Tuesday, April 16, 2024

AI and Writers

 How does your writing career survive the advent of AI?

https://annerallen.com/2024/03/writer-in-the-age-of-ai/

Monday, April 15, 2024

Selling Books at School Visits

 How do you include book sales in your school visits?

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/how-to-sell-books-at-school-visit.html

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Publishing Timeline

 Why does it take so long from when you get an offer on a book until it's published?

https://knliterary.com/2017/06/27/a-publishing-timeline-for-first-time-authors/?r_done=1

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Backstory

 It can be difficult to decide what backstory you need to include in your writing.

https://janefriedman.com/how-do-you-know-what-backstory-to-include/

Friday, April 12, 2024

Naming Characters

 Naming your characters is both fun and challenging.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/03/the-name-game-tips-for-naming-your-characters/

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Author Bios

 What's the secret to crafting a compelling author bio?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/03/the-secret-to-a-compelling-author-bio/

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Author Questionnaires

 Your publisher's publicist will probably have you fill out a questionnaire in order to better market your book.

https://katemckean.substack.com/p/author-questionnaire

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Character Strengths

 One way your readers can get to know your characters is by showing their strengths.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/04/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-4-strengths/

Monday, April 8, 2024

Self Promotion

 How do you go about promoting your book and why is it important?

https://groggorg.blogspot.com/2024/03/why-authors-need-to-self-promote-and.html

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Pen Names

 Things to consider if you're thinking about using a pen name.

https://susanuhlig.com/2011/03/double_identity/

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024

Active Protagonists

 Active protagonists will help to engage your readers.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/03/why-protagonists-need-to-be-active

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Scammers

 How can you protect yourself from publishing scammers?

https://annerallen.com/2022/02/publishing-scammers-how-to-stay-safe-2/

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Writing Advice

 One of the best pieces of writing advice is simply to finish your book.

https://countercraft.substack.com/p/the-first-and-best-writing-advice

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Character Flaws

 Introducing flaws helps your readers understand more about your characters.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/03/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-3-flaws/

Monday, April 1, 2024

Word Choice

 The wrong word choice can hurt your writing.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/11/14-words-that-are-hurting-your-writing.html

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Author Voice

 When you're writing in deep point of view, you'll want to remove the author voice from your writing.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/how-to-remove-the-author-voice-for-deep-point-of-view/

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Online Press Kit

 It's important to have an online press kit on your website.

https://janefriedman.com/set-up-the-perfect-online-press-kit/

Friday, March 29, 2024

Finding an Agent

 Here are some tips on finding an agent.

https://www.nffest.com/2024/02/5-tips-for-finding-agent.html

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Writer's Block

 Here are some hacks to break through your writer's block.

https://annerallen.com/2024/02/writers-block-busters/

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Nudging an Agent

 How do you nudge an agent to see if your work is still under consideration?

https://alexadonne.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Agent-Nudge-Examples.pdf

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

Nonfiction Word Counts

 What are the average and range of word counts in nonfiction picture books?

https://kirstenwlarson.com/2024/03/09/results-nonfiction-picture-book-word-count-survey-for-debut-authors/

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Pitching to Media

 How to you pitch your book to media in a way that increases the chance they'll pick it up?

https://insights.bookbub.com/how-to-pitch-book-to-media-steps/

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Substack

 What are the pros and cons for authors of using substack?

https://janefriedman.com/substack-is-both-great-and-terrible-for-authors/

Friday, March 22, 2024

Author Visits

 These seven steps will help you get started with author visits.

