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1. Professional Writers

Here are some tips on how to treat your writing as a professional career.


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2. Writers Conferences

To get the most out of a conference, you need to both prepare in advance and reflect afterwards.


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3. Series

When writing a series, avoid these seven deadly sins.


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4. Giving Too Much Away

It's tempting to say yes to book donations, free author visits, and the like, but you need to learn to say no.


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5. Character Descriptions

Bring your character to life with vivid character descriptions.


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6. How Much is Enough?

How do you know when to stop spending time, money, and energy on promoting your book?


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7. New Agent

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary is looking for picture books, middle-grade, and young adult titles.


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8. Promoting Your New Book

Your book's first year after publication is the time to pull out all the stops.


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9. After Leaving Your Agent

How do you approach a prospective agent if you and your previous agents have gone your separate ways.


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10. Work for Hire

Writing work for hire books is a nice way to bring in income from your writing efforts.


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11. Comparable Books

When you're trying to catch the interest of an agent or editor, it often helps to compare your book to published titles.


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12. Book Events

It's up to you to make your book event successful.


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13. Writing Tips

Maybe one of these nineteen writing tips will be what you need to take your writing to the next level.


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14. Contract Negotiations

Negotiating contracts is more than just getting the biggest advance.


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15. 100 Writing Blogs

Here is a list of 100 writing blogs along with a description of their contents.


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16. Multiple POVs

Sometimes using multiple points of view is the best way to tell your story.


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17. Twitter for Writers

Using Twitter incorrectly will cause your marketing efforts to backfire.


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18. Author Platform

What do agents and editors actually mean when they say you should have an author platform.


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19. Don't be "That" Author

You want to be an author that agents and editors want to work with.


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20. World Building

There are many things you need to decide when building a completely new world.


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21. Picture Book Extra Features

What's involved in writing a book with extra features, like gatefolds and diecuts?


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22. Don't Ask Agents These Questions

If you ask a prospective agent these very basic questions, it shows you're not read to get an agent.


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23. Books About Slavery

With all the current discussions about the depiction of slavery in picture books, it's important to read how other recent titles have handled the subject.


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24. Picture Book Publishers

This website features detailed descriptions of the types of picture books put out by different publishers.


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25. Fictional Nonfiction

Can you still call a book nonfiction if it contains fictional elements?


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