Weekly Round-Up: Great Stories and Great Agents

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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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May the Force Be With You

This week we celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth...). Learn about the Hero's Journey as told by Star Wars.

Love It or Leave It

These are the 20 Most Popular Books in the World. Some are thousands of years old, others are significantly newer. Which ones will hold up?

Do you love writing? Do you love striving to create your Great Novel? Read why your primary focus as a writer should simply be To Spin a Great Yarn.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Gabrielle Piraino of DeFiore and Company. She is seeking imaginative sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, and up-market chick lit for Adults and Young Adults alike, as well as Children's and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction with compelling characters, comics and graphic novels, and cookbooks or books on crafty lifestyle projects.

Working with the publishing industry for the first time can be challenging. Agents, editors, scouts—it's all a little overwhelming. We're here to help demystify the process. Here's How I Got My Literary Agent with romance author Janna MacGregor. Read 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Loretta Ellsworth for some insights. Finally, make sure you know How to Work with an Editorial Calendar.

Do you have a great agent? We want to hear from you.

And of course, what we all want to know: How to Make Money Writing.

Poetic Asides

We finished out April with the last two prompts in our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge:

  • Day 29: Write a "metric" poem.
  • Day 30: Write a poem titled "The (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.

Now that the challenge is over, check out 2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps.

The end of the PAD Challenge also means it's time to get back to our usual programming. This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the Robert Frost Farm. For the Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "reconnect" poem.

To keep things from being too normal, instead of reading an interview of a poet, check out this interview of the founders of Penny Candy Books.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

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.