Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with Short Reads, one of the sections on Kindle. Taking classes and conference speeches and other material, I have been slowly, but surely converting them into articles to publish using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). For now, I’ve been making them exclusive to Kindle to take advantage of the marketing tools they have as well as allowing them to be free through Kindle Unlimited.

I’m interested to see how they work out, but in the meantime, here are the short reads I’ve put out:

3 Common Mistakes New Children’s Book Authors Make Before Submitting Their Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel for the First Time3 Common Mistakes New Children’s Book Authors Make Before Submitting Their Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel for the First Time

Submitting your manuscript to an agent or editor that first time is a nail-biting experience. Will they like it? Will they even read it? This article is designed to help minimize some of the anxiety around submitting your children’s novel to an agent or traditional press by examining the three most common mistakes emerging authors make. Written by children’s book publisher Madeline Smoot of CBAY Books, this short read should provide you with some quick areas to examine before submitting your middle grade or young adult manuscript for publication.

8 Minor Areas That Always Need to Be Examined During Your Novel's Revision8 Minor Areas That Always Need to Be Examined During Your Novel’s Revision

There are two stages to every revision. First the author works through the big ideas like the plot and the character arc. Then the author focuses on the details of the work. Does the word choice flow? Is the pacing effective? This article provides a guide to help writers consider these smaller, but no less important, revision elements.