The Best Books to Help You Find an Agent

From Harold Underdown, a bibliography of print resources to help you find an agent.

Resources Listing Literary Agents and Artist’s Representatives.

Effective Ways to End Your Book or Story

So, the ending of your book isn’t working and you don’t know what to do. This post from veteran author Rob Sanders might be just what you need.

Click on the link below:

Picture This!: Effective Endings.

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done | Anastasia Suen’s Blog

This book (18 Minutes) sounds interesting. Anastasia Suen, a prolific blogger and author recommends it, and she reads a lot of books of this sort. I haven’t read it yet, but thought I’d pass it along.

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done | Anastasia Suen’s Blog.

While we’re on the subject of time management and accomplishing things, I have read The Now Habit, several times. I need to read it again, or at least skim it. It makes some simple recommendations that are remarkably effective.

  • Set goals and re-evaluate them periodically.
  • Sign or clock in when you start working. Sign out when you stop.
  • Take regular breaks, just as you would at your job.
  • Schedule time each day and each week  to reward yourself for hard work with an activity that is pure pleasure.

I’m not the only fan. LifeHacker has summarized The Now Habit beautifully in this article: (Click on the link below. It’s well worth the read. The book is still available, too. You might even be able to check it out from your local library.)



Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post |

Many of us are thinking about novels right now because next month is NaNoWriMo, the annual crazy time when people everywhere try to write 50,000 words in one month.

For those who want to submit their masterpieces and wonder about word counts in the publishing biz, here’s a quick run-down. Of course, there are always exceptions, but they are exceptions.

Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post |

From the “Writing for Children” Blog–Help for Choosing a Title


Here’s some great advice about choosing a title for your masterpiece. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, because it will probably change. That doesn’t mean that just anything will do. Agents and editors are your first audience and the right title can start them reading

What’s in a name? Tackling titles and staying calm. | Writing for Children.

Why Not-So-Young Adult Readers Crave Teen Fiction – The Cut

Many writers have turned to YA fiction because it is carefully crafted on all levels. Readers have discovered this, too. This has some “adult” publishing folks scurrying to figure out what is going on. Certainly, there are, um, insubstantial YA books, just as there are light reads for the adult market. Not every book aspires to be great literature. Some stories are just fun. Here’s an article about “New Adult” fiction. This is an emerging and controversial idea. Read the article and see what you think.

Why Not-So-Young Adult Readers Crave Teen Fiction – The Cut.

The Official SCBWI Blog: KidLitCon 2012

Are you planning to attend? Find out here about a conference for people who blog about children’s literature.

The Official SCBWI Blog: KidLitCon 2012.