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1. New Agency

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

http://risingbear.com/about-us/

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2. Book Signing Checklist

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

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/book-signing-checklist-tip-29-52-ways-market-book/

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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. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/11/craft-of-writing-micro-level-revision_7.html

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4. Titles

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

http://taralazar.com/2014/10/31/pre-pibo-day-6-dianne-de-las-casas-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-title/

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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.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/literary-agent-spotlight-lana-popovic-of-chalberg-sussman

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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. 

http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-happily-ever-after-ends.html

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7. Writers' Conferences

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

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/08/why-go-to-writers-conference-10.html

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8. Ageism

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

http://www.lindseymcdivitt.com/2014/07/07/5-stereotypes-positive-aging-picture-books-avoid/

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9. Finding Your Audience

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

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/09/5-steps-finding-books-ideal-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? 

http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2515/write-compelling-balanced-backstory/

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11. Mailing Lists

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

http://www.newpages.com/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. 

http://www.writingpicturebooksforchildren.com/types-of-picture-books.html

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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. 

http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/11/Kidlit411-Agent-Spotlight-Heather-Alexander.html

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14. Kill Your Darlings

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

http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/2014/10/courageous-cutting.html

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15. Critiquing

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

http://www.noshovelshere.com/?p=607

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16. Social Media Errors

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

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2014/10/ten-common-errors-in-social-media.html

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17. Character Arc

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

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/09/no-character-arc.html

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18. Nonfiction Picture Books

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

http://www.juliehedlund.com/melissa-stewart-12-x-12-featured-author-august-2014/

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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.

http://taralazar.com/2014/11/06/piboidmo-day-6-sudipta-bardhan-quallen/

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20. Getting Your Book Reviewed

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

http://taralazar.com/2014/11/06/piboidmo-day-6-sudipta-bardhan-quallen/

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21. Short Stories

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

http://www.allvoices.com/article/100001976

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22. Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures for a picture book. 

http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/pub/PrairieWind/?p=592

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23. Pantser of Planner?

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

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/09/craft-of-writing-from-pantser-to.html

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24. Being Professional

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

http://fromsarahwithjoy.blogspot.com/2014/09/top-7-mistakes-that-make-your-writing.html

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25. New Agent

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

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/63934-rick-richter-joins-zachary-shuster-harmsworth-agency.html

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