children's picture book

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

While children's picture books may seem simple, creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Rejection Letters

How writers can turn "kiss off" into "keep on going!"

"I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member," said Groucho Marx (though the exact quote seems to differ depending on the source). Well Groucho would've had an easy time as an aspiring writer-- relishing each new rejection letter as further validation of his outsider status. The rest of us probably aren't so contrary (or ironic) about rejection; it hurts, no matter how much we tell ourselves to not take it personally. Whether you get sad, stoic, defiant, or irate following a "thanks, but no thanks" missive-- the most important thing is to keep submitting, keep writing, and keep crossing your fingers!
How to write a great author bio

How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers

Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze. If you're afraid this describes you, don't be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound bites.
Legally quote song lyrics

How to legally quote song lyrics in your book

Authors have been quoting song lyrics in their books for eons, but if you plan to quote lyrics written after 1923, be prepared to do some research — and get out your checkbook — long before releasing your book.
perfect chapter

Crafting The Perfect Chapter

There are many ways to use chapters effectively in your writing, just make sure your design is never random and you're on your way to crafting the perfect chapter.
manuscript editing

How To Prepare For Manuscript Editing

Follow these guidelines to clarify your expectations for your manuscript editing and they will save your editor a lot of time, frustration, and confusion.
pen names

Pen Names: How And Why To Use Them

When my first book was being published, I toyed with the idea of using a pen name for about three seconds. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.


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