Wednesday links: Good agents and characters not like you

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. Inside Traditional Publishing: Good Agents Geek Out About Contracts, from Huff Post Books: There are many qualities that define a good agent, and those qualities likely vary depending on who you’re talking to. But one of the common qualities is the way they look at contracts. Excerpt: “One of the things I learned is that publishers often change their contracts to give themselves more favorable terms. Agents who are paying attention pick up on the differences and understand the ramifications. Agents who aren’t, don’t.”

2. Getting into the Head of a Character Who Is Completely Different from You, from Writers Helping Writers: When you’re writing, chances are good that you’ll eventually write a character who’s completely different from you. And that can be challenging. But it’s a challenge worth taking on. Excerpt: “You’ve tried everything to make it work. You attempted to be tolerant about his annoying sense of entitlement; you did your best to see the positive in his constantly reserved manner; you tried not to judge his ridiculous correctness. But you don’t understand him.”

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