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1. Spidergrams

Find out how to use spidergrams in plotting your book.


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2. Spidergrams

Find out how to use spidergrams in plotting your book.


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3. After the Offer

What should you do after receiving an offer of representation?


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4. Conferences

Why it's worth your while to go to writing conferences.


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5. Writing Contests

Questions you should ask before entering a writing contest.


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6. Filter Words

Filter words distance your reader and weaken your writing.  

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7. Common Core

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, it's worthwhile understanding the Common Core standards.


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8. Getting Representation

How can you convince a literary agent to represent you and your work?


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9. Facial Expressions

One-hundred words you can use to describe facial expressions.


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10. Dead-End Dialogue

Don't let dialogue that goes nowhere kill your pacing.


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11. Series

Eight novice mistakes to avoid if you're writing a series.


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12. Midlist

What does it mean to you if you have a midlist book?


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13. Book Publishing

Agents tells some things most people don't know about the publishing industry.


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14. Common Grammar Mistakes

Make sure you avoid these mistakes many people make.


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15. Overwriting

How to trim your overly long novel down to size.


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16. Before the Launch

Five things to do before your book's release date.


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17. Theme

Theme and plot are not the same thing.


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18. Fiction Based on a Real Person

What are the steps you need to take if you've based your novel on a real-life person or event?


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19. Writing Words of Wisdom

Fifteen tips about writing from an author who's been writing fifteen years.


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20. Constructive Criticism

How to give criticism that will help both your fellow writers and their manuscripts.


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21. Villains

A great villain is often the most memorable character in a story.


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22. Small Publishers

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to the size of your publisher.


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23. Rules for Writers

Stephen King shares twenty rules to be a better writer.


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24. Bestseller Lists

How a book gets on a bestseller list is not as straightforward as you might think.


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25. Bad Reviews

Your book is going to receive some bad reviews, so you need to learn to deal with it.


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