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1. Self-Editing

Here are some simple tricks for editing your manuscript.


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2. Negotiation

If you don't have an agent, you'll be responsible for negotiating your contracts.


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3. Balancing Dialogue and Description

Your story should contain a good mix of dialogue and description.


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4. Pinterest

How can you use Pinterest to raise awareness of your book?


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5. Critique Group Sandwich

A popular method of critiquing is the sandwich: what you liked about the text, what you think needs more work, and what you liked again.


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6. Satisfying Endings

Your ending should wrap up the story in a way that resonates with your readers.


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7. What an Agent Looks For

Obviously an agent wants to see good writing, but what else is important?


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8. Age Level

Make sure your writing is appropriate for the age level of your audience.


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9. Rejection to Revision

Use the comments you gather from your rejections to make your manuscript better.


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10. Book Launch Party

Here's some advice to make your book launch party great.


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11. Negotiating

If you don't have an agent, you need to know how to negotiate a contract.


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12. Novice Writers

Avoid being labeled a newbie by making sure you don't make these mistakes.


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13. Literary Agents

It's reasonable to expect professionalism from your literary agent.


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14. Speaking at Conventions

How can you get invited to speak at teacher conventions?


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15. Picture Book Pacing

Even if you're not an illustrator, it's important to make a dummy in order to check the pacing of your picture book.


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16. Show and Tell

We've all heard the advice to "show, don't tell," but there are times when telling is the better choice.


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17. Character Thoughts

What's the best way to show the reader what your character is thinking?


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18. Presentations

What is your body saying when you give a presentation?


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19. Book Profit and Loss

What business decisions go into a publisher's decision to acquire a book?


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20. Writing Tips

Top editors giving writing advice to new children's book authors.


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21. Book Sales at Events

You need to do more than just show up to sell books at events.


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22. Meeting Agents

How do you interact with agents when you meet them informally at a conference?


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23. Editing Without an Editor

Harold Underdown gives advice on how to edit your manuscript.


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24. Plot Revision Table

Having a detailed chart of your scenes makes it much easier to understand your plot.


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25. Collaborating

There are three components to writing a novel with someone else.


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