing under a pen name?

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Naming Things

 Here's a great  list of all sorts of tools and resources for naming things.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Child Characters

 A kidlit book needs well-writing child characters.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Picture Book Basics

 Here are three commandments for writing picture books.

Monday, October 2, 2023

Novel Basics

 Here are some basics to writing novels that you may be overlooking.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Online Writing Conferences

 How can you tell if an online writing conference is worthwhile.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Small Publishers

 Here are some tips to evaluate a smaller publisher.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Authentic Characters

 Authentic Characters help your readers connect to your story.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Character Change in Picture Books

 How do you show character growth within the limited word count of picture books?

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Writing Children's Books

 Here are ten tips for writing kids' books.

Monday, September 25, 2023


Where in your story should you begin to figure out your plot--beginning, middle, or end?

Sunday, September 24, 2023


 Lampshading in writing is when you call out attention to to cliche or contrived element, particularly in dialogue.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Rhyming Nonfiction

 Here are some tips to using rhyme when writing nonfiction.

Friday, September 22, 2023


 What is subtext and how can you use it in your story?

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Book Blurbs

 How do book blurbs work and are they a worthwhile part of marketing?

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Picture Book Elements

 What are the parts that make up a picture book?

Tuesday, September 19, 2023


 Here are some tips to building your newsletter list.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Children's Poetry

 How do you write a collection of poems for children and get it published?

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Scene Openings

 Here are some tips to ensure a smooth opening for your scenes.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Stages of Writing

 Here are six stages of writing, including the dreaded "bang your head against the wall."

Friday, September 15, 2023

Activist Picture Books

 How to write an activist picture book without being didactice.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Multiple Storylines

 Do all your multiple storylines work?

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Chracter Relationships

 You can think of the relationship between your characters as another character in the story.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Researching STEM Topics

 Here are five steps to research for your STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) book.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Read to Improve Your Writing

 How to read with intent in order to elevate your writing.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Friday, September 8, 2023

Rhyming Mistakes

 Avoid these five mistakes when writing in rhyme.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Author Notes and Afterwords

 What is typically included in an author note or afterword?

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Verse Novels

 What is a verse novel and how do you revise it?

Monday, September 4, 2023


 How has the acquisitions process changed through the years?

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Writing From All Sides

 It's important to see all the elements of your story through different eyes.

Saturday, September 2, 2023


 It's easy to fall back on cliches in your writing, but resist the urge.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Picture Book Length

 Picture books are short, so tighten up your manuscript.

Thursday, August 31, 2023


 Newsletters are a great way to connect with your readers.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Memorable Characters

 How to write characters that your readers will always remember.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Writing Scams

 Don't get caught by these writing scams.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Sunday, August 27, 2023


 Here are some basic tips as you enter the query trenches.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Writing Quirks

 How to identify your writing quirks and eliminate them.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Speech Tags

 When should you use speech tags and which ones should you use?

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Book Family Tree

 Using a book family tree is a great way to figure out comp titles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023


 What makes an editor or agent stop reading?

Tuesday, August 22, 2023


 Here are eight steps to improve the pacing in your novel.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Word Counts

 Why do word counts matter in novels?

Sunday, August 20, 2023


 When can cliches work in your writing?

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Character Arcs

 What is and isn't a character arc?

Friday, August 18, 2023

Default Objects and Gestures

There's no need to give detailed descriptions of everyday objects and gestures. 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Multiple Points of View

 How do you have multiple points of view in your story without head hopping?

Wednesday, August 16, 2023


Voice is the lens through which your character views the world. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023


 How to see the positive side of rejection.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Ensemble Casts

 Here are five tips for writing books with more than one main character.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Character Arcs

What a character arc is and isn't. 

Friday, August 11, 2023

First Person POV

 What are the pros and cons of writing in first person point of view?

