Making mistakes.

by Tim Burdick on 28 February, 2017

Making mistakes.

Before I submit my writing, I check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Then, I print a copy and check spacing, character font and size. After I finish, I give the story to my editor friend and she checks it.

I don’t want to make amateur mistakes and risk my chances with an agent or publisher.

But, last week, the worst happened.

T3I Expert

by Tim Burdick on 12 February, 2017

Robert likes the three investigators, a detective series about three boys who solve crimes and talk to Alfred Hitchcock.

My Birthday Quote

by Tim Burdick on 27 January, 2017


You can't stop reading a good book.

Interpreting Agent Rejection

by Tim Burdick on 31 December, 2016

In the August 2013, the Write Life blog published an article about the proper number of agents to query. In this article, Chuck Sambuchino advises only 6 -8 agents. If you are rejected, it means the writer’s query needs revising. After submitting to your next group, if you are rejected, you need to revise your manuscript.

The Best Gift Ever

by Tim Burdick on 16 December, 2016

This Christmas, give a a book to a child.

Possible Book ideas:


by Tim Burdick on 30 November, 2016

is terrible. Real or imaginary, it doesn’t matter. It makes us hide under the covers at night. It stops us from leaving our apartment. A monster will grab us. Something bad will definitely happen. For new writers, they have lots of monster fears. Working with new editors is one of them. Will they be gentle with their criticism? Will they be harsh? Will they get it?

No Turkey Dressing

by Tim Burdick on 25 November, 2016

Dressed up animals don’t sound fun, but Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat is a wonderfully silly story for kids.

A Creepy Doll and Kid Fears

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2016

Doll Bones by Holly Black is a story about three friends, Zach, Alice, and Poppy, who create a role playing game together with action figures and paper cut outs. Their heroes embark on fantastic adventures of pirates and monsters. When Zach’s dad destroys his action figures, the young boy can’t bring himself to tell his friends. So, he lies and quits playing with his friends. Later, Poppy tells him about a dream. A ghost resides in the Red Queen doll and gives her an ultimatum: bury the doll or face the consequences! This is how their ghost quest begins.

A good scare for Midnight

by Tim Burdick on 30 October, 2016

Reading a scary book is a must at Halloween. Dahl and Bradbury were my favorites as a kid. But, recently, I’ve discovered other authors like Patrick Ness and Stephen Cosgrove.

What I learned

by Tim Burdick on 30 September, 2016

This summer, I worked with an editor to improve my query. The first paragraph is called a hook, which draws the interest of your reader-an agent or publisher. Below are my first and final drafts of my hook. See if you can notice any differences.

Thanks for the Bug!

by Tim Burdick on 19 September, 2016

Dear Kate,
Thank you for Paul Jennings' The Reading Bug. I love it as a parent and a children’s book writer.

Not Disney's Pan

by Tim Burdick on 23 August, 2016

Brom's The Child Thief is a scary and disturbing reinvention of J.M. Barrie's tale.
Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Lost Boys, and Neverland still exist, but with new twists and surprises await between the pages.

Summer Reading Picks for YA

by Tim Burdick on 25 June, 2016

Only one more month of summer, so many books, so little time. Enjoy.

Great Reads for Kids!

by Tim Burdick on 25 June, 2016

All the places you will go, when you open a book!

My Future Five

by Tim Burdick on 21 June, 2016

These books are my next exciting reads and the reasons why I chose them.

Summer Reading Recommendations

by Tim Burdick on 18 June, 2016

No matter where you are: on a beach, under a shady tree, near the sea or surrounded by the forest, I hope reading these books unlock your imagination and you disappear into a story for a few hours on a summer day. Enjoy.

The Creeps' book review

by Tim Burdick on 05 May, 2016

The town of Biddlecombe is strange, and not in a funny ha-ha kind of way. It’s been the center of the apocalypse. It’s home of an architect who designed loads of the town's ugly buildings, including the abandoned department store Wreckit & Sons. And it’s home to its teen savior Samuel Johnson, scientists working secretly on a superconductor, a few dwarves, and two demons. But, now someone is renovating the department store for a grand opening. Things are about to change, not in a funny ha-ha kind of way.

My closing line

by Tim Burdick on 27 April, 2016

Everyday I wrote a page or two in my journal to clear my head or get the creative juices flowing. My closing line used to be ‘don’t give up.’ But, when I read it, it sounds too negative, too desperate. My situation is anything, but dire.

What I learned

by Tim Burdick on 06 April, 2016

Last week, I met with a fellow writer to discuss the latest draft of my query and synopsis.

A Monster Calls

by Tim Burdick on 02 April, 2016

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is about a tree monster who visits Conor O’Malley every night at 12:07am. In it's first visit, the creature warns that it will return three more times and tell him a story each night. On the fourth and final visit, the boy must tell his story or die.

Doing the impossible. Again

by Tim Burdick on 29 February, 2016

Your novel. Done.

Query. Nailed it!

Now, writing a synopsis is a difficult task. How can you condense your 35, 000 word novel down into one or two pages so that anyone can see it and be captivated? Impossible right?

The Unwanteds (by Lisa McMann): a book review

by Tim Burdick on 18 February, 2016

On the book cover, one reviewer describe it as ---

Harry Potter meets Hunger Games.

And all I can say is--- Auugggh!

So, when I read this book, I found references to 1984, A Wrinkle in Time, Narnia chronicles, and Divergent. Please remember if you visit the world of Quill, try to see it with open eyes.

What makes your kid smile?

by Tim Burdick on 27 January, 2016

You know, you’ve read a children’ book (Sandra Boynton’s Moo, Baa, LA LA LA!) a lot when you can recite it from memory.

Feedback Gifts

by Tim Burdick on 04 January, 2016


Christmas is over, but the presents keep arriving. When I asked friends for feedback on a new story about an elf, I wasn’t sure how many would respond. But for over the last few weeks, the constructive feedback has arrived from around the globe.

Why I like Bill Peet

by Tim Burdick on 11 December, 2015


Droofus the Dragon taught me – to find my purpose.
Cyrus the sea serpent taught me- to be myself.

What are you afraid of?

by Tim Burdick on 04 November, 2015

When I was younger, I was afraid of the monster living in my closet and the dark. Now, as an adult, I have replaced those old ones with new parental fears.

Can you read my 400 page children's book?

by Tim Burdick on 25 October, 2015

Hemingway: My opinion is that I hate it.

Gil: You haven’t even read it yet.

Hemingway: If it’s bad because I hate bad writing. If it’s good I’ll be envious and I’ll hate it all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.

A Tale of Two Graysons

by Tim Burdick on 06 October, 2015

Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Have you heard of them? No?

Well, how aboutPaper Town?

Yes? And how aboutThe Fault in Our Stars?

Of course, yes, that’s better.

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