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What to Do From Here

Last week, I kicked off a new series of posts that address questions I receive in my inbox. The first post dealt with poets getting agents–or rather, why that doesn’t work for the most part (click here to read that post). Here’s this...Show More Summary

10 Ingredients for a Spectacular Book Launch Party

Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party. The post 10 Ingredients for a Spectacular Book Launch Party appeared first on

Creation Simulator

As you close your eyes you feel as if you’re being lifted. Yes, higher and higher until you decide to open your eyes. You see a vast world before, one new to your eyes. A voice booms out: “This is yours now, craft it well.” How do you shape this world? What inhabits it? Are there sentient species? Have a ball! The post Creation Simulator appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 307

A couple things before the prompt today: First, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has a June 5 deadline that’s coming up fast (learn more here). Second, Poetic Asides all stars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey have teamed up...Show More Summary

Meet the Poets of Poetic Asides

Recently, I was approached by Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey about the possibility of Tammy and I heading up to Hickory, North Carolina, for a special poetry event that would try to bring together many of the Poetic Asides poets who’ve toiled on the blog–some for years and others who are still very new. Show More Summary

4 Tips on Balancing Your Writing Life vs. Your Personal Life

Choosing writing as a career provides one of the most important keys to achieving work-life balance: flexibility. For the most part, writers decide when to write, what to write, where to write, and how much to write. Though we may work...Show More Summary

Poetry: Monday Market Spotlight

It’s time to continue the Monday Market Spotlight series. This is the second post in the series; the first was on Rattle (click to read it here). This time around, I’m going to cover Poetry (the magazine, not the subject). Poetry: Monday...Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Rutter of Red Sofa Literary

Amanda is seeking: adult fantasy and science fiction, as well as young adult fantasy and contemporary. She is actively looking for new writers and clients. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Rutter of Red Sofa Literary appeared first on

I Need an Agent for My Poetry

As some of you may have guessed, I get a lot of e-mail both at my professional and personal inboxes. I try to respond to as much as I can, but it’s occasionally an electronic tsunami that completely overwhelms me. So I was recently spring cleaning my inbox when I got an idea to start a series of posts in which I tackle recurring questions. Show More Summary

5 Tips on Making You a Tough (& Better) Writer

Becoming a masochist early on – embracing the pain to the point of enjoyment - may be the single best investment an aspiring writer can make. The pain takes many shapes, all of them useful along the writer’s path. The post 5 Tips on Making You a Tough (& Better) Writer appeared first on

The Center of Things

Ah the freedom of flight, the weightlessness of free-fall. Doesn’t it feel wonderful? Well it would if you weren’t launching at maximum velocity towards a gaping hole that leads to the center of the earth. Why are you going there? What’s going on? The post The Center of Things appeared first on

Write Poetry for a Chance at $5,000 Cash (and More)!

For more than 80 years, Writer’s Digest has put on an annual writing competition for up and coming writers in a variety of disciplines, including poetry. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 cash, a paid trip to the annual Writer’s...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 306

A few updates: First, Market Mondays will resume next week. I was excited by that new feature, but then my grandfather passed away later on the same day, which completely drained away my time and attention. Second, I’ve started receiving selections from the screening readers for the April PAD Challenge. Show More Summary

Writing and Selling Children’s Books – Webinar with Jennifer Laughran

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Children's Books” — instructor and senior literary agent Jennifer Laughran will reveal "trade secrets" of the kids book biz and critique your work. The post Writing and Selling Children’s Books – Webinar with Jennifer Laughran appeared first on

My Next Humor Book, WHEN CLOWNS ATTACK: A SURVIVAL GUIDE, Comes Out Oct. 1, 2015

This post is a long time coming, and I’m very excited to announce the release date for my next humor book. It’s a parody guide called WHEN CLOWNS ATTACK: A SURVIVAL GUIDE, and it gets released Oct. 1, 2015, from Ten Speed Press. (Since...Show More Summary

10 Poignant Practices for Every Writer

Here are 10 smart, yet simple ways for every writer—from novelists to journalists to poets—to enrich his or her mind and become better at cultivating ideas and putting them to the page. This guest post is by Melissa Clark. Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Eve Porinchak of Jill Corcoran Literary

She is seeking: Specifically looking for edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, realistic contemporary. Some of Eve's favorite books are: "True Notebooks" by Mark Salzman, "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn,...Show More Summary

WD Editors Are Writers Too: Meet Baihley Grandison, Assistant Editor of Writer’s Digest

All the editors on Writer’s Digest staff aren’t just 9-5 editors, we are also writers and storytellers—which is why we are so passionate about writing and publishing. “WD Editors Are Writers Too” is a  column on this blog to give you...Show More Summary

5 Quotes by William Zinsser (In Memoriam)

To write well, William Zinsser believed, you had to “believe in your writing and believe in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel.” The National Magazine Award–winning journalist and author of 18 books—including...Show More Summary

Be Careful Out There

"Be careful out there," your mom said as you grabbed your duffel bag and headed on a camping trip with friends. "You know that tonight is the anniversary, don't you?" You nodded, then shut the door behind you before getting in the car and taking off. The post Be Careful Out There appeared first on

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