Alphabetical List of Blog Posts

4 Ways to Make Your Characters “Talk Different” (guest post)
5 Tips for Writing Great Young Adult Stories (guest post)
13 Dialogue Tips
175 Proof


Action, Reaction, and Time
Advice to New Writers
After the Critique
Agents Telling What They Want
Altitude and Attitude
Answers to Questions about Writing for Children’s Magazines
Are Listserves a Service or a Waste of Time?
Are You Stage Directing?
Article Writing for Kids’ Magazines
Attribution or Action
Author Talks versus Workshops
Authors in the Classroom


Backing Up Emails
Before You Sign: Contract Resources
Bloggers Supporting Other Bloggers
Deciding to Blog?
How to Evaluate a Good Blog Gig and Earn What You Deserve
Tips for Individual Blog Posts
Writing Process Blog Tour
Book It! – Recording What You Read
The Breaks of Paragraphing
Building an Author (or Illustrator) Website (series):
Preparing to Build a Brand-New Author or Illustrator Website (read first)
Prepping Your Website Content
Resizing Photos for Use on Websites
Choosing a Platform and Host for Your Website
Building Your Own WordPress Website
Hiring Someone to Build Your Website
Website Q & A
But That’s How People Talk


Can children and teens get their work published?
Children’s Book Categories
Choosing a Platform and Host for Your Website
Chronology in Fiction
Comparison, the Enemy of Creation?
Confessions of a Writer Easily Distracted
Considering Self-Publishing?
Continuous Verbs
Creating during Anxious Times
Creative Picture Book Formats
Critique Groups: Go For It!
Critique Methods (Face-to-Face, Online, One-on-Ones)
Critiquing Via Zoom
Cut in the Critique
Cutting Back on the Feed


Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
Deciding to Blog?
Dialogue Heavy
Diane Bailey, Work-for-hire Champion
Distancing Your Reader
Diverse Books
Do as I Say
Do It Myself!
Do You Have Style?
Do You Remember?
Do You Struggle with Grammar?
Don’t Throw in the Towel
Double Identity (pen names)
Down with Discouragement!
Dragged to the Podium


An Editor’s Day
Electronic Submissions
Emotions and Feelings
Exciting News for Jasmine and Advice (tips on querying)


Feeling Isolated from Other Writers?
Finding Agents Zoom Meeting
Finding Comp Titles
Follow the Yellow Brick Road, er, Writers’ Guidelines
A Fresh Look at Our Writing


Give up or press on?
Glossary of Publishing Terms
Going Back to School (school visits)
Ground Me (sense of place)


He Thought to Himself and Other Excesses
Heartbroken? (guest post)
Hiring Someone to Build Your Website
Hooking Your Reader
How Excel Can Help Creatives
How Do I Scare My Readers? (guest post)
How Do You Choose?
How to Evaluate a Good Blog Gig and Earn What You Deserve
How to Score Well in a Writing Contest
How to Stand Out
How to Start Querying an Agent (guest post)
How to Submit a Picture Book
How Well Do You Word (MS Word tips)
How’d You Get That Gig?


Idea Generation – Word Lists and First Lines
I, I, I – Writing in First Person
Illustrator Resources
I’m a Work-in-Progress
Inspiration from Kate DiCamillo
Inspired by Pictures
Is That Right? (magazine rights)
It’s That Time of Year Again (setting up record-keeping for the new year)


Keeping Track
Keeping Up with Picture Books
Kids Reading Books and Saying What They Think
Kidz Only! Adults Keep Out!


Let’s Get Help (technical help)
LinkedIn Is Not “Social” Social Media
Listen to the Teen Voices
Looking Everywhere


Magazine Story or Picture Book?
Make It Work for You
Making Friends: Character Development
Market Research Resources – Agents
Meeting Editors and Agents – In Person
Meeting Editors and Agents – Online
Mind Your C’s and Q’s (Cover Letters, Queries, Contracts) part one, part two, part three
More on Writing Expenses plus Income
MS Wish List
My Favorite Online Resources


Naming Characters (guest post)
Naming Your Character
Nancy I. Sanders on Writing Nonfiction
Nonfiction Writing
Novel-sized Problem


On the Hunt for Ideas
One Danger of Electronic Records
One Day Virtual Write-In
One Size Does NOT Fit All
Online Resources for Children’s Writers and Illustrators
Organizations and Groups
Overwriting – Take Two


Patience Required
Perfecting Dialogue Punctuation
Picture Book Fails
Picture Book Month
Picture Book Problems
Picture Book Resources
Picture Perfect Picture Books
Plodding or Plotting
Poor Man’s Copyright, a Myth
The Power of a Good First Line
Preparation and Practice for Public Speaking
Preparing to Build a Brand-New Author or Illustrator Website
Prepping Your Website Content
Professional Problem Maker
Public Speaking Phobia


Quitter or Go Getter?


Raise the stakes, honey! (guest post)
Read, Read, Read
Ready, Set, Goal
Reducing Word Count
Resizing Photos for Use on Websites
Resources for Writing for Children’s Magazines
Revising a Novel
The Right Number of Characters
Rhyming Picture Books
The Rudolph Effect
Run Away Words


The Sandwich of Critique
Save Me!
Say What?
School Visits, the Extended Version
Self-Editing Tips
Selling Photos to Magazines
Sensory Details
Serving Up Tempting Titles
Shadowing a Submission
Short Story Revision
Show/Hide, Etc.
Showing the Passage of Time
Show Your Character’s Character
Showing Versus Telling
Slow Down, You Move too Fast
So, You Want to Write a Book…
Standard Manuscript Format
The Story Ladder or Novel Timeline
Storystorm 2021
Stuck on Repeat
Successful Cover Letters
Swift Fiction – the Short Story in Focus
The Synopsis Shrink


Taglines and Beats
Technicalities – More Thoughts on Public Speaking
Theme and Premise
Theme List Tactics (magazine writing)
Tidying Up (your manuscript)
Tips for Individual Blog Posts
Three Commonly Overused Words in Fiction
Three, Not Four
To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme (resources)
Truth in Fiction
Truths, Principles, and Wisdom
Turning Ideas into Stories (workshop)
Twitter Tips (aka X)


Unique Character Names
Updated Me (headshots)


Viewpoint in Children’s Fiction


Website Q & A
Welcome Diane Bailey, Work-for-hire Champion (guest post)
What Do You Do When You’re Stuck?
What Should I Describe?
What Stops Me Reading!
What Would Sue Do?
When Educational Publishers Ask for Your Résumé (guest post)
Where Did I Read That?
Why Are YOU Doing This?
Why Twitter?
Why Write?
Work-for-Hire also known as WFH
Work-for-Hire Resources
Work-for-Hire Wisdom
Work to be Done
Write Well When the Muse Is Sleeping
Writing a Novel? Where Does It Fit?
Writing and Life Balance
Writing Business Expenses
Writing for Children’s Religious Magazines
Writing Process Blog Tour


You’ve Written a Children’s Book–Now What?