The Nitty Gritty of Children's Writing - Alphabetical by Title

4 Ways to Make Your Characters "Talk Different" (guest post)

175 Proof


After the Critique

Agents Telling What They Want

Altitude and Attitude - Adult or Child?

Answers to Questions about Writing for Children's Magazines

Are Listserves a Service or a Waste of Time?

Article Writing for Kids' Magazines

Attribution or Action

Author Talks versus Workshops

Authors in the Classroom


Back Up!

Before You Sign: Contract Resources

Bloggers Supporting Other Bloggers

Book It! – Recording What You Read


Can children and teens get their work published?

Children’s Book Genres

Confessions of a Writer Easily Distracted

Considering Self-Publishing?

Continuos Verbs

Critique Groups: Go For It!

Critique Methods : A Sample Face-to-Face Critique, Online Critiques, One-On-Ones

Cut in the Critique

Cutting Back on the Feed


A Dark Side of Social Media

Dialogue Tips

Distancing Your Reader

Diverse Books

Do As I Say

Do It Myself!

Do You Have Style?

Do You Remember?

Do You Struggle with Grammar?

Don’t Throw in the Towel

Double Identity (pen names)

Down with Discouragement

Dragged to the Podium


An Editor’s Day

Electronic Submissions

Emotions and Feelings


Finding Comp Titles

Follow the Yellow Brick Road, er, Writers’ Guidelines

A Fresh Look at Our Writing


Genre Resources

Give up or press on?

Glossary of Publishing Terms

Going Back to School (school visits)


He Thought to Himself and Other Excesses

Heartbroken – an encouraging post about querying (guest post)

Hooking Your Reader

How Do I Scare My Readers? (guest post)

How Do You Choose?

How Excel Can Help Creatives

How to Evaluate a Good Blog Gig and Earn What You Deserve (guest post)

How to Stand Out

How to Start Querying an Agent (guest post)

How’d You Get That Gig?


Illustrator Resources

I'm a Work-in-Progress

Inspiration from Kate DiCamillo

Is That Right? (magazine rights)


Keeping Track

Kids Reading Books and Saying What They Think

Kidz Only! Adults Keep Out!


Let's Get Help (technical help)

Listen to the Teen Voices

Looking Everywhere/a>


Magazine Story or Picture Book?

Make It Work for You

Making Friends: Character Development

Market Research Resources – Agents

Meeting Editors and Agents – In Person

Meeting Editors and Agents – Online

Mind Your Cs and Qs (Cover Letters, Queries, Contracts):

part one, part two, part three

Missing Students

More on Writing Expenses plus Income

MS Wish List

My Favorite Online Resources


Naming Characters - From Mary's Notebook

Naming Your Character

Nancy I. Sanders on Writing Nonfiction

Nonfiction Writing

Novel-sized Problem


On the Hunt for Ideas

One Size Does NOT Fit All

Online Resources for Children's Writers and Illustrators

Organizations and Groups


Overwriting - Take Two


Patience Required

Perfecting Dialogue Punctuation

Picture Book Month

Picture Book Resources

Picture Perfect Picture Books

Plodding or Plotting

Poor Man's Copyright

The Power of a Good First Line

Preparation and Practice for Public Speaking

Professional Problem Maker

Public Speaking Phobia


Raise the stakes, honey (guest post)

Read, Read, Read

Ready, Set, Goal


Reducing Word Count


Resizing Photos for Use on Websites

Resources for Writing for Children's Magazines


The Right Number of Characters

The Rudolph Effect

Run Away Words

Rhyming Picture Books


The Sandwich of Critique

Save Me!

Say What?

School Visits, the Extended Version

Self-Editing Tips

Selling Photos to Magazines

Sensory Details

Serving Up Tempting Titles

Shadowing a Submission

Showing Versus Telling

Slow Down, You Move too Fast

Standard Manuscript Format

The Story Ladder or Novel Timeline


Sucessful Cover Letters

Swift Fiction - The Short Story in Focus

The Synopsis Shrink


Taglines and Beats

Technicalities - More Thoughts on Public Speaking

Theme and Premise

Theme List Tactics

Truth in Fiction

Truths, Principles, and Wisdom

Turning Ideas into Stories – Workshop




Unique Character Names


Viewpoint in Children's Fiction


Website Q & A with Don Ford

Welcome, Diane Bailey, Work-for-hire Champion

What Do You Do When You’re Stuck?

What Should I Describe?

What Stops Me Reading!

What Would Sue Do?

When Educational Publishers Ask for Your Résumé

Where Did I Read That?

Why Twitter?

Why Write?

Work-for-Hire also known as WFH

Work-for-Hire Resources

Work-for-Hire Wisdom

Write Well When the Muse Is Sleeping

Writing a Novel? Where Does It Fit?

Writing and Life Balance

Writing Business Expenses

Writing for Children's Religious Magazines

Writing Process Blog Tour