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Weekly Round-Up: New and Now

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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Keeping Current

Some people view fiction as an escape from reality, but that doesn't mean fiction exists in a bubble. Read How to Use Fiction to Explore Contemporary Social Issues to learn about one author's experience with using nonfiction research to inform fiction.

Then check out When Does Black Women's Fiction Become Just Women's Fiction? for a take on issues of bookstore organization—and to learn why you should start looking for your favorite genre on special interest shelves.

News From Debuts

Check out the latest edition of 7 Things I've Learned So Far, by debut author Angelica Baker.

Read My (New) Life As a (New) Writer for 10 takeaways from a professional writer's first year "on the job."

In Debut Author Tell All: Tiffany McDaniel & The Summer that Melted Everything, a new author reflects on the road to publication.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent update is for Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She is looking for contemporary and paranormal romances in YA and NA, as well as adult contemporary romances.

When should you hire an editor to help with your novel? Read How Freelance Editors Fit into Today’s Publishing Landscape to learn why getting an editor when you're still revising might be a good idea.

Poetic Asides

For our 400th Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "event" poem. Then join the WD Poetic Form Challenge and try out a rhupunt.

This week's poetry spotlight shines on Button Poetry. Learn more here.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Walter J. Wojtanik and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 622

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 story poem.

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

When to retell history, when to imagine new scenarios, and who’s safe to use as a subject—author Gill Paul shares 7 tips for fictionalizing real historical characters.

A Thief in the Market

A Thief in the Market

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone is stealing from small business owners.

Auguries and Alchemy Pamona Sparrow

Auguries and Alchemy: Starting a New Publishing Company

Publisher Pamona Sparrow shares what inspired her to start her new publishing company, Auguries and Alchemy, and how to submit to your own magical stories.

Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

Author Roselle Lim discusses the joys of getting older in her new novel, Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club.

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

Let award-winning writer Jennifer Boresz Engelking help you uncover local mysteries and put the puzzle pieces together when writing and researching a local history book.

From Script

Vulnerability as an Asset (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series “Keep Breathing” creators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall, and BounceTV’s “Johnson” creator and star Deji LaRay.

Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror

Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror

Author Michael J. Seidlinger discusses the writing process of his new literary horror novel, Anybody Home?

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World

World-building of any kind can seem like a daunting task. Here, author Nalini Singh shares 10 tips for building a realistic and vibrant fictional world.