Weekly Round-Up: Book It

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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.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

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 writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.

Poetic Forms

Crown of Sonnets: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the crown of sonnets, a form that brings together seven sonnets in a special way.

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your character know they're being followed.

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Author Amanda Jayatissa discusses the fun of writing "deliciously mean" characters in her psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl.

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Bestselling and Giller Prize-shortlisted author Zoe Whittal discusses the complexity of big life decisions in her new novel, The Spectacular.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 582

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 transition poem.