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

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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.


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."

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

In this post, we look at what creative nonfiction (also known as the narrative nonfiction) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing and more.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

From Script

A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

Poetic Forms

The Skinny: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas.

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give in to something or someone.