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Weekly Round-Up: Agents, Plans, and Poetry

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.

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Little Notes and Big Plans

If you think footnotes are only meant for nonfiction, think again. Check out How to Add Another Level to Your Novel with Footnotes.

On the other hand, if you are working on a nonfiction project, don't bypass this very important step: the book proposal. Read 10 Key Elements to Writing a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal before sharing your grand nonfiction plans with the world.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's Agent Spotlight shines on Stephanie Hansen of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She is seeking YA series, adult science fiction and fantasy, thrillers, and romance.

If you get a request for some R&R from an agent, does that mean it's time for rest and recreation? (Hint: no.) Find out what your next steps should be with The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent—and yes, rest is involved.

For even more advise from agents, read 16 Agents Share 34 Tips for Success: From Studying the Market to Proper Querying.

Poetic Asides

Time to meet some poets! First, meet Ellen Birkett Morris, recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and author of Surrender. After that, meet Cheryl Pearson, winner of the High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2016 and author of Oysterlight.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "error" poem. Then challenge yourself with a new poetic form: the contrapuntal poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not having an online presence.

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Physician, cartoonist, and author Shirlene Obuobi discusses the writerly advice that led to writing her new coming-of-age novel, On Rotation.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Kimo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the kimo.

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

Tattoos and their artists can reveal interesting details about your characters and offer historical context. Here, author June Gervais shares 8 things writers should know about tattoos.

Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Author Sharon Maas discusses the 20-year process of writing and publishing her new historical fiction novel, The Girl from Jonestown.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.