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1. Alphabet Books

Writing an alphabet book isn't as easy as A,B,C. 


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2. Formatting Your Manuscript

Using standard manuscript formatting won't get you published, but it will help.


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3. Unlikeable Protagonists

A main character doesn't have to be likeable to be interesting and complicated, worthy of knowing better.


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4. How to Write a Query Letter

The purpose of your short query letter is to attract an agent's interest enough to request more of your work. 


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5. Writing is Seeing

Author Kate DiCamillo tells us writers see and pay attention. 


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6. School Presentations

Tips to get you invited back to schools. 


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7. Emotional Anticipation

Build tension to build your character's emotions. 


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8. Picture Books

Author George Shannon blogs about all things picture book. 


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9. Synopsis Checklist

Make sure your synopsis covers all these points before you send it out. 


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10. Social Media Platforms

Agents weigh in on whether you need one or not. 


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11. Middle Grade Nonfiction

Here are some tips for writing nonfiction for the middle-grade level. 


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12. Slush Pile

Here's how a first reader describes the reality of the slush pile.


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13. Inspired Openings

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. 


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14. Rhyming Nonfiction

Sometimes a poem is just what you need for your nonfiction topic. 


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15. Money

How much money can you really make as a children's book author? 


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16. Tension

Learn how to ramp us the tension in your novel. 


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17. Crafting a Series

Even if you're a pantser and not an outliner, there are techniques you can use when writing a series.


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18. 1,000 Words Or Less

It's not easy to write with the low word count of the picture book. 


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19. Agents and Sales

Just because you have an agent, that doesn't mean your manuscript will always sell. 


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20. Picture Book Database

Search for picture book titles by category in this database. 


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21. Tips on Writing a Synopsis

Here are some things to consider when writing a synopsis. 


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22. Pitch Sessions

What do agents think about when they listen to your pitch? 


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23. Transitions

Transitions help the reader switch from one idea/setting/time/person to another. 


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24. Writers' Conference Tips

Five simple tips to improve your experience at a conference. 


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25. 50 Tips to Better Writing

From general tips to editing, here are suggestions to improve your writing. 


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