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1. Pantser of Planner?

Do you plan out your novels in advance or write by the seat of your pants. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/09/craft-of-writing-from-pantser-to.html

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2. Picture Book Structure

There are many possible structures for a picture book. 

http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/pub/PrairieWind/?p=592

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3. Short Stories

Short stories are alive and well in the young adult market.

http://www.allvoices.com/article/100001976

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4. Getting Your Book Reviewed

It never hurts to ask nicely if you want someone to review your book. 

http://taralazar.com/2014/11/06/piboidmo-day-6-sudipta-bardhan-quallen/

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5. Characters are Key

Your book might have the best hook in the world, but it won't be published without well-written characters.

http://taralazar.com/2014/11/06/piboidmo-day-6-sudipta-bardhan-quallen/

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6. Reasons for Rejection

If your book is rejected, it doesn't necessarily mean it's poorly written. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-it-really-means-when-your-book.html

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7. Nonfiction

Do nonfiction books always have to have a story arc? 

http://donnabowmanbratton.blogspot.com/2011/07/do-nonfiction-picture-books-always-have.html

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8. Dialogue Tips

Seven tools to help your dialogue be realistic, but still interesting. 

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-7-tools-of-dialogue

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9. World Building

Here are some techniques to use when creating a fantasy world for your story. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/10/craft-of-writing-world-building-tips-by.html

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10. University Presses

Some books are better served by a university press than a trade publisher. 

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2014/10/guest-post-margo-sorenson-on-pleasures.html

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11. Similar Titles

When looking for an agent, how similar (or not) should your book be to his/her existing clients? 

http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-similar-is-too-similar-in-great.html

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12. Booksellers and Librarians

When it comes to marketing, booksellers and librarians are an author's best friend. 

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/09/an-authors-best-friends-booksellers-and-librarians/

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13. Rights Reversion

What's involved in getting the rights to your book back from your publisher?

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-request-rights-reversion-from.html

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14. Colors

See samples of many of the colors that might be appropriate for your text. 

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/the-color-thesaurus/

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15. Rhythm

Whether or not your picture book is written in rhyme, you still need to pay attention to the rhythm of your text.

http://kidlit.com/2014/09/15/i-got-rhythm/

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16. The Agent Call

Prepare before you get the call from a prospective agent so you know what to ask. 

http://writersrumpus.com/2014/09/05/what-to-do-before-and-after-the-call-from-an-offering-literary-agent/

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17. Public Speaking

How to make your talks easier for you and more engaging for your audience. 

http://www.clarelydon.co.uk/2014/08/public-speaking-for-authors-top-ten-tips/

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18. Opening Chapters

Ten things your opening chapter should do. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/06/10-things-your-opening-chapter-should.html

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19. Reviewers

Here's a list of reviewers for traditionally published books. 

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/09/list-of-reviewers-for-published-books.html

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20. Conference Tips for Introverts

How to get the most out of a writing conference, even if you're not comfortable networking. 

http://marielamba.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/agent-monday-conference-tips-for-introverts/

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21. Waiting to Hear Back

If you haven't heard back from an editor or agent, here are some thing you can do. 

http://www.elawreads.com/blog/2014/9/30/the-art-of-following-up-5-things-to-do-when-you-havent-heard-back-from-an-editor-or-agent

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22. Book Trailers

How to plan what your book trailer should say and how to accomplish it. 

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/09/craft-of-writing-creating-treatment-for.html

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23. Book Launch Parties

Make your book launch party a success by following these tips. 

http://writersrumpus.com/2014/10/03/tricks-and-tips-for-a-successful-book-launch-party/

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24. Book Fairs

Get exposure for your book by participating in a book fair. 

http://www.read.gov/resources/statefairs.php

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25. Scam Literary Agencies

Don't get taken in by a bogus literary agency. 

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2011/02/do-you-know-how-to-spot-bogus-literary.html

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