One way to create a memorable story is to take a minute to let your characters breathe. Build a scene where you exit the narrative structure and allow your readers to bond with the characters.

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Mr. PantsLast month we talked about printing galleys (or Advanced Reader Copies) of your book — and why that's a crucial step in your overall book-promotion strategy. 

But there's another reason why you might want to consider printing copies of your book before its official launch: getting a book deal!

That's right, BookBaby's very own Scott McCormick and RH Lazzell created a picture book about a cat named Mr. Pants, printed a few copies, took it to a writers conference, showed it to some literary agents, and got a deal with Dial Books (an imprint of Penguin).

Well, it wasn't quite as simple as that, but I'll let Scott tell the story:

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