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The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems

Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog

Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by Chuck Sambuchino

GLA Editor Chuck Sambuchino keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences on his blog. Common features include agent interviews, new agency listings, agency profiles, upcoming conferences of interest, contests and other publishing opportunities, valuable writing resources, submission tips and information, and a blogroll of other agent blogs. Read Chuck’s Blog

There Are No Rules
by the editors of Writer’s Digest

Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success. Read There Are No Rules

Poetic Asides
by Robert Brewer

Published poet Robert Lee Brewer blogs on issues affecting poets from the poet’s perspective. As the editor of Writer’s Market, Brewer also shares insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry and the poetry markets. He also explains poetic forms, interviews other published poets, and provides the occasional poetry prompt. Read Robert’s Blog

Dorianne Laux (photo by John Campbell)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I have to admit: I was more than a little worried about yesterday’s poem. But it looks like most people survived it. In fact, there were some incredibly tight pieces that emerged yesterday. Let’s keep it rolling today. For today’s prompt, write an authority poem. Maybe you are an authority on something or know...

Christian Bök

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’m not going to sugar coat it; today’s prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.) For today’s prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. For instance, write a poem with words that only have a...

Todd Boss

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

I’ve heard from a couple people about a problem with commenting on other poems. I’m forwarding to our tech team in the hopes of getting the issue resolved, because I know everyone can use as much positive reinforcement as possible. Let me say this generally though; the poems I’ve been reading this year have...

Cecilia Woloch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Great job, everyone! We’ve made it past the half-way marker, and so many are still trucking along, making new friends, finding new favorite poets, and–hopefully–having fun! Let’s make the second half even more fulfilling than the first. For today’s prompt, write a science poem. Your poem could be about science in a general sense,...

Alberto Rios

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today, we’ll be half way through this challenge. It’s hard to believe, but April is flying by. For today’s prompt, pick an adjective, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you’re feeling stuck on this one, go back through your poems earlier this month and find adjectives...

Tips for Writing and Selling Short Stories

“We are generally taught to build our stories with more words,” “100 Word Story” co-founder Grant Faulkner points out in the May/June 2015 Writer’s Digest article on writing flash, the shortest of short fiction. And he’s right. When studying the fiction writer’s craft, so much emphasis is on developing characters with more layers, plots...

Annie Finch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

It’s Tuesday, so I guess it’s appropriate that I have two things to discuss this morning. First, it was pointed out that there is a person copying and pasting other people’s work in the comments of this blog, which is probably the laziest form of plagiarism I’ve ever seen–but we’re working to get this...

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How to Choose Your Novel’s Title: Let Me Count 5 Ways

Would you buy a book called Trimalchio in West Egg? Scribner didn’t—the publisher asked F. Scott Fitzgerald to change the title of his novel, which we all know as The Great Gatsby. Readers judge a book not only by its cover but its title. I thought I knew that already from the famous Fitzgerald...

Terri Kirby Erickson

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

I don’t know if I need to point this out, but I will anyway. Please give the guest judges some loving each day. As with everyone else involved with this challenge, they’ve graciously volunteered their talent and–more importantly–their writing time to contribute to this project. Please check out their work and, if you like...


New Literary Agent Alert: Leila Campoli of Stonesong Literary

She is seeking: prescriptive and narrative nonfiction projects in business, finance, investing, science, pop culture, and current events. Her ideal author has a strong platform, groundbreaking ideas, and unique style. She’s particularly interested in books that offer a window into remarkable lives and little known operations. Please no fiction, poetry, or screenplays.

Kim Addonizio (photo by Lin Tan)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Every year, I do a few speaking appearances around the country, and this year I’m actually going to be leaving the country–headed north of the border and Vancouver to Squamish, British Columbia, Canada for the Quest Writer’s Conference. I’ll be one of the Fellows, and the faculty includes Alicia Ostriker, Oliver de la Paz,...

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Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the...

Michael Dylan Welch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

I’m headed back to Georgia today with Will and Hannah. So wish us luck, send good thoughts and prayers, and anything else you prefer. Here’s hoping we’ll have a safe voyage and a new prompt tomorrow morning. Speaking of gas prices, be sure to check out my debut poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems–if...

Ruben Queseda

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

One of the cool parts of the challenge is having the chance to be included in the second volume of the Poem Your Heart Out anthology. The book includes each prompt, the winning poem for that prompt, space to put your own poem(s), and more. The first volume rocked, and you can get a...

Alison Stine

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

It’s an inexact science pairing up guest judges with prompts/days in the challenge. A few request days, but most don’t. I chose the 9th for today’s judge, because I learned that the release of the Kindle edition of her debut young adult novel is today! Yes, if you have a Kindle and are into...

Denise Duhamel

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Huffington Post recently posted an article on 5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects, and guess what one of the five projects happened to be? This challenge! It’s only cool and fun, because of the people participating–so great job, everyone, for rocking so much. For today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This...

David Kirby

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

There is a prompt and example poem attached to each day of this challenge, as well as a guest judge, but don’t forget to check out the poetic posts at the bottom as well. There are links to poet interviews, poetic forms, and more. It took an entire week to get to our first...

Molly Peacock

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Our first Monday of the challenge, and we’re not going to let it defeat us, right? Right? C’mon now, let’s get this week started off poetic! For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. If you’re struggling, look...

Denise Low

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Heads up: After posting tomorrow morning’s poem, I’m going to be headed up to Ohio to visit my two oldest sons for their Spring Break. I’ll still be posting poems and trying to keep an eye on things, but I won’t have access to my regular F+W e-mail–and really, I’m going to be devoting...

Taylor Mali

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Great job, everyone! It’s been a lot of fun reading everyone’s poems (ok, I haven’t been reading everyone’s poems, but I have been skimming through). Speaking of reading poems, if there are specific poets you really enjoy and would like to read more, try using Anders Bylund’s nifty Poem-A-Day search tool, which he developed...

Martha Silano

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning. For today’s prompt, write a machine...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Whew! What a great first day! I didn’t read everything, but I did read a lot yesterday, and I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Plus, it’s great to see all the positive feedback from so many. Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to call your attention to a couple things. First, you...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ann Weisgarber

BY ANN WEISGARBER 1. Know the trends, then ignore them. I’m a believer we must write the stories that haunt us and won’t leave us alone until we’ve put words to paper. Our writing will be better, the voices stronger, and the emotions will ring true if we follow our hearts rather than try to...