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Weekly Round-Up: A Very Good Place to Start

Every week our editors publish around 10 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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Mostly Harmless

To celebrate the anniversary of the day The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy first hit bookstores, check out Don’t Panic: 14 Underappreciated Douglas Adams Quotes for Writers, the Universe and Everyone.

Let's Start From the Very Beginning

If you're a future debut author, prepare for your introduction to the publishing world with the latest edition of Debut Authors Tell All.

When you read, you begin with ABC. When you tell a story, what do you begin with? Start with The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots.

What's happens if you've made it past the beginning, but you want to get started writing in a new genre or for a different age group? Well, as it turns out, there might be more to learn. Check out Switching Genres: How One Author Transitioned from a Young Adult Audience to Adult for more.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet agent Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Associates LLC. She is seeking nonfiction, and she is also open to middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction.

Check out the latest edition of How I Got My Agent for some advice that's both humorous and helpful.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "connection" poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Bruce W. Niedt and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Agent Alert: Hannah Andrade of Bradford Literary Agency

Agent Alert: Hannah Andrade of Bradford Literary Agency

Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Hannah Andrade of Bradford Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

3 Tips for Writing a Holiday Romance Novel

3 Tips for Writing a Holiday Romance Novel

Jenny Bayliss' new novel, A Season for Second Chances, takes place in a small seaside village with Christmas fast approaching. Here, she offers 3 tips for writing a holiday romance novel.

Sallie Tisdale: On the Power of Pop Culture

Sallie Tisdale: On the Power of Pop Culture

Author Sallie Tisdale discusses her deep dive into reality television to observe the power of pop culture for her new book, The Lie About the Truck.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 588

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 last poem.

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

Where fiction writing is about concealing emotional truth for interpretation, memoir is about exposing it for what it is. Writer Jenna Blum discusses the differences she experienced in writing a memoir vs. a novel.

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

When choosing your publishing journey, it's important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Spooky Season

Scary Season

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write something that has to do with the scary season!

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Christopher Parker: On Learning to Let Go in the Publishing Process

Author Christopher Parker discusses how he celebrated small victories in writing his debut novel, The Lighthouse.

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Writer's Digest November/December 2021 Cover Reveal

Revealing the November/December 2021 issue of Writer's Digest: Magical Writing. Featuring advice from R.F. Kuang, Alix E. Harrow, Maggie Stiefvater, Tobias Buckell, Ran Walker, and many more.