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1. Agent Contracts

Things that should be covered in your agency contract.


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2. Editing While Your Write

It's not always easy to turn off your inner editor.


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3. Co-Writing

Here's how one set of co-authors divvies up the work.


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4. Book Tours

Here are some things to know if you're doing a real life, as opposed to blog, book tour.


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5. Conferences

Tips and goals for new conference attendees.


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6. Top YA Agents

These agents have sold the most young adult books in 2015.


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7. Twitter Lists

Writers share their lists of people whose tweets are useful to writers.


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8. Trends in YA

You shouldn't write to a trend, but if you have a manuscript with a currently popular topic, now might be the time to submit it.


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9. First Draft

Turn off your inner censor and get something on the paper.


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10. Sympathetic Characters

You can make a character, even an evil one, more sympathetic using these traits.


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11. Meeting Agents

What to do if you meet an agent at a conference.


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12. Evilness in Kids' Books

There are many ways to introduce evil characters and situations into a children's book.


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13. Novels in Verse

Three authors discuss how a novel in verse is different than one written in prose.


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14. Picture Book Titles

What's the best length for a picture book title?


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15. Time-Saving Tools

Here are 15 tools that may be helpful in making your writing time more efficient.


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16. Publishers and Marketing

Who's responsible for marketing your book--you or your publisher? You both are.


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17. Agent Negotiations

There are many tactics an agent should be using when negotiating a contract.


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18. Plot Fails

A three-part series on what makes a plot be unsuccessful.




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19. Before You Turn in the Manuscript

Even though you think your manuscript is finished, it would be a good idea to do these checks.


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20. YA Techniques

How your young adult novel is written is as important as what it is about.


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21. Improve Your Dialogue

These six tips will help make your dialogue leap off the page.


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22. Beats

Where do you put the beats, those incidents that change the way the main character pursues his goal, in your novel?


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23. Improve Your Dialogue

Six tips to make your dialogue more natural.


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24. Top Middle-Grade Agents

Which agents made the most deals for middle-grade books?


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25. Writing Red Flags

What do you need to do to your manuscript to get it past the publishing gatekeepers?


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