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How I Got My Literary Agent: Randy Ribay

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Randy Ribay, author of AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate

As mentioned with yesterday’s prompt, the 2015 April PAD Challenge list of winners is finally complete. Check them out here. However, the purpose of this post is to unveil the current Poetic Asides Poet Laureate! 2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate Actually, I’m going with the Poets Laureate this year: Nancy Posey and Jane...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 340

Well, I’m pretty excited to announce that we’ve got all our winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge finally. I will post more on this tomorrow, including naming the Poetic Asides Poet Laureate. Read the results here. For today’s prompt, write an “at last” poem. Or a “finally” poem. The poem could be about...

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Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Like most folks, I don’t have the funds to subscribe to every literary publication. However, one of the publications I do support is this week’s spotlight market: Boston Review. Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight As a potential market, Boston Review has many things to offer a poet. First, there’s the exposure of being in...

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10 Tips on Landing an Agent at a Writers’ Conference

When I was ready to seek representation, I chose not to approach agents in the usual way—by email query—even though most agents prefer that method. I wanted to get a face-to-face impression of my future agent’s personality and communication style, so I decided to attend writers’ conferences. Over six months, I pitched to nine...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 339

It’s a day late, but happy Groundhog Day! The marmots in PA and GA both agree this year that we’re in for an early spring. Let’s hope they’re right. For this week’s prompt, write an anticipation poem. A person could anticipate an early spring or a lover’s fling; a person could anticipate any old...

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Michael Dylan Welch: Poet Interview

Please welcome Michael Dylan Welch to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s been here a few times before–as a guest judge and to share advice on writing haiku. This month (the shortest month of the year), he’s busy running National Haiku Writing Month. Welch’s haiku, tanka, and longer poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Stephanie: Stephanie Fretwell-Hill started her publishing career in 2004 at Walker Books Ltd. in London,...

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How the 2015 October Platform Challenge Changed My Platform

The next few Fridays will feature guest posts on the There Are No Rules blog. If you’d like to join the party, pitch a guest blog post idea to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. Simple as that, and we’ll get working on it together. Today’s guest post comes...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricubes

Let’s do another WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the tricube. Find the rules for tricubes by clicking here. If you’re thinking mathematically, it’s three to the third power: three syllables by three lines by three stanzas. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post)...

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Draft Dodging-About That First Draft

Hemingway said it best: “The first draft of anything is shit.” As writers, we know first drafts are unfit for human consumption. But if we’re honest, that’s how we feel about other writers’ first drafts. We may have doubts about our first draft, but under the doubt is the conviction that our first draft is worth sharing, either because we’ve achieved what...

Robert Lee Brewer

Tricubes: Poetic Forms

Two poetic forms in the same month! It’s been a while since we’ve done that. Though with today’s form, it’s a shame we aren’t doing three. Unlike interlocking rubaiyat, the tricube is a newer form and relatively unknown. Plus, it’s fun and easy to learn. This mathematical poem was introduced by Phillip Larrea. Here...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 338

For this week’s prompt, write a stained poem. Write about a stain on a shirt, staining wood, or stained glass windows (ekphrastic opportunity?). Of course, these are visual versions of stains. I’m sure there are metaphors for stains as well, like the teenage angst found in a “stained soul.” ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kali Wallace

**GIVEAWAY! Kali is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Kali Wallace, debut author of SHALLOW GRAVES (Jan. 26, 2016, Katherine Tegen Books) shares the 7 most valuable lessons she has learned from writing.

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21st Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Women’s Fiction

In celebration of my three new books released this past fall, I’m going to waste no time in bringing you yet another awesome & free Dear Lucky Agent Contest. All details below. When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide is an anti-clown humor book that teaches you how to defend yourself against these red-nosed bozos who plague...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Shaun Dolan of Union Literary

He is seeking: As an agent at Union Literary, he’s interested in both muscular and lyrical literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, and sports narratives. He’s willing and able to dive into the trenches editorially and looks to foster new, exciting voices. (The agency does not represent romance or science fiction.)

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the interlocking rubaiyat. Exactly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are. Read all the interlocking...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Aline Ohanesian

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Aline Ohanesian, author of ORHAN’S INHERITANCE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck...

What You Can Do Now to Master the Business of Writing

Even without knowing you (yes, you! hello there), I can say that we put together the “Master the Business of Writing” package for the February 2016 Writer’s Digest with you in mind. Because whether you’re an aspiring author, a midlist novelist or a freelancer looking for bigger paychecks, this issue will meet you where...