Historical Novels

Here are some tips for writing historical novels. http://booksbywomen.org/my-top-tips-for-writing-historical-novels/ 

Middle Grade Market

 Although you shouldn’t write to the market, you certainly need to consider it, and here’s information…

Kidlit Categories

http://evalangston.com/2021/08/16/kidlit-genres/Here’s a detailed description of the different kidlit categories (even though they call them genres) such…


 How can you use clothing to energize your plot and help define your characters? https://annerallen.com/2022/01/9-ways-clothe-energize-your-plot/

Who Are Your Readers?

 Do you know who your intended audience is and why that matters? https://writersinthestormblog.com/2022/01/who-are-your-readers-and-why-does-it-matter/


 How do you know when you’ve done enough research? https://writersinthestormblog.com/2022/01/how-much-research-is-enough/

Paying for an Author Visit

 There are many ways to fund having an author visit your school. https://www.annettewhipple.com/2019/06/how-to-pay-for-author-visit.html

Book Titles

 Choosing a book title has changed in this age of self-published books and online bookstores. https://annerallen.com/2022/01/choosing-a-book-title-in-the-e-age/

Choosing a Title

 Even though your title may change before publication, it’s worth choosing a good working title. https://www.janefriedman.com/choose-the-perfect-title-for-your-book-7-authors-offer-tips/

Lessons in Picture Books

 Kids want to be entertained, not lectured, by their picture books. https://www.goodstorycompany.com/blog/picture-book-lessons

Common Writing Mistakes

 Watch out for these common mistakes even good writers make. https://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/5-story-mistakes-even-good-writers-make

Fourth Wall

 Here are some mentor texts if you want to break the fourth wall (talk directly to…

Picture Book Dummies

 Even if your only artistic talent is drawing stick figures, if you’re writing a picture book,…

Sense of Smell

 We all know how important it is to include all five+ senses in our writing, but…

Dialogue Tips

 These dialogue tips will leave your readers wanting more. https://writersinthestormblog.com/2021/03/5-dialogue-quick-tips-for-page-turning-fiction/

Plot Problems

 Maybe your plot problem is actually a character arc problem. https://www.janefriedman.com/maybe-its-not-your-plot/

Raising the Stakes

 How do you raise the stakes in your novel to keep your reader turning the pages?…

Pinch Points

 What are pinch points and where should they go in your story? https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/pinch-points/

Picture Book Pacing

 “Hijack” a mentor picture book to test out the pacing of your manuscript. https://wildthings.vcfa.edu/pacing-the-picture-book-laurel-abell/

Average Word Counts

 There are always exceptions, but it’s a good idea to try in stay within the average…

Children’s Books Age Levels

 What are the usual age ranges for each category of children’s book? https://journeytokidlit.com/age-levels-for-childrens-books/

Switching Agents Within an Agency

 What’s the appropriate way to ask to switch to another agent within the same agency? https://bookendsliterary.com/2021/09/21/i-want-to-switch-agents-but-not-agencies/

Revision Tips

 Here are eight detailed suggestions of what to do and look for when revising. https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/eight-steps-revising-novel/

Describing Action

 Describe actions in chronological order–this happenned, then that–so you don’t confuse your readers. https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2021/08/action-then-reaction

Picture Book Tips

 Here are twenty tips for writing the best picture book possible. https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/articles/twenty-tips-for-writing-picture-books