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1. Bloggers

If approached correctly, bloggers can be your book's best friend.


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2. Grammar Checklist

This handy checklist will help you eliminate grammatical mistakes in your manuscript.


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3. Mapping Your Book

Create a roadmap of the scenes in your book to make sure it all works together.


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4. Character Voice

There are many ways to give your characters their own unique voices.


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5. Finishing a Novel

How do you keep your writing momentum going until you reach "the end?"


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6. Astronomical Event

If you're going to refer to an astronomical event in your book, make sure your science is correct.


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7. Book Sales

How do you find out how many books you've sold?


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8. First Five Pages

There are several things you need to accomplish in the first few pages of your novel.


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9. Pitching Your Book

It's better not to simply talk rather than read a scripted pitch or recite it from memory.


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10. Book Festivals

When you're an author at a book festival, there are things you should NOT be doing.


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11. Plot Twists

For a great plot twist at the end of the story, you need to provide clues and misdirections along the way.


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12. Critiquing a Novel

Whether your critiquing your own work or someone else's, this checklist will remind you of points you need to consider.


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13. Great Dialogue

Great dialogue gives your reader information about your characters' fundamentals, history, and wants.

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14. Instagram for Writers

Instagram is the social media platform of choice for many teens, so if you write YA, maybe you should be on it too.


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15. Weedy Words

Don't let these words be the weeds invading your manuscript.


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16. Setting Mistakes

Make your setting work for your story by avoiding these mistakes.


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17. Libraries Promote Books

It's not enough to get your book into bookstores--it needs to also be available in libraries.


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18. Copyright Myths

Yes, your story is automatically copyrighted as soon as you write it.


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19. Feedback

How do you separate helpful feedback from that which you can ignore?


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20. Query Problems

Here are some common issues that agents see in queries.


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21. Dialogue Problems

Avoid these common errors in writing your dialogue.


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22. Facebook Regulations

You need to understand these Facebook rules or they might take down your profile.


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23. Sale of First Novel

How long does it take to sell your first novel?


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24. Picture Book Publishers

There are many publishers who acquire picture book manuscripts.


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25. Rhyming Stories

Tips for writing a rollicking book that rhymes.


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