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1. Scene Breaks

Here are some things you need to think about when you transition to another scene. 


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2. Prologues

Not all prologues are created equal. 


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3. Shorter is Sweeter

When you write picture books, you need to pare the text to the bare minimum. 


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4. Writing Scams

Beware of scams perpetrated by authors and/or malicious others.


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5. New Children's Agent

Rachel Brooks from the L. Perkins Agency is looking for fun picture books in addition to novels.


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6. Poetic Lines

How do you decide where to end each line in a poem. 


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7. LGBTQ Friendly Press

Harmony Ink Press is moving to LGBTQ and YA books. 


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8. Grandparent Names

Lists of grandparent names, from the traditional to the trendy. 


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9. First Drafts

You've finished your first draft. Now what? 


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10. Virtual Author Visits

What's the best way to give a presentation when you're not there in person?


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11. E-Queries

How do you format email queries? 


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12. Author Events

How to book author events and what to do at them. 


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13. Picture Book Tips

Twenty do's and twenty don'ts from Mem Fox about writing picture books. 


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14. Career Planning

Agents can do more for you than just selling your book. 


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15. Dialogue Tips

Written dialogue does not consist of simply writing down the spoken word. 


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16. Series

You can still lay the groundwork for a possible series while writing a standalone book. 


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17. Writing Videos

Brian Sanderson has posted videos of all his lectures from his 2013 creative writing course.


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18. Bad Reviews

Every book gets some bad reviews, but here are some ways you can minimize them for yours. 


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19. New U.K. Agency

Skylark Literary will specialize in children's and young adults books.


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20. There's a Book

This website contains reviews of many kids' books. 


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21. Three-Act Structure

Whether you're writing picture books or novels, the three-act structure is a common way to plot your story. 


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22. Leave Room for the Illustrators

Picture book writers can tighten their manuscripts by remembering the illustrations will help carry the story. 


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23. Write Faster

These three techniques will help you to increase your daily word count. 


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24. Sound Effects

Add fun and interest to your writing with sounds effects. 


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25. New Writer Mistake

The most common mistake new writers make is to rush to publication. 


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