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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. The Average Advance, from Books & Such Literary Management: Sometimes, we writers can have some pretty high hopes for advances. A reminder of realistic expectations is always a good thing. Excerpt: “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could make this simple and just name a number? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.”

2. The one thing all successful writers have in common, from Janet Reid: Have you ever felt like a failure because you received a few (or more than a few) rejection letters? Well, stop. Those letters are only proof that you’re the exact opposite of a failure. Excerpt: “This is not failure. More than anything else, you absolutely MUST learn to see rejection as part of the process, not failure.”