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Welcome to the December 16, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. This week’s edition features advice on getting published, writing, social media, and self-publishing. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Getting Published

Chrys Fey presents Don’t Say Getting Published is Hopeless posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Those of us who were born to write, write for ourselves first. But there will always come a time when we will want to share our creation(s) with the world. This is when we step into the publishing world with unsure steps and shaking legs.”

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Erica Verrillo presents Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Top 5 Online Resources for Short Story Markets posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “It is received wisdom that in order to get a novel published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash. So, why bother? For one thing, some people are really good at writing short stories – much better than they are at writing novels. So, if you can write a good short story, get it published! Here are the most extensive, and most useful, resources for finding the perfect home for your short story.”

Self-Publishing

Yvonne Wu presents Bajeerao’s Struggle as a Writer posted at Self Help Collective Blog – What’s New | Share Your Stories | What’s Popular…, saying, “Bajeerao’s Struggle as a Writer”

Tamara Dever presents What you should know before you start looking for a designer. posted at TLC Graphics’ “Help Me Publish” Blog, saying, “Great advice on how to find the right designer for your book’s cover and/or interior. It’s an important step in publishing that shouldn’t be neglected!”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents 5 Steps to Author Blogging Success posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Getting started in blogging couldn’t be easier, making it work is another thing altogether. This article details 5 steps to help authors achieve success as bloggers.”

John Schmoll presents How to Save Time as a Blogger: Hire a Virtual Assistant posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Managing a blog can take a lot of work, especially when you’re the only one working on it. Hiring a virtual assistant can be a great way to maximize your resources, allow you some time off and grow your blog for the future.”

Writing

emilynolin presents The Courage To Piss People Off posted at emilynolin.

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