Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style.
Random House (paper 2007; Kindle edition, 2009; hard-cover 2005).
"A must for every writer's desk"---Billy Collins.
"Leaves Strunk & White choking on cyber-dust"---Chip Scanlon.
"Addictive reading." ---Booklist. "A buy-a-copy-and-stay-up-all-night-reading-it-kind-of-book." ---The Writer magazine.
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Plotnik's occasional poetry has appeared in a print portfolio (American Artists), Chicago Tribune op-ed page, and recently in Slow Trains, Harpur Palate, Thema, Rosebud. Comstock Review, Brilliant Corners, The Cape Rock, Off the Coast, Kindred, and other journals. Honors include 1st place, Irish American Heritage Poetry Competition, and runner-up, Dana and Rosebud Awards.