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Weekly Round-Up: Follow Up, Don't Jumble Up

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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Follow Up

So you've published your first book. Congrats! Make sure your book doesn't fall through the cracks by following these 5 Tips for Publicizing Your Book.

If you're still trying to publish your book, you might try attending a writer's conference and pitching it there. To make sure you get the most out of your conference experience, read What to Do (And Not Do) After Attending a Writer’s Conference.

Rejection happens to all of us. After you get your rejection, though, don't let it throw you. Check out How Hearing “No” From Agents and Publishers Can Lead You to “Yes” for tips on responding to rejection.

During the process of submitting and querying and pitching in an effort to publish your writing, it's all too easy to get disorganized. Prepare for following up by keeping your records in order. Use our free tracking downloads.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet the Agent: Paul Lucas of Janklow & Nesbit Associates is seeking a wide range of fiction, including historical, thriller, fantasy, and science fiction. He is also seeking nonfiction narratives, especially transformative history or biography, but not memoirs.

Find out what fiction editors from top publications really want in this bonus material from the March/April 2017 Writer’s Digest.

What does it take to break in as a writer? Let Josh Barkan's experience provide some clues on what you could do.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem titled "Let's (blank)," replacing the "blank" with a word or phrase of your choice. Then challenge yourself by trying out a new poetic form: the hir a thoddaid, a Welsh form.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the annual AWP Conference. Check out what it's all about.

Finally, immerse yourself even more deeply in the world of poetry and introduce yourself to the poet Donald Illich from Maryland. Read his interview for advice to poets and a poem from his chapbook, The Art of Dissolving.

Be Precise

It's very easy to very frequently use the very same modifiers when trying to make it very clear that an adjective is very extreme. Don't be lazy: Here are 128 Very Good Excellent Alternatives to the Word "Very."

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice but Never Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Collecting Advice (but Never Writing)

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 mistake is to collect writing advice at the expense of actually writing.

The Benefits of a Book Coach for Writers

The Benefits of Having a Book Coach for Writers

What is a book coach? How could they help authors? Award-winning author and writing instructor Mark Spencer answers these questions and more in this post about the benefits of having a book coach for writers.

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Clare Chambers: On Starting Fresh and Switching Gears

Award-winning author Clare Chambers discusses the fear and excitement of switching genre gears in her new historical fiction novel, Small Pleasures.

Poetic Forms

Exquisite Corpse: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the exquisite corpse (or exquisite cadaver), a collaborative poem that would make a fun poetic game.

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.