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/7-steps-to-get-started-with-author.html

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Blurbs

 How do you ask for a blurb or answer a request for one?

https://katemckean.substack.com/p/how-to-blurb

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Weak Words

Eliminate some of these common weak words to make your story stronger.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/02/five-edits-to-strengthen-your-writing.html

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Braided Storytelling

 When you write, you need to braid together the story elements.

https://www.worldbuilders.ai/p/braided-storytelling

Monday, March 18, 2024

Tropes

 Depending upon how they're used, tropes can either add or detract from your story.

https://janefriedman.com/tropes-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Characters' Knowledge

 Characters can just know things without it having to be spelled out in your text.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/02/characters-can-just-know-things

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Poetry and Nonfiction

 Here are some tips for writing your nonfiction book in verse.

https://www.nffest.com/2024/02/poetry-and-nonfiction-how-does-that-work.html?m=1

Friday, March 15, 2024

Self-Editing

 Before you query with your manuscript, you need to self edit to increase your chance of publication.

https://refiction.com/articles/editing-a-book

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Author Bios on Queries

 What should you include in your author bio when writing a query letter?

https://courtneymaum.substack.com/p/turbocharging-the-bio-section-of

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

School Visits

 This survey show information about school visits, including honoraria.

https://www.donnajanellbowman.com/2024/02/21/school-visit-survey-nuts-bolts-and-uncomfortable-truths/

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Who Reps Whom?

 Here's a list of authors and a link to their agent's website.

https://querytracker.net/clients/

Monday, March 11, 2024

First Paragraph

 Grab your reader in the first paragraph of your book.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/creating-wow-power-in-your-first-paragraph/

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Rejection Letters

 Why don't agents explain their rejection letters?

https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-agents-explain-rejections/

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 How long should each chapter be?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-long-should-a-chapter-be/

Friday, March 8, 2024

Scene Beginnings

 Here are some must-haves for the first few paragraphs of every scene.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/02/four-must-haves-in-the-first-two-paragraphs-of-every-chapter-or-scene/

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Brainstorming Your Plot

 Here's a handy trick for brainstorming your plot.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/a-handy-trick-for-brainstorming-your-plot/

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

In-Person Conferences

 There's something to be said about attending a conference in person.

https://writersrumpus.com/2024/02/09/embracing-connection-the-joy-of-returning-to-in-person-conferences/

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Editors

 How much should it cost to hire an editor for your book?

https://www.marykole.com/book-editing

Monday, March 4, 2024

Voice

 How do you write words that sing?

https://byomentor.com/2019/01/28/voice-writing-words-that-sing/

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Character Personality

 Your characters' personalities help your readers to better understand them.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/02/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-2-personality/

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Educational Market

 What's involved in getting a project to write for the educational market?

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2019/01/writing-for-educational-market.html

Friday, March 1, 2024

Narrative Arc

 What is a narrative arc and how does that relate to your storytelling?

https://blog.reedsy.com/narrative-arc/

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Hybrid Publishers

 Here are some red flags to look for when choosing a hybrid publisher.

https://janefriedman.com/hybrid-paid-publishing-red-flags/

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Writing Rules

It's okay to sometimes break the writing rules.

https://janefriedman.com/writing-rules-that-beg-to-be-broken/ 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maximizing Submission Chances

 Here are some tips to maximize your chance of having a successful submission.

https://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2024/02/maximizing-your-submission-chances.html

Monday, February 26, 2024

Relationship Plots

 Where are the turning points in your relationship plot?

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/02/mastering-turning-points-in-relationship-plots/

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Author Platform

Having an author platform is not mandatory for marketing most writing.

https://janefriedman.com/author-platform-is-not-a-requirement-to-sell-your-novel-or-childrens-book/ 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Kidlit Nonfiction

 How do you write nonfiction that kids will want to read?

https://www.marykole.com/nonfiction-books-for-kids

Friday, February 23, 2024

Emotions

 Here are some tips for getting emotion on the page.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/01/how-to-get-emotion-onto-the-page/

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Press Releases

 Do you still need press releases in this digital age?

https://janefriedman.com/why-you-need-a-press-release-in-a-digital-age/

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dialogue in Fiction

 Use less dialogue and more action in fiction.

https://annerallen.com/2024/02/avoid-too-much-dialogue-in-fiction/

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Character Backgrounds

 Knowing your characters' backgrounds will help you write more rounded characters.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/01/ways-to-know-your-characters-part-1-background/

Monday, February 19, 2024

Writing Retreats

 Make your writing retreat pay off.

https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-to-make-a-writing-retreat-pay-off/

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Character Development Exercises

 Here are some exercises to use in developing a fully realized character.

https://blog.reedsy.com/character-development-exercises/

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Story Structure Timing

 How perfect does the timing have to be in your story structure?

