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1. Agent Contracts

Things that should be covered in your agency contract.

http://thewritelife.com/sign-with-a-literary-agent-contract/

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2. Editing While Your Write

It's not always easy to turn off your inner editor.

http://www.publicationcoach.com/7-ways-to-stop-editing-while-you-write/

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3. Co-Writing

Here's how one set of co-authors divvies up the work.

http://writersrumpus.com/2015/05/19/adventures-in-co-writing/

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4. Book Tours

Here are some things to know if you're doing a real life, as opposed to blog, book tour.

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/05/stuart-horwitz/

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5. Conferences

Tips and goals for new conference attendees.

http://newjersey.scbwi.org/2015/05/12/tips-goals-for-conference-goers/

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6. Top YA Agents

These agents have sold the most young adult books in 2015.

http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/top-20-ya-agents-2015/

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7. Twitter Lists

Writers share their lists of people whose tweets are useful to writers.

http://thewritelife.com/the-15-best-twitter-lists-for-writers/

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8. Trends in YA

You shouldn't write to a trend, but if you have a manuscript with a currently popular topic, now might be the time to submit it.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/childrens-announcements/article/66587-what-to-expect-when-you-re-expecting-ya.html

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9. First Draft

Turn off your inner censor and get something on the paper.

http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/19/bombing-through-it/

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10. Sympathetic Characters

You can make a character, even an evil one, more sympathetic using these traits.

http://www.darcypattison.com/characters/develop-sympathy-with-character-traits-9/

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11. Meeting Agents

What to do if you meet an agent at a conference.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2015/05/interacting-with-agents-in-wild.html

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12. Evilness in Kids' Books

There are many ways to introduce evil characters and situations into a children's book.

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/may/17/top-10-ways-to-be-evil-in-childrens-books-william-sutcliffe

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13. Novels in Verse

Three authors discuss how a novel in verse is different than one written in prose.

http://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-4/writing-young-adult-verse-novel

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14. Picture Book Titles

What's the best length for a picture book title?

http://taralazar.com/2015/05/20/long-picture-book-titles-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad/

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15. Time-Saving Tools

Here are 15 tools that may be helpful in making your writing time more efficient.

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/04/bryan-collins/

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16. Publishers and Marketing

Who's responsible for marketing your book--you or your publisher? You both are.

http://www.rachellegardner.com/do-publishers-market-books/

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17. Agent Negotiations

There are many tactics an agent should be using when negotiating a contract.

http://nelsonagency.com/2015/05/article-4-negotiation-tactics-of-good-agents/

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18. Plot Fails

A three-part series on what makes a plot be unsuccessful.

http://tknitewrites.com/the-9-worst-types-of-plot-fails-part1/

http://tknitewrites.com/the-9-worst-types-of-plot-fails-part-2/

http://tknitewrites.com/the-9-worst-types-of-plot-fails-part-3/

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19. Before You Turn in the Manuscript

Even though you think your manuscript is finished, it would be a good idea to do these checks.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/ten-tips-before-you-turn-that-manuscript-in-by-phyllis-naylor/

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20. YA Techniques

How your young adult novel is written is as important as what it is about.

http://writersrumpus.com/2015/05/01/6-stylistic-techniques-in-ya-novels/

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21. Improve Your Dialogue

These six tips will help make your dialogue leap off the page.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2015/04/six-tips-for-improving-your-dialogue-by.html

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22. Beats

Where do you put the beats, those incidents that change the way the main character pursues his goal, in your novel?

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2015/04/finding-your-storys-beats-craft-of.html

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23. Improve Your Dialogue

Six tips to make your dialogue more natural.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2015/04/six-tips-for-improving-your-dialogue-by.html

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24. Top Middle-Grade Agents

Which agents made the most deals for middle-grade books?

http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/top-20-middle-grade-agents-2015/

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25. Writing Red Flags

What do you need to do to your manuscript to get it past the publishing gatekeepers?

http://www.literaryrambles.com/2015/05/donna-galanti-guest-post-and-joshua-and.html

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