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1. Scene Breaks

Here are some things you need to think about when you transition to another scene. 

http://nelsonagency.com/the-pesky-scene-break/

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2. Prologues

Not all prologues are created equal. 

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/4-types-of-prologues/

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3. Shorter is Sweeter

When you write picture books, you need to pare the text to the bare minimum. 

http://picturebookbuilders.com/2014/09/shorter-really-is-sweeter/

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4. Writing Scams

Beware of scams perpetrated by authors and/or malicious others.

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2012/10/beware-seven-deadly-writing-scams.html 


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5. New Children's Agent

Rachel Brooks from the L. Perkins Agency is looking for fun picture books in addition to novels.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/09/introducing-agent-rachel-brooks-from-l.html

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6. Poetic Lines

How do you decide where to end each line in a poem. 

http://thelinebreak.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/lineation/

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7. LGBTQ Friendly Press

Harmony Ink Press is moving to LGBTQ and YA books. 

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/09/harmony-ink-press-reaching-out-to-lgbtq-youth/

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8. Grandparent Names

Lists of grandparent names, from the traditional to the trendy. 

http://www.grandparents.com/family-and-relationships/grandparent-names/grandparent-names

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9. First Drafts

You've finished your first draft. Now what? 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/02/from-pathetic-to-professional-8-ways-to.html

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10. Virtual Author Visits

What's the best way to give a presentation when you're not there in person?

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2014/09/10-tips-for-great-virtual-author-visits.html

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11. E-Queries

How do you format email queries? 

http://www.literaryrambles.com/2009/12/how-do-i-format-my-e-query.html

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12. Author Events

How to book author events and what to do at them. 

http://www.nicolamorgan.com/publishing-advice-books/getting-and-giving-great-author-events/

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13. Picture Book Tips

Twenty do's and twenty don'ts from Mem Fox about writing picture books. 

http://memfox.com/for-writers-hints/for-writers-20-dos-and-20-donts/

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14. Career Planning

Agents can do more for you than just selling your book. 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-role-of-agents-in-career-planning.html

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15. Dialogue Tips

Written dialogue does not consist of simply writing down the spoken word. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/08/craft-of-writing-diatribe-on-dialogue.html

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16. Series

You can still lay the groundwork for a possible series while writing a standalone book. 

http://kidlit.com/2014/08/25/laying-groundwork-for-series/

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17. Writing Videos

Brian Sanderson has posted videos of all his lectures from his 2013 creative writing course.

http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/

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18. Bad Reviews

Every book gets some bad reviews, but here are some ways you can minimize them for yours. 

http://colleencollinsbooks.com/blog/2012/11/30/three-tips-for-minimizing-bad-reviews-on-google-and-in-your-life

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19. New U.K. Agency

Skylark Literary will specialize in children's and young adults books.

http://www.wordsandpics.org/2014/08/amber-caraveo-joanna-moult-to-set-up.html

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20. There's a Book

This website contains reviews of many kids' books. 

http://www.theresabook.com/archive/

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21. Three-Act Structure

Whether you're writing picture books or novels, the three-act structure is a common way to plot your story. 

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/three-act-structure-a-pair-of-spanx-for-your-novel/

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22. Leave Room for the Illustrators

Picture book writers can tighten their manuscripts by remembering the illustrations will help carry the story. 

http://taralazar.com/2010/02/20/saying-a-lot-with-a-little/

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23. Write Faster

These three techniques will help you to increase your daily word count. 

http://www.sfwa.org/2011/12/guest-post-how-i-went-from-writing-2000-words-a-day-to-10000-words-a-day/

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24. Sound Effects

Add fun and interest to your writing with sounds effects. 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2014/08/m-o-t-o-r-c-y-c-l-e-thoughts-on-sound.html

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25. New Writer Mistake

The most common mistake new writers make is to rush to publication. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-number-one-mistake-new-writers-make.html

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