Wednesday links: A warning, day jobs and your character’s career

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.–save your money, from Janet Reid: There are a lot of “services” out there that are designed to take money from writers. Janet Reid alerted her blog readers to one last week. Excerpt: “You can imagine my annoyance to find out this was one of those pay to play services designed to “help” authors and agents by avoiding the slush pile.  “Let an agent find you” is their tag line.”

2. The Bizarre Day Jobs Of 20 Famous Authors, from Huffington Post Books: There aren’t many authors out there who don’t have a day job — or, at least, didn’t have one at some point during their writing career. And it’s kind of cool to see what some famous authors did to make money while working on their writing. Excerpt: “Everybody has to start somewhere, and everybody has to pay the rent. Long before the acclaim, here are the first jobs and day jobs of twenty of literature’s most famous and distinguished figures.”

3. Are You Overlooking This Easy Way to Make Your Story More Interesting?, from Helping Writers Become Authors: Whether or not your character’s career plays a major role in the plot of your novel, you can use that career to make your story more interesting. Excerpt: “But one thing I haven’t yet touched on over there on Twitter is how your character’s job can actually end up being an insanely easy way to add an extra layer of interest to your story. This is true even if your character’s job only enters the story in an oblique way.”

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