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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.


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: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

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 dismissing stories that aren’t from books.

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Mistaking a word for a similar one is not an uncommon mistake, but an important one to catch when editing your work. Here, Audrey Wick shares why you should beware homophones and shares a homophone-catching test to practice with.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.