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1. Instagram

The difference between Instagram and Twitter is more than just pictures vs. words.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/06/great-tips-for-writers-on-using.html

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2. The Big Five

This handy-dandy chart shows you all the imprints and divisions of the big five publishing companies.

http://almossawi.com/big-five-publishers/

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3. Botched Beginnings

Here are some things to avoid in the opening pages of your novel.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/botched-beginnings-common-first-page-killers/

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4. Dedications

How do you decide to whom you should dedicate your book?

https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/this-post-is-dedicated-to/

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5. Getting Rejected Can Help Your Writing

Why you should aim for a hundred or more rejections a year.

http://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/

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6. Why Queries Are Rejected

Agent Janet Reid shares the reasons she rejected some queries.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/06/reasons-i-said-no-to-25-queries-and-how.html

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7. Introverts and Conferences

With careful preparation, introverts can attend and benefit from conferences.

http://groggorg.blogspot.com/2016/06/introverts-attending-conferences-words.html

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8. Flashbacks

If you have a flashback in your novel, it's better to not have it in your opening pages.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/are-flashbacks-fizzling-your-fiction-time-as-a-literary-device/

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9. Words to Use Instead of "Very"

Rather than adding "very" to increase the impact of a word, try using some of these words instead.

http://www.someecards.com/life/workplace/better-vocabulary-words-to-use-instead-of-very/

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10. Voice vs. Grammar

Sometimes you have to break grammatical rules to bring out your voice.

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/voice-vs-grammar/

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11. Outlining a Scene

Answering these ten questions will help you lay out your scene.

http://smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com/2016/06/marcias-10-questions-for-outlining.html

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12. Author Photo

Your author photo is an important part of your book marketing.

http://www.ingramspark.com/blog/importance-of-your-author-photo

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13. Letter of Agreement

If you're doing a school visit, it's a good idea to agree to a letter of agreement ahead of time.

http://schoolvisitexperts.com/school-visits-letters-of-agreement/ 


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14. Participating on Twitter

Tips to help you join in on Twitter conversations,

https://writersrumpus.com/2016/05/31/mingling-at-the-twitter-cocktail/

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15. Is Your Query Letter Ready

Use this handy flowchart to decide if your query letter is ready to send.

https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/is-my-query-letter-ready-for-submission/

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16. LGBTQ Parents in Middle Grades

Here are some tips on how to write LGBTQ parents in your middle grade novel.

http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/2016/05/writing-about-middle-graders-with-lgbtq.html

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17. Speaking Fees

Should you ever lower your speaking fees?

https://www.nicolamorgan.com/heartsong-blog/why-i-usually-will-not-lower-my-fees/

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18. Pre-Orders

Not all sales have the same impact on the success of your book.

http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2012/01/not-all-sales-are-created-equalwhat.html?spref=fb&m=1

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19. Dialogue Problems

There are some standard mistakes writers make in dialogue.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/foolproof-never-fail-silver-bullet-query-opening/

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20. Picture Book or Short Story

Though they may have similar word counts, picture books and short stories are not the same.

http://kidlit.com/2010/07/26/picture-book-or-short-story/

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21. Subsidiary Rights

Foreign rights, film sales, merchandising--these are all subsidiary rights.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/02/what-rights-does-a-publisher-really-need-part-1/
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/subsidiary-rights/

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22. Post-Contract Schedule

Your work doesn't end just because your manuscript is accepted.


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23. Speaker Introductions

Make it easier on your hosts by giving them a standard biography to use as your introduction.

http://schoolvisitexperts.com/taking-the-pain-out-of-assembly-introductions/

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24. Plot Twists

All the elements for your plot twist have to already have appeared in your manuscript.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/how-to-write-mind-blowing-plot-twists-twisting-is-not-twerking/

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25. Naming Characters

The last thing you want to do is confuse your readers by a poor choice of character names.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/05/whats-in-a-name-how-to-avoid-the-claire-confusion/

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