Snow Days: 3 Tips for Unexpected Days Off

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Arkansas was blanketed with snow yesterday, up to 2 feet in NW-Arkansas, and about 6" (officially) in central Arkansas, although it looks like much more to me. When you have an unexpected day off, what do you do? Read. I had already bought Paolo Bacigalupi's book, Shipbreakers, which just won the Printz award for best teen fiction. ...

The Agony of Revision

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Revision is NOT a dirty word. Really. I know it takes time to revise. Again. But it's so necessary; in fact, your book won't sell unless you revise. Sigh. I know. I hate it, too. And really, what should you revise? Should you take my advice and do that BIG revision? Or will the story do well if ...

Character’s Inner Arc

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We all know that a character must grow throughout the course of a novel. But how do they grow and how do you Show-Don't-Tell that growth? It helps to know the beginning and ending points. And often, I like going straight for the end to see where I'm aiming. Let's say that a person needs ...

30 Days to Stronger!

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We've done several 30-days series over the last few years. I'm considering topics for a couple "30 Days" series this year, probably March and October. What topics would you like to see? Plot, publicity, career, voice? Something else? Leave a comment, please, and let me know what interests you! Newly updated 30 Days series 30 ...

Book Trailers: On Facebook and About Aesthetics

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Want to put YouTube videos on your Facebook? ReelSeo has a couple tutorials for you: How to Add a Video to Your Facebook Welcome Page The Definitive List of Video Apps for Facebook Pages Book Trailers: Is It Budget or Aesthetics that Matters? On my sister-site, BookTrailerManual.com, I'm having a discussion with Melissa from YABookshelf about teen book trailers. What's ...