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1. Bloggers

If approached correctly, bloggers can be your book's best friend.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/5-ways-to-make-a-blogger-want-to-stab-us-in-the-face/

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2. Grammar Checklist

This handy checklist will help you eliminate grammatical mistakes in your manuscript.

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/grammar-girls-editing-checklist

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3. Mapping Your Book

Create a roadmap of the scenes in your book to make sure it all works together.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/07/martina-boone-on-mapping-your-book-to.html#.V4kbzrgrJlY

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4. Character Voice

There are many ways to give your characters their own unique voices.

https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/developing-unique-voices/

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5. Finishing a Novel

How do you keep your writing momentum going until you reach "the end?"

https://electricliterature.com/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-book-sales-but-were-afraid-to-ask-1fe6bc00aa2d#.h69johkm5

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6. Astronomical Event

If you're going to refer to an astronomical event in your book, make sure your science is correct.

https://writersrumpus.com/2016/07/05/full-moons-cant-rise-at-midnight/

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7. Book Sales

How do you find out how many books you've sold?

https://electricliterature.com/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-book-sales-but-were-afraid-to-ask-1fe6bc00aa2d#.h69johkm5

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8. First Five Pages

There are several things you need to accomplish in the first few pages of your novel.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/06/four-essential-elements-for-your-first.html

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9. Pitching Your Book

It's better not to simply talk rather than read a scripted pitch or recite it from memory.

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/06/why-memorizing-or-reading-your-pitch-is.html

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10. Book Festivals

When you're an author at a book festival, there are things you should NOT be doing.

http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/09/dont-be-that-author-some-things-ive.html

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11. Plot Twists

For a great plot twist at the end of the story, you need to provide clues and misdirections along the way.

http://www.katemessner.com/teachers-write-7-19-16-tuesday-quick-write-with-kat-yeh/

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12. Critiquing a Novel

Whether your critiquing your own work or someone else's, this checklist will remind you of points you need to consider.

http://critiquemymanuscript.com/checklist-for-critiquing-a-novel/

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13. Great Dialogue

Great dialogue gives your reader information about your characters' fundamentals, history, and wants.
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/it-aint-just-talk-3-crucial-elements-of-great-dialog/

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14. Instagram for Writers

Instagram is the social media platform of choice for many teens, so if you write YA, maybe you should be on it too.

https://writersrumpus.com/2016/07/15/instagram-for-writers/

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15. Weedy Words

Don't let these words be the weeds invading your manuscript.

https://traceymcox.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/tuesday-tip-91-weedy-weak-words-to-yank-from-your-story/

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16. Setting Mistakes

Make your setting work for your story by avoiding these mistakes.

http://diymfa.com/writing/5onfri-top-5-mistakes-writers-make-comes-setting

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17. Libraries Promote Books

It's not enough to get your book into bookstores--it needs to also be available in libraries.

http://writerunboxed.com/2016/06/07/are-libraries-the-new-bookstores/

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18. Copyright Myths

Yes, your story is automatically copyrighted as soon as you write it.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/busting-some-popular-copyright-myths/

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19. Feedback

How do you separate helpful feedback from that which you can ignore?

http://www.elawreads.com/blog/2015/3/5/navigating-the-forest-of-feedback-8-ways-to-recognize-helpful-criticism-and-how-to-ignore-the-rest

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20. Query Problems

Here are some common issues that agents see in queries.

https://gloriachao.wordpress.com/blog/

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21. Dialogue Problems

Avoid these common errors in writing your dialogue.

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/are-you-botching-your-dialogue/

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22. Facebook Regulations

You need to understand these Facebook rules or they might take down your profile.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/06/facebook-rules-must-read-for-author.html#.V3AzirgrJlZ

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23. Sale of First Novel

How long does it take to sell your first novel?

http://www.jimchines.com/2010/03/survey-results/

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24. Picture Book Publishers

There are many publishers who acquire picture book manuscripts.

http://frolickingthroughcyberspace.blogspot.com/p/monster-list-of-childrens-book.html

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25. Rhyming Stories

Tips for writing a rollicking book that rhymes.

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jul/01/how-to-write-rollicking-rhyming-stories-pip-jones-squishy-mcfluff

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