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Central Conflict

 Here are some tips to help you focus on the central conflict in your story.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Revising Your Plot

 How should you go about revising your plot after finishing your first draft?

Monday, August 7, 2023

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Query Letters

 Some reasons your query letter might not be working.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Word Counts

 What are the standard word counts for the different categories of children's books?

Thursday, August 3, 2023


 How you best use feedback to improve your manuscript?

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Tuesday, August 1, 2023


 How to harness the power of an author newsletter.

Monday, July 31, 2023


 Create incredible stories with powerful pacing.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Boring Characters

 That last thing you want in your story is boring characters.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Query Letters

 How to write an amazing query letter.

Friday, July 28, 2023

What Does a Publisher Do

 Here's a list and description of the many tasks a publisher does for your book.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Picture Books

 Ten tips for writing picture books.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Character Agency

 Conflict plus choices gives your character agency.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

On Submission

 What happens when your agent sends your manuscript out on submission?

Monday, July 24, 2023

Small Publishers

 How can you evaluate a small publisher's ability to get your book into stores and libraries?

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Dialogue Problems

 Here are some common dialogue problems and how to fix them.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Is Your Manuscript Ready?

 Here are some tests to show if you're manuscript is ready to submit.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Getting an Agent

 Here's a six-step strategy for landing a literary agent.

Thursday, July 20, 2023


 Can and should you resubmit to an agent or a publisher who has rejected you?

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

School Assembly Visits

 Doing a school visit to a large number of students is different than a classroom visit.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Young Audiences

 How do you keep the interest of young children during an author visit.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Characters in World Building

 Part of building the world of your story is how they characters live in it.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Comp Titles

 How do you find comp titles for your story?

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Indirect Dialogue

 What is indirect dialogue and when should you use it?

Friday, July 14, 2023

Story Settings

 How to choose the right settings for your story.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Author Newsletters

 Here are three things you must include in your author newsletter to please your subscribers.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Picture Book Format

 Here are the basics of the picture book format, including why the standard page count is 32.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Author Websites

 Eight mistakes you're making on your author website.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Quick Pitches

 How to boil your pitch down to the essential information.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Advance Reader Copies

 What are advance reader copies (ARCs) and how are they used?

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Word Lists

 Here's the Dolch Sight Word Lists to use when writing easy readers.

Friday, July 7, 2023


 Support other authors by cross-promoting their books with yours.

Thursday, July 6, 2023


 What are the age levels for the different categories of children's books?

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Plot Points

 What are the different kinds of plot points and how do you use them?

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Graphic Novels

 Here's an explanation of how to write a graphic novel.

Monday, July 3, 2023

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Rule of Three

 What is the rule of three and how can you use it to improve your writing?

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Deep Third POV

 Is deep third a real point of view for your story?

Friday, June 30, 2023


 How to write an author newsletter that people will want to read.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Hooking Your Readers

 Here are three tips to hook your readers from the first pages.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Unagented Submissions

 Here's a list of 100+ publishers who accept unagents submissions.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Internal Narrative

 Using internal narration can help show who your character really is.

Monday, June 26, 2023


 Properly used, cliches can add to your writing.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Picture Book Series

 What's involved in writing a picture book series or a sequel?

Friday, June 23, 2023


 Here are eight ways to start a novel.

Thursday, June 22, 2023


 How do you use prologues and flashbacks to tell your backstory?

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Author Websites

 Do you need an author website?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023


 What does it take to successfully form a co-writing creative partnership?

Monday, June 19, 2023

Agents or Editors

 Should you submit to an agent or an editor?

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Generic Reactions

 Make your writing more interesting by avoiding these generic reactions.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Translating a Novel

 Why you shouldn't use Google translate to create a foreign language version of your book.

Friday, June 16, 2023


 Hints on how to outline your book.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Story Elements

 What are the building blocks of a story?

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Nonfiction Book Proposal

 What should you include in a nonfiction book proposal?

