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1. Cause and Effect

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

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/cause-effect-telling-story-right-order

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2. Revision Checklist

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

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/11/revision-checklist-30-questions-to-ask.html#.WFWXQfkrJlY

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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.

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/no-one-tells-page-proofs-blurb-requests

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4. Flashbacks

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

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/reason-story-flashbacks/

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5. Body Language

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

http://writerswrite.co.za/cheat-sheets-translate-emotions-into-written-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.

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/11/taking-it-to-the-streets-lessons-learned-from-creating-a-multi-author-event/

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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.

http://www.sarasciutoeditorial.com/single-post/2016/10/25/It-Takes-More-Than-One-Awesome-Picture-Book-To-Land-An-Agent

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8. Powerful Picture Books

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

http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/3182/eve-bunting-pointers-for-writing-powerful-picture-books/

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9. First Person POV

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

http://kidlit.com/2016/10/31/getting-around-first-person-pov-limitations/

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10. Endings

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

https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/how-to-write-endings-that-wow/

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11. Picture Book Language

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

http://tracymarchini.com/2016/10/21/can-tell-youre-using-picture-book-language/

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12. Agent Communication

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

http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/seven-do-s-and-don-ts-of-constructive-communication-with-your

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13. Book Titles

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

http://annerallen.com/book-titles-10-tips-choose-right-title/

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14. Multicultural Fiction

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

http://scotteagan.blogspot.com/2016/10/understanding-multicultural-fiction.html

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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.

http://kidlit.com/2016/10/24/what-to-expect-from-an-agent/

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16. Offline Marketing

Sometimes you need to meet your readers in real life.

http://thewritelife.com/how-to-sell-books-get-offline-and-meet-your-readers-irl/

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17. Middle Grade

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

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/march-15-richard-ungar-4-keys-to-middle-grade

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18. Filter Words

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

https://lewiseditorial.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/understanding-point-of-view-eliminating-filter-words/


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19. Character Hooks

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

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/10/finding-your-characters-hook-special.html#.WAuSjeArJlY

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20. Revise or Give Up

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

http://kidlit.com/2016/10/17/revise-or-give-up/

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21. Goodreads for Writers

Use Goodreads to interact with your readers and get reviews.

http://groggorg.blogspot.com/2016/09/goodreads-how-it-works-for-readers-and.html

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22. Agent Questions

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

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/questions-ask-agent/

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23. Picture Book Principles

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

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2012/02/17/over-and-under-the-snow/

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24. Multiple Points of View

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

http://kidlit.com/2010/04/05/how-to-layer-points-of-view/

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25. Bookscan

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

https://www.ibpa-online.org/article/getting-the-best-from-bookscan/

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