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The Institute of Children's Literature Podcast!

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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. The show focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus, hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. 

000: Writing for Children Preview Episode

    

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NaNoWriMo Success  Part 4: Throw in a Dragon?
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NaNoWriMo Success  Part 3: Getting Past the Slump
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NaNoWriMo Success  Part 2: Digging In
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NaNoWriMo Success  Part 1: Prepare
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Tips for Your Mystery Opening Chapters How to Engage Your Reader
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Planting Clues How to Outfox Your Reader
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Interview with Kate Milford Tips from an Award-Winning Mystery Writer
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Planning Your Novel The process of novel writing
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For the Love of Genre There is definitely a class system in writing.
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Real Speech for Real People How to write good dialogue
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Guest Expert Jamie K. Schmidt An Interview with the Bestselling Romance Author
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8 Steps to Perfect Dialogue Format A Checklist for Writers
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How Structured is Your Picture Book? A Primer on Picture Book Structure
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Become Your Own Editor Avoid Common Errors
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Comma Long with Me A Primer on Punctuation
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Interview with Paula Morrow Insight from a former magazine editor
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Basic Story Elements Character, Setting, and Theme
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Interjecting Humor into Your Work Develop your own style of humor.
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How to Write Funny aka How to Be Funny in Your Writing
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Playing Fair with Plot Playing Fair with Readers
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Interview with Nancy Coffelt Talking Humor with an Author-Illustrator and ICL Instructor
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Pacing 101 Pace is essential to your plot
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Voice How to find your voice in your work
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Getting Down and Dirty with Plot Tips for plotting your story
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Interview with Wanda Brunstetter Plotting and character sketches
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Interview with Emma D. Dryden An editor's view of worldbuilding
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Setting as a Character The impact of setting on your story.
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200th Episode Celebration Revision Power Giveaway
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Interview with Charlie N. Holmberg Tips from an Expert Worldbuilder
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Elements of Setting Building a whole new world
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Poetry for the Very Young Rebroadcast of a popular episode
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Poetry-Based Revision for Picture Books What a difference a word can make
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How to Write a Rhyming Picture Book —That Won't Get Rejected
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Guest Expert Patrice Vecchione Celebrating National Poetry Month
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Interview with Susan Campbell Bartoletti Nonfiction Superstar Author Talks Research
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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone Try Nonfiction
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Truth, Opinion, and 4 Ways to Learn to Love Nonfiction
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Interview with Elena Favilli Co-Author of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
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Interview with Talia Benamy Submission insight from an Associate Editor at Philomel
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Misunderstood Verbs Understanding the powerhouse of your sentence
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10 Things That Make Editors Cringe Tips to avoid common mistakes
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Andrea J. Loney Celebrating her book's Caldecott Honor award
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Newbery Medalist Jerry Craft Celebrating the first graphic novel to win the Newbery!
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Finding Your Character's Childlike Voice Kids know a fake kid when they hear one.
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The Big Effect of Dialogue Attribution Combating the Boring Speech Tag
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Interview with Kate DiCamillo Dialogue and characterization
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Revision: Don't Go It Alone Rebroadcast of revision tips
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Renée LaTulippe Rebroadcast of our guest interview
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Failure is Proof of Effort What have you learned?
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Revision Power Tips 5 Tips to Rev Up Your Opening
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Browbeaten into Submission Don't listen to the voices around you.
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Break into Publishing Steps for getting published in today's markets
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6 Steps to Submission Success Putting your best foot forward.
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Assembling Your Submissions Package Stand out in the slush pile
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Interview with Emma Walton Hamilton Submission tips from a pro
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Borrowing the Knowledge You Need Using Primary Sources
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Pitfalls of Research Evaluating your sources
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Finding Markets for Your Writing Researching the perfect fit.
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Interview with Susan Campbell Bartoletti It's all about the details.
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Reshaping Your Story Part 2 Managing the Middle and Tidying up the End
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Reshaping Your Story Part 1 Start at the Beginning
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Revision: Don't Go It Alone Get a fresh pair of eyes on your work.
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Interview with Renee LaTulippe Talking Revision with a Wordsmith