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-storys-structural-timing/

Friday, February 16, 2024

Character Names

 How do you choose the perfect names for your characters?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-come-up-with-a-character-name/

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Point of View

 There are many ways to play with point of view in your story.

https://taralazar.com/2024/01/26/storystorm-2024-day-26/

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Conference Networking

 How to network at conferences without it being weird.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2024/01/lauras-big-guide-to-conference-networking/

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Character Voice

 Differentiate your characters by giving each a distince voice.

https://pshoffman.com/character-creation/how-to-write-character-voice/

Monday, February 12, 2024

Funny Picture Books

 Kids love humor in the books they read.

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2021/01/picture-book-focus-writing-funny.html

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Great Characters

Here are some hints for developing great characters.

https://pshoffman.com/character-creation/how-to-write-addicting-characters/ 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Multiple Plotlines

 It can be confusing to keep track of multiple plotlines in your book.

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-multiple-plotlines-everything-you-need-to-know/

Friday, February 9, 2024

Tension

 Unanswered questions can add tension to your writing.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/01/tension-and-the-power-of-unanswered-questions/

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Confusing Your Reader

 Here are some reasons why your reader might be confused when reading your book.

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2024/01/six-reasons-youre-confusing-the-reader

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Storyboards

If you're writing a picture book, you should make a storyboard (even if you're not an illustrator).

https://taralazar.com/2016/10/06/every-picture-book-author-should-make-a-storyboard/ 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Picture Books

 Here are nine things that make a picture book successful.

https://tracymarchini.com/publishing-thoughts-and-writing-advice/9-qualities-of-a-successful-picture-book

Author Visits

 Here are some tips to get started with author visits.

https://www.annettewhipple.com/2023/10/7-steps-to-get-started-with-author.html

Monday, February 5, 2024

Pacing

 Work on the pacing in your novel to keep your readers turning the page.

https://blog.reedsy.com/pacing-in-writing/

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Newsletter Freebies

Get more subscribers for your newsletter by providing freebies.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2023/10/how-to-create-a-fun-freebie-your-newsletter-subscribers-cant-resist/ 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

YA Writers and Teens

 If you're writing a young adult novel, you should know about the life of teens.

https://janefriedman.com/4-things-every-ya-writer-should-know-about-teens/

Friday, February 2, 2024

Plot Problems

 There are several reasons why you're plot might not be working.

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/09/why-your-plot-isnt-working.html

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Puns

 Here are some hints for using wordplay in your writing.

https://scbwi.blogspot.com/2024/01/a-pun-in-oven-how-to-give-birth-to.html

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Characters

 Here are five things your character needs.

https://www.writingforward.com/storytelling/five-things-your-characters-need

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 What's the optimal length for your book chapters?

https://blog.reedsy.com/how-long-should-a-chapter-be/

Monday, January 29, 2024

Newletters

 Make sure your newsletter is providing what your subscribers expect.

