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1. Guaranteed Rejection

Here are some way to almost guarantee that an agent or editor will reject your manuscript.


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2. Author Websites

What information should you include on your author website?


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3. Dating Your Manuscript

Should you include current technology and pop references to flesh out your story or should you leave them out so your book is timeless?


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4. Setting and POV

Your setting is filtered through the point of view character's senses.


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5. School Visit Packet

Before your school visit, send out a packet containing all the information they will need to make your visit a success.


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6. Extra Facts in Picture Books

Remember, in picture books, you can always show those fascinating facts in the illustrations or mention them in the back matter.


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7. Awards and School Visits

If your book receives awards, will that increase your school visit invitations?


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8. Verse Novels

Create an image system for novels in verse to tie together the plot and increase characterization.


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9. How Many Queries

How many queries does it take to land an agent?


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10. Dialogue Tags

You don't need to use dialogue tags to indicate the speaker.  


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11. Money

If you want to earn money as a writer, treat it the same as you would any other job.


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12. Conference Etiquette

Conference etiquette is the same as regular etiquette--don't be a jerk.


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13. Pinterest

You can use Pinterest to increase interest in your book.


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14. Inciting Incident

Everyone knows your book needs an inciting incident, but what does that really mean?


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15. Humor in Picture Books

Use more than one type of humor in your picture book to maximize the funny,


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16. How Not to Be a Spammer

Social media is great for book promotion, but not if you spam people.


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17. Revising

Twenty-one things to look for when revising.


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18. Sending Updated Material

If you revise your manuscript before hearing back form a query, should you resend it?


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19. After the Offer

Why does it take so long for a book to come out?


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20. Authorial Intrusion

You want your characters to sound like themselves, not like you.


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21. First Pass Editing

After you've let your first draft sit for a bit, it's time to ask these questions.


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22. Multiple Points of View

The first question to ask when writing from multiple points of view--is this the best way to tell the story?


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23. Writing Red Flags

If you don't want to be branded a "newbie" writer, avoid these writing mistakes.


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24. Publishers Marketplace

You can't always believe everything you read about book deals.


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25. Writing Nonfiction

Even if you write nonfiction, you can (and should) use many of the same techniques used for writing fiction.


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