Wednesday links: Following the rules, taking care of yourself, and short stories

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. Query Rant: Why you really, really need to understand the rules are there to help you, from Janet Reid: Before you can start querying agents, you need to do your homework. And believe me, there’s a lot of homework–and there’s a good reason why it’s necessary. Excerpt: “A writer with several published books and a goodly number of articles is looking for an agent.  He’s querying me.  That’s great. I’m delighted to get those kinds of queries.”

2. Taking Care of the Inner and Outer Writer, from Live Write Thrive: When you spend most of your time in front of a computer, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits. But one of the best things you can do is pull yourself out of them. Excerpt: “Writing is hard work. Unfortunately, you may get so involved in a project that you keep at it longer than you should. Before you know it, hours have passed.”

3. 9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for Writers, from Writer’s Digest: Short stories have taken on a new life in today’s world. Readers are demanding them, and many novel writers are delving into the practice of writing shorter pieces. Excerpt: “Short stories are having a revival in the digital age. As book marketing guru Penny C. Sansevieri wrote in TheHuffington Post, ‘Short is the new long.’ “

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