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PJ CAMPBELL
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Booked to Death, An Author's Guide to Publishing and Murder
PJ CAMPBELL, author
Booked to Death is a commercial novel for anyone who has ever thought to write or be published and for booklovers. Two desperate misfit writers, devise unthinkable acts to secure a publishing contract. They’ve tried and failed to go the traditional route of seeking an agent and publisher representation. When they continue to read about ‘criminals’ contracting publishing deals, they decide it’s time they get into the ‘game’ in a completely inconceivable way. Despair and financial pressures catapult them into a spiral of events that produce numerous implausible consequences the likes of which demands a disclaimer statement to those still seeking the elusive book publishing contract…Try this at your own risk. In this, fiction tale inspired by true events, the reader will laugh, learn and love the story as they follow the escapades of a publishing insider’s take on how to secure a book deal. PJ Campbell is that publishing insider who knows and has seen it all.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 4 out of 10
Character/Execution: 4 out of 10
Overall: 4.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Booked to Death offers a clever and self-aware central concept that pivots on the notion of going to extreme measures to secure a book deal. 

Prose: While the writing is clear, it suffers from a clunky quality, with a reliance on exposition and familiar expressions. Dialogue is often on-the-nose, doing little to uplift the interactions between characters. 

Originality: The story's originality is its primary strength. Fellow authors will welcome the focus on writerly frustrations--especially when it comes to navigating the publishing world. 

Character Development/Execution: Characters come across as somewhat artificial. Readers will want to feel for them, but the writing doesn't allow for them to fully come alive on the page. 

Date Submitted: August 08, 2022

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