Weekly Round-Up: Platform, People, and Publishing

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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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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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Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a what's next poem.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.

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Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

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Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

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Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exaggerated poem.

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5 Tips on How to Write a Cunning but Cozy Mystery Novel

Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.