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Slowly, Slowly, Catchy Monkey

I’ll admit that my first novel, whilst telling a decent story, could have been better written. I also understand that my style as an author needed significant work. I’m also well aware of the fact that I ignored both of these during the process of publishing my first novel, The Replacement Phenomenon. I rushed through the writing without much of a plan, I rushed the editing, and I got it published pretty quickly. As a result, I now believe the quality suffered slightly.

I do, however, still think it’s a good book to get for free.

I’m a perfectionist with a lot of things, to a point. My second novel should indicate this. The Talent Scout has been reviewed and edited by J Jackson Bentley, who has gained a substantial reputation on the merit of his writing style, without so much as a dollar spent in publicising him and his books.

I have personally reviewed the novel at least six times, and I must confess that I had to draw a line under my own editing or it would never get finished. As such, a final review has prepared it for publication.

I’m proud of my second novel. I’m told that authors typically tweak until they’re tired of the book. It involves reading, re-reading, editing, checking for errors, and probably repeating that process. I’m beginning to think that this is how authors should be by the time their works hit publication.

It’s a lesson learned, that good novels will rarely, if ever, flow directly from an author’s pen or key-pushing fingers without significant editing. As I am new to the game, I suppose my material has needed editing more than those who have been doing it for years. I expect that this will improve over time.

Be it known to all that I have learned my lesson, and I believe the Talent Scout to be superior to The Replacement Phenomenon in almost every way.

My third novel, the first draft of which took merely hours to write, is a departure from the subject matters of the first two.It is possibly controversial, definitely emotive and a subject in need of more coverage, especially within the realm of fiction books. More details will emerge soon about the next one, but for now, I’m happy to say that my novels are showing signs of significant improvement. I can only hope to one day aspire to Mr Bentley’s level, as well as the level achieved by other authors (including Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Dan Brown and so many others) who sell by the thousands and millions all over the world.

I’m so excited to declare that the Talent Scout is ready, and will be released this Tuesday. Even after so much time I love the characters and the plot twists. I hope all my readers do too. If you gave the Replacement Phenomenon a chance, please to the same with this one. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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