Choosing Your Mentor Text

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixaba As any brave explorer would do before embarking on a journey, it’s important for us as children’s writers to choose a reliable flashlight to help us find our way.For writers, our flashlight is a mentor text. What exactly is a mentor text, you may ask? In a nutshell, it’s…

Handy Resources for the Serious Writer

A writer can never have enough craft books—true or false? True, of course! In that case, I have two for you. The first, Blueprint for a Book is written by Jennie Nash, and the second is The Conflict Thesaurus. Both stellar in helping you flesh out plot and characters.

Perceive the Trends in the YA Market: Part III by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson provides three more trends in writing for young adults.

Perceive the Trends in the Young Adult Market: Part II by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

In Part I of this series, we’ve explored two trends in writing YA: fantasy and retellings. This time, let’s examine trends that speak to important social and cultural topics. TREND 3: EMPHASIZE MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY Stories with characters from different cultures continue to be a big draw for tweens and teens. With our current national…

Perceive the Trends in the Young Adult Market: Part 1 by Guest Blogger, Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson shares two trends in writing for young adults.

Your Author Brand, Part 2: Nailing Your Style Guide

You should be purposeful about creating your author brand. Consistency in your brand — the way you appear to others — brings a level of professionalism, quality and even trustworthiness to book buyers.

Websites for YA Writers

Compiled by Jean Matthew Hall If you would like to read up on writing for young adults before our September 18, 2021 Master Class with Tessa Emily Hall here are a few helpful website. Some contain quick tips. Some go into much more depth. They are handy resources for you to refer to again and…

Five Reasons That A Not-Yet Published Author Should Use Social Media- By Guest Blogger, Mindy Baker

5 reasons to use social media BEFORE you publish your book.

Creating Images for Your Author’s Platform

Join me below as I take you through the motions of creating both on Canva.

Designing a Canva Image

The Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio

Have you been intrigued with Canva but found it intimidating? Well, now is your chance to explore it. All you need is a free Canva account and a bit of patience and time. You will find it fun and inspiring - I guarantee it! Take a listen to my tutorial below and see what you…

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