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2024/01/ensure-your-newsletter-lives-up-to-subscribers-expectations/

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Friday, January 26, 2024

Book Tours

 Here are ten tips to help make your book publicity tour a success.

https://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com/2014/03/top-ten-tips-for-book-publicity-tours.html

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Book Awards

 Check out this list of book awards.

https://insights.bookbub.com/book-awards/

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Antagonist

 Don't forget your antagonist is also important to your story.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/12/story-in-trouble-5-signs-youre-ignoring-your-antagonist/

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Book Release Timeline

 What should you be doing and when to promote the release of your new book?

https://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/2010/02/timeline-and-checklist-for-ya-of-mg.html

Monday, January 22, 2024

Twitter Pitch Parties

 What are Twitter (X) pitch parties and what are some of the more common ones?

https://slushpilestory.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/most-popular-twitter-pitch-parties-for-writers/

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Pen Names

 Should you use a pen name for your writing?

https://askanauthor.substack.com/p/should-i-use-a-pen-name

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Verbal Comedy

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

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/10/how-to-write-comedy-part-2-verbal-comedy/

Friday, January 19, 2024

Synopses

Follow these five steps to create a synopsis for your novel.

https://www.goodstorycompany.com/blog/how-to-write-a-novel-synopsis 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Scene Pitfalls

Here are some pitfalls to avoid when writing a goal-driven scene.

 https://writershelpingwriters.net/2023/12/scene-mastery-navigating-common-goal-driven-scene-pitfalls/

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Fake Literary Agents

Don't get scammed by a fake literary agent.

https://writerbeware.blog/2023/12/15/how-to-spot-a-fake-literary-agency/ 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Settings

 Here are five tips for creating an unforgettable setting.

https://writerunboxed.com/2023/12/19/5-tips-for-crafting-unforgettable-settings/



Monday, January 15, 2024

Book Launches

 Here are some tips for organizing your book launch party.

https://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com/2015/07/how-to-organize-book-launch-party.html

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Street Teams

 How do you use street teams to promote your book?

https://jmfrey.net/2019/09/words-for-writers-what-is-a-street-team-guest-post/

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Digital Review Copies

 There are several ways for publishers to provide digital review copies for reviewers.

https://bitaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2021/03/10/earcs-netgalley-and-edelweiss/

Friday, January 12, 2024

Author Bios

 Here are some hints for writing your author bio.

https://justpublishingadvice.com/i-am-an-author-but-i-am-useless-at-writing-my-own-bio/

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Physical Comedy

 Add humor to your manuscript through the use of physical comedy.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/09/how-to-write-comedy-part-1-physical-comedy-slapstick/

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Literary Agents

 How do you find the literary agent who's perfect for you?

https://janefriedman.com/researching-the-right-literary-agents-for-you/

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Story Endings

 How to find the perfect ending for your story.

https://www.eevijones.com/how-to-end-a-story/

Monday, January 8, 2024

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

 Here's one author's experiences in writing a choose your own adventure book.

https://writersrumpus.com/2023/12/08/my-experience-writing-a-choose-your-own-adventure-book/

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Query Letters

 Don't get rejected based on your query letter.

https://annerallen.com/2023/12/its-your-query-letter/

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Board Books

 Is it possible to get your board book published?

https://www.deareditor.com/2023/11/can-i-get-a-book-deal-for-a-board-book/


Friday, January 5, 2024

Picture Book Format

 If you're writing picture books, it's important to understand their format.

https://debbieohi.substack.com/p/picture-books-101-part-3-understanding

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Biographies

 Here are some tips for writing a biography will be compelling to readers.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/11/telling-a-life-tips-for-composing-a-compelling-biography/

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Emotions and Moods

 The "show don't tell" rule also works for letting your reader in on your characters' emotions and moods.

https://thewritepractice.com/how-to-show-not-tell-paranoia-hope-and-other-moods/

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Descriptions

 One well-chosen detail is better than a laundry list of descriptions.

https://janefriedman.com/one-well-chosen-detail-write-juicy-descriptions-without-overwhelming-your-reader/

Monday, January 1, 2024

Self Editing

 Increase the chances of selling your manuscript by becoming a better self editor.

https://writersinthestormblog.com/2023/11/why-you-should-want-to-become-a-better-self-editor/