Wednesday links: Choosing a protagonist and sale numbers

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 Only Reason You Should Ever Choose a Protagonist, from Helping Writers Become Authors: As the character your readers spend the most time with, your protagonist is extremely important to the success of your story. And usually, it’s easy to decide who that protagonist is. But sometimes it takes a little work. Excerpt: “But let’s not surrender control of the process. After all, sometimes the wrong protagonist will choose you. How can you tell when that’s happened?”
  2. So How Many Books Do You Sell?, from Kameron Hurley: Have you ever wondered how many books an author typically sells? That’s a hard question to answer, but Kameron Hurley gives you a starting point in this post. Excerpt: “It’s a tricky question because for 99% of the year, those with traditionally published books honestly have very little idea. But two times a year – in the spring and in the fall – we receive royalty statements from publishers, which give a sometimes cryptic breakdown of what has sold where.”

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