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1. Guaranteed Rejection

Here are some way to almost guarantee that an agent or editor will reject your manuscript.

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-guarantee-rejection-top-10-ways.html

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2. Author Websites

What information should you include on your author website?

http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/04/08/book-marketing-101-what-to-put-on-your-author-website/

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3. Dating Your Manuscript

Should you include current technology and pop references to flesh out your story or should you leave them out so your book is timeless?

http://kidlit.com/2010/11/19/references-and-dating-your-manuscript/

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4. Setting and POV

Your setting is filtered through the point of view character's senses.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2015/04/pov-secret-to-creating-memorable-setting.html

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5. School Visit Packet

Before your school visit, send out a packet containing all the information they will need to make your visit a success.

http://coolschoolvisits.com/2015/03/09/dont-forget-advance-promotional-materials/#more-94

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6. Extra Facts in Picture Books

Remember, in picture books, you can always show those fascinating facts in the illustrations or mention them in the back matter.

http://picturebookbuilders.com/2015/03/those-fascinating-facts-keep-or-cut/

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7. Awards and School Visits

If your book receives awards, will that increase your school visit invitations?

http://coolschoolvisits.com/2015/04/30/will-awards-net-you-more-author-visit-invitations/

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8. Verse Novels

Create an image system for novels in verse to tie together the plot and increase characterization.

http://www.ekristinanderson.com/?p=13068

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9. How Many Queries

How many queries does it take to land an agent?

http://writersrumpus.com/2015/04/24/how-many-queries-does-it-take-to-get-an-agent/

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10. Dialogue Tags

You don't need to use dialogue tags to indicate the speaker.  

http://io9.com/he-said-she-said-is-there-any-cooler-way-to-show-di-1686396684

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11. Money

If you want to earn money as a writer, treat it the same as you would any other job.

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2015/04/do-you-want-to-earn-more-money-writing.html

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12. Conference Etiquette

Conference etiquette is the same as regular etiquette--don't be a jerk.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2015/04/conference-etiquette-agents-in-wild.html

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13. Pinterest

You can use Pinterest to increase interest in your book.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2015/04/3-ways-to-use-pinterest-to-promote-your-book/

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14. Inciting Incident

Everyone knows your book needs an inciting incident, but what does that really mean?

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-books-inciting-event-its-not-what-you-think-it-is/

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15. Humor in Picture Books

Use more than one type of humor in your picture book to maximize the funny,

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2015/03/look-whos-laughing-now-crossover-humour.html

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16. How Not to Be a Spammer

Social media is great for book promotion, but not if you spam people.

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-not-to-be-spammer-guide-for-authors.html

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17. Revising

Twenty-one things to look for when revising.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/21-things-to-look-for-while-revising/

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18. Sending Updated Material

If you revise your manuscript before hearing back form a query, should you resend it?

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-secret-to-sending-updated-material.html

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19. After the Offer

Why does it take so long for a book to come out?

http://writersrumpus.com/2015/03/10/why-does-it-take-sooooooo-long-for-a-book-to-come-out/

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20. Authorial Intrusion

You want your characters to sound like themselves, not like you.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2015/02/margies-rule-8-beware-of-writerly/

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21. First Pass Editing

After you've let your first draft sit for a bit, it's time to ask these questions.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/16-questions-to-ask-yourself-first-pass-editing/

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22. Multiple Points of View

The first question to ask when writing from multiple points of view--is this the best way to tell the story?

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2015/03/tips-when-writing-multiple-pov-novels/

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23. Writing Red Flags

If you don't want to be branded a "newbie" writer, avoid these writing mistakes.

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/09/10-things-that-red-flag-newbie-novelist.html

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24. Publishers Marketplace

You can't always believe everything you read about book deals.

http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-straight-dope-on-pm.html

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25. Writing Nonfiction

Even if you write nonfiction, you can (and should) use many of the same techniques used for writing fiction.

http://www.teachingauthors.com/2015/03/writing-nonfiction-using-fiction.html

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