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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.

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Your Story #112

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Self-Published Ebook Awards

Announcing the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards! Discover the titles that placed in the categories of contemporary fiction, fantasy, memoir, mystery, and more.

Greg Russo: On Writing a Film Based on a Video Game

Greg Russo: On Writing a Screenplay Based on a Video Game

Professional screenwriter Greg Russo discusses the joy and challenge of converting a popular video games series into a screenplay and the balance of enticing a new audience while honoring a franchise's fans.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a city poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character fall under the influence of something or someone.

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Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Want to know how to keep your readers engaged and entertained with your mystery novel? Let these six tips from thriller author Kris Calvin guide you!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank story poem.

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.