The Bookshelf Cafe News

Opening Scenes

 Here are three vital elements to include in the opening scene of your book.

Characters and Setting

 Ask your characters these questions to help bring your setting to life.

Tighten Your Writing

 Here are some tips to cut words and phrases that make your writing drag.

Unique Story Elements

 How do you introduce unique story elements, like in a fantasy world, without confusing your readers.…

Finding Comp Titles

 Here are some hints for finding comp titles to use in your query.

Diversity in Aging

 Many books use stereotypes for the older character: don’t let yours be one of these.


 There are many universal themes that might run through a children’s book.


 Even if you don’t write fantasy or science fiction, you still have to build the world…

Better Dialogue

 Here are 19 tips for writing better dialogue.

Picture Book Structure

 There are so many options in how to structure you picture book.

Form Rejections

 What does it mean when you get a form rejection?

Deep POV

 Using deep third-person point of view brings your readers closer to your character.