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Weekly Round-Up: Great Stories and Great Agents

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.

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.

Lisa Jewell | Writer's Digest Interview Quote

The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."