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Utility Words—Useful but Vague

In WRITE A MARKETABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK IN 7 WEEKS, we advise writers to replace utility words with more concrete language that appeals to one of the five senses. What is a utility word? These are words we use a lot—wonderful, beautiful, good, bad, great, fine, and things. Unfortunately, they don’t[…]

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10 MORE Battle Strategies for Combating Page Fright

        As I mentioned in a previous blog about page fright, most writers—at one time or another—find themselves facing a blank page or screen, wondering what to write next. Sometimes this unnerving experience happens at the beginning of a new writing project. Where to begin, you wonder? Other times it[…]

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Are You Real?

         As the author of more than twenty children’s books and three romance novels, I am often asked to speak in classrooms, libraries, and at writing conferences. I am still slightly disconcerted whenever I overhear a child whisper, “She doesn’t look like a writer, does she?”         What does that mean?  I’ve wondered.[…]

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Woe is Me—Another Rejection Letter

Writers know that rejection letters are part of the business, and we try to brace ourselves for them. The worst kind is the impersonal form letter or card that reads— Dear Author, Thank you for thinking of Only the Best Publishing, but your manuscript does not fit our needs at[…]

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Beware These Grammar Boo Boos

On page 75 of our workbook, Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks, we mention the importance of checking one’s manuscript for spelling and grammar errors. As competitive as the writing world is, one can’t afford to be careless with one’s writing, particularly when submitting a manuscript to an editor.[…]

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Writing Great Picture Books

I enjoy reading picture books for the fun of it, the art, and to analyze what makes a good story. I would love to master the craft of writing wonderful picture books that become beloved favorites of children. From researching and reading the masters, I’ve learned that most of the[…]

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7 Habits of Dismally Failing Writers

Many of you may be familiar with Stephen Covey’s bestseller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He recommends that if you want to be a winner—in anything you pursue—you need to: (1)   be proactive (2)   begin with the end in mind (3)   put first things first (4)   always think win/win[…]

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10 Battle Strategies for Combating Page Fright

At one time or another, most writers find themselves facing a blank page or screen, wondering what to write next. Sometimes this unnerving experience happens at the beginning of a new writing project—where to begin, you wonder? Other times it may happen in the middle of a work-in-progress. You ask[…]

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