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Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 360

For today’s prompt, pick a word–and only one word–you might use to get someone’s attention; make that word the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Hey,” “Stop,” “Fire,” “Surrender,” “Attention,” “Wait,” and so on. For our house, the word “bacon” often does the trick. ***** Re-create Your...

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5 Writers Discuss the Writing Life

As DEATH AT THE DAY LILY CAFE, the second in the Rosalie Hart mystery series, reaches publication, I have been reflecting on the path I followed to getting published. Yes, I found a terrific agent and fell into the hands of a talented editor at Minotaur, but the first step was joining a critique...

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5 Literary Agents Seeking Steampunk NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for steampunk. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they...

5 Steps to Surviving Your Copy Edit

You might think that editors who are also writers aren’t at all bothered by being edited. The truth? We understand the importance of being edited probably more than some other writers. We also know going in how key it is to choose our battles, and might feel more comfortable deferring to an edit or, conversely,...

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The Biggest Mistake New Writers Make

I wrote the first draft of my novel by hand, which I realize is slightly insane. Every morning I would wake up at five o’clock (or as I like to call it, o’dark o’clock), write three pages, and then go on with my day. Well, that’s a very simplified version, but for the sake...

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Writing Contest Conundrum: To Enter or Not to Enter?

This is how it goes in your head: You enter a writing contest, win it, and ride that wave of success to glorious bestsellerdom. Or maybe it’s more like this: You don’t win the contest, but you get a priceless, insightful critique from a seasoned judge. You revise your novel, enter another writing contest,...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 359

For today’s prompt, write an uncontrollable poem. Originally, I was thinking of situations that happen in which no one has control–things like earthquakes, storms, and singing along to catchy songs. But then, there are so many other daily things in which many feel they have no control. Some may rage against that feeling; others...

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14 Literary Agents Seeking Memoir NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for memoir. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they...

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4 Tips to Improve Your Writing Instantly

If the “Pro Tips & Techniques” theme of the September 2016 Writer’s Digest sounds a little vague, I’ll fess up: That’s by design. Our most reliable contributors have a way of occasionally pitching outstanding articles that just don’t happen to fit with any of our issue themes. And as I was reviewing a batch...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Suzy: Suzy is an attorney, author, and agent who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her most recent books include MACHIAVELLI...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 358

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...

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7 Ways To Make Your Own Luck

Serendipity may be unpredictable by nature, but there are ways you can prepare for it and even help to “create” your own serendipitous moments. Column by Paula Whyman, author of YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER (May 2016, Triquarterly). Paula Whyman’s fiction has appeared in many journals including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies...

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13 Literary Agents Seeking Literary Fiction NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for literary fiction. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 357

For today’s prompt, write a bigger poem. I’ve been reading Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to the kids at night in anticipation of the movie; on the 4th, we watched Jaws (“gonna need a bigger boat”); and I’ve been to Texas a few times (everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, right?). Anyway, sometimes...

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

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Ann Jacobus, author of ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT) 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 they’ve...