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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.


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2. After the Call

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


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3. Five Big Publishers

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


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4. Amazon Reviews

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


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5. Story Arcs

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


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6. Goodreads Giveaways

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


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7. Query Dos and Don'ts

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


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8. Young Adult Publishers

Here's a list of 21 publishers who accept 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.


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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.


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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.


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12. School Visit Advice

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


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13. Reasons for Rejection

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


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14. Dynamic Characters

You want your characters to resonate with your readers.


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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.


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16. Query Letter Extras

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


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17. Levels of Editing

Your manuscript needs different levels of editing for different revisions.


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18. Virtual Visits

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


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19. Query Letters

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


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20. Storyboarding Your Picture Book

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


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21. Weak Words

Avoid these five words to make your writing stronger.


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22. World Building

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


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23. Working the Booth

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


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24. Character Names

Things to think about when choosing your characters' names.


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25. Twitter Pitches

Perks and pitfalls of participating in Twitter pitch events.


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