Friday, July 12, 2024

Typing Up Other People's Manuscripts

 Typing up other people's manuscripts can help you to internalize how pacing works.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Character Names

 How do you choose the perfect names for your characters?

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Short Stories

 Collections of short stories for kids are becoming more popular.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024


 Here are four steps to perfecting your synopsis, no matter the length.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Your Life in Your Writing

 There are many aspects of your life that can add to your writing.

Sunday, July 7, 2024


 What type of content should you include in your newsletterf?

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Critique Groups

 There are many types of critique groups, both good and bad.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Social Media Tips

 Here are some social media tips that withstand the test of time.

Thursday, July 4, 2024


 Here are 155 words to describe an author's tone.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Self vs. Traditional Publishing

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2024


 How do you write compelling, not boring, backstories?

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Inner Conflict

 How do you write compelling inner conflict?

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Query Letters

 Here's how to nail your query letter.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Freelance Editors

 Is it worthwhile to use a freelance editor and how do you find a good one?

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Kid's Mysteries

 Here are three tips for writing mysteries for kids.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Book Marketing Misconceptions

 Implement the book marketing activities that help your sales.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Industry Standards

 If you're independently publishing, you'll want to make sure your book follows these industry standards.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Story Endings

 Use these tips to troubleshoot your story's ending.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Ensemble Casts

 How do you structure your ensemble cast with plotlines?

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Writing Elements

 Use these five elements of writing to immerse your reader in your story.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Literary Agent Etiquette

 There are some basic rules of etiquette you should follow when interacting with an agent.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Types of Scenes

 Here are eight different types of scenes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024


 There are various types of editing involved in getting your story publishing ready.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Negative Space

 What is negative space in a story and how do you use it?

Monday, June 17, 2024


 What are copyrights and how do they work in practice?

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Marketing Plan

Creating a marketing plan you can actually follow.

Saturday, June 15, 2024


 When do you need (and not need) a prologue?

Friday, June 14, 2024

Saggy Middles

 How do you eliminate the saggy middle of your story?

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Great Characters

 Here are 19 tips to develop great characters.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Picture Book Word Count

 Here are some tips to reduce the word count in your picture book.

Monday, June 10, 2024

New York Times Bestsellers

What criteria are used to get a book on the New York Times bestseller lists?

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Character's Impact on Plot

 Know your characters by examining their impact on the plot.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Small Presses

 Here are some things to consider before submitting to a small (or even big) press.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Character Reactions

 Here are some character reactions--both positive and negative.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Self Publishing

 Here are some questions to ask yourself before self publishing.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Character Setup

 There are several emotions you need to setup for your character at the start of your book.


 Here's what you need to know when working with a publicist.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Social Media

 Here are some observations about using social media in marketing.

Monday, June 3, 2024


 The audience for your book is not "everyone."

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024


 If you self-publish, do you need to get an ISBN?

Friday, May 31, 2024

Character Skills

 Make your characters stand out by giving them a skill.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Story Beginnings

 Here are some aspects of plot you need to consider when opening your story,.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Fact in Fiction

 How factual does your fiction have to be?

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Book Signing

 What should you write when you sign books?

Monday, May 27, 2024


 There are some times in your story where you don't need to include conflict.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Writer's Block

 Here are some suggestions to help you break out of your writer's block.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Story Bibles

 Creating a story bible will help you avoid continuity mistakes in your writing.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Substack vs. Blogging

 Which is better--substack newsletters or blogging?

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Planning Your Novels

 Here are four strategies to use in planning your novel.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Character Talents

 Giving your characters distince talents will help your reader to differentiate them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

Opening Scenes

 Here are four goals of what to include in your opening scenes.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Graphic Novels

 Here's an example of creating a graphic novel including tips.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Comp Titles

 There's no need to stress over comp titles.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Lyrical Writing

 Here are some way to make both fiction and nonfiction more lyrical.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Read Your Manuscript Aloud

 Reading your manuscript aloud is a great tool to use when revising.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Emotional Responses

 It's very easy for the emotional responses in your writing to be cliches.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

First Drafts

 First drafts are often a mess, but you need to start somewhere.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Querying Tips

 Here are some suggestions for getting an agent.

Sunday, May 12, 2024


 Here are some reasons that your flashbacks aren't working.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Book Promotion

 How to feel good about promoting your book.

Friday, May 10, 2024


 There are four basic types of story settings.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Deep Editing

 Here are some deep-editing tips to help make your writing shine.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024


 Are you making this mistake when adding conflict to your manuscript?

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Literary Celebrations

 Check out this list of literary celebrations and holidays.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Literary Celebrations

 Literary celebrations are a great excuse to promote your books.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

New to Children's Writing

 Here are five things to do if you're new to kidlit.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Amateur or Pro Writer?

 Here are eight steps to make the transition from a hobbyist writer to a pro.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Show Don't Tell?

 We've all heard the rule to show don't tell, but is it always true?

Thursday, May 2, 2024

First Pages

 What information do you need to give your readers in your opening pages?

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Continuing a Series

 When you continue a series, you need to remind your readers of what happened in previous books.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Event Contracts

 Should you use a contract for your events, and what should you include in it?

Monday, April 29, 2024

Introducing Characters

 Here are six tips about how to introduce characters to make them memorable and interesting.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Impromptu Book Signings

 Is it okay to sign books in a bookstore if it hasn't been prearranged?

