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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.

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice but Never Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.

The Benefits of a Book Coach for Writers

The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers

What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Award-winning author Clare Chambers discusses the fear and excitement of switching genre gears in her new historical fiction novel, Small Pleasures.

Poetic Forms

Exquisite Corpse: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the exquisite corpse (or exquisite cadaver), a collaborative poem that would make a fun poetic game.

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.