Weekly Round-Up: Know Your History

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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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Delve Into "The Olden Days"

In honor of President's Day, check out 7 Presidential Quotes About the Importance of Writing and Reading, including words of wisdom from one of the Founding Fathers.

If you're interested in writing historical fiction, here are 16 things you need to know to build a realistic fictional past.

Making the Most of It 

Even after your book has been accepted by a publisher, getting people to notice it can be a challenge. Read How to Get the Most Marketing and Publicity Bang for Your Buck to learn how to make sure your book doesn't get overlooked.

Receiving rejections—a lot of rejections—doesn't have to mean the end for your book. Learn how revising your writing and your expectations can help you Overcome Rejection by 200 Literary Agents (& Still Land a Book Deal).

If you're struggling to make your novel happen, try scaling back. Check out 4 Short Lessons on the Subject of Short Stories for reasons why every writer should consider the benefits of writing short fiction.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary. She is looking for mystery/thrillers and middle-grade, young adult, new adult, and women's fiction, especially coming of age novels with precocious main characters.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "ekphrastic" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying out a Spanish poetic form: the seguidilla.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the Austin International Poetry Festival, a celebration of everything poetry.

Finally, broaden your poetic horizons: Read What You Should Know About Science Fiction and Fantasy in Verse to learn about speculative poetry.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

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

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Author Casey Wilson shares what it was like to write from the perspective of a dog in her latest novel A Dog's Hope, as well as the journey from indie to traditional publishing.

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

When writing fiction, there's always a fine line between reality and make-believe. Debut author Kirstin Beck explains how her family's history became the seed for her novel Courage, My Love.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

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

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Karen White discusses what drew her to writing historical fiction and how she uses a modern setting to explore history.

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

YA author Natalie Lund gives her top reasons why writers who might be afraid to play with multiple timelines and/or points of view should jump in feet first.

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Author Alexander Weinstein discusses how he came to select the theme of his new short story collection, Universal Love, and what it was like to see those themes reflected in the real world.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

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

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

Author Samantha Downing discusses the techniques she used when writing her literary novel He Started It, which focuses on family secrets, old grudges, and lots of scores to settle.