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Interview with Pascale Duguay Tips from a freelance writer
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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 2 More tips for your next conference
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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 1 Getting ready for your next writing conference
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Protecting Your Reputation on Social Media Social Media is Here to Stay.
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Interview with David Katz Tips for getting the most out of a writers conference
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34 Things Your Website Needs Part 2
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34 Things Your Website Needs Part 1
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Create Your Author Platform What a platform is and why you need one.
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Interview with Josh Funk Tips for building your author platform (whether you're published or not).
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Is It a Memoir or an Autobiography? From Real Life to Written Page
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Being Inspired by Everyday Objects Story starters are all around.
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Creating Characters Inspired by Real Life From real life to written page
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An Interview with Jerry Craft From real life to written page
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Sophisticated Show & Tell Part 2
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Sophisticated Show & Tell Part 1
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Set Up Your Plot Give Your Characters Something To Do
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What Goes Into Effective Description How to evoke detail in your writing
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An Interview with Emma D. Dryden Advice on world building and avoiding cliched characters
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9 Tips to Keep You Unstuck Procrastination is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Try Something Scary Writing Off the Beaten Path
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The Value of a Critique Getting Your Manuscript Submission Ready
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An Interview with Andrea J. Loney Tips for getting unstuck in your writing and your career
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Pre-Made Inspirations for Your Characters Writing Who You Know
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Ingredients for the Perfect Character Whipping up your story's cast
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Letter from the Editor An open letter from Eileen Robinson
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Creating Characters Inspired by Real Kids Great characters are all around.
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An Interview with Leslie Connor Digging into Character Development with the award-winning author
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How to Write About a Complex Subject in a Simple Way Keeping it simple for a young audience
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Preparing to Write a First Draft Getting Organized for the Long Haul
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Building Your Story A Writing Exercise
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An Interview with Carolyn Crimi A Funny Conversation on Story Development
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Pre-Write Your Success Setting Yourself Up to Tell a Good Story
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Time Blocking What is it and how can it help you get more writing done?
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Journal Your Success Tracking your accomplishments throughout the year
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An Interview with Vivian Kirkfield Becoming a Debut Picture Book Author in Your Second Act
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Taking Stock and Planning Ahead Identifying what's holding you back
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An Interview with Ann Sheybani How Being a Busy Person Can Help You Get Your Book Written
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Pacing Write a Gripping Novel
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Basic Story Elements A Rebroadcast on Character, Setting, and Theme
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Magnetize Your Books Bringing Readers Back For More
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Lists for Writers Handy lists writers should keep
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An Interview with Hannah Holt On industry research and being a debut picture book author
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Get Tense: The Plot Thickens Using tension and pace to craft your story
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Writing as You 2.0 Reconnecting with a work in progress
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Novel Writing FAQs Answering a few unusual but frequent questions
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An Interview with Anne R. Allen Tips from a Novelist and Blogging Expert
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8 Tips for Your Writer Website Must-haves for your author platform
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5 Tips for Your Amazon Author Page Making a Great First Impression
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How to Write Dialogue Tips for Creating Quality Dialogue
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Dave Chesson - The Kindlepreneur An Interview with a Self-Publishing Expert
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Leaving the Nest Spread your wings with a new kind of writing
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 2
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 1
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Revision: Your First Step to Fantastic Writing Nope, you're not done yet.
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Distance: The Key to Revision How to get distance from your own manuscript
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Revise Your View of Revision Creating a Revision Plan
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How Good is Your Title? Revising Until It's GREAT!
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Interview with Deborah Heiligman Talking Revision with the Bestselling Author
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How to Write an Interview Turning Your Interview into a Article
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How to Conduct an Interview Tips for interviewing your nonfiction subjects
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Nonfiction Articles You Can Write Part 2 More of What Magazines are Looking For
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Nonfiction Articles You Can Write Part 1 Do You Know What Magazines are Looking For?
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Nonfiction Guest Expert Christine Taylor-Butler An Interview with the Prolific Author
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Listener Q & A Your questions answered!
