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The ending being rushed won't be fixed by having a longer overall manuscript. I've made the mistake of trying a "different than expected ending" once, in a book I dearly loved writing, and I got a scathing bit of feedback from an honest reader that opened my eyes to the mistake I'd made. I'm not one to let things go easily, so I remembered the lesson: Give ...


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The idea of "first drafts" and "second drafts" is a concept from our school years, from when we sometimes had to turn these things in labeled as such. It also comes from the way most writers used to work...handwriting everything then typing out a draft (or paying someone to type a draft). Or it could refer to the freshly typed version a writer made, after ...


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Think about why you're doing this. Your readers liked everything about your story except they wanted more of the ending. So instead you're giving them more of everything except the ending? I think your attempt is failing because you're trying to do something that isn't true to the book. The way you describe it, it's as if some clueless editor is forcing ...


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There seems to be a consensus here. If you release it now when you know it is not ready, anyone who reads it will think this is the best you can offer. Should you publish another, the readers of the first will eschew your second knowing the quality of your writing. They might even post reviews - if it is anything like the first, save your money and time. ...


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Don't try to chase trends. Everyone wants to be the next best thing. The perfectly timed topical hit. If that works out for you, great. But don't try to make it happen. Even if you finished your book next week, it's too late. The topic may have been around for months, but it will be gone by the time you get published. If not gone, then it will be ...


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From experience, just hitting a pop-culture trend head-on isn't necessarily going to make people read your book. Keep in mind, when a trend is hitting, there's plenty of competition. The people who strike it big in those situations are the ones who were solidly ahead of the trend in the first place. So you may be overestimating this opportunity, even in ...


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I agree with Arcanist Lupus on this. If you release an unedited novel, even if the trending subject does drive extra readers in your direction, a few one-star reviews on poor grammar, spelling, and sentence structure will soon drive the rest away. And those one-star reviews don't go away (unless you re-publish and start again). If the subject is still ...


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Finish your book, make it the best you can, move on to the next 95% of the time, first novels are garbage. First drafts of first novels, even more so. Now, it's possible that you're an exception, and you have managed to produce something that is good enough to ride the crest of the trend to reasonable sales. As an anonymous internet person, I have no way ...


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