Today is Lucky Penny Day and the birthday of: John Howard Payne, Thomas Hood, Margaret Fuller, Scott O’Dell, Margaret Wise Brown

Tip: Make a list of other writers your work is similar to. This is something a lot of readers often want to know – especially when you become famous. (I read all your books. Until the next one comes out, can you recommend someone like you?)

Thought: “I can’t write five words but that I change seven.” –  Dorothy Parker

Teaser:  What is the most boring job you can think of? What if you had that job? What could you do to make it more exciting? Put your character in that job and give us his or her thoughts.