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Perfect Your Pacing


As you’re building your plot or moving bits of information around in a nonfiction book, here are some tips to keep your readers glued to the page.


Use Pacing to Your Advantage


Books that have a very even tone start to finish tend to lull the reader

FAQ: Creating a Memorable Title for Your Book

What makes for a great title? How do we come up with evocative titles? What role do publishers and editors play in title selection? Should you hold out for your original title, even in the face of editorial requests that you change it? What if you are doing a trilogy or series of books, how will that influence your titles? Can titles be copyrighted?

Titillating Titles

Before I wrote children’s books I worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency. I found that if I applied the formula for writing ad copy to writing picture books that writing a book wasn’t as daunting. I also believed in the KISS advertising approach – Keep It Simple Stupid.

Find Your Strengths as a Writer

Does your critique group laugh in all the right places when you read your humorous picture book out loud? Do they ask for more at the end of a pivotal chapter in your middle grade mystery? As you continue to work on your manuscript and get feedback, you’ll learn where

Working with Point of View


Choosing a point of view is one of the decisions you’ll need to make before you can tell your story. Most children’s books are written in one of three common viewpoints, defined in the sidebar to the right. The viewpoint is often dictated by your story and your skills as

How to “Show, Don’t Tell”

“Show, Don’t Tell” is shorthand for writing in a way that draws the reader into the story and keeps the author in the background. Here are some pointers for learning this important writing technique.


Let’s being with a definition. “Telling” uses abstract, general terms (The dog was big and scary.

Endings That Deliver

Have you ever gotten to the end of a book and thought “So what?” Did it make you want to read more by that author, or recommend the book to a friend? Satisfying endings go hand in hand with strong beginnings in framing the reader’s experience. No matter how masterfully written the rest of the story, if the ending is a letdown it overshadows everything that came before.