Friday, April 26, 2024

Middle Grade Sales

 Is there really a slump in middle grade sales, and what caused it?

Thursday, April 25, 2024


How can you tell if your prologue is necessary? 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Debut Authors

 Congratulations on your debut book, and here are some tips for you.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Impersonation Scams

 Don't fall for these scams where they impersonate a real agency or publisher.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Accessibility on Social Media

 Here are some ways to make sure your social media posts are accessible to all.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Submission Ready

 How can you tell if your writing is ready to submit (or publish)?

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Finding Nonfiction Experts

 Make your nonfiction shine by consulting experts in the field.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Self Promotion

 Here are some tips for promoting yourself and your books.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Small Publishers

 How do you evaluate a small publisher?

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Grammar Checkers

 Will using a grammar checker improve your writing?

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

AI and Writers

 How does your writing career survive the advent of AI?

Monday, April 15, 2024

Selling Books at School Visits

 How do you include book sales in your school visits?

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?

Saturday, April 13, 2024


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

Friday, April 12, 2024

Naming Characters

 Naming your characters is both fun and challenging.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Author Bios

 What's the secret to crafting 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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Character Strengths

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

Monday, April 8, 2024

Self Promotion

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

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Pen Names

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

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024

Active Protagonists

 Active protagonists will help to engage your readers.

Thursday, April 4, 2024


 How can you protect yourself from publishing scammers?

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Writing Advice

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Character Flaws

 Introducing flaws helps your readers understand more about your characters.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Word Choice

 The wrong word choice can hurt your writing.

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.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Online Press Kit

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

Friday, March 29, 2024

Finding an Agent

 Here are some tips on finding an agent.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Writer's Block

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Nudging an Agent

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

Nonfiction Word Counts

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

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?

Saturday, March 23, 2024


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

Friday, March 22, 2024

Author Visits

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

Thursday, March 21, 2024


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

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Weak Words

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Braided Storytelling

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

Monday, March 18, 2024


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

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Characters' Knowledge

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

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Poetry and Nonfiction

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

Friday, March 15, 2024


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

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Author Bios on Queries

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

School Visits

 This survey show information about school visits, including honoraria.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Who Reps Whom?

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

Monday, March 11, 2024

First Paragraph

 Grab your reader in the first paragraph of your book.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Rejection Letters

 Why don't agents explain their rejection letters?

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 How long should each chapter be?

Friday, March 8, 2024

Scene Beginnings

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

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Brainstorming Your Plot

 Here's 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.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


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

Monday, March 4, 2024


 How do you write words that sing?

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Character Personality

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

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Educational Market

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

Friday, March 1, 2024

Narrative Arc

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

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Hybrid Publishers

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Writing Rules

It's okay to sometimes break the writing rules. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maximizing Submission Chances

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

Monday, February 26, 2024

Relationship Plots

 Where are the turning points in your relationship plot?

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Author Platform

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

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Kidlit Nonfiction

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

Friday, February 23, 2024


 Here are some tips for getting emotion on the page.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Press Releases

 Do you still need press releases in this digital age?

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dialogue in Fiction

 Use less dialogue and more action in fiction.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Character Backgrounds

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

Monday, February 19, 2024

Writing Retreats

 Make your writing retreat pay off.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Character Development Exercises

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

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Story Structure Timing

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

Friday, February 16, 2024

Character Names

 How do you choose the perfect names for your characters?

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Point of View

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Conference Networking

 How to network at conferences without it being weird.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Character Voice

 Differentiate your characters by giving each a distince voice.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Funny Picture Books

 Kids love humor in the books they read.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Great Characters

Here are some hints for developing great characters. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Multiple Plotlines

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

Friday, February 9, 2024


 Unanswered questions can add tension to your writing.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Confusing Your Reader

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2024


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

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Picture Books

 Here are nine things that make a picture book successful.

Author Visits

 Here are some tips to get started with author visits.

Monday, February 5, 2024


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

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Newsletter Freebies

Get more subscribers for your newsletter by providing freebies. 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

YA Writers and Teens

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

Friday, February 2, 2024

Plot Problems

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

Thursday, February 1, 2024


 Here are some hints for using wordplay in your writing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024


 Here are five things your character needs.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chapter Lengths

 What's the optimal length for your book chapters?

Monday, January 29, 2024


 Make sure your newsletter is providing what your subscribers expect.

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.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Book Awards

 Check out this list of book awards.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024


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

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Book Release Timeline

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

Monday, January 22, 2024

Twitter Pitch Parties

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

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Pen Names

 Should you use a pen name for your writing?

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Verbal Comedy

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

Friday, January 19, 2024


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

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Scene Pitfalls

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Fake Literary Agents

Don't get scammed by a fake literary agent. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024


 Here are five tips for creating an unforgettable setting.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Book Launches

 Here are some tips for organizing your book launch party.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Street Teams

 How do you use street teams to promote your book?

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Digital Review Copies

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

Friday, January 12, 2024

Author Bios

 Here are some hints for writing your author bio.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Physical Comedy

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Literary Agents

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Story Endings

 How to find the perfect ending for your story.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Choose Your Own Adventure Books

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

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Query Letters

 Don't get rejected based on your query letter.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Board Books

 Is it possible to get your board book published?

Friday, January 5, 2024

Picture Book Format

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

Thursday, January 4, 2024


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

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.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024


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

Monday, January 1, 2024

Self Editing

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