Weekly Round-Up: Book It

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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.


It's Not Always About Books

... or at least, not all about books. You may need to spend some serious time developing your blog. Here's How to Launch Your Blog With Your Book in Mind.

To get some use out of your latest TV binge-watching session, check out 7 Things Reality TV Taught Me About Writing.

It's easy to find advice on sending queries to agents and publishers about your books, but what about writers who are more interested in getting some magazine bylines? Here is What You Should Include in a Magazine Query Letter.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Blair Wilson of Park Literary & Media. She is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as MG, YA, and adult nonfiction. In nonfiction, Blair is interested in narrative nonfiction, crafting/instructional, true crime, pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality & identity, design, and STEM topics.

Read How I Got My Agent with Author Jenni L. Walsh for one path to getting an agent and getting published.

Is an agent the best choice for you, or should you be considering a different route? Check out Switching from Querying Agents to Querying Publishers to learn from another author's journey.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to William Preston, the winner of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for diminishing verse, and to all Top 10 finalists!

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "forever" poem.

Have you ever wondered how to get blurbs for your poetry collection? We've got you covered.

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Vintage WD: Don't Hide Your Light Verse Under a Bushel

In this article from 1960, poet and author Richard Armour explores the importance of light verse and gives helpful hints to the hopeful poet.


Tessa Arlen: On Polite Editorial Tussles and Unraveling Mysteries

In this article, author Tessa Arlen explains how to navigate the differences between American and English audiences and create a realistic historical mystery.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 547

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 lazy poem.


Denise Williams: Romance, Healing, and Learning to Love Revisions

Author Denise Williams recounts her experience with writing her first book while learning about the publishing industry and the biggest surprise about novel revisions.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 13th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.


Shook vs. Shaked vs. Shaken (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use shook vs. shaked vs. shaken on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exit poem.

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WD Presents: New Online Courses and Manuscript Critique

This week, we’re excited to announce courses in blogging and memoir writing, manuscript critique services, and more.