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 Advice to New or Aspiring Authors
Some great advice and tips for writers new to the writing/publishing journey.
How to Make a Boring Character Interesting
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.
Five Tips for Revising Your Novel
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.
What Will Make an Agent ‘Gong’ Your Query
Thirteen reasons why an agent will stop reading your query–things to avoid when writing query letters.
Grandma Mary Can’t Market Your Book
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.
When to Quit Querying and Self-Publish
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
9 Factors That Make a Picture Book Successful
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.
The 6 Most Common Mistakes Made by Aspiring Children’s Book Authors
6 common mistakes this editor sees made by picture book authors and some advice on how to avoid them.
For All Picture Book Writers, Read This
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.
Picture Book Tips from Successful Agents
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.
Writing Easy Readers – Or How To Get 2nd Graders to Love You
5 quick tips for appealing to early readers as shared by an author of children’s chapter books.