Weekly Round-Up: New and Now

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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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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.

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

In this article, middle-grade author Rajani LaRocca discusses how the synopsis for her newest release, Much Ado About Baseball, guided her writing process.

From Script

Adding Your Personal Connection to Your Stories and Building Your Brand As a Writer (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script’s Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dickinson creator/showrunner/EP Alena Smith, learn how to divide and conquer as screenwriter in the business and creating fruitful relationships. Plus, a brand new Script Talk video interview with writer/director/actress Djaka Souaré about her journey as a mentor and mentee in the WOCUnite and #StartWith8Hollywood mentorship programs.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Penfyr: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn penfyr, a Welsh tercet form.

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial road-mapping begins with a challenge of willpower and ends with a battle-plan for transforming your manuscript into the book you dreamed it could be. Let editor Kris Spisak give you that map!

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

Summer. Three whole months of bright sunsets and glittering water and endless possibility. Here are 6 tips from romance writer Rachael Lippincott for capturing a tiny bit of that magic in the pages of your next summer romance novel.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, consider what happens when resources begin to run low or out.

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

Research is more than just reading books and articles. Here, author Nekesa Afia gives her top 5 tips for writing a historical setting that will engage and wow your readers.

Don Bentley: On Being Picked to Write a Book in a Famous Series

Don Bentley: On Being Picked to Write a Book in a Famous Series

Thriller author Don Bentley discusses how he was selected to write Target Acquired, the latest Tom Clancy novel.

How to Write a Biography of a World Leader

How to Write a Biography of a World Leader

When writing a biography, you want to make sure that the story you tell is more than just a list of facts about the person's life. Biographer Supriya Vani shares her top tips for writing a successful biography.