Time for the first ‘Helpful Writing Sites and Blog Posts’ post of the the year. I’ve collected a lot of great picture book links through the 12 x 12 challenge Facebook group, but I also have a few links in other areas of writing, too.
Some great advice and tips for writers new to the writing/publishing journey.
This post outlines the various reasons your character could be coming across as boring or flat and offers some solutions to make your character more interesting.
Literary Agent Courtney Miller-Callihan gives five tips that look at your novel as a whole when doing revisions, including a tip on character names and another on dialogue tags.
Thirteen reasons why an agent will stop reading your query–things to avoid when writing query letters.
Whether you intend to self publish or go the traditional publishing route, authors need to consider marketing. This post gives 7 steps to building a marketing plan and reaching out to your readership. It even includes a nifty chart you can use.
This post does a great job of presenting the various aspects you need to consider if you’re thinking about self-publishing after having little success with querying. It takes a very honest look at the possible reasons your work may be getting rejected and whether self-publishing is a viable alternative and also gives the honest facts about what it takes to self-publish. I love how honest, balanced and unbiased this post is in regards to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.
Writing for Children
If you are a picture book writer this is a post well worth reading. These are nine important elements to writing an effective picture book.
6 common mistakes this editor sees made by picture book authors and some advice on how to avoid them.
Links to a four-part interview with Vice President and Editorial Director of HarperCollins Children’s Books and a three-part interview with Golden Books/Random House Editorial Director. Lots of great little nuggets of advice for picture book writers in both interviews.
Children’s book author and editor Tamson Weston consulted with agents on what makes a picture book successful and shared the top five tips for making your submission stand out.
5 quick tips for appealing to early readers as shared by an author of children’s chapter books.