How To Format A Picture Book Manuscript For Publishers
Attention to proper formatting will help your submission stand out. If you use Microsoft Word, here’s how your paragraph settings should look. Format examples.
Children’s Picture Book Revision Tool
This revision tool will help strengthen your narrative and pacing, show where your manuscript is text heavy, and eliminate excess description.
How To Write A Children’s Picture Book
If you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, it’s quite likely you simply have a problem with your skeleton. The basic narrative/character arc is your story’s skeleton. It is the structure upon which all else sits.
How Long is Novel?
How long should a novel be?
How long is too long, and how short is too short? First let’s look at typical word counts for various literary categories.
The Rewrite: Questions For Authors – Writing Revision Strategies
What follows is a list of questions authors of fiction and narrative nonfiction can ask themselves while rewriting, to help them clarify their ideas and shape their expression for greater impact. The list can also be useful before the fact and as a guide while writing...
How To Hire An Editor
How do you find the best editor for your book? You have written a book, or you are in the process of writing one. That's great! Maybe you're just thinking about writing one. You hope it will be a bestselling novel. Or maybe it is more practical---a tool for promoting...
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Writers
Compassion Compassion is at the top of the list. Without it, I can't imagine a writer getting very far. As writers, we are often too hard on ourselves, either because we haven't kept to a writing goal, or we got rejected from an agent, or we beat ourselves up, or...
Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 3]
So far in this series, we've taken a look at the dangers of head-hopping and too much telling. In this final installment, I want to cover the third most common issue I see with manuscripts. So, as before, let's start by reviewing a short passage: Dana pulled out her...
High Concept vs. Dilemma. Why Your Story Needs Both.
While we typically associate the term “high concept” with genre fiction (e.g., sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, thriller, comedy), a compelling high concept is what underlies all great fiction in every genre and every format, from short stories to novels to films. What is a high concept? I tend to define it as a compelling “What […]
Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 2]
Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t So Good In the first installment of this series, we looked at how head-hopping (abrupt POV jumps within a scene) can damage the intimacy between a reader and the story. In this second part, I want to cover another major problem area I see in my daily work […]
Why You Need A Children’s Picture Book Editor
You’ve always wanted to do it, and now you finally have. It’s an exhilarating, wonderful feeling, and you have every reason to feel proud. You’ve written that children’s picture book-and you’re fired up and ready to publish.
The Science Fiction Writing Genre
The division of genres has become a speculative game of slots. How do you pick a literary agent who is looking for the book you wrote, or a category in Kindle Direct Publishing?
Avoiding Three Common Pitfalls for Novelists [Part 1]
When readers begin to feel connected to a character and you suddenly jump POVs, you’ve broken that sense of growing intimacy. What’s the solution if you find yourself prone to hopping heads?
What Do I Do With My Finished Novel?
Every situation is unique, but let’s think about the first question most novel writers ask: Am I likely to find a publisher?
Building The Six-Dimensional Character
Character development is the driving force of any good story, and yet, this is one of the most misunderstood elements of fiction writing. We’ve all heard of “flat” or “two-dimensional” characters. But how do we avoid this fatal flaw?