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Purple Prose

 How do you avoid purple prose–writing that draws attention to itself? https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2021/08/what-is-purple-prose-a-guide-for-writers/

Where to Cut

 Here are some ways to tighten your manuscript by cutting unneccessary words, phrases, and even, scenes.…

Kidlit Agents

 Here are 89 agents who rep children’s books and are open to submission at the time…

Show, Don’t Tell

 We’ve all heard that we should show, don’t tell, but that advice can sometimes lead you…

Author Blogs

 How do you maintain an author blog with regular posts? https://annerallen.com/2021/08/author-blog-is-easy/

Why do Responses Take So Long?

 Why does it take so long for an agent or an editor to get back to…

Universal Emotions

 Avoid detailing emotions that everyone feels in your novel.   https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2021/07/avoid-naming-universal-emotions-in-a-novel

Historical Fiction

 Learn how to confidently write historical fiction. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/6-tips-for-confidently-writing-historical-fiction

Opening Scenes

 Here are three vital elements to include in the opening scene of your book. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2021/02/opening-scenes-3-critical-elements/

Characters and Setting

 Ask your characters these questions to help bring your setting to life.  https://www.livewritethrive.com/2021/06/21/12-questions-to-ask-your-character-to-bring-setting-to-life/

Tighten Your Writing

 Here are some tips to cut words and phrases that make your writing drag. https://careerauthors.com/how-to-cut-twenty-thousand-words/

Unique Story Elements

 How do you introduce unique story elements, like in a fantasy world, without confusing your readers.…

Finding Comp Titles

 Here are some hints for finding comp titles to use in your query.  https://www.goodstorycompany.com/blog/finding-comp-titles

Diversity in Aging

 Many books use stereotypes for the older character: don’t let yours be one of these. https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/ten-ways-to-add-diversity-in-aging-to-picture-book-collections-by-lindsey-mcdivitt/

Theme

 There are many universal themes that might run through a children’s book. https://www.almostanauthor.com/31-universal-themes-childrens-literature/

Worldbuilding

 Even if you don’t write fantasy or science fiction, you still have to build the world…

Better Dialogue

 Here are 19 tips for writing better dialogue. https://www.well-storied.com/blog/write-better-dialogue

Picture Book Structure

 There are so many options in how to structure you picture book. https://kidlit.com/picture-book-structure/

Form Rejections

 What does it mean when you get a form rejection? https://bookendsliterary.com/2021/03/23/the-frustration-of-a-form-rejection/

Deep POV

 Using deep third-person point of view brings your readers closer to your character. https://www.janefriedman.com/close-third-point-of-view/