Your story needs a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.
Borrowing lessons from sports and chess, you can find success as a writer by mastering fundamentals, optimizing your efforts, and meeting the challenges in front of you.
This infographic digs into all sorts of metrics to put the world's reading habits into perspective. Though, A Promised Land just sold 890,000 copies on its first day, which means that list of best-sellers in 2020 might get rearranged a bit.
"Said" is usually the best solution when attributing a statement to a character, but there are times in your book or short story where a more specific qualifier would do a lot to paint a complete picture.