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1. Submit to Editors First?

If you're planning to query agents, should you be also be submitting to editors?

http://sally-apokedak.com/2015/03/31/should-i-sub-to-editors-first/

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2. After the Offer

Here's a checklist of things to consider before you accept an offer.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/05/between-offer-and-acceptance-checklist.html

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3. Acknowledgements

We all want to thank the people who have helped us with our book, but make sure they want to be publicly acknowledged.

http://www.katemessner.com/think-before-you-thank-writers-acknowledgments/

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4. Third-Person Point of View

There's more than one type of third-person point of view you can use in your story.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/third-person-pov/

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5. Author Visit Schedules

It's up to you to make sure the schedule for the day of your author visit makes sense.

http://schoolvisitexperts.com/be-in-control-of-your-author-visit-schedule/

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6. Email Query Formatting

Your email query letter should not be formatting the same way as a snail mail one.

http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/formatting-email-query-letters.html

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7. World Building

Whether you write realistic or speculative fiction, you need to build a world for your characters to inhabit.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/04/worldbuilding-for-contemporary-and.html#.VzzAxZErJlY

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8. Out of Print

How does a publisher decide your book is out of print, and what does that mean for you?

http://writerunboxed.com/2016/03/24/when-is-a-book-out-of-print/

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9. Conversations

Make your dialog better serve your story and your characters.

http://www.nownovel.com/blog/fantastic-dialogue-writing-advice/

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10. What Does an Agent Do?

Selling your manuscript is only one of the many ways an agent helps your writing career.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/roles-of-an-agent/

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11. Critique Partnerships

Follow these suggestions to maintain a mutually helpful critique partnership.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/05/six-rules-keep-critique-partnerships-golden/

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12. Crutch Words

Here's a list of words that writers commonly overuse in their manuscripts.

http://cdn.writershelpingwriters.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Crutch-Words-2.pdf

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13. Twitter Pitches

Should you be participating in twitter pitch sessions if you're looking for an agent?

http://www.yainterrobang.com/dvpit-twitter-pitch-events/

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14. Nonfiction Plots

Just because you're writing nonfiction, doesn't mean you can get away without a story arc.

https://eerdlings.com/2016/04/28/greatest-hits-four-tips-for-writing-nonfiction-plots/

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15. Head-Hopping

In general, you should avoid random switching between different character's points-of-view.

http://theeditorsblog.net/2011/09/10/head-hopping-gives-readers-whiplash/

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16. Social Media as a Sales Tool

How authors use social media to sell more books.

http://thewritelife.com/how-successful-authors-use-social-media-to-sell-more-books/

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17. Kid-friendly Words

Check out this list of fun, cool, and interesting words that kids will love.

http://linkis.com/taralazar.com/2014/0/ohNa8

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18. Agency Contracts

Contracts can be overwhelming, so here are some things to look for in your agency contract.

http://www.susanspann.com/what-to-look-for-in-a-literary-agency-contract/

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19. Merchandising Rights

More than you ever wanted to know about the right to create merchandise (toys, games, stuffed animals, etc.) based on your book.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/merchandising-rights-in-publishing-deals/

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20. Planning a School Visit

Help a school plan and fund your school visit by sharing this information with them.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/get-started-planning-fundraising-tips-success

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21. Automatic Rejects

If you you want to sabotage your query, just follow these suggestions.

http://annerallen.com/2016/04/top-10-ways-write-self-rejecting-query-blogger-agent-publisher.html

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22. Basic Tips

If you're new to writing children's books, here are some tips to get you started on the right path.

http://www.today.com/parents/want-write-good-children-s-book-here-are-7-tips-t85831?cid=sm_fbn

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23. Successful Book Signings

The first key to a successful book signing is to choose the right bookstore.

http://dankoboldt.com/successful-book-signing/

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24. Kill Your Darlings

We've all heard the advice to "kill your darlings," but what are some common ones that can go?

https://taralazar.com/2016/04/20/killing-darlings/

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25. Co-Writing

How to not only survive co-writing, but use it to your best advantage.

https://writersrumpus.com/2016/04/22/how-to-survive-co-writing/

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