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1. Submit to Editors First?

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


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2. After the Offer

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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6. Email Query Formatting

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


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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.


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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?


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9. Conversations

Make your dialog better serve your story and your characters.


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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.


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11. Critique Partnerships

Follow these suggestions to maintain a mutually helpful critique partnership.


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12. Crutch Words

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


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13. Twitter Pitches

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


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14. Nonfiction Plots

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


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15. Head-Hopping

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


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16. Social Media as a Sales Tool

How 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.


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18. Agency Contracts

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


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20. Planning a School Visit

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


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21. Automatic Rejects

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


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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.


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23. Successful Book Signings

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


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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?


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25. Co-Writing

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


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