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BookScout Recommendations, Freelancer Woes and Lessons

The Strategist picks the day’s most relevant and interesting stories about writing and freelancing from around the web. Here’s what you should be reading today:

Random House’s BookScout

According to the New York Times, Random House is releasing an app called BookScout that allows users to share their favorite books and find recommendations for books they should read.

he app is going to be available on Facebook and will showcase books from all publishers, not just Random House. Users will see recommended books based on past preferences and the information on their Facebook timelines.

Freelancing Woes

Freelance Folder highlights some common issues that can cause freelancers to doubt themselves.

Rejection for a project shouldn’t be taken personally. Instead, it’s an opportunity for freelancers to ask themselves how they can do better in the future.

When freelancers face a slow time in their work, they need to work on marketing themselves. And comparing themselves against others is never healthy — other freelancers should be seen as coworkers and resources, not the competition.

Freelancing Lessons features lessons that can be learned from a freelancer.

Fear needs to be taken into account — it shouldn’t hold aspiring freelancers back, but motivate them on how to plan. Freelancers need to surround themselves with smart and competent people to so they become better workers themselves.

They also have to buy the proper tools, even if it means spending money before they make money. Freelancers need to have a safety net (which means savings) before just jumping in as well.





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