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I started working as a professional writer when I was seventeen. So completely captured by the craft, I made the decision to make it a big part of my life. As exciting as it is to be a young author, I learned quickly that writing comes with a lot …

Last month we shared Part 1 about the categories assigned to children’s books. We’ll now share more details about each category. Remember—these are not hard and fast rules. Publishers change these categories to meet the needs of their readers. But they ARE good guidelines for writers. First Books …

The trickiest part about conveying confusion is to convey it clearly, without confusing the reader.  Ann Hood in Creating Character Emotions From time to time our characters will be confused about something. Perhaps they’ve made assumptions that suddenly turn out to be incorrect. Perhaps someone says or does …

October 20, 2017

Hartline Literary Jr. Agent Cherrilynn Bisbano shares an in-depth look into the world of book proposals. Join us! Writers Chat is hosted live each Tuesday for an hour starting at 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET on Zoom. Participants mute their audio and video during the filming, …

October 19, 2017

Have you memorized the list of prepositions yet? Trust me, quickly recognizing prepositions will help you in the long run because we’ll be layering more grammar knowledge based on the use of prepositions. In the last post, we studied prepositions and prepositional phrases. Remember, a phrase is a …

October 18, 2017
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