Congratulations to our latest success story, Krista Van Dolzer!
If you've never checked out one of our success stories, they're a great way to learn about how other writers found agents on their way to publication. And, success stories like Krista's usually include the author's successful query, so you can learn from those who did it right!
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Danyelle Leafty's Kindles for Kids is winding down, but you have until 12:01 am on Saturday to enter a contest to win some great prizes! Get over there to check it out before it's too late!
Some writers get bogged down in showing every last thing that happens in the story, and that can make them lose forward momentum. Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing teaches you how to use effective transitions and keep your forward momentum.
Writing Books is A Lot Like Competing in American Idol: some advice on dealing with all the things others tell you to do to change your story!
A great post on Showing Character Motivations, packed with questions you need to ask yourself depending on the type of motivation you're using.
Baby Got Backstory: A step-by-step guide to figuring out when and how to use backstory.
Have you ever thought about how things like culture affect naming trends? In other words, if you are creating a culture, your characters' names should probably show some patterns. The Name Game--Keeping Character Names Consistent will help you with this.
Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD's book, THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO PSYCHOLOGY: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment, and Human Behavior helps writers avoid common misconceptions and inaccuracies and "get the psych right" in their stories. You can learn more about The Writer's Guide to Psychology, check out Dr. K's blog on Psychology Today, or follow her on Facebook or Google+!