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1. Email Subject Line

If you're querying by email, you should make sure your subject line gives the necessary information.


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2. First School Visit

Your first school visit can be nerve-wracking, but a little preparation goes a long way.


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3. Facebook Author Page

Is it worthwhile to have a Facebook author page as part of your social media campaign?


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4. Inventing a Language

When you create a language for your fantasy novel, you want it to sound as if it were real.


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5. Picture Book Dummies

Even if you're not an illustrator, you should make a dummy for all your picture books, and here's how.


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6. Fair Use

Before you use copyrighted material, you need to understand the idea of fair use.


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7. Pinterest for Writers

How can you best use Pinterest to market your book?


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8. Word Counts

Here are some standard word counts for each children's book genre along with specific book examples.


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9. Book Trailers

Essential tips for creating your own book trailer.


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10. Self-Editing Basics

You need to be the first editor of your manuscript, and here are some basics to know.


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11. Internal Dialogue

Internal thoughts, when used correctly, are necessary for your story.


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12. Getting Feedback

Critiques of your manuscript are not always easy to hear, but they're a necessary part of the writing process.


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13. Swag

Which swag do people keep and which do they toss?


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14. Introverts and Conferences

There's still a place for you at writing conferences, even if you're an introvert.


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15. Publishing Jobs

There are many more jobs in publishing than that of editor or agent.


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16. When You Haven't Heard Back

What is appropriate to do when you've waited and waited and haven't heard back from an editor or agent?


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17. Proofreading

It's not easy to find errors in your own manuscript, but these proofreading tips will help.


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18. Words to Cut

Eliminate these filler words to make your manuscript tighter.


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19. School Visit Fees

Find out what other people charge, on average, to do a school visit.


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20. Exclusive Requests

What does it mean when an agent asks for an exclusive and how does it work.


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21. Finances

If you're a freelance writer, you need to know how to manage your finances.


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22. Booksellers

Booksellers are an author's best friends, and you should know how to talk to them.


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23. Historical Fiction

If you write historical fiction, you'd better enjoy doing research.


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24. Cover Art

As an author, do you have any say in the cover art of your book?


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25. Starting Your Novel

Here are some hints about how to and how not to begin your novel.


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