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This week, I'm posting 10 tips from previous posts. If you would like to sign up for my monthly newsletter, hop on over here. (Last week's contest has ended and the winner has been notified by email.)

Jami Gigot: "I often write several drafts of my stories and they tend to evolve into something that I hadn't necessarily thought about from the beginning."

Christin Lozano: "Spend lots of time at your local public library reading what's currently being published as well as older titles. This will give you the best picture of the children's picture book world and it may even spark an idea for your first book."

Lauri Fortino: "Don’t try to copy what others have done. Create something new. Write the stories that only you can write."

Nancy Churnin: "If you are writing a non-fiction biography, ask yourself what was the person’s dream when that person was a child."

David Litchfield: "What I have learnt is that a good idea and a good concept can impress anyone."

Josh Funk: "Every book you write is likely to be better than the last, especially if you're going to conferences, getting feedback, learning about the industry, making (and learning) from mistakes, and more."

Katrina Goldsaito: "Rewriting was all about revealing the heart, all about making sure that every piece of the story is beating along with it—but it was there all along."

Deborah Freedman: "READ READ READ, and then read some more. With intention."

Heather Lang: "As the rejections continued to trickle in on my fiction, Alice inspired me to keep going. I kept a quote from her on my desk: When the going gets tough and you feel like throwing your hands in the air, listen to that voice that tells you, ‘Keep going. Hang in there.’ Guts and determination will pull you through.

Hazel Mitchell: "It's good for the parent to have something to read aloud and not just to look at the pictures and also gives the child something to linger over."
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