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How to Pitch a Picture Book: Secrets for Breaking Into a Growing but Competitive Market

ILLUSTRATONS © FOTOLIA.COM Want to know how to pitch a picture book? We’ve got you covered. Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. This article ...

Great Ideas for Mystery Skype & Hangouts

This week I am welcoming some guest bloggers. This one is from Sarah Fromhold. Mystery Skype is a concept that first began around 2011. The premise is that students Skype with another class somewhere in the world, and each class tries to gu...

MyBib is Back

The last time that I wrote about MyBib it was to report that I didn’t have any information about when it would be back online, if ever. That was exactly one month ago. This morning I received an email from a reader named Eliza who exc...

If You Manage a School Facebook Page, Watch Out for This Scam

I manage a handful of Facebook Pages. This morning when I logged into Facebook I had notifications that “Verified Facebook Page” had requested administrative access to those pages. This seemed phishy to me and so rather than jus...

A Quick Google Docs Formatting Tip

Google Docs has lots of handy features that are “hidden” in plain sight. Many of those features address common formatting needs. For example, in the far right edge of the editor menu there is a function to clear all formatting. ...

Shifting Gears: Publishing a Book Outside Your Usual Genre

If you’re known for your work in a particular genre, publishing a book that goes in an entirely different direction can be a chore. Here, Tim Wendel offers tips for approaching the challenge. By Tim Wendel I knew I had my work cut out for...

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

By Dustin Grinnell images from Project Gutenberg’s edition of The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fantasy-adventure novel filled with danger, mystery and intrigue. The sto...

What to Do When You’re a Memoirist and Memory Fails

By Natalie Singer The memories that glimmer strongest in my mind, that pop up repeatedly as though they have an agency of their own, act like cosmic bulges―moments that wink like the star-studded center of a spiral galaxy, like Roland Bar...

Crime Short Story: “Not in My Neighborhood!”

“Not in My Neighborhood!” by Diana Bredeson is the First Prize-winning story in the Mystery/Crime category in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue ...

The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack

I test and write about a lot of Google Docs Add-ons and built-in features. But you certainly don’t need to use all of them. In fact, I’m often asked for a list of the “must-know” features instead of all of the “...

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