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Show, Don't Tell

 Here are some suggestion on how to fix when you've told instead of shown.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Querying Agents

 Here are nine don'ts when querying agents.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Submission Ready?

 Here's a checklist to see if your work is ready to submit.

Saturday, June 10, 2023


 Avoid these ten common cliches in your writing.

Friday, June 9, 2023


 What is an advance and how do they work?

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Action Scenes

How to write action scenes to make your readers feel that they are there.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


 How to write a one-sentence pitch for your work.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Book Proposal

 Most nonfiction books are sold by proposal, and here's a template you can follow.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Graphic Novel Series

 Should you write your graphic novel as a stand-alone or a series?

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Audio Books

 Will your book be made into an audio book?

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Book Deals

 Here are the ins and outs of book deals.

Friday, June 2, 2023

Thursday, June 1, 2023


 Eleven things writers should understand about copyrights.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Overused Words and Phrases

 Sometimes you need to kill your darlings to eliminate overused words and phrases from your manuscript.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023


 Whom should you include in your acknowledgements?

Monday, May 29, 2023

Author Finances

 There are many things that influence how much money an author makes.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Story Mistakes

 Here are some common mistakes in writing stories.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Concise Dialogue

How do you write concise dialogue that still sounds authentic? 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Graphic Novels

 There are many different types of graphic novels.

Thursday, May 25, 2023


 Here are some tips to keep you safe from scammers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Young Adult Verse Novels

 How do you write a verse novel that readers of young adult novels will enjoy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Tightening Prose - part 2

 Here are some more tips for tightening your prose.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Tightening Prose

 One way to tighten your prose is by eliminating redudancies.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Rights vs. Copyrights

 What's the difference between rights and copyrights?

Friday, May 19, 2023

Author Websites

 There are many ways to level up your author websites.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Author Newsletters

 Here are some trends in author newsletters.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Nonfiction Text Structure

 Just as with fiction, there are many ways to structure your text in nonfiction.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Young Adult

 Here are some tips for writing young adult books.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Effective Dialogue

 Ask these questions to create effective dialogue.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Graphic Novels and Hybrids

 Graphic novels and hybrids are formats and can be any genre such as mystery, fantasy, etc.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Cliches, Metaphors, and Similes

 Using the writing devices of cliches, metaphore, and similes can help bring your writing to life.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Earning Out

 This tool will help you figure out how long it will take to earn out your advance and begin receiving royalties.

Thursday, May 11, 2023


 How can you use foreshadowing for the best effect?

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Sound Effects

 Here's a large list of sound effects to use in your writing.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023


Her are some best practices for writing flashbacks. 

Monday, May 8, 2023

Chapter Endings

 Chapter endings are as important as beginnings.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Time in Stories

 An easy way to keep track of time in your story is by putting all the events on a calendar.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Plot Holes

 Avoid plot holes by asking yourself these questions.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Story Bibles

 By including important information in your story bible, you can avoid embarrassing continuity errors.

Thursday, May 4, 2023


 Paragraph breaks provide a rhythm to your writing.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Author Websites

 Here are some hints for creating an engagine author website.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023


There are many purposes of dialogue in a book. 

Monday, May 1, 2023

Theme and Symbolism

 How can you use symbolism along with theme to strengthen your writing?

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Picture Book Templates

 Even if you're not an illustrator, it helps to make a picture book dummy to check your pacing.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Picture Book Genres

 From nonfiction to magical realism, picture books come in many different genres.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Book Promotion

 Here are some low- or no-budget ways to promote your book.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Resubmitting to an Agent

 Is it okay to resubmit a revised manuscript to an agent if you haven't been invited to do so?

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

School Assemblies

 How to you keep kids' interest when you're presenting to hundreds of them in an assembly?

Monday, April 24, 2023

Author Bios

 Make sure to include these three essentials in your author bio.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Picture Book Biography

 Why do you need a narrative structure in a picture book biography?