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We Celebrate! Our Most Popular Episodes in One Place
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Character Development with Eileen Robinson An Interview with an Editor and Publisher
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How to Win a Contest 4 Tips to Take You to the Winners' Circle
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 2 Decide the Turning Point
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 1 Ask the Right Question
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Why Entering a Contest Helps YOU An Interview with ICL Contest Judge Nancy Coffelt
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Basic Story Elements Character, Setting, and Theme
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What is Story Form? Understanding the Basics of Story Structure
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Get Children to Read Your Book Engage your reader beyond the first paragraph
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What are the Rules? Make the rules, but then stick to them
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Talking Story Development with Chris Tebbetts An Interview with the NYT Bestselling Author
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Hello, Editor? Here's a Submission. How to Submit to an Editor
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How to Choose Your Educational Writing Sample The Secrets to Samples
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Making Your Submissions Plan Start Before You Finish Writing
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Top 3 Submission Tips An Interview with Julie Hedlund
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When You Have No Ideas What to do when the ideas won't come
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Idea Theft Will Someone Steal Your Idea?
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Idea Mining Where do ideas come from?
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700,000 Copies and Six Figures Later An Interview with Maria Dismondy
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How to Have a Happy New Year aka Happy New Year ... Now What?
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Be Kind When You Rewind A Kind Assessment of Your Year
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Writer's Hibernation Are You Feeling a Writer's Hibernation?
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 2 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Thankful Things to be Grateful for as a Writer
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You Have No Option What to Do When You're Too Busy to Write
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Treat Yourself Rewards and Challenges
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 1 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Authentic Kid Voice Creating Quality Dialogue
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Look in Your Junk Drawer Rethink, Restore, Revise
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Five Things to Worry About Details You Should Sweat About
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Let's Solve That Crafting a Satisfying Solution
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Five Tips for Success Tips for earning a steady income from a working writer
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How to Write Craft Articles (That Magazines Will Buy!)
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Get Engaged (No Ring Required!)
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Dangerous Writing Tools Knowing What to Use and When
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What To Do with the Hard Times The Key to Pushing Through
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The Nature of Plot Following the Flight of the Arrow
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Picturing Picture Book Summit FREE Mini Summit
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Finding Your Way to The End - Part 2 Famous Last Words
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Finding Your Way to The End - Part 1 Timing Your Transformations
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Show Some Respect Why Submissions Guidelines Matter
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Last Minute Dialogue Checklist The Key to Sparkling Conversation
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Catch 'Em with the Query Avoid the #1 Mistake Writers Make
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7 Tips for Creating Compelling Conflict Keep Your Audience Engaged
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8 Must-Know Facts About Magazine Nonfiction What You Need to Know Before You Submit Your Next Article
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7 Steps for Taking Your Work to the Next Level From So-So to So Good!
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8 Steps to Perfect Dialogue Format Best Practices for Writing Conversations
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8 Tips to Help You Get to Know Your Character Questions Every Writer Should Ask
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Sounds Good to Me Fun with Sound
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Get Crafty Time to Try Out Some Crafts
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Refuse to Be Bored And Be a Better Writer for It
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Five Common Character Motivations What's driving your character?
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Sometimes, Ya Gotta Rhyme Three Essentials You Need to Sell a Rhyming Picture Book
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Celebrating the National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature Interviews with Champions of Children's Literature
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7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Short Story Characters, Problems, and Changes, oh my!
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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 2 What Not to Do and What Not to Wear
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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 1 Making the Most of Your Conference Time
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ISBNs Explained What's an ISBN and Why You Need One
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Help! I'm Stuck! 5 Tips to Get Out of Your Writing Rut
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Explaining the Advance Debunking Common Myths about Advances from Publishers
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Tell Adults to Butt Out Grown Ups Should Be Seen and Not Heard
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The Hero's Journey for Magazine Writers A Call to Adventure
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Do You Know the Answers to These Submissions Questions? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Submit
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How to Avoid Getting Scammed Scam Proofing Your Writing Career
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You know that podcast that you keep checking to see if there’s something new, and then do a little dance when you find the latest episode? This is that podcast.

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