Wednesday links: Workplace skills, and self-publishing vs traditional publishing

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 two weeks, since I was a bad blogger who missed last week’s post.

1. 12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Writing Career, from Writer’s Digest: You know that day job you have? The one you’re determined to quit so you can write full time? Well, there are a lot of skills you’ve developed there that you need to make sure you bring with you. Excerpt: “A gutsy move, to leave behind the security of a corporate job—or any job, for that matter—and devote yourself full-time to your writing. Yet unless you have a solid plan for managing your new career, you could needlessly find yourself back to the grind in months.”

2. Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? 7 questions to ask yourself, from Nathan Bransford: Plenty of authors find success through traditional publishing, and plenty find success in self-publishing. These seven questions could help you determine which you’re likely to find success in. Excerpt: “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of agents and publishers or to take arms against a sea of books on Amazon, and by being among them, rise above? To die, to sleep (oh wait you won’t), to sleep perchance to dream of fame and riches… aye there’s the rub.”

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