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Weekly Round-Up: Lost in Translation and Keeping in Touch

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.


Making Connections

To learn how to connect with your readers, make sure you have your own email list. To learn how, read List Factors: How to Build Your Own Email List.

It takes hard work to write a novel, but translating a novel? That requires an additional set of skills. Read 5 Tips for Translating Crime Novels to learn more.

The Work of Writing

Taking care of a family is a full-time job. Writing is often also a full-time job. How can you do both? Read 6 Ways to Stay Creative as a Writer (When You’re a Parent) to find out.

Check out how one author learned important writing skills from his day job in Nine Lessons I Learned About Writing as a Trial Lawyer.

For skills that translate from one writing job to another, read 5 Things the Screenwriting Business Taught Me About Writing.

To do the job well, you need the right tools. Check out Your Writing Voice: The Tools of the Trade to learn about strengthening your writing voice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Ann Leslie Tuttle of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She is seeking all kinds of romance from contemporaries, historicals, and romantic suspense to paranormals and inspirationals.

You may be looking for a literary agent, but is it time yet? Learn When to Search for a Literary Agent.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "information" poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

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 warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

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Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.