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1. Introducing Your Main Character

Fourteen things to do (or not to do) to introduce your protagonist. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2011/09/14-dos-and-donts-for-introducing-your.html

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2. Myths About Dialogue

Don't believe everything you're told about writing dialogue. 

http://www.jeshays.com/?p=662

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3. Endpages

Endpages in hardback picture books help justify their higher price. 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2014/08/do-hardback-childrens-picture-books.html

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4. Selling Your Picture Book

Here are some things to think about as you try to find a publisher for your picture book.

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-sell-your-picture-book

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5. Middle Grade or Young Adult

What are the key differences between middle grade and young adult novels? 

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-key-differences-between-middle-grade-vs-young-adult

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6. Reader Pet Peeves

What bothers readers about a book? 

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-pet-peeves.html

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7. How Not to Start a Novel

Here are a few things not to put in your opening pages. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-not-to-start-novel-four-things-to.html

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8. Picture Book Agents

Not all agents represent picture books. Here's a list of some that do. 

http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/mondays-with-mandy-or-mira/100-picture-book-agents

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9. Funny Novels

Why you should (and shouldn't!) write humorous novels. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-write-funny-novelsand-why-you.html

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10. How to be Easy to Work With

You don't want to be the difficult author no one wants to represent. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/agent-talk-7-ways-to-make-yourself-an-easy-author-to-work-with/

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11. Bad Agents

It's true. A bad agent is worse than no agent at all. 

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2007/06/bad-agent.html

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12. Sidetracking Your Success

Sometimes we're out own worst enemies. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/07/ten-dumb-things-writers-do-to-sidetrack.html

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13. Sequels

How much should you refer back to the previous book in a sequel? 

http://www.teachingauthors.com/2014/08/and-hits-keep-on-comin.html

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14. Book Events

Get the most out of your next book signing or author visit. 

http://behlerblog.com/2014/03/27/making-the-most-of-your-book-event/

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15. Submission Checklist

Double-check these before submitting. 

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/07/submission-tip-checklist-double-check-these-16-things-before-sending-your-book-out/

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16. Time Transitions

Sometimes you need to give your reader a hint when time elapses between scenes. 

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/transitions-in-time/

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17. 100 Children's Books to Read

A list from Amazon of 100 children's books everyone should read. 

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=9660210011

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18. Twitter Hashtags for Writers

Here are some hashtags you may want to follow on Twitter. 

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/12/100-twitter-hashtags-every-writer-should-know/

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19. Adding Depth

Adding more scenes is not the same as adding depth to your story. 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/07/adding-depth-to-your-stories.html

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20. When Agents Go Bad

How do you know if your agent has gone off the rails? 

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2014/04/agents-going-off-rails.html

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21. Revising Too Much

Overworking your revisions can sometimes be as bad as underworking them.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/07/dont-over-work-your-manuscripts-you.html

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22. How Not to Write a Picture Books

Make your picture book better by avoiding these common traps. 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2014/08/dont-do-it-how-not-to-write-picture.html

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23. We Need Diverse Books

The ground roots movement for more diversity in books now has an official organization. 

http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/93178270072/we-need-diverse-books-announces-incorporation-as-a

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24. Agent Building List


Leon Husock, associate agent at L. Perkins Agency is looking for middle grade and young adult authors.

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/agent-looking-to-build-list-6/

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25. Critique Group Advice

Though you should sometimes ignore the advice from your critique group, you should still have one. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-you-should-ignore-most-of-advice.html

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