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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/