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1. Cause and Effect

Make sure you're telling your story in the correct order.


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2. Revision Checklist

Thirty questions to think about before you tackle your next revision.


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3. Between Final Text and Publication

Many things have to happen after you hand in the final text of your manuscript and its publication.


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4. Flashbacks

There are several reasons when you should use a flashback, and many why you shouldn't.


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5. Body Language

Here's a handy chart to help you add emotion to your manuscript through body language.


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6. Multi-Author Events

If you're planning an event involving many authors, you need to start planning early.


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7. Picture Book Agents

You need to have more than one picture book, no matter how awesome it may be, to get an agent for your picture books.


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8. Powerful Picture Books

According to Eve Bunting, the most important picture book writing advice is to think visually.


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9. First Person POV

First person point of view can be powerful, but can also be limiting.


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10. Endings

How to write endings that make your readers say, "wow."


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11. Picture Book Language

The language of picture books is different than that of prose.


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12. Agent Communication

It's important to keep the lines of communication with your agent open.


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13. Book Titles

Choosing a good title for your book, even if your editor ends up changing it.


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14. Multicultural Fiction

We certainly do need diverse books, but what does that really mean?


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15. What To Expect From an Agent

It's important to know both the many things agent do and also things they don't.


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16. Offline Marketing

Sometimes you need to meet your readers in real life.


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17. Middle Grade

Four writing tips to make your middle-grade adventure novel a book children can't put down.


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18. Filter Words

Filtering thoughts and sensory information through your characters creates a wall for your readers.


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19. Bookscan

It's helpful to see sales figures from Bookscan, but they don't represent your total books sold.


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20. Multiple Points of View

When your novel is told from multiple points of view, how do you layer them?


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21. Picture Book Principles

For a book with so few words, successful picture books have principles for follow.


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22. Agent Questions

After you receive "the call," don't forget to ask questions of a prospective agent.


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23. Goodreads for Writers

Use Goodreads to interact with your readers and get reviews.


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24. Revise or Give Up

It's sometimes hard to decide if it's possible to save your manuscript in trouble.


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25. Character Hooks

Giving your character a special talent or skill will help elevate your manuscript.


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