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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.

Jonathan Evison: On Silencing Self-Doubt

Jonathan Evison: On Silencing Self-Doubt

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Evison discusses the process of writing his new Dickensian epic novel, Small World.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 595

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 game poem.

Agent Advice

Agent Advice With Matt Belford of Tobias Literary Agency

Agent Advice (this installment featuring Matt Belford of Tobias Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.

How To Tell a Meaningful Story Without Using Words

How To Tell a Meaningful Story Without Using Words

They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words—how about a book full of them? Author and illustrator Sophie Burrows shares how to tell silent stories.



Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're writing about someplace that's empty.

Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market

Announcing the 33rd Edition of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market!

Writer's Market editor Robert Lee Brewer announces the 33rd edition of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, edited by Amy Jones and the most trusted guide to getting your fiction published.

Lake Superior Magazine: Market Spotlight

Lake Superior Magazine: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Lake Superior Magazine, a bimonthly magazine that focuses on the Lake Superior region.

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between berth and birth with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Kerri Maher: On Playing the Long Game

Kerri Maher: On Playing the Long Game

Author Kerri Maher discusses how the idea for her new historical fiction novel, The Paris Bookseller, grew in her mind for over 20 years.