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1. Promotion Timing

If you're running a promotion, make sure it's in place before spreading the word on social media.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2015/12/more-on-promotion-timing.html

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2. Misused Words

Make sure you don't confuse these similar words.

http://qz.com/432285/20-misused-words-that-make-smart-people-look-dumb/

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3. Character Descriptions

The writing rule of "show don't tell" applies when describing your characters.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2013/12/character-descriptions-learn-pros/

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4. Picture Book Literary Agents

Read what excites agents who represent picture book authors.

http://taralazar.com/2015/12/10/picture-book-literary-agents-and-what-excites-them/

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5. Writing Advice

What do you wish you had known before embarking on your writing journey?

http://www.thereviewreview.net/publishing-tips/21-things-i-wish-id-known-i-started-writing-

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6. Book Promotion

Can you launch a book without making yourself miserable?

https://janefriedman.com/can-you-promote-a-book-without-making-yourself-miserable/

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7. Style Sheets

Keep track of all the important details in your story with a style sheet.

http://annerallen.com/2015/09/style-that-doesnt-go-out-of-fashion.html

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8. Know Your Character

You need to understand many minor details of a character's life in order to bring him/her to life in your writing.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/90-things-to-know-about-your-characters-before-writing/

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9. Voice

A story's voice is how the words, sentences, and paragraphs are put together.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2015/12/understanding-voice.html

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10. Nonfiction Plots

Here are some things to consider when deciding how to plot your nonfiction book.

http://eerdlings.com/2015/11/12/from-the-editors-desk-four-tips-for-writing-nonfiction-plots/

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11. Freelance Editors

How do you find and work with a freelance editor?

http://www.wordybirdstudio.com/blog/2015/12/2/working-with-an-editorhow-the-process-works
http://www.wordybirdstudio.com/blog/2015/12/2/working-with-a-freelance-editor-part-2-the-process

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12. Instagram

With all the choices available in social media now, should you include Instagram in your marketing plans?

http://www.jkscommunications.com/should-you-be-using-instagram/

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13. Unnecessary Words

Make your writing stronger by eliminating these words.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/five-words-you-can-cut/

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14. Symbolism

There are several ways to introduce symbolic elements into your writing.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/07/5-important-ways-use-symbolism-story/

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15. Revision Requests

Take your time making these revisions--the agent/editor wants to see your best work.

https://heatheralexanderblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/too-soon/

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16. Author Brand

Your author brand is what helps readers recognize what they can expect in your writing.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2015/12/22714/

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17. Google Searches

When researching your book, either fiction or nonfiction, take advantage of these tips.

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/1264/12-Quick-Tips-To-Search-Google-Like-An-Expert.aspx

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18. Multicultural Children's Book Day

Why not buy a multicultural book on January 27, 2016 (or any other day) for your library?

http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

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19. Free Events

If you're published, should you still be doing free events?

http://uncommonya.com/?p=889

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20. Rhyming Picture Books

How not to write a picture book in rhyme.

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-not-to-write-rhyming-picture-book.html

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21. Picture Book Revision

Considering how short picture books are, it's amazing how many questions you need to ask about your manuscript during the revision process.

http://rachelhamby.com/for-writers/

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22. Ten Rules for Writers

Elmore Leonard shares his writing rules including, "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."

http://memoirabilia.ca/elmore-leonards-10-rules-for-writers/

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23. Are Blog Tours Worthwhile?

Should you include doing a blog tour to publicize your book?

http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2015/11/are-blog-tours-worth-doing.html

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24. Agent Pitches

Here are some tips for pitching an agent at a writing conference.

http://thewritelife.com/tips-for-pitching-a-literary-agent-at-a-writers-conference/

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25. Publisher Trends

Before submitting, it's worth researching the types of books your publisher of choice is bringing out.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2015/12/researching-trends-in-your-publisher-of.html

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