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1. Very Young Audiences

Here are some tips to keep your littlest audience members engaged at an event.

https://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/twelve-tips-to-engage-very-young-audiences-at-picture-book-author-events/

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2. Book Terms

Here's your chance to find out what all the different parts of a physical book are called.

https://medium.com/chronicle-books/anatomy-of-a-book-b508f588bea3#.y2h0xt6ag

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3. Finding an Agent

The first step in finding an agent is to decide what you want in an agent.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/08/step-one-to-finding-agent-know-what-you.html

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4. Book Sales

There could be many reasons why your book isn't selling as well as you expected it to.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/why-your-book-isnt-selling/

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5. Critique Partners

Why is it so important to have someone else read your work-in-progress?

https://livibuglady.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/cps-and-why-you-need-them-meredith-ireland/

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6. Show, Don't Tell

We've all heard the advice to show, don't tell, but how do you do that?

https://nerdychickswrite.com/2016/07/26/brushing-up-on-show-dont-tell-by-marciecolleen1/

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7. Large Book Advances

Even if you're one of the very few who gets a six-figure book deal, you might want to keep your day job.  


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8. Show, Don't Tell

Show, don't tell, doesn't mean you should never have narrative in your book.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/08/the-four-misconceptions-of-show-dont.html

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9. Scene Lists

Whether you're a pantser or a plotter, a scene list will help keep your novel on track.

http://thewritepractice.com/scene-list/

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10. First Page Tips

Here are five suggestions for writing a first page that will draw in your readers.

http://diannematich.com/2016/08/five-tips-for-your-first-page/

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11. Pen Names

Here's why you might (or might not!) want to use a pen name for your writing.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/the-problem-with-pen-names/

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12. Story Concept

Is the concept of your story strong enough to sustain an entire book?

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/

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13. Understanding Voice

Everyone talks about the elusive voice, but what do they really mean?

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/08/understanding-voice.html

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14. Make Your Nonfiction Stand Out

The days of writing dry, pedantic nonfiction books are long gone.

http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/6539/guest-post-seven-ways-to-make-your-nonfiction-stand-out-pamela-s-turner/

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15. Making Twitter Work for You

Here are some reasons that the way you use Twitter might not be building your author platform.

https://janefriedman.com/twitter-platform/

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16. Opening Pages

What do editors look for when they begin reading your story?

http://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/what-our-editors-look-for-on-an-opening-page/

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17. Giving Up On a Manuscript

How do you know when it's time to move on from a beloved manuscript?

http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2016/08/22/when-to-put-the-baby-your-book-to-bed/

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18. Funding Author Visits

Help schools afford to bring you in for a visit by sharing these resources with them.

http://thebookingbiz.com/2016/08/21-ways-to-fund-author-visits/

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19. Types of Nonfiction Picture Books

There are many ways to structure and write a nonfiction picture book.

http://www.darcypattison.com/picture-books/nonfiction-picture-books-7-choices/

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20. Do You Need an Agent?

Maybe not, but here are some reasons you might want an agent.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-case-for-agents.html

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21. Successful Book Launches

Ten steps for launching your book, including an important eleventh step--celebrate.

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22. Keeping Your Reader's Interest

Here are some of the reasons a reader might put down your novel.

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/08/09/25-reasons-why-i-stopped-reading-your-book/

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23. Writing a Better Picture Book

With so few words in a picture book, it's important to make sure each one of them serves your story.

http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/2016/08/tips-for-writing-better-picture-book-by.html

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24. Descriptions

Here are some ways to write, and not write, descriptions in your novel.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/description-the-good-the-bad-and-the-just-please-stop/

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25. YouTube Reviews

Widen your social media marketing efforts with YouTube reviews.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/description-the-good-the-bad-and-the-just-please-stop/

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