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Victoria Strauss’s Year-End Post List

Hand in books

Something here for every aspiring writer! Strauss is one of the best resources around! Info on contracts, social media, marketing, promotion—check it out!

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Did you know? A beginners guide to reblogging on #WordPress

Thanks to Sue Vincent for this piece, which I found via Chris the Story Reading Ape, always a good source for news. The presence or absence of the reblog button has been an ongoing mystery to me. Sue’s tip about clicking on the title of the article to make the button appear is a godsend–it worked on this piece!
I generally agree that WordPress is fairly intuitive and has good support structures. I’ve had several productive chats when I encountered a problem or didn’t know how to do something (not so productive recently when my correspondent was trying to help me remember how to create anchors within a page–have to go to my stand-alone HTML book on that one, but most have provided what I needed to know). But Sue is right that it’s easy to miss features you haven’t needed or didn’t know about. So help like this is wonderful for me, and perhaps for those of you who also blog and who explore WordPress serendipitously, as I often do.

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I’m no technical genius and when I first started blogging, I needed to learn my way around the WordPress system. It is pretty much common sense and easy enough to set up. If you get stuck, there are plenty of helpful articles and forums that show you how to do pretty much anything. Just type the question into your search engine.

The one thing they cannot do, though, is answer questions you didn’t know you should ask. Over the past few days I have become aware of how many of those little tweaks and tricks we learn about, then just take for granted. Reblogging was one area I found frustrating for a good while. It is a simple process, the press of a button, until the button is not there…

1. Can’t see the reblog button?
This took me ages to work out! Many blogs, including this one, have their…

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#Bloggers Beware: You CAN get SUED for using Pics on your Blog…

Chris the Story Reading Ape posted this link; it’s important reading. For the record, the pictures I’ve begun using are from stock photo sites that state expressly that they can be used for blogs, book covers, web sites, etc. These sites use the terms “resale and distribution” in ways that I find confusing; for example, depositphotos, which I have used quite a bit, says that the regular license is fine for book covers, but then says this license is only appropriate for ebooks if the photo file plays “a minor role” in the product. Since many of the book-cover designers on Mark’s List at Smashwords use sites like this, it would seem to this non-lawyer that the images are available for such use in ebooks just as in regular books.
In any case, I have found the sites I’ve used to be easy and inexpensive. You can buy images for as little as $1.00. The article this post links to lists a number of free sites, including Creative Commons sites. When I checked out Wiki Commons, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the selection there; the pay (royalty-free) sites seemed to have a larger selection of what I was looking for.
Perhaps others can share their experiences and expertise on this topic!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Further to an update from my blog partner

Professional Editor Susan Uttendorfsky

Dun Writin’—Now Whut?

Sharing Content, Copyrights, and Permissions

54 Part 1 and 55 Part 2

also apply to using photos

See this blog post of a blogger who was sued over using a copyrighted photo,

even with a disclaimer:

By clicking on the image or link below:



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“Tips for Writers” Blogging Contest

Hi, all,

Found this on Twitter. Looks as if it might be fun. I’ve certainly seen lots of posts that I would consider eligible:

Annual Carve Magazine Blog Contest

Ends on 8/9/2015

The 2015 theme will be “Tips for Writers.” Whether you make a list of do’s and don’t’s on character development, offer a cautionary tale on submissions, or something in between, this is your chance to share your own methods, lessons, and best practices with the larger writing community.


No entry fee. Contest is FREE to enter.

Blog post must be original, previously unpublished, and authored by you.

Follow the theme of “Tips for Writers” but use as much creative liberty as you feel necessary. What do we mean by that? You don’t have to create a list of tips if you don’t want to. We want the blog post to be helpful and represent your unique voice.

No word count limit. 

We recommend checking out our blog before you submit:

Have fun with it and show us something we haven’t seen before.


Three winners will be chosen and their blog post published on the website.

All winners will receive an annual subscription to Carve’s Premium Edition in print. Premium subscribers are able to submit their fiction or poetry to Carve fee-free.

All winners will be extended the opportunity to join our blogging team.

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