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1. Critique Group Advice

Though you should sometimes ignore the advice from your critique group, you should still have one. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-you-should-ignore-most-of-advice.html

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2. Agent Building List


Leon Husock, associate agent at L. Perkins Agency is looking for middle grade and young adult authors.

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/agent-looking-to-build-list-6/

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3. We Need Diverse Books

The ground roots movement for more diversity in books now has an official organization. 

http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/post/93178270072/we-need-diverse-books-announces-incorporation-as-a

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4. How Not to Write a Picture Books

Make your picture book better by avoiding these common traps. 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2014/08/dont-do-it-how-not-to-write-picture.html

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5. Revising Too Much

Overworking your revisions can sometimes be as bad as underworking them.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/07/dont-over-work-your-manuscripts-you.html

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6. When Agents Go Bad

How do you know if your agent has gone off the rails? 

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2014/04/agents-going-off-rails.html

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7. Adding Depth

Adding more scenes is not the same as adding depth to your story. 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/07/adding-depth-to-your-stories.html

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8. Blogging Mistakes

Don't make these mistakes on your author blog. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2012/09/top-10-self-sabotaging-mistakes-of.html

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9. World Building

Editor Stacy Whitman answers questions about world building in speculative fiction.

http://blog.leeandlow.com/2014/06/19/ask-an-editor-worldbuilding-in-speculative-fiction-part-i/
http://blog.leeandlow.com/2014/06/26/ask-an-editor-worldbuilding-in-speculative-fiction-part-ii/

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10. Can Self-Publishing Lead to an Agent

Hear what some agents think about using a self-published book to land an agent. 

http://theblabbermouthblog.com/2014/06/09/getting-an-agent-by-self-publishing-your-manuscript-what-some-agents-think/

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11. Writing Mistakes

Ten things that will make an editor stop reading your manuscript.

http://www.elawreads.com/blog/2014/7/15/finishing-the-hat-ten-things-that-make-an-editor-stop-reading-your-manuscript

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12. Pitch Equals Concept

In your pitch, you need to give the concept of your book. 

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/pitch-is-concept/

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13. Serials

Things to consider if you're planning on writing a series. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/confessions-of-serial-novelist-part-2.html

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14. Types of Book Publishing

As shown by this chart, there are many paths to a published book.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3BkwFa5qpaIci1BYUViWFJpdGc/edit

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15. Picture Book Techniques for Novelists

Many of the lessons learned in writing picture books are also applicable to writing novels. 

http://taralazar.com/2014/07/08/using-picture-book-techniques-in-novels-by-anna-staniszewski/

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16. Agent Submissions

What your submission looks like to an agent's reader. 

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/07/what-i-learned-about-submissions-as-a-reader-for-an-agent/

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17. Giving Better Critiques

Are your critiques as helpful as they can be? 

http://writersrumpus.com/2014/07/08/are-your-critiques-as-helpful-as-they-could-be/

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18. Getting Into Bookstores

How to get your local bookstore to carry your book. 

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/secrets-getting-bookstores-tip-14-52-ways-market-book/

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19. Do You Need an Agent?

Whether or not you need an agent depends on how you see the path for your career as a writer. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/agent-sara-megibow-on-whether-you-still.html

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20. Writing Young Adult

If you're going to write young adult books, you should be reading them. 

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/04/25-things-you-should-know-about-young-adult-fiction/

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21. Writing Scenes

How to make your scenes, the building blocks of your story, the best they can be. 

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/4-tips-for-writing-great-scenes/

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22. Challenging Content

Even picture books can contain darker themes. 

http://picturebookden.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenging-content-in-picture-books-by.html

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23. Pitch Etiquette

There's more to planning your pitch than figuring out what you're going to say. 

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2014/07/pitch-ettiquette.html

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24. Searching for an Agent

Don't be scammed in your eagerness to find an agent.

http://www.victoriastrauss.com/advice/safest/

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25. What is Voice?

It's hard to define voice in writing, but we recognize it when we read it. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/what-is-voice-in-fiction.html

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