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1. Introducing Your Main Character

Fourteen things to do (or not to do) to introduce your protagonist. 


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2. Myths About Dialogue

Don't believe everything you're told about writing dialogue. 


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3. Endpages

Endpages in hardback picture books help justify their higher price. 


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4. Selling Your Picture Book

Here are some things to think about as you try to find a publisher for your picture book.


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5. Middle Grade or Young Adult

What are the key differences between middle grade and young adult novels? 


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6. Reader Pet Peeves

What bothers readers about a book? 


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7. How Not to Start a Novel

Here are a few things not to put in your opening pages. 


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8. Picture Book Agents

Not all agents represent picture books. Here's a list of some that do. 


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9. Funny Novels

Why you should (and shouldn't!) write humorous novels. 


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10. How to be Easy to Work With

You don't want to be the difficult author no one wants to represent. 


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11. Bad Agents

It's true. A bad agent is worse than no agent at all. 


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12. Sidetracking Your Success

Sometimes we're out own worst enemies. 


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13. Sequels

How much should you refer back to the previous book in a sequel? 


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14. Book Events

Get the most out of your next book signing or author visit. 


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15. Submission Checklist

Double-check these before submitting. 


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16. Time Transitions

Sometimes you need to give your reader a hint when time elapses between scenes. 


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17. 100 Children's Books to Read

A list from Amazon of 100 children's books everyone should read. 


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18. Twitter Hashtags for Writers

Here are some hashtags you may want to follow on Twitter. 


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19. Adding Depth

Adding more scenes is not the same as adding depth to your story. 


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20. When Agents Go Bad

How do you know if your agent has gone off the rails? 


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21. Revising Too Much

Overworking your revisions can sometimes be as bad as underworking them.


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22. How Not to Write a Picture Books

Make your picture book better by avoiding these common traps. 


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23. We Need Diverse Books

The ground roots movement for more diversity in books now has an official organization. 


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24. Agent Building List

Leon Husock, associate agent at L. Perkins Agency is looking for middle grade and young adult authors.


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25. Critique Group Advice

Though you should sometimes ignore the advice from your critique group, you should still have one. 


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