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?