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.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

Your story belongs to you but will involve other people. Where do your rights end and theirs begin?

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Editor-in-chief Amy Jones navigates how to know your target audience, and how knowing will make your writing stronger.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 575

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 safe poem.

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I Spy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, someone is watching your narrator ... but there's a twist.

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

In this article, Brian Freeman, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery, discusses how he took up the mantle of a great series and made it his own.

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Learn how to distinguish the sole from the soul with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

In this brave new world of virtual learning and social distance, Kristy Stevenson helps us make the most of the virtual conference.

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

Writers of historical fiction must always ride the line between factual and fictitious. Here, author Terry Roberts discusses how to navigate that line.