Weekly Round-Up: Fathers and First-Time Authors

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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.

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Happy Father's Day!

To celebrate Father's Day, make sure to check out 7 Quotes From Writers About Dads.

Breaking In …

If you hope to be published, there are many difficulties to face. Check out How to Stay Sane While Working on Your Debut for tips on making it through.

Read Debut Authors Tell All: Mike Malbrough, Picture Book Author for even more tips on making it as a debut author.

… And Continuing Onwards

The work isn't over just because you've been published. In 5 Things All Writers Should Know When Writing a Second Novel, find out about WD Editorial Director Jessica Strawser's experience working on her second novel, Not That I Could Tell (and get a look at its recently released cover!).

Sometimes, authors finally get their big break a few books into their careers when they change things up. Learn more in Breaking Out by Changing It Up: Write Something New.

Agents and Opportunities

This week, catch an agent update for Becky LeJeune of the Bond Literary Agency. She is seeking commercial YA and adult projects in the following genres: speculative fiction (horror, SFF, and all sub genres), mystery/suspense, thrillers, historical fiction, and general/literary fiction.

When you go the self-publishing route, you have the opportunity to choose your own editor. Read How to Work with a Freelance Editor: An Indie Author’s Experience to learn how to go about getting an editor.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "Land of (blank)" poem.

Why do you write poetry? Check out Why I Write Poetry: Robert Lee Brewer and consider submitting your own essay that shares why you write poetry.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

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WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

In this article, middle-grade author Rajani LaRocca discusses how the synopsis for her newest release, Much Ado About Baseball, guided her writing process.

From Script

Adding Your Personal Connection to Your Stories and Building Your Brand As a Writer (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script’s Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dickinson creator/showrunner/EP Alena Smith, learn how to divide and conquer as screenwriter in the business and creating fruitful relationships. Plus, a brand new Script Talk video interview with writer/director/actress Djaka Souaré about her journey as a mentor and mentee in the WOCUnite and #StartWith8Hollywood mentorship programs.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Penfyr: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn penfyr, a Welsh tercet form.

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial road-mapping begins with a challenge of willpower and ends with a battle-plan for transforming your manuscript into the book you dreamed it could be. Let editor Kris Spisak give you that map!

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

Summer. Three whole months of bright sunsets and glittering water and endless possibility. Here are 6 tips from romance writer Rachael Lippincott for capturing a tiny bit of that magic in the pages of your next summer romance novel.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, consider what happens when resources begin to run low or out.

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

Research is more than just reading books and articles. Here, author Nekesa Afia gives her top 5 tips for writing a historical setting that will engage and wow your readers.