Weekly Round-Up: Pen Names and Pentameter

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What's in a Name?

When you're an author, your name isn't just your identity—it's also a significant piece of your brand. To ensure your name is working for your brand, read Three Reasons to Use a Pen Name and decide if a pen name is right for you.

Ever stumbled over using a contraction with a proper noun in your writing, as in "Brian's a baseball fan"? This week, we remember Bill Walsh, copy editor at The Washington Post and expert grammarian, through his advice on Contractions With Proper Nouns.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Damian McNicholl of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. He is looking for great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh, and sob.

As a new author, it can be hard to know what to expect—and how to survive. Prepare yourself for the world of publishing with 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tom Leveen. Then check out Tips for Surviving a Book Tour from a Debut Novelist.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem entitled "As (blank) as (blank," replacing the blanks with your chosen words or phrases.

Meet Jaswinder Bolina, American poet and essayist, and check out a poem from his collection Phantom Camera.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Poetry@Tech, a poetry program offered through Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Do you know your poetry terms? Get a refresher with 37 Common Poetry Terms.