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1. Alphabet Books

Writing an alphabet book isn't as easy as A,B,C. 

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2012/05/guest-post-eric-pinder-on-x-files-why.html

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2. Formatting Your Manuscript

Using standard manuscript formatting won't get you published, but it will help.

http://www.writingforchildrenandteens.com/writing-basics/how-to-format-your-manuscript/

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3. Unlikeable Protagonists

A main character doesn't have to be likeable to be interesting and complicated, worthy of knowing better.

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2013/10/guest-post-sarah-aronson-on-its-okay-if.html

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4. How to Write a Query Letter

The purpose of your short query letter is to attract an agent's interest enough to request more of your work. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/how-to-write-a-query-letter-2/

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5. Writing is Seeing

Author Kate DiCamillo tells us writers see and pay attention. 

http://www.katedicamillo.com/onwrit.html

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6. School Presentations

Tips to get you invited back to schools. 

http://writerunboxed.com/2014/04/03/presenting-to-school-students-top-tips/

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7. Emotional Anticipation

Build tension to build your character's emotions. 

http://kidlit.com/2014/03/24/building-emotional-anticipation/

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8. Picture Books

Author George Shannon blogs about all things picture book. 

http://georgeshannon.wordpress.com/

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9. Synopsis Checklist

Make sure your synopsis covers all these points before you send it out. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/synopsis-check-list/

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10. Social Media Platforms

Agents weigh in on whether you need one or not. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/04/do-you-need-social-media-platform.html

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11. Middle Grade Nonfiction

Here are some tips for writing nonfiction for the middle-grade level. 

http://middlegrademarch.com/2014/03/23/writing-middle-grade-non-fiction-by-carmella-van-fleet/

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12. Slush Pile

Here's how a first reader describes the reality of the slush pile.

http://katiaraina.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/the-realities-of-slush/

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13. Inspired Openings

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/03/inspired-openings-make-your-first.html

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14. Rhyming Nonfiction

Sometimes a poem is just what you need for your nonfiction topic. 

http://www.teachingauthors.com/2014/03/www-rhyme-nf.html

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15. Money

How much money can you really make as a children's book author? 

http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2014/03/laura-purdie-salas-talks-money-and.html

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16. Tension

Learn how to ramp us the tension in your novel. 

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-post-april-henry-on-just-add.html

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17. Crafting a Series

Even if you're a pantser and not an outliner, there are techniques you can use when writing a series.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/01/craft-of-writing-crafting-series-by.html

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18. 1,000 Words Or Less

It's not easy to write with the low word count of the picture book. 

http://metro.nyscbwi.org/news/a-story-in-a-1000-words-or-less/

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19. Agents and Sales

Just because you have an agent, that doesn't mean your manuscript will always sell. 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/03/having-agent-does-not-mean-automatic.html

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20. Picture Book Database

Search for picture book titles by category in this database. 

http://dlp.lib.miamioh.edu/picturebook/

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21. Tips on Writing a Synopsis

Here are some things to consider when writing a synopsis. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/tips-on-writing-a-synopsis/

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22. Pitch Sessions

What do agents think about when they listen to your pitch? 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-are-we-thinking-about-during-your.html

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23. Transitions

Transitions help the reader switch from one idea/setting/time/person to another. 

https://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/transitions/

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24. Writers' Conference Tips

Five simple tips to improve your experience at a conference. 

http://junesmalls.blogspot.com/2014/02/writers-conference-tips-and-advice.html

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25. 50 Tips to Better Writing

From general tips to editing, here are suggestions to improve your writing. 

http://joshuakeith.net/50-quick-tips-how-to-write-better/

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