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1. New Agency

Newly formed Rising Bear Literary Agency will represent picture book through young adult authors.


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2. Book Signing Checklist

What to do before, during, and after your book signing event. 


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3. Micro-Level Revision

After you've revised your manuscript over and over again, it's time to look at the individual words and sentences. 


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4. Titles

There are many different ways to choose a title, and here are some examples. 


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5. Agent Move

Lana Popovic has switched agencies to Chalberg Sussman and is actively looking for new middle-grade and young adult clients.


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6. Leaving Your Agent

If you and your agent no longer connect, maybe it's time to think about moving on. 


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7. Writers' Conferences

Why should you go to conferences and how to get the most out of your experience.


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8. Ageism

How to incorporate older characters into your books while avoiding stereotypes. 


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9. Finding Your Audience

You need to think outside the box to expand your reading audience.


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10. Backstory

How do you avoid the dreaded infodump while still giving your readers the information they need to understand your story? 


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11. Mailing Lists

Here's a source for bookstore and library mailing lists. 


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12. Types of Picture Books

Here are some types of picture books that work for different ages of children. 


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13. New Agent

Heather Alexander has switched from editor to agent and is now representing picture book through young adult authors at Pippin Properties. 


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14. Kill Your Darlings

It's not always easy, but it's important to trim the fat from your manuscript. 


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15. Critiquing

Whether you're being paid or not, your critiques should always be professional. 


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16. Social Media Errors

Avoid sabotaging your book promotion by making sure you don't do these social media goofs. 


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17. Character Arc

Can you get a story published that's only about a situation, but with no character arc? 


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18. Nonfiction Picture Books

What's involved in writing and getting published a nonfiction picture book? 


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19. Characters are Key

Your book might have the best hook in the world, but it won't be published without well-written characters.


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20. Getting Your Book Reviewed

It never hurts to ask nicely if you want someone to review your book. 


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21. Short Stories

Short stories are alive and well in the young adult market.


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22. Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures for a picture book. 


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23. Pantser of Planner?

Do you plan out your novels in advance or write by the seat of your pants. 


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24. Being Professional

What writing mistakes will signal to an agent or editor you're not professional? 


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25. New Agent

Rich Richter has joined the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Agency and represents picture books through new adult.


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