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1. Critique Group Advice

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


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2. Agent Building List

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


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3. We Need Diverse Books

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


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4. How Not to Write a Picture Books

Make your picture book better by avoiding these common traps. 


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5. Revising Too Much

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


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6. When Agents Go Bad

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


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7. Adding Depth

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


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8. Blogging Mistakes

Don't make these mistakes on your author blog. 


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9. World Building

Editor Stacy Whitman answers questions about world building in speculative fiction.


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10. Can Self-Publishing Lead to an Agent

Hear what some agents think about using a self-published book to land an agent. 


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11. Writing Mistakes

Ten things that will make an editor stop reading your manuscript.


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12. Pitch Equals Concept

In your pitch, you need to give the concept of your book. 


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13. Serials

Things to consider if you're planning on writing a series. 


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14. Types of Book Publishing

As shown by this chart, there are many paths to a published book.


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15. Picture Book Techniques for Novelists

Many of the lessons learned in writing picture books are also applicable to writing novels. 


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16. Agent Submissions

What your submission looks like to an agent's reader. 


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17. Giving Better Critiques

Are your critiques as helpful as they can be? 


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18. Getting Into Bookstores

How to get your local bookstore to carry your book. 


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19. Do You Need an Agent?

Whether or not you need an agent depends on how you see the path for your career as a writer. 


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20. Writing Young Adult

If you're going to write young adult books, you should be reading them. 


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21. Writing Scenes

How to make your scenes, the building blocks of your story, the best they can be. 


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22. Challenging Content

Even picture books can contain darker themes. 


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23. Pitch Etiquette

There's more to planning your pitch than figuring out what you're going to say. 


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24. Searching for an Agent

Don't be scammed in your eagerness to find an agent.


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25. What is Voice?

It's hard to define voice in writing, but we recognize it when we read it. 


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