Weekly Round-Up: Agents, Plans, and Poetry

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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.

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

Writers of historical fiction must always ride the line between factual and fictitious. Here, author Terry Roberts discusses how to navigate that line.

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

In this post, we look at what creative nonfiction (also known as the narrative nonfiction) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing and more.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

From Script

A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

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 putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

Poetic Forms

The Skinny: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas.

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started.