The Reviewing Stage

So, that perfect work of fiction that I have created, it contains … wait for it … errors. Yes, you read that right, errors. There are the typos, the missing words, the missing punctuation, the inconsistencies, the implausible behaviour and several other mistakes of one form or another. The question is how to weed them out.

You may have read in an earlier post (Lulu – you make me want to shout!) that I bought four copies of the first draft for review purposes. Well those books are now covered in pencil, red pen and various other almost illegible scribbles. Many thanks to my early readers including Judith, Emily, Tony, Tim, Chris and Ted for taking the time to help me resolve many of the problems.

The second draft of the book is certainly not perfect by any means, but most of the obvious issues have been ironed out and the reviews so far have been very complimentary. So if friends and family like it, a publisher is sure to want to take it. The only problem is finding one who thinks the same way that I do!

More about that in a future post.

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During the day I work for a high technology start-up company as a systems and software manager. In my spare time, I am a writer. My first novel, The Rage was self published in November 2015 and my second Decimation was released on 26th March 2017. My short story, A Christmas Killing, was selected for inclusion in the Bloodhound Books anthology, Dark Minds, released in December 2016. I live with my wife and daughter in North East Hampshire. You can follow me on Twitter @RTBurkeAuthor. I am also on Facebook at There are Facebook pages for The Rage at and for Decimation at

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