When the Australian gentleman who writes under the deeply ironic pseudonym Nikolai Vladivostok contacted me to look over a book he had written on financial advice, I did my usual inward groan and went outside and shot a few kittens in the kneecaps for the hell of it. The reason for this unusual behavior is that I get quite a number of book manuscripts sent my way to ‘have a look over’. The reason I hate these unsolicited advances are twofold: the books are invariably rubbish and written very badly indeed, and they are always, always about 100,000 words longer than they need to be.
Fun fact – when I launched my own first book, I too sent it out to people to read and promote it for me. The difference was that I had worked with two editors on the book, (in other words it was amazingly high quality), and I said that I would pay them for the time it took them to read it. Thus was launched my stellar writing career.
Anyhoo, I have some small respect for Nikolai so I gave it a look. And my feedback was far different than anything that I had given before. I told him that it was too short, far too short and that he needed to beef it up. And Nikolai followed my advice to the letter.