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Author Income

 How do advances and royalty work in traditional publishing?

Friday, April 21, 2023

Book Awards

 Here's a list of national children's and young adult book awards.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Intellectual Property

 Working on intellectual property (IP) projects is a way to expand your writing from that based on your original ideas.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Setting and Conflict

 Your setting can provide an organic way to introduce conflict into your story.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Comp Titles

 How do you find comp (comparative) titles for your manuscript.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Profit and Loss Statements

 How do profit and loss (P&L) statements help publishers decide whether to buy your book and how big an advance you should receive.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Physical Descriptions

 How do you write physical descriptions without it being an infodump?

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Author Websites

 These are the essential pages to have on an author website.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Royalty Statements

 Royalty statements can be confusing, but here's how to read them.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Fake Agents

 Protect yourself against being scammed by fake agents.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Memoirs and Lawsuits

 How do you avoid lawsuits when writing a memoir.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Author Visits

 Check out this step-by-step guide to organize and prepare for an author visit.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Book Fairs and Festivals

 Here's a list of some of the many book festivals/fairs by state.

Sunday, April 9, 2023


How to write an ending that satisfies your readers. 

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Great Openings

 How do you write an opening that will make your readers want to turn the page?

Friday, April 7, 2023

Awesome Characters

 Here are seven tips for writing awesome characters.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Perfect Scenes

 How do you piece together the perfect scene?

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Graphic Novels

 Here are five tips for writing a graphic novel.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023


Here are the two most important tactics in getting emotion on the page. 

Monday, April 3, 2023

Author Intrusion

 Author intrusion is especially problematical when writing deep point of view.

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Character Names

 There's power in your characters' names.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Narrative Nonfiction

 Writing narrative nonfiction begins with a plan.

Friday, March 31, 2023

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Independent Book Stores

 How can you build relationships with independent book stores?

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Author Websites

 What are the basic types of author websites and what are each of them good for?

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Plot Holes

What are common plot holes and how do you fix them? 

Monday, March 27, 2023

Image Research

 How do you find images to use with your nonfiction book?

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Bloated Word Counts

 How do you trim your word count without sacrificting your story?

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Friday, March 24, 2023

Writing Rules

 Following these writing rules will help make your words shine.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Contract Red Flags

 Here are some red flags that indicate possible problems in your publishing contract.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Vivid Descriptions

 Vivid descriptions create images in your readers' minds.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Wordiness in Picture Books

 Here are some hints to tighten up your picture book manuscript by eliminating wordiness.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Action-Based Scenes

 What are some reasons your action-based scene might not be working?

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Nonfiction Titles

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

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Children's Book Awards

 Here's a list of children's book awards that aren't from ALSC.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Thursday, March 16, 2023


 The ability to negotiate is a useful skill for every writer.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Show Don't Tell

Three ways "show, don't tell" can strengthen you're writing. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Action Scenes

How do you write compelling action-packed scenes? 

Monday, March 13, 2023

Character Backstory

 How do you seamlessly include a character's backstory?

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Author Blogs

 Is it worthwhile for an author to blog or send out a newsletter?

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Vocal Cues

 Your characters' vocal cues can show their hidden emotion.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Legal Issues

Avoid these legal issues when writing your book. 

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Character Needs

 Here are five things your character needs.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Literary Agent Blogs

 Follow these agent blogs for writing tips and publishing information.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Adding Depth

 Here are some suggestions for adding depth to your scenes.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Tracking Your Submissions

 It's important to keep track of what you submitted and where you sent it to.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Describing Settings

 Avoid these mistakes when describing settings.

Friday, March 3, 2023


 Here are some tips for overcoming your writing procrastination.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

DramatIc Moments

 The reaction of your characters is what makes a moment dramatic.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Funny Picture Books

 One tip for writing humorous picture books is to give your characters funny names.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Great Characters

 How do you write characters that your readers will embrace.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Deep Point of View

Here are suggestions on how to fix common deep POV problems. 

