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1. Instagram

The difference between Instagram and Twitter is more than just pictures vs. words.


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2. The Big Five

This handy-dandy chart shows you all the imprints and divisions of the big five publishing companies.


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3. Botched Beginnings

Here are some things to avoid in the opening pages of your novel.


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4. Dedications

How do you decide to whom you should dedicate your book?


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5. Getting Rejected Can Help Your Writing

Why you should aim for a hundred or more rejections a year.


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6. Why Queries Are Rejected

Agent Janet Reid shares the reasons she rejected some queries.


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7. Introverts and Conferences

With careful preparation, introverts can attend and benefit from conferences.


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8. Flashbacks

If you have a flashback in your novel, it's better to not have it in your opening pages.


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9. Words to Use Instead of "Very"

Rather than adding "very" to increase the impact of a word, try using some of these words instead.


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10. Voice vs. Grammar

Sometimes you have to break grammatical rules to bring out your voice.


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11. Outlining a Scene

Answering these ten questions will help you lay out your scene.


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12. Author Photo

Your author photo is an important part of your book marketing.


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13. Letter of Agreement

If you're doing a school visit, it's a good idea to agree to a letter of agreement ahead of time.


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14. Participating on Twitter

Tips to help you join in on Twitter conversations,


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15. Is Your Query Letter Ready

Use this handy flowchart to decide if your query letter is ready to send.


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16. LGBTQ Parents in Middle Grades

Here are some tips on how to write LGBTQ parents in your middle grade novel.


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17. Speaking Fees

Should you ever lower your speaking fees?


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18. Pre-Orders

Not all sales have the same impact on the success of your book.


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19. Dialogue Problems

There are some standard mistakes writers make in dialogue.


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20. Picture Book or Short Story

Though they may have similar word counts, picture books and short stories are not the same.


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21. Subsidiary Rights

Foreign rights, film sales, merchandising--these are all subsidiary rights.


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22. Post-Contract Schedule

Your work doesn't end just because your manuscript is accepted.

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23. Speaker Introductions

Make it easier on your hosts by giving them a standard biography to use as your introduction.


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24. Plot Twists

All the elements for your plot twist have to already have appeared in your manuscript.


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25. Naming Characters

The last thing you want to do is confuse your readers by a poor choice of character names.


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