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1. Deep POV

Crawl into your character's head by using deep point of view.



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2. Writing YA

Young adult books can be any genre, from romance to science fiction, mystery to mainstream.


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3. Typos

It's so easy to make a typo in your manuscript and so difficult to find them all.


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4. Avoiding the Word "Very"

There are many ways to prune all those "very" appearances from your manuscript.


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5. Book Titles

Though your publisher will likely change it, it's still worthwhile to choose the best title you can.


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6. Illustrations

If you're a picture book writer, how do you handle the illustrations?


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7. Permissions

If you quote song lyrics in your manuscript, you might want to rethink that.


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8. Book Printing

Here's a fascinating look behind the scenes at how a book is printed and bound.


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9. Common Mistakes

What are common writing mistakes editors see and how do you avoid them?


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10. Books in Stores

What to do if your book isn't carried in brick and mortar bookstores.


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11. Stimulus and Response

When something happens in a scene (stimulus), your characters need to have a reaction (response).


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12. Choosing a Publisher

Money isn't the only thing to consider when choosing between publishers.


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13. Manuscript Gotchas

Seven types of things to weed out of your manuscript when you're revising.


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14. Chapter Books

What's the difference between chapter books and middle grades?  

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15. Reluctant Readers

With the right book, even reluctant readers can be persuaded to read.


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16. Misused Words

Watch out for these commonly confused words.


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17. Exclamation Points

The fewer the better is a good rule of thumb about explanations points.


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18. Dead Parents

Why is it that so many children's book characters are orphans?


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19. Getting Ready for Author Visits

Use the summer break to get ready for next school year's author visits.


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20. Choosing a POV

You need to choose the point-of-view that works best for your story, not just the one that's currently popular.


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21. How Long to Write a Picture Book

Even though they don't have many words, writing a picture books takes more time than you might think.


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22. Blog Tours

Setting up and participating in a blog tour is an excellent way to get the word out about your book.


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23. Submission Checklist

Before you hit "send" or mail the envelope, here are some last minute things to check about your submission.


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24. Flashbacks

You can play around with time in your story, but be careful not to confuse your reader.


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25. Picture Book Characters

The limited word count in picture books doesn't give you a lot of room to create your irresistible character.


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