Weekly Round-Up: April Events and Advice

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wr_iconMarch Into April

The results of the Arch Villain Madness: Final Showdown are in: Professor Moriarty is the best book villain of all time.

Last Saturday was April Fools’ Day. In (belated) celebration, check out the “April Fools’ Headlines for Writers” Contest. The competition is closed, but you can still entertain yourself by reading the witty entries before the winners are revealed.

Battle the Elements

Do you always write in one genre, but find yourself interested in trying out another? Read 4 Tips for Changing Genres Within Young Adult from the author of the Elemental series.

If the genre you’re interested in is Urban Fantasy, make sure you check out 5 Elements All Urban Fantasy Novels Must Have.

Revision can feel like an uphill battle—especially once you’ve already climbed the mountain of writing your novel in the first place. Follow these 7 Strategies for Revising Your Novel to make that climb as smooth as possible.

Agents and Opportunities

This week’s new literary agent alert is for Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency. She is seeking young adult, new adult, and adult fiction, especially fantasy, but also time travel, dystopian, romance, and historical.

Sometimes, rejections can lead to better opportunities and better writing. Read How I Learned to Query by Working as a Lit Agency Reader for one writer’s journey.

Is fear standing in your way toward success? Learn How to Pitch Your Book Fearlessly.

Poetic Asides

We’re one week into our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Catch up on all of the prompts so far:

  • Day 1: Write a “reminiscing” poem.
  • Day 2: Write a “not today” poem.
  • Day 3: Write a poem titled “(blank) of Love,” replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 4: Two-for-Tuesday! Write a “beginning” poem, or write an “ending” poem.
  • Day 5: Write a poem using an element as the title or part of the title.
  • Day 6: Write a poem about sound.
  • Day 7: Write a “discovery” poem.

In Memoriam

This week, we remember Richard Nelson Bolles, a pioneer in self-publishing. Learn more about Bolles and his hit book, What Color is Your Parachute?

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