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In my experience, as a general rule-of-thumb, if you look at the number of reviews a book has on Amazon and multiply by 100, you'll be in the ballpark of their sales on Amazon. Some books might be double or quadruple this, and others might be half or less, but it gives you a general idea of whether you're talking about a book that sold 1,000 copies, 10,000 ...
For American English, Strunk & White or Garner's MAU. For British English, Fowler (updated edition) or style guides from the Guardian, Economist or BBC. Source: http://xkcd.com/923/ (image licensed CC BY-NC 2.5) See also: 'Style guide' @ Wikipedia (scroll down for a big list)
I would suggest: Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger. This is actually listed as recommended reading for applicants to ABC network's writing fellowship. 45 Master Characters and A Writer's Guide to Characterization by Victoria Schmidt. Reviews for these can come off mixed, but I like how Schmidt uses the hero's journey and mythological ...
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