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How to Write About Your Pets

You want to write about your pets. You know you do. And your pets are all for it. The cat’s been walking across the keyboard for days now. Even the dog, curled up in bed next to you while you work, looks longingly at you. You know he’s thinking: “Make me a star!” People...

The Real Secret to Getting an Agent

By now, I’ve written an introduction to our annual agent-focused issue so many times, I couldn’t tell you the number offhand. And in them all, my editor’s letter has served as a place to acknowledge the daunting task that faces us all when it comes time to prepare submission materials that reflect the heart...

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“How to Write & Sell Your Fantasy and Science Fiction Boot Camp” — Sept. 8 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/critique) by Agent Connor Goldsmith

There has never been a better time to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. With television shows like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more...

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4 Pieces of Advice for Struggling Writers

My debut novel, Tracked, recently hit shelves, and I’m often asked for advice about the publication process. How long did it take you to sell your book? Should I shelve this project? Should I keep going? Did you ever feel like giving up? And so often, buried in these questions, there’s a palpable tremor...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 320

Poetry serves many purposes. It can be entertaining; it can communicate; it can help change minds and hearts; but it can also be cathartic. Heck, some of the best poetry can do all this and more in the same poem. Today’s prompt is to write a gripe poem. Do you have a gripe with...

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7 Things to Do Before You Get Published

**GIVEAWAY! Madeline is excited to give away a free, signed copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Madeline Martin, author of 2015 novel POSSESSION OF A HIGHLANDER, shares 7 things all authors should do before getting published to stay ahead of the game.

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2016 Poet’s Market Is Here!

While I don’t have a copy on my desk just yet, the 2016 Poet’s Market should be launching any day now. It’s the 29th annual edition, and my 7th go-round with the book. Order your copy today! The 2016 Poet’s Market is the latest and greatest edition. Here are a few reasons why: Updated...

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FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics: Monday Market Spotlight

Throughout this Monday Market Spotlight series, I’ve been trying to identify opportunities that are great for poets. This week’s spotlight fits that description as a well-respected and poetry-only publication: FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics! FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics is only published twice per year, but they make up for quantity with quality. Plus,...

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How to Write Vivid Descriptions

**GIVEAWAY! Eli is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Eli K.P. William, author of 2015 novel CASH CRASH JUBILEE, offers advice on how to write vivid descriptions, while still being mindful of pacing.

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The Science of Poetry (Guest Post)

Today’s post comes from Walt Wojtanik, who proposed writing a guest post about the relationship of science and poetry, inspired by a prompt from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. He explores how poetry helps our understanding of science, history, art, music, and more. Plus, Walt includes a pretty impressive Periodic Table of Poetic Elements....

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 319

Sorry for the late prompt this Wednesday. Busy morning. But the great thing about this prompt is that it always gets posted eventually. For this week’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: paddle robot custard quibble glance wrench If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably try to...

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Literary Agent Interview: Alec Shane of Writers House

Literary agent Alec Shane (Writers House) nonfiction reads in humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. And in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG).

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The Georgia Review: Monday Market Spotlight

After a few weeks off, it’s time to bring back the Monday Market Spotlight series. This week’s spotlight is in my neck of the woods: The Georgia Review! The Georgia Review just re-opened their submission period–as they do not read between May 15 and August 15 each year. A quarterly publication published by The...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Sue: Sue Miller is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Decima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge. We’re going to attempt the decima this time around. Find the complete guidelines for this Spanish 10-liner by clicking here. If you read the comments, you’ll find some helpful (and advanced) insights from Pedro Poitevin as well. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog...

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Why Write a Collaborative Novel? Why Not?

When we tell people we’ve co-authored a literary novel, the first thing almost everyone says is: “And you’re still friends? How on earth did you manage that?” It’s as if they imagine collaborative fiction as a kind of three-legged race: goofy and fun at an office picnic, but ill suited to a serious runner....

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Fatima Hirsi: Poet Interview

Maybe because I’m a parent of young children, I don’t get out to local poetry events as much as I’d like. Whatever the reason, I usually meet poets online before I ever meet them face-to-face (btw, click here to learn about the Face-to-Face event in September). However, today’s interview is with a poet I...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 318

I got out of bed early this morning to try and catch some of the Perseid meteor shower, but my eyes were (and still are) too sleepy to view anything. And then, I couldn’t get back to sleep–so here we are. Today’s prompt is to write a tired poem. It could be a sleepy...