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Character Description

 In what detail should you describe your character's appearance?

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Picture Book Pacing

 Try this technique to make sure the pacing of your picture books works.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Editing Your Book

 Here a list of basic points to consider when revising your children's book.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Nonfiction Tips

 Here are some tips for writing nonfiction.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023


 Here are four myths about what is and isn't considered plagiarism.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Internal Conflict

 How does internal conflict contribute to the character arc?

Monday, February 20, 2023

Author Platforms and Brands

 How do your author platform and author brand connect with each other?

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Website Content

 Gather together all the information you need before building or updating your website.

Saturday, February 18, 2023


 Here are four tips on how to begin your novel.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Nonfiction Book Maps

 Creating a book map for your nonfiction manuscript helps keep it on track.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Fluff Words

 Avoid these fluff words to tighten up your writing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Picture Books

 Here are ten tips for writing a great picture book.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Character Goals

 Make sure your character's goal is enough to sustain a story.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Author Websites

 Avoid making these mistakes when creating or updating your author website.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Friday, February 10, 2023


 When and how should you include backstory?

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Book Awards

 What are the best awards for your book?

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Internal Conflict

 How do you reveal a character's inner conflict?

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Picture Book Revision

 What problems do agents and editors see in picture book submissions and how do you fix them.

Monday, February 6, 2023

World Building

 Avoid making these five world-building errors in your writing.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Character Arc

 How do you make sure your story has a character arc?

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Middle Grade Novels

 What is a middle grade novel and how do you write one?

Friday, February 3, 2023

Story Structure

 Ask yourself these five questions when determining your story structure.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Awesome Characters

 Here are seven tips for creating awesome characters.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Rhyming Picture Books

Here are some suggestions about what not to do when writing rhyming picture books. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Author Blogs

 What does the fragmentation of social media outreach mean for author blogs?

Monday, January 30, 2023


 Here are twelve comming pacing problems and how to fix them.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Picture Book Biographies

 There are many ways to approach writing a picture book biography.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Author Websites

There are many reasons why you should have an author website. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Book Launches

 How and when should you prepare for your book launch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Magical Realism

 Here are some tips for including magical realism in your story.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Literary Techniques in Picture Books

 How can you best employ literary techniques in your picture book?

Monday, January 23, 2023

Developmental Editors

 What should you know before hiring a developmental editor?

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Powerful Endings

 Here are some hints to make your ending more powerful.

Saturday, January 21, 2023


 Writing can help you fix problems with your manuscript.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Book-related holidays

 Here are more than 50 holidays related to writing and reading that you can use to promote your book.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Picture Book Dummies

 Even if you're not illustrating your own picture book, it's still helpful to make a dummy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


 How and when do you reveal information from your backstory?

Monday, January 16, 2023

Fair Use

 What are the rules for quoting other people's text or song lyrics in your own work?

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Revision Tips

 When you're revising, start with the big picture items.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Last Chapters

 How do you write your last chapter to give a satisfying end to your book?

Friday, January 13, 2023

Humorous Picture Books

 It's not that easy to write funny, especially with the word count contraints of a picture book.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Word Count Issues

 Here are some hints how to cut or increase your word count as needed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Real Life and Fiction

How do you use real life people, events, and settings to enhance your fiction?

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Novel Revision

 Here are eight steps to revising your novel.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Children's Books Categories

 Here are the various categories (formats) of children's books.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Beginning Writing Mistakes

 Here are some common mistakes that beginning writers make.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Chapter Length

 How long should your chapters be?

Wednesday, January 4, 2023


 What are the basics of plot structure?

Tuesday, January 3, 2023


 What are the causes of most agent rejections?

Monday, January 2, 2023

Adversaries in Fiction

 An adversary is the person (or thing or situation) that presents a challenge for your protagonist.

Sunday, January 1, 2023