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1. Titles

Although it's like your title will be changed before publication, you still want to choose a good one to help attract the attention of an agent or editor.

https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/10/titles-titles-titles.html

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2. After the Call

What are the next steps after you get the call offering representation?

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/got-agent-now/

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3. Five Big Publishers

There are five big publishers, but they have many divisions and imprints.

http://almossawi.com/big-five-publishers/

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4. Amazon Reviews

Amazon has specific rules governing how they decide if a review is legit.

http://annerallen.com/amazons-new-review-rules-should-authors-worry/

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5. Story Arcs

Here are three types of story arcs: change, failed, and static.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/10/solving-fiction-problems-three-kinds-of.html#.WAuJGeArJlY

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6. Goodreads Giveaways

How to plan your Goodreads giveaway to get the most bang for your buck.

http://mariaeandreu.com/2014/01/15/what-i-learned-from-my-first-goodreads-giveaway-for-my-ya-novel/

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7. Query Dos and Don'ts

Remember a query is your first introduction to a prospective agent or editor.

http://blog.lauraheffernan.com/2014/10/query-contest-observations.html

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8. Young Adult Publishers

Here's a list of 21 publishers who accept young adult manuscripts.

http://www.authorspublish.com/21-publishers-accepting-young-adult-manuscripts/

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9. Memorable Characters

The secret to creating characters you're readers won't forget is in the details.

http://annerallen.com/create-memorable-characters-details/

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10. When to Say, "No"

As exciting as it is to receive an offer of publication, sometimes the best decision is to refuse it.

http://writerunboxed.com/2016/09/26/knowing-when-to-walk-away-from-a-publishing-deal/

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11. Critique Notes

After you receive a critique or an editorial letter, put it aside for a cooling off period before you get to work.

https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-cooling-off-period-handling.html

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12. School Visit Advice

A wealth of advice of things to consider when planning and doing a school visit.

http://greetings-from-nowhere.blogspot.com/2008/01/advice-from-trenches-part-1.html
http://greetings-from-nowhere.blogspot.com/2008/01/advice-from-trenches-part-2_31.html
http://greetings-from-nowhere.blogspot.com/2008/02/advice-from-trenches-part-3.html
http://greetings-from-nowhere.blogspot.com/2008/02/advice-from-trenches-part-4.html

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13. Reasons for Rejection

There are reasons your manuscript may be rejected that are unrelated to its quality.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/10/9-reasons-i-did-not-request-more-pages.html

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14. Dynamic Characters

You want your characters to resonate with your readers.

https://taralazar.com/2016/09/26/crafting-seasonal-stories-that-sell/

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15. Seasonal Stories

If your story has a strong season or holiday tie-in, it needs to be unique to make up for the shorter selling window.

https://taralazar.com/2016/09/26/crafting-seasonal-stories-that-sell/ 


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16. Query Letter Extras

There's more to a query letter than the pitch, such as personalization and your bio.

https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/04/4-levels-of-editing-explained-which-service-does-your-book-need/

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17. Levels of Editing

Your manuscript needs different levels of editing for different revisions.

https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/04/4-levels-of-editing-explained-which-service-does-your-book-need/ 

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18. Virtual Visits

Doing a Skype school visit needs different preparation that an in-person one.

http://www.christinekohlerbooks.com/blog.htm?post=1039188

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19. Query Letters

There are some things you should NOT include in your query letter.

https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/06/querying-what-to-leave-out.html

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20. Storyboarding Your Picture Book

There are several methods to choose from in creating a storyboard for your picture book.

https://johnelldewitt.com/2016/09/02/storyboarding-for-picture-book-writers/

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21. Weak Words

Avoid these five words to make your writing stronger.

https://crew.co/backstage/blog/5-weak-words-to-avoid/

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22. World Building

Here are a few practical tips for creating a believable world in your story.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/09/5-practical-tips-for-world-building/

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23. Working the Booth

Here's some advice for selling your books at festivals and other events.

http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/booth2.shtml

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24. Character Names

Things to think about when choosing your characters' names.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/09/25160/

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25. Twitter Pitches

Perks and pitfalls of participating in Twitter pitch events.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/09/perks-and-pitfalls-of-twitter-pitches.html#.WAuA4uArJlY

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