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Weekly Round-Up: Platform, People, and Publishing

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.


Getting to Know You

"The eyes are the windows to the soul"—you've surely heard that one before. And read it before. And then read it somewhere else ... and somewhere else, again and again. Here's one author's perspective on The Curious Use of Eyes in Fiction.

Becoming a successful author is about more than just strong writing. You have to have a strong platform, too. Check out Letting Readers Know the (Sort of) Real You for some advice.

What really makes a story good? It's all about human conflict and disturbance. Read Writing Fiction: A Good Story Must Be Disturbing to learn more.

Learn Something New

Can you guess what percentage of U.S. adults haven't read a single book within the last 12 months? Check out Who Reads the Most in the World? to learn that and more.

It's great when you can apply lessons learned at your job to your writing. Read What I Learned as a Journalist, Book Doctor, Ghostwriter, and Publicist to find out how one author did just that.

Agents and Opportunities

Instead of a new agent alert, this week we have a new agency alert! Meet Root Literary. Agents Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary are actively seeking commercial and upmarket fiction for adults, teens, and middle grade, along with select nonfiction.

Getting an agent is a challenge. Read the newest edition of How I Got My Agent for insight into one author's success.

Sometimes, you have to make your own opportunities. Here are 5 Tips When Self-Publishing Your Book from an author who never gave up on her dreams.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "repair" poem.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

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 "different way of seeing the world" poem.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

From Script

Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.