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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessamyn Hope

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jessamyn Hope, author of SAFEKEEPING, a novel) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things...

Poetry, February 2015

Poetry: Monday Market Spotlight

It’s time to continue the Monday Market Spotlight series. This is the second post in the series; the first was on Rattle (click to read it here). This time around, I’m going to cover Poetry (the magazine, not the subject). Poetry: Monday Market Spotlight Poetry magazine is the self-proclaimed “oldest monthly devoted to verse...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Need an Agent for My Poetry

As some of you may have guessed, I get a lot of e-mail both at my professional and personal inboxes. I try to respond to as much as I can, but it’s occasionally an electronic tsunami that completely overwhelms me. So I was recently spring cleaning my inbox when I got an idea to...

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Write Poetry for a Chance at $5,000 Cash (and More)!

For more than 80 years, Writer’s Digest has put on an annual writing competition for up and coming writers in a variety of disciplines, including poetry. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 cash, a paid trip to the annual Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and so much more! There are...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 306

A few updates: First, Market Mondays will resume next week. I was excited by that new feature, but then my grandfather passed away later on the same day, which completely drained away my time and attention. Second, I’ve started receiving selections from the screening readers for the April PAD Challenge. For today’s prompt, write...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Eve Porinchak of Jill Corcoran Literary

She is seeking: Specifically looking for edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, realistic contemporary. Some of Eve's favorite books are: "True Notebooks" by Mark Salzman, "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers, "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson, "This Is For The Mara Salvatrucha, Inside...

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Thoughts on the Unreliable Narrator

Dana is the main character in my book, The Pocket Wife. She is bipolar and off her medication; she’s also going through lots of “stuff,” and this toxic mixture is beginning to bring on a manic episode. In Chapter One, Dana is poised for flight. Still, she is quite lucid. In fact, except for...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 305

April update (for those interested): Poems are off with the screening readers. For this week’s prompt, write a loss poem. If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to write a lost poem. Or write a lost poem filled with loss. Prompts are just sparks; the fire burns where it will. ***** Build an...

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Rattle: Monday Market Spotlight

I’m still kind of struggling through my “busy season” of the year, but I want to try out a few ideas over the next few weeks on this blog. One of them is to begin spotlighting a poetry market each Monday on the blog (a “Monday Market”–get it?). This week’s Monday Market is Rattle!...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Penny Moore of FinePrint Literary Management

She is seeking: picture books (fun off-the-wall concepts to memorable heartfelt messages), middle grade, and young adult (especially fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, and contemporary stories exploring romance and the complications of growing up). In adult fiction, her tastes lean towards literary, speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and select romance projects. She’s also open...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 304

It’s been a month since our last Wednesday Poetry Prompt thanks to a super fun April! For those new to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts, the prompts are posted on Wednesday, but folks share poems, comments, and more throughout the week. It’s a much more laid back version of the poem-a-day challenge. (Also, for screening...

Robert Lee Brewer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “What a poetry challenge!” Here are some numbers for 2015: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 26,000+ comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around...

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4 Signs You Might Be a Book Diva

It’s been less than a year since my very first book was published. It has been a wonderful, eye-opening year where I’ve reached unbelievable highs, dipped to depressing lows, and learned a boatload of lessons about the writing world. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the past nine months is: Don’t be a diva....

Jessie Carty

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is always the most bittersweet day of the challenge. Sweet because we’ve made it through 30 days! Bitter because it’s day 30–the final day of the challenge. Tomorrow, I’ll share a next steps post on what to expect as far as results and such. Also, just a heads up that I’ll be busy...

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The Best Deal for Poets Ever!

Some of you may have noticed the recent promotions for the National Poetry Month Collection, and I just wanted to take a moment to highlight it. Because it really is the best deal for poets that Writer’s Digest has ever offered! First off, it includes the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by yours truly, and...

Marge Piercy

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

I’ve had a few people ask if it’s OK to play catch up on prompts, and yes, it’s totally great. In fact, today is an optimal day to play catch up. For today’s prompt, write a what nobody knows poem. It’s easy to write a poem about what everybody already knows, though it may...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Jared Brock

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Jared Brock, author of the memoir A YEAR OF LIVING PRAYERFULLY. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

On April 30, an online poetry workshop course will be starting up at Writer’s Digest University: Advanced Poetry Writing. Don’t let the name fool you; the course is for all levels and offers six weeks of poetry and critiques with a poetry mentor. Click to continue. Here’s the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of...

Okla Elliott

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Wow! After today’s poem, we’re looking at three days left. That’s just crazy. For today’s prompt, write a looking back poem. Of course, some people just glance over their shoulders, and others stop and turn all the way around. Some look back in time and weigh their successes and failures, evaluate things they could...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Linda Camacho of Prospect Agency

Linda is seeking: Adult, middle grade, and young adult fiction across all genres (romance, horror, fantasy, realistic, light sci-fi, and graphic novels). Select literary fiction (preferably with commercial bent). Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.). Linda is NOT seeking: Early readers/chapter books, screenplays, poetry, and short stories. For more specific ideas of...

Hélène Cardona

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Every day brings joy and pain, at least that’s what my Facebook feed would have me believe. Every day, I see stories of people helping each other and harming each other. Every day, I see surprises that improve lives and surprises that completely shatter lives. Every day, babies are born, people die, and some...